Study Abroad Opportunities for Students

Have you always dreamt of studying abroad? Perhaps you want to reinforce your language skills? Or maybe you just want to compliment your studies at UC Berkeley? Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity open to all students at UC Berkeley - both at the undergraduate and graduate level. No matter your reason for choosing to study abroad, we are here to help you along the way to make sure you have the information and resources you need to select the right program, choose the right city/country, and address anything else leading up to your departure. The links below are intended to help guide you through the planning stages of your journey.

"Where to start?" : The quickest and easiest way to dive into the world of study abroad is to visit the Berkeley Study Abroad site. Here you will find information related to various programs open to Berkeley students. If language study is your main goal, we recommend you check out the UC Education Abroad Program - they offer a program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a program in Prague, Czech Republic.

"But what if I want to study somewhere else?" : No worries - there are so many different programs out there in practically every Slavic, East European, and Eurasian country. Hungarian in Debrecen? There's a program. Russian in Nizhny Novgorod? Check. Udmurt in Izhevsk? Got it. Once you begin to explore programs, you will be amazed by the variety of languages, locations, institutes, and people involved in the world of language study. Click here for a list of study abroad programs in Russian, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Keep in mind that there is a little more planning involved in going on a non-Berkeley program, but that does not mean you should shy away from exploring these opportunties. Just get your questions ready: how do I pay for my program? how will courses/credits transfer? do I need a visa? is there student housing or an option for a host-family? You should plan to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor, your academic advisor, or another qualified person on campus early in your career at Berkeley - the more time you have to plan, the more knowledgeable you will be before you go abroad. If you are not sure where to begin, especially if the program is not part of the EAP program list, send a message to and we will do our best to help find someone to advise you.


**Perhaps study abroad isn't for you, but you still want to gain advanced proficiency in your chosen foreign language? Check out the list of domestic summer language programs here.**


Study Abroad Programs

American Councils for International Education
-Critical Language Scholarship (Russian)
-Peace & Security: South Caucasus (Russian, Georgian, or Chechen at all levels)
-Eurasian Regional Language Program (Armenian, Azeri, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Romanian, Tajiki, Ukrainian, and Uzbek)
-Balkan Language Initiative (Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, and Serbian)
-Business Russian Language & Internship Program
-Contemporary Russia Program
-Russian Heritage Speakers Program
-Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)
-Russian as a Second Language (RSL) - Study in Moscow or Kyrgyzstan
-Internships - in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan
-Central Asian Studies - Study in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, or Turkmenistan
-Jewish Studies in Poland - Program is in English
-Russian Studies Abroad - Study in Moscow or St. Petersburg
-Security and Society in the Information Age - Program is in Poland
-The Russian Far East - Study in Vladivostok
-Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space - Study in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia
-Politics and International at MGIMO - Study in Moscow; Program is in Russian
-Art and Museums in Russia - Study in St. Petersburg; Program is in English
-Crossroads of Empires: Central Europe - Program is in English
-Eurasian Culinary Studies
-International Business: St. Petersburg
-Jewish Heritage Summer
-Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
-Siberian Studies
-Siberian Summer Adventure
-Russian Folklore Expedition
-Acting in Russia