Arizona in Kazakhstan: Summer Intensive Russian and Eurasian Studies Program
|Term||App Deadline||Start Date||End Date||Cost|
|Summer||February 25||early June||late July||Budget|
- Language of Instruction
- English, Russian
- Foreign Language Requirement
- Class Eligibility
- Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
- Program Open To
- UA and Non-UA Students
- Credit Type
- UA Direct Credit
- Level of Study
- Graduate, Undergraduate
- Housing Options
- Residence Hall
- Program Type
- UA Faculty-led
Arizona in Kazakhstan gives Russian language students a unique opportunity to learn language and experience the culture in one of the most vibrant, successful post-Soviet countries. The key features of this program is intensive Russian OR Kazakh language and culture study in the beautiful and modern capital of Kazakhstan, Astana; an opportunity to engage with local communities and ethnic groups, and get acquainted with Kazakh cultural heritage. During the eight-week stay in Kazakhstan, the students will have weekly excursions in Astana and around the country. Previous excursions have included a weekend-long trip to Burabay--the Switzerland of Kazakhstan, a trip to Almaty, a visit to a GULAG camp for the wives of the “enemies of the people,” a trip to the Korgalzhyn nature reserve--the most-northern habitat of pink flamingoes, and other visits to cultural and historical places of interest. The program offers a non-credited practical Kazakh culture course as a bonus course for University of Arizona students.
Tentative Summer 2019 dates: June 3 - July 31
Please do not buy your airline tickets until you have received instructions from UA Study Abroad, as these dates may changes.
The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with SSRES (Summer School of Russian and Eurasian Studies), operates an intensive academic program at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. The program offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the Russian language, experience the Kazakh language, and learn more about post-Soviet culture in the heart of Eurasia.
The main component of this program will be an intensive language studies. Students can choose from:
- An eight-week course in Russian (with or without an elective course)
- An eight-week course in Kazakh (with or without an elective course)
Students are placed into appropriate levels of language instruction, based on the results of placement testing and according to their level of proficiency. Russian and Kazakh language courses are taught by professionals trained in current methodologies and experienced in teaching international students.
Students also have the opportunity to enroll in optional elective courses in Eurasian Studies taught in English. In addition to the language course, students may take one elective course (see the options listed below for more details).
Russian Language Courses:
Students have the option to enroll in Russian language coursework, including:
- Intensive Beginning Russian (RSSS 101 and 102 combined): For students with very little or no previous classroom instruction in Russian. Students will learn to read and understand spoken Russian in basic and predictable everyday contexts (such as introducing themselves, talking about their families, friends, everyday activities and hobbies, ordering a meal in a restaurant, asking directions on the street) and develop basic skills in reading and writing. Students will learn elementary grammatical structures of Russian and acquire basic vocabulary. Upon completion of this course, the students will have novice high or intermediate low language skills.
- Intensive Intermediate Russian (RSSS 201 and 202 combined): Students will further develop their language skills in all four modalities (listening, speaking, writing and reading) through communicative activities in and outside the classroom. Students will review basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring new grammatical skills and working on enlarging their active vocabulary. Students will raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the intermediate mid or high level. At the end of the course, students will be able to interact in some aspects of day-to-day life in a Russian-speaking community and will be prepared to enter their home college’s upper-level Russian courses.
- Intensive Advanced Russian (RSSS 301 and 302 combined): Students will work on increasing their level to intermediate high and advanced low or mid. The students will expand and solidify their command of Russian vocabulary, grammar and spelling, and develop advanced listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Students will get practice with advanced grammatical topics such as particles, verbal adverbs and numerals, and work on verbal aspect and verbal governance. Students will engage in a wide variety of activities, combining textbook materials with authentic reading texts and videos in a variety of genres. Students will discuss various topics related to both everyday situations and political and social life. At the end of the course, students will prepare and deliver short presentations.
- Advanced Russian Communication / Advanced Russian Reading (RSSS 415:001 / 515:002): Intended for students who have already achieved high proficiency in Russian. Typically, a student at this level will have completed three-four years of the college study of Russian and/or will have lived in a Russian-speaking country for a semester or more. Students taking this course should be comfortable speaking Russian in a wide range of situations, should be easily understood by Russian speakers, should be able to follow and participate in conversations on familiar topics, and should have a firm mastery of grammar and vocabulary. This course is intended to expand the range of registers and styles in which students are comfortable; to familiarize them with the norms of discourse in a range of styles, from academic and journalistic to literary and informal, both in writing and in oral speech. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact in Russian effectively and with ease and they should expect to reach a proficiency level of advanced high or superior.
Kazakh Language Courses:
As an alternative, students can enroll in the program's Kazakh language course:
- Intensive Beginning Kazakh (8 credits): For students with very little or no previous classroom instruction in Kazakh. Proficiency-based approach will stress the development of communicative abilities in- and outside the classroom. Using authentic materials, the students will learn to read and understand spoken Kazakh in basic and predictable everyday contexts (such as introducing themselves, talking about their families, friends, everyday activities and hobbies, ordering a meal in a restaurant, asking directions on the street) and develop basic skills in reading and writing. Students will learn elementary grammatical structures of Kazakh and acquire basic vocabulary. Upon completion of this course, the students will reach novice high or intermediate low language skills.
NOTE: Students enrolling in Kazakh language courses will receive transfer credit from Nazarbayev University.
Students also have the option to take advantage of one elective course free of charge:
- Practical Course in Kazakh Language and Culture: SSRES will also offer a free credit-bearing (pass/fail) Kazakh language and culture course. The course is designed for learners who are interested in Kazakh language, culture, and cuisine, and who have little or no previous experience with Kazakhstan. The course will introduce students to elements of Kazakh culture related to language and rituals, especially rituals related to interactions of man with nature, and rituals related to stages of the socialization of men (besyk toi, tusau kesu, bet ashar, shashu, til, ashar, etc.). The course is taught in English. Each session provides relevant vocabulary in Kazakh with translations and explanations in English. This course also introduces students to basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation of Kazakh, and develops basic speaking skills.
Eurasian Studies Lecture Series:
SSRES will invite its participants to the Second Eurasian Studies Lecture Series. Lectures on topics related to culture, history, politics and literature of Kazakhstan are given by the Nazarbayev University professors who introduce the students to most current research in their fields while designing their lectures to be broad in focus and accessible to general audiences. The Lecture Series is open to the SSRES participants, as well as to NU students, faculty and community.
Housing and Meal Plan
Students will live on campus in dormitories. Students will have the option of sharing a room with a local Russian speaking student or with a student from their Arizona group. Dormitories come fully equipped with everything a student needs, including a small grocery store, pharmacy, laundry, cafeteria, salon, study rooms, and more. Students will also have access to a fully-equipped kitchen in dormitories. Student resident assistants will be on call 24 hours a day. There is security at the entrance to the dormitories and resident assistance is available 24/7. All persons entering the area must display a student pass issued by NU.
A meal plan included in the program fees includes 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner) at the university cafeteria from Monday to Friday. For breakfast, students can prepare food in their kitchens, or purchase breakfast at the cafeteria or at one of the coffee shops on campus. Weekend meals will be either included in the excursions, or will be purchased separately.
Students will get a free gym pass for the duration of the program.
For detailed information about Arizona in Kazakhstan excursions, please visit the official Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies Cultural Program page. These excursions are automatically included in the price of the Arizona in Kazakhstan program.