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Study Abroad with the KU Slavic Department

The department encourages all students to include a significant study abroad experience in their undergraduate studies.

KU Summer Programs

KU runs two programs are open to students from KU and other North-American universities who seek college credit. These programs are in Croatia and Ukraine.

Croatia (Zadar)

The University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Office of Study Abroad offer students the opportunity to spend the summer in Zadar, Croatia, studying Croatian language and culture.

Ukraine (L'viv)

This six-week program offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, culture, etc.) in L'viv. Administered by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

 Kazakhstan (Experiential Learning and Internships in Almaty)

Our newest program (now in development, to launch in spring-summer 2015) offers students the opportunity to study as well as work in a private company in beautiful Almaty, Kazakhstan. Associated with the American-style KIMEP University specializing in business and media, the program is open to Russian-language majors, who will enhance their stills working in a Russian-speaking environment at the same time as building their international work experience. The program is also suited to students of journalism and business. A "survival" Russian course at KU will be offered the spring semester before departure and Russian-language courses are available at KIMEP University. This program has been developed in partnership with the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation.

Additional Options

For study abroad options in other countries, students work with KU's Office of Study Abroad to find appropriate programs and to do a SIP (Student Initiated Program).


Students working on a major in Russian are strongly encouraged to plan for a semester abroad, particularly after completing Russ 504 or Russ 508.  Students can plan an academic year abroad after completing Russ 208 on the KU campus.  Students interested in summer study abroad are encouraged to consider programs of at least six weeks in length. Students will work with the KU Office of Study Abroad to see recommended programs.  The department also encourages students to apply for Boren Awards for International Study (www.borenawards.org) as well as for Critical Language Scholarship Program (www.clscholarship.org). Deadlines and funding priorities change annually, so check these sites early in the Fall semester.



KU Semester Programs

The programs below are available through MAUI, a consortium KU is a member of that gives us access to a European consortium of schools called the Utrecht Network as exchange sites. There are also sites via the ISEP consortium in Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

MAUI Czech Republic

MAUI Estonia

MAUI Hungary

MAUI Latvia

MAUI Lithuania

MAUI Poland

MAUI Romania

MAUI Slovakia

MAUI Slovenia





In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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