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American Councils: Russian Overseas Flagship Program
Almaty, Kazakhstan; St. Petersburg, Russian Federation (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Website: Click to visit
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year
Areas of Study:
Foreign Languages
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
Department/School Sponsor:
School of International Letters and Cultures
Language Prerequisite:
5 semesters or equivalent
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Class Standing:
04 - Senior
International Coordinator:
Paula Balzer
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Video courtesy of The Language Flagship

Quick Facts


  • Flagship seeks to education students who will be the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages cirtical to U.S. conmpetitiveness, security and diplomacy.
  • The intensive language program includes individualized tutuorials, bi-weekly excursions guided by language instructors, and possible internships with local NGOs, government or businesses.
  • The program features homestays with Russian families in St. Petersburg and Russian-speaking families in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 



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Photo's courtesy of The Language Flagship

Location Details

Home to approximately 1.5 million people, Almaty is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Central Asia. Approximately 51 percent of the city’s population are Kazakh, and 33 percent are Russian; the remaining 20 percent of the city’s residents includes Koreans, Tatars, Uyghuyrs, and Ukrainians. While there is a growing national interest in speaking and learning Kazakh, Russian remains the country’s lingua franca; all official information, as well a street names, road signs, and public announcements are produced in both Russian and Kazakh.

A young city by Russian standards, St. Petersburg celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003, just one year after a national census put its population at around five million residents. Since its near demolition and depopulation during WWII, St. Petersburg has been painstakingly rebuilt to reflect the glory of the former capital and both its current status as the cultural center of Russia and its historical origins as the window to Europe.


Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

American Councils semester, academic year, and summer programs maximize linguistic and cultural immersion into Russian society. All programs feature approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction; roughly sixteen hours of which are dedicated to Russian-language study. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of three-to-five for language classes. Core Russian language classes include Russian Conversation, Phonetics, Russian Grammar, and Lexical Studies. Area studies offerings include (but are not limited to) Studies in Mass Media, Russian Literature, Russian History and Politics, and Contemporary Russian Society; all area studies and literature courses are taught in Russian.

All courses are conducted by host university faculty with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language to American students. Faculty at our partner universities also attend regular development seminars sponsored by American Councils and led by U.S. experts in Russian-language pedagogy. Recent seminars have addressed American academic culture, the American idea of a liberal arts education, student-centered learning, and communicative teaching strategies.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Flagship scenes
Photo's courtesy of The Language Flagship

Russian culture
Photo's courtesy of The Language Flagship


Flagship homestay

Program Housing

Formal language learning in the classroom is further reinforced through such informal program components as homestays with Russian or Russian-speaking Kazakh host families.  For the entire duration of the program, participants live with host families.  All host families provide private rooms and telephone access for their American guests, as well as two meals per day during the week, and three meals per day on the weekends. 

The American Councils host family program is a popular feature of the exchange experience, as it complements the academic portion of the program by contributing to language acquisition and a deeper understanding of Russian and/or Kazakh culture.  All families are chosen through a careful selection process and monitored throughout the program by the local Homestay Coordinator. Placements are made with consideration for student preferences and special requirements.  In addition, best efforts are made to match students with families who share their interests.  Each location is checked for security, relative proximity to the university and transportation routes, fire safety, and overall living conditions.

Photo courtesy of The Language Flagship


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.



Cost Information

Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 01/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.