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  • Locations: Irkutsk, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • 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: Culture, Environmental Science, History, Independent Study, Internships, Russian, Siberian Studies Program Type: BGSU Affiliate Program
Program Description:

Irkutsk: Language and Environment

Language and the environment are both issues of global importance. Irkutsk provides an exceptionally intensive and immersive experience to study both.

Russian as a Second Language forms the core of this program. During the academic year choose between a study of the Environmental History of Russia or more language electives.


Curriculum - summer -

RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study
Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
Summer I (10 weeks): 200 hours; Summer II (8 weeks): 160 hours; Summer III (6 weeks): 120 hours.

Curriculum - spring/fall -

RS-100/200/300/400: Russian Language Study
Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
Academic hours: 300

Choose one of the following two tracks:

Individual Language Study
Use these individual hours to develop your language further. Focus on specific aspects, terminology, translation, literature, and more. These hours may be additionally used for individual courses in Buryat language and ethnology.
Academic hours: 60

The Environmental History of Russia
Overview of the driving and problematic questions that have informed modern environmental science. Sample materialist, literary, and culturally-oriented contributions to Russia's nascent field of environmental history. Discuss abundant first-hand accounts and literature covering nomadic, agricultural, military, entrepreneurial, and industrial pursuits; monumental Soviet environmental transformations and catastrophes; and how the natural world has figured in shaping and representing identities in tsarist Russia, the USSR, and modern Russia.
Academic hours: 56

Other options

Students with upper intermediate (B2) and above may select one to three electives on a wide range of subjects including specialized language courses as well as history, ethnology and folklore, classic literature, modern literature, and comparative development. The second and third elective, if chosen, will replace an equal number of language study hours. Contact us for a full list of electives available.


For more information, and to apply, click here.