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Study Abroad with American Councils

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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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 Russian history, politics, culture, and society. 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.

  • Locations: 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.

  • 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 such as Pussy Riot. The four-week summer program at Moscow State University also offers Russian language and cultural excursions.

  • 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.

  • 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 Moscow 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 fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays).

  • Location: Moscow
  • 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)

Programs to Suit Your Goals

Our overseas programs are as diverse as the geographies in which they take place. From research and immersion programs conducted in the host country language to English-language programs focusing on current economic and polititcal events, American Councils has a program to advance your education and career.

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 Russian history, politics, culture, and society. 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.

  • Locations: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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, conversation partners, internships, and volunteer activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life while receiving ongoing support and guidance from American Councils expert, overseas staff.

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, 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.

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, 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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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.

  • Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, 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

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.

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

Korean Overseas Program (KOP)

Korean Overseas Program (KOP)An eight-week, summer overseas program, KOP offers intensive language training and structured cultural immersion opportunities to students at a wide range of language levels, including beginners and advanced speakers. Students live with host families, meet with conversation partners, and participate in weekly cultural activities and excursions.

  • Location: Jeonju
  • Academic Focus: Korean Language and Area Studies
  • Program Period: Summer (8 weeks)
  • Prerequisite: good academic standing; no prior knowledge of Korean language necessary

Research

Combined Research & Language Training (CRLT) Program

Combine Research & Language Training (CRLT) 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.

  • 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

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 consecutive months in the countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Balkans.

  • 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