“Russian is the native language of some 150 million citizens of the Russian Federal Republic. It is one of the five official languages of the UN, and… it is an increasingly important language for business and trade as Russian institutions, both public and private, integrate with their European and American counterparts.”
(Taken from "Why Study Russian?," a publication of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages and the American Council of Teachers of Russian)
This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.
Review the following suggestions from the Slavic Languages and Literatures program before beginning your study abroad research.
Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.