Five students from Brigham Young University will travel to the Soviet Union to further their studies of the Russian language and Soviet culture at Russian universities this summer and fall.

Two of the students, Kirby Branham and Daniel L. Rooker, will study for a semester in Leningrad. Jonathan N. Bowman, Curtis R. Goodman and Lisa A. Maughan will study in Moscow.The students were selected through two separate national competitions sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange and the American Council of Teachers of Russian.

"Each student was required to take a three-hour examination, which included writing essays in English and Russian," said Gary L. Browning, chairman of the BYU Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages.

Grants from the Richard Smith Beal Fellowship Fund of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and the BYU College of Humanities will also help finance the students in their academic endeavors.

Branham, who is already in Leningrad, is from Eagle River, Wis. A member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi, he has a major in Russian and a minor in economics.

Bowman also has a double major in Russian and European studies. He is from St. George. He is president of the BYU Amateur Radio Club.

Goodman, a son of the U.S. consulate general in Ecuador, has a double major in Russian and European studies.