Program alumni are the best resources for students interested in going abroad, and they are available to answer your questions. If you would like to talk to a recent student about their experience in Kazakhstan, get in touch with the advisor, Susan Parsons.

Student in front of a blue green lake and mountains

John Paul Oberst, University of Cincinnati 

When you picture a typical American college experience, you don’t see yourself studying intensive Russian in the steppe of Kazakhstan, however for the students who seek adventure, experience, and a chance to see the unknown, Kazakhstan is the perfect place to study. I had always known that I wanted to study abroad and study Russian immersively, however like many students my studies were shifted due to events in Russia, so I applied to Middlebury and was excited to start studies in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This step in my life was scary at first, and all students should understand that entering a program like the language school at Middlebury will be intimidating, but don’t be scared because everything is on your side and the program is designed to help you grow. 

Through my four months in Kazakhstan, I made so many lasting memories and got to explore three amazing countries within one of the most underrated regions of the world. Not only were the Middlebury courses incredibly well put together, they all uniquely helped me grow my language skills to the point that I feel more confident in Russian coming out than I did going in. I was always told that studying abroad would change my life, but truly studying in Kazakhstan gave me a better idea of who I am, where I want to go, and who I want to be in the future.