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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 nearly 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.

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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 oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, RLASP 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. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions outside of the host city, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Learn More →

  • Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir
  • Academic Focus: Language Immersion and Area Studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Business Russian Language & Internship Program (BRLI)

Business russian Language and Internship (BRLI) ProgramCombining intensive business language classes and an internship in Moscow or St. Petersburg, BRLI prepares students to use Russian in the international workplace. 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: Language Immersion, Business Internship
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Contemporary Russia Program

Contemporary Russia ProgramAlmost 75 years after Winston Churchill famously dubbed it 'a riddle wrapped in an enigma,' Russia continues to intrigue, confound, and often mystify Western observers. Designed to give participants a new understanding of the country today, Contemporary Russia explores the country's evolution after the collapse of the Soviet Union, political and economic development under Vladimir Putin, the state's efforts to control the media, and new cultural phenomena. The four-week summer program at Moscow State University also offers Russian language and cultural excursions. Learn More →

  • Location: Moscow (Moscow State University)
  • Academic Focus: Russian politics, economics, and culture; Russian language (taught at all levels)
  • Program Period: Summer (4 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of Russian language necessary

Russian Heritage Speakers Program

Russian Heritage Speakers ProgramCustomized to the individual needs of each participant, the Russian Heritage Speakers Program serves students who grew up speaking Russian at home or with family and wish to strengthen their language 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: Language Immersion and Individualized Instruction
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: must be a Russian heritage speaker; good academic standing

Summer Russian Language Teachers Program

Summer Russian Language Teachers ProgramThis six-week summer program in St. Petersburg offers pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language the opportunity to improve both their language and teaching skills. Highlighted by classes, discussion groups, excursions, and cultural activities, this unique program for U.S. teachers of Russian language is substantially funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays). Learn More →

  • Location: St.Petersburg
  • Academic Focus: Russian Language, Culture, and Linguistics
  • Program Period: Summer (6 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: Must be a pre- or in-service teacher of Russian language (K-12 to university level)

Eurasia

Energy in Central Asia Program (ECAP)

Energy in Central Asia Program (ECAP)Their huge oil and gas resources promise to transform the economies of several Central Asian countries and make them new power brokers in the global energy market. Specially designed for students interested in business, economics, and development, this program examines Central Asia's energy industry, the politics of oil and gas, and the potential environmental impact of the industry's rapid growth. It concludes with a weeklong series of meetings and practica with industry executives, analysts, activists, and policy-makers in the energy field. Learn More →

  • Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Academic Focus: Energy Commodities, regional and international energy industry, Central Asian Business Culture, local language (Russian or Kazakh at all levels)
  • Program Period: Summer (4 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)ERLP offers intensive, highly-individualized instruction in more than 15 Eurasian languages, including Armenian, Azeri, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Romanian, Ukrainian, and Uzbek. Through homestays, cultural activities, and conversation partners, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life while receiving ongoing support and guidance from American Councils expert, overseas staff. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: Language Immersion, Area Studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: The equivalent of two semesters 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 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 and Southeast Europe. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: various professional internship disciplines; intercultural skills
  • Program Period: Summer (6 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing

Peace and Security in the South Caucasus

Peace and Security in the South CaucasusThe South Caucasus have taken on unprecedented strategic and political importance for Russia, NATO, and the U.S. in recent years. While rich in natural resources, scenic beauty, and vibrant cultures, the region continues to be hampered by age-old conflicts and political instability. Based in Tbilisi, Georgia, this four-week summer 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. Learn More →

  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Academic Focus: Conflict, Security, and Geopolitics; local language (Russia, Georgian, or Chechen at all levels)
  • Program Period: Summer (4 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 oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, RLASP 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. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions outside of the host city, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Learn More →

  • Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir
  • Academic Focus: Language Immersion and Area Studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level Russian language instruction; good academic standing

Balkans

Balkan Language Initiative

Balkan Language InitiativeThe Balkan Language Initiative offers intensive, highly- individualized instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, and Serbian. 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, Macedonia, Serbia
  • Academic Focus: Language Immersion and Area Studies
  • Program Periods: Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: The equivalent of two semesters 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 and Southeast Europe. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Academic Focus: various professional internship disciplines; intercultural skills
  • Program Period: Summer (6 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing

Asia

Huawei Seeds for the Future Program 2016

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 Taipei introduces American undergraduate students to Taiwanese and Chinese culture, as well as provides some exposure to the Mandarin language. Students take classes in Chinese, local history, politics, thought and business, while participating in company visits and cultural activities and excursions. The program is hosted by the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). The program includes a three-day trip to Tainan in Southern Taiwan to provide a broader look at the island’s diversity. Learn More →

  • Location: Taipei and 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 one year of university-level Chinese or the equivalent. The program 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; at least one year of university-level Chinese or the equivalent

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