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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 06/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Some programs may start earlier for orientation and end later for final exams than the approximate dates listed. All dates and acceptance status MUST be verified with the host institution/affiliate BEFORE any travel arrangements are made. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from the program location and should wait to purchase airfare until they have been officially instructed by the Faculty Director, Affiliate, and/or Host University about the final program dates.
Fall 2021 06/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Some programs may start earlier for orientation and end later for final exams than the approximate dates listed. All dates and acceptance status MUST be verified with the host institution/affiliate BEFORE any travel arrangements are made. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from the program location and should wait to purchase airfare until they have been officially instructed by the Faculty Director, Affiliate, and/or Host University about the final program dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Dormitory, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Home Campus: U of U: Utah Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Undergraduate Transfer Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Russian
Click here for a definition of this term Badge Opportunities: Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience Click here for a definition of this term Field of Study: Education, Culture, & Society, History, International Studies, Languages & Literature, Political Science, University Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18, OPEN to ALL Majors Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
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Program Description:

Bishkek: Central Asian Studies

 

Central Asian Studies is an innovative program based in the fascinating region of Central Asia and combines intensive language or linguistics study with a range of regional studies courses.

The semester program looks at geopolitics, policy, and demographics while the summer program offers two distinct tracks: one broadly anthropological and the other specifically focused on linguistic anthropology. No matter which session you chose, a robust travel component will complement your studies, giving you wider, fuller, first-hand, practical perspectives on the issues that interest you most.

 

- Semester Courses (Spring/Fall) -

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
12 credits

CA-371: The New Great Game
You will gain an overview of the New Great Game as a renewed struggle for hegemony and control over natural resources and geopolitical positioning in Central Asia between competing global powers, the Central Asian republics themselves, and neighboring states.
3 credits

CA-372: Understanding Central Asia
You will take a broad overview of the cultural, social, historical, and religious dimensions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Attention is given to the media, civil society, gender, and religious environment in these countries.
3 credits

- Summer Courses (pick one track) -

Identity and Ethnicity Track

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
10-week Summer (14 credits); 5-week Summer (4 credits)

Identity and Ethnicity in Central Asia
Examine cultural elements that unite and divide society in modern Central Asia. Overview the ethnic and social divisions in Central Asia and understand their historical roots and modern issues such as clan structure. Explore identity formation in modern Kyrgyzstan, including an overview of the Kyrgyz language as well as traditional Kyrgyz foods, holidays, music, and storytelling. Meet locals and experience the cultural elements first-hand through workshops, guest lectures, and field trips.
Base course is 2 US semester credits. On the full summer session, 3 credits total may be earned with a more extensive research component. Held entirely over the five-week period, students on either summer time frame will take the full course.

Linguistic Anthropology Track

Linguistic Anthropology in Central Asia
This course offers an introduction to the foundational relationship between language and culture by examining anthropological approaches to the study of language. Learn how language both reflects and creates thought, culture, and power relations. This course will offer a Kyrgyz-focus, covering all material in the Identity and Ethnicity in Central Asia course above. It will also overview how Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek are used in and are shaped by social, cultural, and individual processes to convey culture, thought, ethnicity, religion, status, and gender.
4 credits. Course is held in its entirety over the five-week period, meaning students on either time frame will take the full course.

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes.
10-week Summer (14 credits); 5-week Summer (N/A)

For more information, and to apply, click here.

 




 

WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE?

An Affiliate is a partner organization that is evaluated and approved by the University of Utah. Affiliates offer classes in both English and the host language. You may take classes with other U.S. students, international students, or students from the host country. Many affiliates provide special services such as visa support, housing, cultural excursions, and on-site staffing to help you navigate your host country.

APPLYING TO AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM

  1. Complete Learning Abroad 101. This is a short information session about programs, applications, financial aid, and scholarships. You can complete Learning Abroad 101 in-person or online.
  2. Submit your Applications. You will submit TWO Applications for this Program. These Applications can be completed at the same time.
    • U of U Application- Click Apply Now at the top of your screen to get started and submit the Initial Payment.
    • Affiliate Application- Click on the Homepage link above to find your Affiliate Application. Contact the Affiliate if you have questions.
  3. Commit to your U of U Application. You will receive an acceptance email to your Umail account. Log into your U of U Application and Commit to your Program within 3 business days of acceptance!
  4. Upload your Affiliate Acceptance Letter. When you receive your acceptance letter from the Affiliate, upload a copy in your U of U Application.
  5. Complete the Post-Decision Steps. Finish the Post-Decision steps in your U of U Application by the deadlines provided.

ACADEMICS & ACCOMMODATION

DATES & TRANSPORTATION

  • TENTATIVE dates are listed above. Compare the dates to the University of Utah academic calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • You are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the host country for most Programs.
  • Do not purchase your flight until you read the instructions in the Learning Abroad Handbook.

LEARNING ABROAD BADGES

Students enrich their time abroad by earning Learning Abroad Badges such as:
Badge Opportunities
This Program is eligible for the Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above. Some Programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options. Click here to learn more about the Global U Program.

FINANCES

PROGRAM ADVISING

  • Program advising is available through our Learning Abroad Coordinators.
  • You will automatically be assigned to a Coordinator when you start your U of U Application. Coordinators are assigned based on your major.
  • You must complete Learning Abroad 101 before meeting with a Coordinator.

LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK

Interested in learning more about the academic, financial, and logistical aspects of our Programs? The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's financial, disciplinary, administrative, academic, and logistical expectations. You’ll find videos, tips, and resources that help you make the most of your experience before, during, and after your Program.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

It is your responsibility to read, understand, and adhere to the terms and conditions of your Program. Terms and conditions are outlined in the Learning Abroad Handbook, Learning Abroad website, and in your Program Application. Terms and conditions may also be communicated to you through digital, verbal, and hard copy communication. Contact Learning Abroad with any questions or concerns.