Study Abroad


CC Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Blocks 7&8


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The Department of Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies offers the intensive Russian language program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Blocks 7&8. In addition to the core curriculum of RU201-202 or RU305-306, the program includes a rich and diverse cultural experience:   Guided tours of Bishkek (state museums of fine arts and history, concert halls, churches, mosques, and bazaars), trips to Ala-Archa Canyon and National Park, Ala-Too mountain range, and the pearl of Central Aisa- the lake Issyk-Köl-one of the largest mountain lakes in the world. Students try their hand at felting and cooking traditional dishes. We plan to add trips to Almaty in Kazakhstan, and to Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan- the ancient gateway cities on the Great Silk Roads.



The program is organized in conjunction with the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. the classes are conducted by Colorado College professors with the assianctance of the local faculty. The courses are taught in Russian and English under Colorado College Block Plan. Student live in Russian-speaking host families. All regular financial aid applies to this program. Students who live on campus with a standard meal plan will pay no additional program fee. CC covers all program costs, including the airfare, room and board.

 Prerequisite: Completion of RU101 and RU102 before block 7

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Students Learn Russian Through Cultural Immersion in Kyrgyzstan

Students at Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Photo by Maggie Davis '27.


“The study abroad in Kyrgyzstan was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! I got the chance to learn the Russian language and history along with the culture in Kyrgyzstan and some of the Kyrgyz language. The country is so beautiful and so fun to explore! We lived in the city so oftentimes we would go to cafes, restaurants, and parks, but we also would go on beautiful hikes and got to swim in a lake which is so large it could be mistaken as being the ocean! ALSO the professors are absolutely the most amazing people and made the trip 100000% better. The bond you will make with them, your host families, your classmates, and the other students at AUCA (the college where you study) is unlike anything else… I promise you will have an amazing time!!!” Rietta Thomson ‘25

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"Being fully immersed in the Russian language with other amazing CC students was a truly incredible experience. I had no idea what to expect going into the trip and was met with some of the friendliest professors, classmates, and host family that one could hope for. I loved watching movies throughout the two blocks and watching my level of understanding of Russian increase as we went along. Moving from no Russian language ability to a solid understanding of the language's structure…", Natasha Jaddock ’24





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