Students in the Department for Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures have many options for traveling and studying abroad. Below, you will find the options that Ohio State students have for studying abroad either through the university, or via carefully selected third-party provider.
Please contact Dr. Larysa Stepanova for more information about any of the programs below, or if you are considering another program. More information on the programs offered by third-party providers can be found on the Office of International Affairs website.
Ohio State Programs
The Russian Culture and Society Program is a continuation of the GE course Russian 2335: Russian Culture, to be offered by the Department during the Spring Semester. During that semester, the class will learn about modern Russian culture and society in historical and political context. Immediately following Spring Semester exams, the students, guided by the Russian 2335 instructor and resident director, will travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow for approximately 10 days to experience everyday life and to visit sites of major artistic, cultural, and historical importance at one of the most beautiful times of the year -- the famed White Nights of early summer.
This program introduces students to the rich cultural and social tapestry of Hungary and Central Europe by taking them beyond more common portrayals of the region and providing first-hand, authentic experiences with the local people and culture of Hungary and Poland. Through dynamic academic experiences and rich cultural immersion students will develop an understanding of the region's history, geography, and politics along with a keen knowledge of major cultural and media elements of Budapest and Warsaw.
While in Hungary, students will participate in multiple walking tours of Budapest, visit Tilos Radio studios, meet with people working in politics and media, and travel to many culturally important sights and cities such as Szentendre, Visegrad Castle, and Eger. Students will also spend 4 days in Warsaw, Poland where they will visit a leading Polish newspaper - Gazeta Wyborcza, a sports broadcasting studio, meet the Polish National Press Secretary, and participate in walking tours of Old Town and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Third Party Programs Supported by Ohio State
The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Programs (RLASP) is designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in Russian society. The academic program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture and society. The academic year, semester and summer programs provide approximately 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation and cultural studies at either Moscow International University, the Russian State Pedagogical University (Gertsen) in St. Petersburg or the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir. One day per week of the academic program is set aside for local cultural excursions.
CIEE's summer program in Russia is the longest running study abroad program within the country and is designed for students wishing to advance their Russian through intensive language training. The eight-week program is geared towards intermediate through advanced students and offers courses in Russian language and culture. All coursework, including content classes, will be taught in Russian. Students also participate in a rich cultural immersion program that offers homestays, extracurricular activities and excursions to places of historical and cultural significance in and around St. Petersburg.
Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or lifestyle. Choose the sprawling nation's capital of Moscow or the cultural hub of St. Petersburg. Home Stays and TORFL Testing are optionally available. With SRAS, it's all up to you.