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American Councils offers comprehensive study abroad and internship programs in many of the most intriguing corners of the world. From language immersion and area studies to business and international affairs, American Councils has a program to advance your education and career.

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For over 40 years, American Councils has conducted comprehensive study abroad and research programs for thousands of students and scholars. Participants greatly benefit from individual attention in small classes, life with local host families, and immersion opportunities outside the classroom.

Our Programs

American Councils Study Abroad Sites

A leader in study abroad and language immersion throughout the former Soviet Union, American Councils offers programs to suit a variety of academic endeavors in locations off the beaten path.

Russia

Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)One of the longest-running and most respected Russian language and cultural immersion programs, RLASP combines intensive classroom instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field studies, conversation partners, and discussion groups with local students. The program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of history, politics, culture, and society of the region. Learn More →

  • Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir
  • Academic Focus: Russian language and cultural immersion; area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least two semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Business Russian Language & Internship Program (BRLI)

Business russian Language and Internship (BRLI) ProgramCombining intensive language classes and substantive internships in St. Petersburg or Moscow, BRLI gives students invaluable insight into the global workplace and prepares them to use Russian in a professional context. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests. Learn More →

  • Locations: Moscow, St. Petersburg
  • Academic Focus: Russian language; business topics; professional work and language experience
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia Program

Contemporary Russia ProgramDesigned to give participants new insights into the country today, the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia program explores regional developments and conflict, economic and political reforms under Vladimir Putin, the role of mass media in society, and new cultural phenomena shaping today's Russia. The five-week summer program at Moscow International University also offers Russian language and cultural excursions. Learn More →

  • Location: Moscow
  • Academic Focus: Public diplomacy; regional conflict; mass media; economic and political reforms; Russian language study at all levels
  • Program Period: Summer (5 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of Russian language necessary

Russian Heritage Speakers Program

Russian Heritage Speakers ProgramThe Russian Heritage Speakers Program is designed to address the unique challenges faced by students who grew up speaking Russian in the U.S. Through intensive, individualized instruction and cultural immersion activities, the program enables heritage speakers to make rapid gains in speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Learn More →

  • Locations: Moscow, St. Petersburg
  • Academic Focus: Individualized Russian language instruction; cultural immersion and area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: must be a Russian heritage speaker; good academic standing

Customized & Faculty-Led Programs

In addition to administering its own high-quality overseas programs, American Councils offers a wide range of services to support customized and faculty-led programs for U.S. institutions of higher education. With a network of 28 overseas offices and 400 host-country nationals and expatriate staff members around the globe, American Councils is well-equipped to help design an overseas program for your students. Learn More →

  • Locations: Offered in 28 different countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia
  • Academic Focus: Language; culture and area studies;
  • Program Period: Determined by program specifications

Eurasia

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)The Eurasian Regional Language Program offers intensive, highly-individualized instruction in more than 15 Eurasian languages in 9 different countries. Through homestays, cultural activities, and conversation partners, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life while receiving ongoing support from American Councils expert, overseas staff. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: Intensive language study; area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least two semesters or the equivalent of the target language, Russian, or a related language; good academic standing

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program - InternshipsThrough OPIT's six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today's global market. American Councils on-site staff arrange internship placements and provide ongoing support to participants. Internships in the fields of business, democracy-building, ecology, human rights, law, public health, journalism, and women's issues are available throughout Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and the Baltics. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: various professional internship disciplines; intercultural skills
  • Program Period: Summer (6 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of host-country language necessary

Peace and Security in the South Caucasus Program

Peace and Security in the South CaucasusBased in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Peace and Security in the South Caucasus Program explores cultural identity and nationalism, development strategies, the emergence of new political systems and parties, and ongoing efforts to foster peace throughout the region. Over five weeks in the summer, participants study the politics, culture, and history of the South Caucasus and gain new insight into the complex factors shaping current events. Learn More →

  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Academic Focus: Conflict, Security, and Geopolitics; local language (Russian, Georgian, Chechen, or Azeri at all levels)
  • Program Period: Summer (5 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of regional languages necessary

Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)One of the longest-running and most respected Russian language and cultural immersion programs, RLASP combines intensive classroom instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field studies, conversation partners, and discussion groups with local students. The program is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of history, politics, culture, and society of the region. Learn More →

  • Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir
  • Academic Focus: Russian language and cultural immersion; area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least two semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Customized & Faculty-Led Programs

In addition to administering its own high-quality overseas programs, American Councils offers a wide range of services to support customized and faculty-led programs for U.S. institutions of higher education. With a network of 28 overseas offices and 400 host-country nationals and expatriate staff members around the globe, American Councils is well-equipped to help design an overseas program for your students. Learn More →

  • Locations: Offered in 28 different countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia
  • Academic Focus: Language; culture and area studies;
  • Program Period: Determined by program specifications

Balkans

Balkan Language Initiative

Balkan Language InitiativeCombining highly-individualized academic programming with structured overseas immersion, the Balkan Language Initiative enables students to make rapid gains in language proficiency and cultural knowledge while living and studying in one of six countries in Southeast Europe. Through homestays, conversation partners, in-class instruction, and a wide range of extracurricular activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life in a region largely unserved by study abroad programs. Learn More →

  • Locations: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Academic Focus: Intensive language study; area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least two semesters or the equivalent of the target language or a related language; good academic standing

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program - InternshipsThrough OPIT's six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today's global market. American Councils on-site staff arrange internships and provide ongoing support to participants. Internships in the fields of business, democracy-building, ecology, human rights, law, public health, journalism, and women's issues are available throughout Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and the Baltics. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: various professional internship disciplines; intercultural skills
  • Program Period: Summer (6 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of host-country language necessary

Customized & Faculty-Led Programs

In addition to administering its own high-quality overseas programs, American Councils offers a wide range of services to support customized and faculty-led programs for U.S. institutions of higher education. With a network of 28 overseas offices and 400 host-country nationals and expatriate staff members around the globe, American Councils is well-equipped to help design an overseas program for your students. Learn More →

  • Locations: Offered in 28 different countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia
  • Academic Focus: Language; culture and area studies;
  • Program Period: Determined by program specifications

Asia

Huawei Seeds for the Future Program

Huawei Seeds for the FutureSponsored by global information and communciation technology leader Huawei, this all-expense-paid program provides participants the opportunity to spend two weeks in China gaining first-hand knowledge and technical training at Huawei’s global headquarters while also introducing them to Chinese language and culture.The program begins with a week of introductory Chinese language and culture classes at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Learn More →

  • Location: Beijing and Shenzhen, China
  • Academic Focus: Information and Communications Technology (ICT); engineering; Chinese
  • Program Period: Summer (2 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; at least two years of undergraduate study completed; majoring in information technology, engineering, or STEM field

Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP)

Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP)IOP is an intensive semester- or academic year-long overseas immersion program offering students the opportunity to gain new cultural knowledge and language competency while experiencing the vibrant everyday life and rich traditions of Indonesia. The program serves students at all proficiency levels of Indonesian and features homestays, regular excursions and cultural activities, and conversation partners. Learn More →

  • Location: Malang, Indonesia
  • Academic Focus: Indonesian language and area studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of Indonesian language necessary

Inspiration and Appreciation: Two Weeks in Taiwan

TaiwanThis two-week program based in Tainan, Taiwan introduces American undergraduate students to Taiwanese and Chinese culture and provides students an immersive introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Students take classes in Chinese, local history, politics, traditional thought, and business while participating in company visits, cultural activities, and excursions. The program is hosted by the Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU). Program excursions include trips to Kenting National Park as well as two of Taiwan's largest and most dynamic cities: Taipei and Kaohsiung. Learn More →

  • Location: Tainan, Taiwan
  • Academic Focus: Area studies; liberal arts; Chinese/Mandarin
  • Program Period: Summer (2 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of Chinese language necessary

Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program

With the goal of building relationships between the people of the United States and Taiwan, this eight-week program provides American students the opportunity to study Mandarin in an overseas immersion setting. The academic program is designed for students with 1-2 years of university-level Chinese or the equivalent and is hosted by the Chinese Language Center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, Taiwan. Learn More →

  • Location: Tainan, Taiwan
  • Academic Focus: Chinese/Mandarin language; area studies;
  • Program Period: Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; 1-2 years of university-level Chinese or the equivalent; U.S. citizenship

Customized & Faculty-Led Programs

In addition to administering its own high-quality overseas programs, American Councils offers a wide range of services to support customized and faculty-led programs for U.S. institutions of higher education. With a network of 28 overseas offices and 400 host-country nationals and expatriate staff members around the globe, American Councils is well-equipped to help design an overseas program for your students. Learn More →

  • Locations: Offered in 28 different countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia
  • Academic Focus: Language; culture and area studies;
  • Program Period: Determined by program specifications

Research Fellowships

Title VIII Combined Research & Language Training (CRLT) Program

Combined Research and Language Training ProgramCRLT provides full fellowship support to researchers seeking to conduct in-country, U.S. policy-relevant research for three to nine consecutive months. Additionally, researchers receive supplemental language instruction during their fellowships. Learn More →

  • Location(s): Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Southeast Europe
  • Academic Focus: U.S. policy-relevant research; language immersion
  • Prerequisite: Must be a graduate student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty member, or post-doctorate/independent scholar and a U.S. citizen

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

Research Scholar ProgramThe Research Scholar Program provides full fellowship support to researchers seeking to conduct in-country, U.S. policy-relevant research for three to nine months in the countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Balkans. Learn More →

  • Location(s): Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Southeast Europe
  • Academic Focus: U.S. policy-relevant research
  • Prerequisite: Must be a graduate student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty member, or post-doctorate/independent scholar and a U.S. citizen