Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Nazarbayev University


SSRES (Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies) at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan is an intensive academic program that offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Russian language and to experience Kazakh language and culture in the heart of Eurasia.


In 2018, SSRES will offer a full 8-week program, as well as two 5-week sessions. Students of the 5-week program will complete 4 weeks of instruction and spend an additional week on a final project.


8-week program

(equivalent to 1 academic year of study)

May 25 – July 27
May 25 Students arrive in Astana
May 26-27 Proficiency testing, course placement. Cultural program starts
May 28 Classes start
July 23 Last day of classes
July 24-26  Final Exams and exit proficiency testing
July 27 Students leave Astana


5-week program

(equivalent to 1 semester of study)

Session 1: May 25-June 30 Session 2:  June 22-July 30
Session 1 Session 2
May 25 June 22 Students arrive in Astana
May 26-27 June 23-24 Proficiency testing, course placement. Cultural program starts
May 28 June 25 Classes start
June 21 July 23 Last day of classes
June 22-24 July 24-25 Final Exams and exit proficiency testing
June 25-29 July 25-29 Students complete final project
June 30-July 1 July 30 Students leave Astana


Program Overview


SSRES students can choose an intensive course in either Russian or Kazakh.

For Russian, the SSRES program offers courses at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and advanced/superior levels.

For Kazakh, SSRES students will study alongside Nazarbayev University students during the university’s Summer Term; various levels of Kazakh courses are available, depending on student interest.

In addition to their intensive language courses, a weekly practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture is included in the cost of the program.

8-week SSRES students will have the option of enrolling in one elective course in English, for an additional fee. Eurasian Studies courses are offered as a part of Nazarbayev University’s Summer Term curriculum and open to local and international students.

Nazarbayev University is a Western-style university located in Astana, Kazakhstan,  where English is the language of instruction. This is the first university in Kazakhstan that is committed to working according to international academic standards, guided by the principles of autonomy and academic freedom.

Nazarbayev University is a world research leader in Eurasian studies. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University offers an MA in Eurasian Studies, a two-year interdisciplinary area studies program taught in English. It is the first of its kind to be offered in Kazakhstan, and one of only a handful across the Eurasian region.

SSRES students will live on Nazarbayev University's modern campus in Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana.

The program is open to international students from undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as to working professionals.