Participant Success Stories
Participants on American Councils programs come from every walk of life for an experience beyond ordinary. By the end of their academic programs, they each leave with their own unique stories of success that inspire and last a lifetime. Where will your program lead?
After a meaningful internship with The Moscow Times during her academic year abroad, Katherine Jacobsen leveraged her overseas journalism experience to get into graduate school and later become a Kiev-based freelance journalist. Read More
Shortly after his program in St. Petersburg, Christopher Muller was putting to work the skills and experience he had acquired while studying abroad. Read More
During her program abroad in Russia, Sarah Tucker wrote about the unique internship experience she had with an international NGO. It was an experience that touched close to home, even upon her return to the States. Read More
Alumna Alisha Kirchoff reflects on how she became interested in Russian, her time abroad with American Councils, and how her experience abroad led to meaningful work in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies. Read More
Alumnus Bryan Furman discusses his personal experience abroad, including an internship at the Carnegie Moscow Center that taught him about the Russian workplace. Read More
"In Russia, you go all in. All of your classes are in Russian and it's a commitment; you're committing to live in a different culture. And that being said, you have to know that going in and have to know that things will be different and there will be things you don't like, as well as things you love."
Alumna Laura Kurek reflects on her academic experience, how she was able to incorporate her interests from home into her study abroad program, and how students can get the most out of their study abroad experience. Read More
Scholarship Recipient Profiles
The American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund was established in order to provide students with additional funding for study abroad in Eurasia, Russia, and the Balkans. Learn more about previous scholarship recipients and their experiences.
Risa Chubinsky (Moscow 2014)
"After this program I realized that, despite large cultural and political differences, we are more alike in terms of our daily and long-term goals and aspirations than you would expect from reading the news.”
Alumna Risa Chubinsky discusses her time abroad and how her scholarship helped her achieve her personal and academic goals. Read More
Eve Litvak (St. Petersburg 2014)
"As the first first-generation American in my family, I had many unanswered questions about Russia and what it means to be Russian."
Alumna Eve Litvak discusses her experiences as a Russian heritage speaker abroad, how her scholarship helped her achieve her study abroad goals, and what it has inspired her to do next. Read More
Jordan Matosky (St. Petersburg 2014)
"I was able to play basketball with Russian students from my university. It was an incredible method to get to know people from another area of the world, and has created international friendships."
Alumna Jordan Matosky discusses her time abroad and how her scholarship helped her make new friends on the basketball court while bridging cultural differences. Read More
Omeed Alidadi (Dushanbe 2017)
"It wasn't until I was completely immersed— i.e. watching Russian media daily, volunteering at local community centers, and spending time with my host brother and his friends — that I felt like I understood what it was like to be Tajik."
Alum Omeed Alidadi writes about his time abroad in Tajikistan and how his Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship helped him gain a sense of understanding and belonging halfway across the world. Read More
Connor O'Brien (Moscow 2017)
"Ultimately, the immersive nature of the program was fundamental in improving my spoken and written Russian, and especially in improving my listening abilities."
RLASP alum Connor O'Brien writes about how his Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship allowed for him to immerse himself in Russian language study and the importance of language immersion on U.S.-Russian relations. Read More
Matthew Marsland (Moscow 2018)
"You can study Russian language from anywhere on Earth, but there can be no substitute for fully immersing yourself in the culture and language you study."
RLASP alum Matthew Marsland writes about how his Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship allowed for him to immerse himself in Russian language study and the importance of overseas language immersion. Read More
Rachel McBride (Dushanbe 2018)
"I guarantee you will not regret picking a study abroad location more off the beaten path, and you will learn an enormous amount about a lesser-known country/culture and yourself in the process.
ERLP alum Rachel McBride writes about the importance of study abroad and why studying abroad in Dushanbe on the Eurasian Regional Language Program was such a unique experience. Read More