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Central Asian Studies is an innovative program preparing students for international careers. Based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia, this program combines intensive language study with courses on regional history and the specific countries and major cultures of this diverse area. A month of home stay, an extensive cultural program and educational travel to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan are included to give a deeper understanding of what locals think and how they live.

Central Asian Studies is for adventurous students looking to understand a militarily and economically vital part of the world where Islam and Christianity, as well as Russian, Western, Chinese, and local interests mix and sometimes collide. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on geopolitics and foreign relations for your future in government, business, or academia.


Area(s) of Study

  • Asian Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Russian, East European, And Eu
  • Bridging Disciplines
  • Humanities
  • Russian
  • Slavic And Eurasian Languages
  • Government

Sponsored by SRAS - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

Students gain 12 credit hours of intensive Russian language study, and take up to 2 other elective courses, including an optional internship or research project. Students have the option to study Central Asian languages (Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tadjik, Turkmen) at additional cost. Internship option for full year participants.


Students can choose from either Russian Language or Central Asian Studies programs. For Central Asian Studies, in the semester coursework focuses on history, politics and culture; in the summer coursework focuses on linguistic and cultural anthropology.

Language(s) of Instruction

English, Russian, and Various


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - Yes


Housing included in program cost: one month of homestay and housing for the rest of the program in a residence hall; breakfast and supper included with home stay.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

Students pay $75 application fee, $600 affiliated studies fee, and insurance to UT. Program fees paid to SRAS, and includes education costs, visa, housing, round-trip airport transfers, mobile telephone. Sem budget for Central Asian Studies. Summer budgets for 8-week Russian language (6- and 10-week also available).


- Spring
  • Program: January 18, 2024 to May 12, 2024
  • Instructional: January 19, 2024 to May 11, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2023
  • Final Deadline: October 1, 2023
- Summer Whole
  • Program: May 23, 2024 to July 21, 2024
  • Instructional: May 24, 2024 to July 20, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2024
- Fall
  • Program: August 23, 2024 to December 15, 2024
  • Instructional: August 24, 2024 to December 14, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Daniel E Ach

Additional Resources

Program Website
Visa Information
Events Calendar
Information Session
Information Session

Next Step

1) View advising videos Explore: Education Abroad 101 and Explore regional. Attend a live Q&A with questions. 2) View Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Get Started link below and apply! Videos and Q&A events found here:

Program information above is subject to change