Online Russian Language Courses (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Note: The following program has been moved online:

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year Russian classes taught at the SLI provide the equivalent of an academic year’s worth of study. Classes meet on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday – Friday from 9am to 3pm. In addition to intensive language classes, students also attend Russian films, lectures on politics and culture, singing classes, and cooking classes.

DURATION: 8 weeks: June 15-August 7, 2020 (note these dates are updated as of 3/17)

ACADEMIC CREDIT: 8 CreditsEquivalent to one academic year of study

ELIGIBILITY: Available to undergraduate and graduate Pitt & non-Pitt students, working professionals, and retirees as well as Project GO-awarded ROTC students.

****The Russian program will cover 2 semesters in 8 weeks, June 15-August 7 at Beginning through 4th-year levels. Classes for “Virtual SLI” will take place from 11-4:30 EST.
Our website and announcements are also lagging behind the pace of our planning and we are working on our formal announcement for release today. Inquiries may be directed to me:

Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Nazarbayev University)

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) is still accepting applications for our Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES), an 8-week intensive program in Russian or Kazakh languages. We operate on rolling admissions until April 1 and there is no application fee.

Classes follow standardized US curricula and textbooks, which means that students can return seamlessly to language programs at their home institutions.

At NU, students study languages on our modern campus in an environment that minimizes culture shock and maximizes close contact with multilingual local students.

Program dates:

May 23 – July 22 (equivalent to one academic year)

Program fees:

$5000  (for Russian)    OR       $4000 (for Kazakh)

The fee includes entrance and exit proficiency testing, 8-week language course, dormitory housing in a shared 2-person room, meal plan, cultural program, weekly excursions, local health insurance, airport pick up and drop off, tutoring, books (on loan), gym pass, and official Visa Invitation Letter.

For more information, please visit our website or check out our program video. 

Free Open-Access Digital Russian Language Lessons for Heritage Learners

A team supported by the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian has been working on free open-access digital lessons for heritage learners of Russian. So far, we have completed a full module on Russian spelling. It has 14 lessons that cover the basics of the Russian sound and letter system through explicit explanations and numerous examples and comparisons between Russian and English wherever appropriate. The lessons are interactive and offer opportunities for comprehension checks and practice. These materials are not designed to be a complete course of study but rather to provide an introduction to the most challenging aspects of Russian grammar for heritage speakers who have minimal literacy skills but can speak and understand the language. The goal of the online modules is to enable heritage students to successfully study on their own or alongside traditional students. In order to create a sense of community among heritage learners, we created a dedicated section with language stories from our current and former students, and we welcome more stories from your students as well.

The website is a work in progress, and as of now you will see many placeholders where we plan to have material once it is created. We would welcome any feedback (or requests) you might have about lessons or the overall design of the website. Please send any questions or comments to Jason Merrill at 

You can access the materials at  We hope they will be of use to you and your students.

Advanced Russian Language Seminar (London)

Deadline: March 20, 2020

SCRSS Advanced Russian Language Seminar
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 April 2020, 10.00 – 16.30 daily
Venue: SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AB

The Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies (SCRSS) would like to draw your attention to their 2020 seminar, organised in collaboration with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation, which may be of interest to both teachers and students. The programme includes four 70-minute lectures per day, all in Russian, on Russian linguistics and ‘stranovedenie’ topics. The two speakers are senior lecturers from St Petersburg, invited specially for this seminar. For full details, including lecturer biographies, programme, fees and booking see the SCRSS website:

The booking deadline is Friday 20 March. There are currently 9 remaining places available.

Resource: GRINT Centre App for Learning Russian

SemesterRus is a free app designed by the GRINT Centre for learning Russian and preparing for the TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) at the Elementary, Basic, and First Certification levels. It includes 60 lessons (3 levels, with 20 lessons in each level, using a standard structure and design) and preparatory Russian language exams for each TORFL level using the in-app Dictionary and flashcards. The app is free to use for every learner from beginning to advanced, and does not include ads or in-app purchases.

Assessments for the Grammar, Reading, and Listening sections are carried out automatically within the app. Instructors from the GRINT Centre will individually grade the Writing and Speaking sections. Any final evaluation scores from the Exams section of the app will be available within 48 hours after completing the test.

More information about the SemesterRus App is available at

You may download the app directly from
•       Google Play:
•       AppStore:

Grad. Program/ Language Training: Ukrainian Summer Institute (Harvard University)

Deadline: March 20, 2020

June 20–August 8, 2020

The 2020 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute offers unique courses in Ukrainian studies taught by Harvard and visiting faculty. These courses are intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience. Students intending to participate in the HUSI program are asked to submit a HUSI enrollment form. Students must also complete the Harvard Summer School registration process and enroll in the classes they intend to take as part of HUSI.

Tuition for HUSI is commensurate with tuition rates charged for all other Harvard Summer School courses. Tuition for 2020 and the cost of on-campus room and board are posted on the Harvard Summer School website

Applicants may register for 8 or 4 credits to participate in the program. Applicants seeking the I-20 certificate for the student F-1 US visa must register for 8 credits.

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Lang. Training/Internship: Ukrainian Museum Archives (Pittsburgh/Cleveland)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

1st-year Ukrainian

1st-year Ukrainian classes taught at the SLI provide the equivalent of an academic year’s worth of study. Classes meet on the University of Pittsburgh campus Monday – Friday from 9am to 3pm. In addition to intensive language classes, students attend Ukrainian films, lectures, and other activities centering on Ukrainian art, food, and culture.

Post-SLI Internship Opportunity for 6-Week Ukrainian Students
SLI is pleased to announce that during the summer of 2020, we are partnering with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland, Ohio to offer a limited number of internships to SLI-Ukrainian students. Students who apply and are accepted to the internship would work at the museum-archives on a project that makes direct use of their newly-acquired knowledge of Ukrainian. Students would also have the opportunity to use the vast resources of the archives to complete a research project related to their academic or career interests. This internship must be taken for academic credit and would commence immediately after the completion of the 6-week beginning Ukrainian course in Pittsburgh. The number of credits taken and the duration of the internship would be negotiated between the applicant, SLI, and the director and curator at the museum-archives. Interested students should contact SLI Managing Director, Kathleen Manukyan, to learn more about this unique opportunity.

Lang. Training: Summer, Academic Year Russian Immersion Programs (Moscow)

Deadline: February 1, 2020 (summer); February 10, 2020 (academic year)

Dickinson College is now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Immersion Program—an intensive five-week language and culture course in Moscow and St. Petersburg—and for the Dickinson-in-Moscow Program for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021. 

Summer Immersion Program (May 22 – June 27, 2020):

  • Experience both Moscow and St. Petersburg in one summer
  • Rich cultural syllabus of excursions and hands-on experiences
  • Small group setting tailored toward liberal arts model
  • Classes for every language level, from beginner to heritage

For more details: 

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Lang. Training/Study Abroad/Funding: Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (Wisconsin/Azerbaijan)

Deadline: January 29, 2020 (graduate);
February 5, 2020 (undergraduate)

In 2020, Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to study Turkish as part in the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). Boren Scholars and Fellows selected for this initiative will receive funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion, beginning with a summer 2020 domestic program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an overseas program in Baku, Azerbaijan. Please see our website for more information on the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative:

  • Summer Program: The summer domestic programs will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, through the Arabic, Persian & Turkish Language Institute. APTLI begins on June 15 – August 7, 2020. Please see the program website for more information for students:
  • Overseas Program: The fall overseas programs will take place at the Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) centers in Baku, Azerbaijan. Dates for the overseas programs are yet to be confirmed. This program will be administered by American Councils and UW-Madison jointly. Students will be considered UW-Madison students for the duration of the overseas programs.
  • Language Level: The TURFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency, as well as those with intermediate or advanced proficiency in Turkish.
  • Application: The applications for the 2020 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at
  • Undergraduate deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Graduate deadline is: January 29, 2020

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

To learn more about the Boren Awards and TURFLI, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit The schedule for webinars being held in January can be found at

You can contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions. TURFLI staff can be contacted at or 608-265-4149.

Lang. Training/Funding: Intensive Summer and Winter courses in Armenian, Persian, and Russian

Deadline: varies

Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is Organizing Intensive Summer and Winter Language Courses of Armenian, Persian and Russian languages. You may check the language courses here:

Below you may check the available scholarships. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program for US students

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Melik-Bakhshyan Scholarships to Learn Armenian in Yerevan

Up to 3 Melik-Bakhshyan scholarships are available for eligible applicants to learn Armenian in Yerevan.

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