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  • Locations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy, Nally, Ginger Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Host Country Language: Russian
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure

Hosted in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


There are many reasons to experience Kyrgyzstan and learn more about its people, history, and language. From its position as America's strongest ally in the economic and militarily important Central Asia region to the opportunity it offers for outdoor adventure and inexpensive travel, we believe Kyrgyzstan is an oft-overlooked destination for study abroad.


Kyrgyz Summer Adventure packages intensive three weeks of Kyrgyz and/or Russian language training and one week of touring the countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language. See below for sample itinerary.


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Program details


The Kyrgyz Summer Adventure Program combines three weeks of intensive language study in Bishkek and one week of horse-trekking. There is ample time to practice the conversational skills you will have learned so far during the trek.


During the three weeks in Bishkek, an excursion program will be provided which may include excursions to Ala-Archa National park, the Burana Tower (a IXth century minaret), Song Kul Lake and the petroglyphs on the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Cultural components in Bishkek could include a night at the opera, Soviet historical monuments, the nearby Manas-Aili museum, and Kyrgyz oral poets. All of this is subject to scheduling conditions at the time of study.


The length of the trek can be stretched on either end, but in this configuration we had one day of rest at the end to allow participants to unwind. Sometimes, it also takes a day to teach students to get used to riding horses in mountain conditions. The itinerary for the horse-trek is subject to change based on weather and other conditions.


The sturdy Kyrgyz ponies are easy to ride, saddles are comfortable and horses provide a leisurely way to see more of the natural beauty of the area.


Daytime activities are plentiful and varied. In the mountain valleys, it's possible to see the occasional mountain sheep and hear the high-pitched screech of marmots. Watch eagles soar overhead and enjoy the fresh aroma of mountain flowers. Savor it, for once you are back in the bustle and heat of Bishkek, you'll surely miss it.



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This program is currently not accepting applications.