UCLA Russian Flagship students spend one summer (8 weeks) in a Russian-speaking country, typically the summer after they have completed third year Russian.
Our students have participated in summer programs through American Councils for Teachers of Russian (ACTR) and spent summers in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Additionally, students can apply to the Critical Language Scholarship program (CLS) to spend a summer in Nizhni Novgorod or Vladimir, Russia. While abroad, students participate in intensive education programs, taking courses instructed entirely in Russian and attending excursions to national landmarks. The program includes cultural activities programs such as cooking, singing and dancing, with the exact curriculum determined by the hosting institution. Students live with host families to experience complete cultural immersion.
The summer program is optional for Flagship students, but mandatory if they wish to attend the year-long capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Its primary purpose is to enhance students’ Russian language proficiency and introduce them to life in a Russian speaking country, to ensure that they can commit to a year-long program. It is also a fun and rewarding experience.
There is some financial aid available for the summer program abroad, but available funds vary every year.