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Study Abroad in Russia

For over 40 years, American Councils has operated study abroad programs in Russia for thousands of participants. Academic opportunities include language immersion, business internships, and the study of current events in Russian society.

Programs in 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 →

Business Russian Language & Internship Program (BRLI)

Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI) ProgramCombining intensive language classes and substantive internships in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Almaty, Kazakhstan, 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 the host country, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests. Learn More →

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program - InternshipsThrough OPIT's eight-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 a wide range of fields including business, democracy building, human rights, education, science, technology, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services are available throughout 20 countries of Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and the Baltics. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →

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 →

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 the host country, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Learn More →

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 over 35 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 →

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