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UCF Global partners with the Russian Studies Program at UCF led by Dr. Alla Kourova, Associate Professor of Russian and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL). Dr. Kourova seeks to expand Russian Studies at UCF by serving as the faculty advisor for the Russian Club at UCF and has done so through the successful execution of programs, such as the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad from the Department of Education and the Department of State funded Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program. Through our partnership, UCF Global seeks to enhance international opportunities for students to experience Russian language and culture. In collaboration with Dr. Kourova and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UCF Global hosts programs and pursues additional sponsored opportunities to advance UCF’s relationship with Russia and Eastern Europe.


UCF Global and the Department of Modern Language are applying for a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Embassy to provide a gap year experience for recent Russian high school graduates. During their gap year experience, students will develop their English abilities, take American studies courses, learn about their own specific fields of interests, and participate in educational excursions to understand American culture.



STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The three weeks of classes intensive language and culture program is free to high school students, UCF students, and community members. Registration is available online and the program begins in early July.

Startalk Students


The Russian Club at UCF and Dr. Kourova hold weekly Russian Conversation Hours, monthly Russian Tea Hours, and weekly Russian Club meetings at UCF Global. Each of these activities are open to everyone, students and community members alike. For information on meeting days and times, please visit the Russian Club Facebook Page or their website.

Russian Club Group Photo

For more information, please contact Dr. Alla Kourova.


Dr. Kourova also leads the UCF student study abroad program. Partner institutions, including Moscow State University, Moscow City University, and the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation, help facilitate the programming of both the study abroad and other programs, such as the international project “Connecting Classrooms”.

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