Language Training: Online Language Programs (American Councils)

Deadline (extended): July 31, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, American Councils Study Abroad will be running modified programs in Fall 2020.

Online Programs: Full-Time or Part-Time*

*Full-Time programs feature approximately 240 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 16 undergraduate/15 graduate credits. Part-Time programs feature approximately 112 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 8 undergraduate/10 graduate credits. 

Hybrid Programs (7 weeks online; 7 weeks in-country**)

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Resource: Golosa Russian Language Textbook PDF Free for Fall 2020


Please see the Golosa Inter-edition Download Site for details.

Background information 

Golosa is leaving Pearson, Inc. for Routledge Publishers. Pearson, Inc. the former publisher has released the copyright for the current edition. The company will no longer print the book. Pearson ancillary materials (audio, video, MyRussianLab) will remain online until December 31, 2020.

The new Golosa 6th edition will be available from Routledge in early 2022.

In the meantime…

You may download all the PDFs for the current 5th edition.

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Online Summer Ukrainian Language Course (SRAS)

Ukrainian for Russian Learners is a two-week introductory course aimed at those who have studied Russian the equivalent of two years or more. It is a great opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with another Slavic language and boost your overall understanding and cultural integration should you choose to study in or otherwise visit Ukraine.

This course will be taught in Russia and will serve to reinforce your Russian language comprehension as well.

The course is 10 academic hours of study, half synchronous, half asynchronous. Class size is limited to 6. More sessions will be added based on demand.

Balkan, Eurasian, Russian Study Abroad Programs (American Councils)

Deadline: June 10, 2020

American Councils Study Abroad has extended the deadline for its Summer 2020 Online programs to June 10. We will be offering the following programs online this summer:

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Online Summer Russian Program for Heritage Speakers (Stony Brook University)

Stony Brook University is presenting a Summer Session II Online course for Heritage Speakers of Russian, RUS 213.

Dates are July 6 – Aug. 15, it’s a hybrid synchronous/asynchronous course with some face to face remote Zoom meetings and some guided independent study work.

They welcome applications from students from other schools.

Email for more information.

Online Summer Russian Language Program (University of Arizona, GRINT Centre Moscow)

Deadline: May 28, 2020

The University of Arizona, in partnership with the GRINT Centre in Moscow, is accepting applications for the online study of Russian language at all levels for the Summer 2020 session. The program runs from June 8 – July 31, 2020, and will consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lessons, homework, etc., as well as a robust cultural component of online theatre performances, virtual excursions, and more. You can read more about the program at

To enroll in the program, please contact Amy Chenail at For more information about the program, please email Dr. Benjamin Jens, Director of UA Moscow, at

Second and Third Year Russian Online Courses (Yale University)

Deadline: May 2020

Yale University Summer session is accepting applications now for Second and Third-Year Russian online. The Second-year Russian (Russ 130/140) is a sequel to Live from Russia Stage One, entitled Welcome Back! It is also built around a contextualized video story of Kevin, Misha, Tanya, Olya et al. and uses a four-skill approach –reading, writing, listening, and speaking with the emphasis on grammatical structure and communication practice. Prerequisite: First-Year Russian or equivalent proficiency

The Third- Year Russian (Russ 150/151)  involves a comprehensive review of the essential aspects of Russian grammar, extensive vocabulary building for social sciences and history, as well as practical vocabulary necessary for everyday conversations and activities in contemporary Russia. Readings in Russian literature and Russian media supplement the basic course materials. Prerequisite: Second-Year Russian or equivalent proficiency

Session A: May 25 – June 26. 

For more information please see

Summer Intensive Intermediate Russian Language Course (Harvard University)

Deadline: June 18, 2020

Harvard University is offering an intensive Intermediate Russian course this summer. The course will be taught interactively via zoom, from June 22 to August 8, 2020 and satisfies the FLAS contact hours requirement. The summer school will provide Harvard credit and easy continuation for students from other universities. The summer program is now open for registration at the Harvard Summer School website: 

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Middlebury Summer Language Programs

Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Kathryn W. Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College is pleased to offer online 8-week and graduate programs this summer. The 8-week session will include the four traditional years of study (levels 1, 3, 5, and 7). The graduate program will offer courses in advanced language, literature, history, philosophy…and classic Soviet cartoons and songs!

For more information, visit

Financial aid is still available for both programs. The application deadline is May 15. Students may write to me at with any questions.

Funding: American Councils Title VIII Research Programs

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Attention U.S. scholars and graduate students:

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for its Title VIII Research Fellowships in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships are offered in two categories:

Title VIII Research Scholar Program
Provides full support for research in policy-relevant fields in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

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