Tyler Conklin has embarked on an overseas adventure. Conklin, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., is spending the fall semester taking general education and Russian courses at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic State University in Russia.

As a freshman, Conklin, a political science major, wanted to take a foreign language class, but because she had enrolled late, her choices were limited. She eventually got in a Russian class and loved it. That matched perfectly with an American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) program in Russia that Conklin learned about at a study-abroad information fair.

“AIFS offers a semester program in St. Petersburg, Russia, where students can study Russian and also take classes in English on politics and international studies,” said Megan Corrigan, Conklin’s Russian language instructor. “This was exactly what Tyler was looking for.”

Conklin was one of 34 Americans studying in St. Petersburg this fall through the AIFS program.