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ACTR (Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program)
American Council for Teachers of Russian (ACTR) has administered intensive Russian-language immersion programs for U.S. students at institutes and universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg since 1976. Each year, ACTR organizes semester programs in both spring and fall, a nine-month academic-year program, and a seven-week summer program at major academic centers in Russia, including Moscow State University, the Moscow International University, the Moscow Linguistic University, Moscow University for Small Business Management (Vladimir Campus), and the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen Institute) in St. Petersburg as well as the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir.
Students with military affiliations
should contact the Study Abroad Advisor for information on the ACTR program located in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Are you a heritage speaker of Russian or really want to become fluent in Russian? The Russian Flagship Program
may be of interest to you. Please visit the website! The capstone year happens at the ACTR Kazakhstan site.
ACTR offers the advanced program in major academic centers in Russia, including Moscow State University, the Moscow International University, the Moscow Linguistic University, Moscow University for Small Business Management (Vladimir Campus), and the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen Institute) in St. Petersburg as well as the KORA Center for Russian Language in Vladimir.
The language prerequisite is 2 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
ACTR offers semester programs in the spring or fall at Moscow International University, Moscow Linguistics University, Moscow University for Small Business Management (Vladmir Campus), and the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg. These four-month programs are designed to improve students' Russian-language skills, as well as familiarize them with Russian history and culture.
The semester program provides small group language instruction and lectures, as well as seminars on literature, culture, and history. Students with two semesters of college Russian enroll in language instruction. Students enrolled for the Academic Year, with three semesters of college Russian, may elect to take fewer courses in the second semester and pursue a research project. Students who choose the research option are required to submit, as part of their application, a proposal for a research project that will be undertaken during their stay in Russia. Research papers must be submitted at the end of the year. Students will earn 16 credit hours per semester.
Each summer, ACTR organizes a 7-week program at major academic centers in Russia. Students will be in classes with other program participants. All courses are taught in Russian. The seven-week summer program is designed to improve students' oral, listening, and reading proficiency in the Russian language and introduce students to contemporary Russian life. Small group instruction includes 20-25 contact hours per week and lectures and seminars on Russian literature, history, and culture. Applicants must have two semesters of college-level Russian. Students enroll in two course: Intensive Conversation and Intensive Grammar, for a total of 8 credit hours.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Program participants have the option to live in a university dormitory or with a host family.
Living with a host family provides valuable cultural experience to complement the academic program. Host families expose participants to authentic, everyday life in the host country while also providing a supportive environment for students to practice their growing language skills. While staying with a host family, participants are provided with a private room, two meals per day, and keys to the apartment or house. All host families are screened, selected, and monitored by American Councils home-stay coordinators and resident directors. Participants who choose the dormitory option share a room with other American Councils participants or with other international students. Two meals a day are provided.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Check the ACTR program website for more information on their scholarship opportunities.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access