The American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) is designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in a Russian-speaking society while providing key logistical support and individualized attention to U.S. participants. The program is based at leading universities and educational institutions in Moscow, Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Almaty, Kazakhstan. It serves undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and working professionals who attend roughly 20 hours per week of class instruction; all courses are taught by native Russian-speaking faculty. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia/Kazakhstan, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue internships, volunteering, hobbies, and personal interests in a Russian context.
Russian Flagship students may participate in the summer RLASP programs at the Moscow International University, Herzen University in St. Petersburg, or Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. Students who successfully complete RLASP receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College, a domestic Flagship institution. Students from University of Wisconsin-Madison have their overseas grades transferred directly to their institution.