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  • Locations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Russian Housing Option: Host Family, Student Residence Hall
Areas of Study: Central Asian Studies, Culture, History, Independent Study, International Relations, Internships, Political Science, Russian Program Type: BGSU Affiliate Program
Program Description:

Bishkek: Central Asian Studies


Central Asian Studies is an innovative program based in the fascinating region of Central Asia and combines intensive language or linguistics study with a range of regional studies courses.

The semester program looks at geopolitics, policy, and demographics while a robust travel component will complement your studies, giving you wider, fuller, first-hand, practical perspectives on the issues that interest you most. If you are interested in the summer version of this program, see SRAS Bishkek: The Geopolitics of Central Asia.


- Semester Courses (Spring/Fall) -

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
12 credits

CA-371: The New Great Game
You will gain an overview of the New Great Game as a renewed struggle for hegemony and control over natural resources and geopolitical positioning in Central Asia between competing global powers, the Central Asian republics themselves, and neighboring states.
3 credits

CA-372: Understanding Central Asia
You will take a broad overview of the cultural, social, historical, and religious dimensions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Attention is given to the media, civil society, gender, and religious environment in these countries.
3 credits

For more information, and to apply, click here.