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Study Abroad

Study abroad is the key to cultural competency.

All students who want to achieve high levels of proficiency in Russian are encouraged to participate in one or more study abroad programs in Russia. To plan your study abroad program in Russia please contact Alyse Collins (ayc@pdx.edu) in Education Abroad.

All students of the Russian Flagship Program are expected to spend one academic year at the Russian Overseas Flagship Center at St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, RU or Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, KZ.

These Flagship Centers provide students the opportunity to develop their language skills and put their lessons into context as they experience life abroad - through internships, homestays, and interaction with native speakers. The Flagship Overseas Capstone Year provides:

  • Direct enrollment at overseas universities
  • Extended overseas immersion
  • Specialized tutors
  • Internships that combine  practical use of language with career interests

Students aim to achieve a Superior Level (ILR Level 3) proficiency in Russian upon completion of their overseas experience.

Overseas at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Overseas at St. Petersburg State University