Study Abroad: Summer Language in Kazakhstan (NU/ASU)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2019

Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce the next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES), an 8-week intensive summer language program in Russian or Kazakh, which is fully FLAS compliant. They are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for our 2019 summer session. 
NU is a highly selective English-language university in Astana, Kazakhstan, which has brand new and modern facilities. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences houses 37 different specialists on Eurasia from various disciplines, who teach classes for the MA and (upcoming) Ph.D. programs in Eurasian Studies.  During the summer, the school offers optional elective courses in Eurasian Studies, as well as hosting a Eurasian Studies Lecture series.

At NU, students study languages in a safe environment that minimizes culture shock, while facilitating interaction with local students, who speak Kazakh and Russian as their native languages and serve as roommates and tutors. The tutoring program, housing arrangements, and cultural programming all enable SSRES students to feel at home in Astana and forge lasting international friendships, from the time when they are met at the airport their departure at the end of the program. Outside the university’s gates, students are immediately immersed in the local language and culture.

Program dates for SSRES 2019:  June 3 – July 31 (8 weeks, equivalent of one academic year)

For detailed information about the program, please see the website: , or contact the Program Director, Dr. Amanda Murphy (

American students are encouraged to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counseling services to all program participants.

Application deadline is February 25, 2019. 

For more information on Arizona in Kazakhstan, visit the program’s website at, or contact the Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program, Dr. Liudmila Klimanova (