SSRES students can choose an intensive course in either Russian or Kazakh and be placed according to their level of proficiency: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or advanced/superior. Students of Kazakh should make themselves available for proficiency testing prior to their arrival.
Language courses at SSRES are taught using the communicative method of instruction through linguistic and cultural immersion. Students are placed into appropriate groups, according to their level of proficiency (as defined in ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines). Courses are taught by professionals, trained in current methodologies and experienced in teaching international students.
Student Tutors: In addition to their coursework, students work with bilingual student tutors from Nazarbayev University, who provide additional conversational language practice, as well as orient students to the city, organize extracurricular activities, and accompany the group on excursions. The tutors receive training to assist students with their study of Russian and Kazakh.
SSRES offers optional elective courses in Eurasian Studies taught in English. Check our website for the list of electives for SSRES (coming every winter).
Past electives included:
SSRES offers a free, non-credit-bearing, course “Practical Course in Kazakh Language and Culture.”
Eurasian Studies Lecture Series
Designed to be broad in focus and accessible to general audiences, lectures on topics related to the culture, history, politics and literature of Kazakhstan are given by the Nazarbayev University professors who introduce students to the most current research in their fields. The Lecture Series is open to the SSRES participants, as well as to the NU community, including students and faculty.
The list of the lectures is announced every Spring before the programs begins.
Previously, the Eurasian Studies Lecture Series for SSRES included the following presentations: