Program Overview

The Russian Area Studies (RAS) program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, and civilization as well as a rigorous Russian language program.

The program is designed for students with zero to four semesters of Russian. If you are at a higher level (having taken at least one Russian class beyond intermediate) you should enroll in the Russian Language Program. The RAS program cannot accommodate advanced learners and cross-registration between RAS and RLP is not possible.

You must take the Russian language component at the elementary or intermediate level. It consists of two courses—grammar and conversation. In addition, students take three area studies courses taught in English.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Russian Area Studies Program

Additional requirements

  • at least one term of Russian language strongly recommended

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Affairs. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the UO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the UO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester201910/15/2018Early FebruaryLate May
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Early SeptemberMid-December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Early SeptemberMid-May
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Early FebruaryLate May

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