What is the ISLC?

The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures or ISLC is a phased-in expansion of Russian Language Ministries. ISLC’s goal is to apply the same type of learning environment and philosophy of language acquisition that we have successfully used in teaching Russian to that of both Arabic and Chinese languages. Chinese courses are planned for the near future while the Arabic language portion of the ISLC is still in a research stage.

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What are the costs of studying Russian at ISLC?

Tuition for our eight-month course is $6500 ($3250/semester). (Room and board is not included.) Required texts and materials cost between $100 and $150, depending on the course. Students are able to study for one “semester”, or a portion thereof, on a prorated basis.

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What is the schedule for a typical course at ISLC?

ISLC’s Russian courses are held year-round with courses beginning generally in August and January. Our next eight-month course is scheduled to run from August 23 till May 5th. (2016)

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What housing arrangements are available through ISLC?

Here at the ISLC we do our best to assist students with housing listings in the Spokane area, so that students can find available housing close by. Moody housing close to campus may be available for those taking classes for credit through Moody Bible Institute, while there are a number of other options close by.

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How much Russian will I learn?

Since each person’s personality, natural language aptitude, and motivation to learn are different, the results for each student will of course vary. Our students spend between 700 and 750 hours in learning-related activities (about 25 hours per week) per eight-month course. Our complete intensive Russian course has been said to be equivalent to about a four-year University Russian degree program. However, due to the intensive nature of our programs, and the high value we place on communicative activities and interaction with the Russian community, students generally become considerably more proficient in the language than is usually the case in a regular college curriculum.

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Is there any financial aid available?

While there is currently no financial aid available, we do offer some discounts to tuition: A husband and wife studying together are able to get a 10% discount off one spouse. In addition to this, children between the ages of 13 and 18 (those still in high school) are able to receive a 50% discount if one or both parents are enrolled. Children who have graduated high school pay the normal amount for tuition.

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Can I receive college credit for the Russian courses I take?

Most component courses are accredited by Moody Bible Institute as undergraduate credit.  Up to 9 hours of undergraduate credit is available for each 16 week semester course through Moody Bible Institute-Spokane. Students who wish to enroll for credit need to apply directly to Moody Bible Institute-Spokane. For information on enrolling, go here:


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Can I “audit” a Russian course?

Due to the labor intensive, personalized attention given to each student, auditing of our language courses is not available. Students may optionally enroll in just part of our overall program and still benefit greatly from the experience!

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