Study Abroad: Summer 2020 Study and Intern Abroad Programs (Russia and Kazakhstan)

Deadline: February 18, 2020

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

RLASP offers participants the unique opportunity to study Russian language and area studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Small class sizes and local conversation partners to assist participants with language learning. Prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

See also: Business Russian Language & Internship (BRLI) ProgramHeritage Speakers Program (HSP)

Politics and Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia (PPD)

Study contemporary Russian politics and society at Moscow International University. Learn about elections and opposition figures, economic policy and sanctions, mass media, and more, all taught in English. Russian language instruction offered daily at all levels.

Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Intern abroad for eight weeks in Russia, Kazakhstan, or one of 18 other countries in the Baltics, Balkans, and Eurasia. Complete a full-time internship and develop intercultural skills demanded by today’s global market. No foreign language proficiency required.

American Councils Study Abroad programs feature:

  • Comprehensive pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. as well as on-site orientation in the host country
  • Housing with carefully-vetted host families or in university dormitories
  • U.S. academic credit administered through Bryn Mawr College
  • Creative excursions and cultural activities that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer new insights into the host country life and culture


Students admitted to American Councils programs are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, and more. See information about financial aid sources here.


Prospective applicants should visit the program website for more information and to access the online application. The application deadline for these Summer 2020 programs is February 18, 2020. Please do not hesitate to reach out either by phone (202-833-7522) or by email ( with any questions regarding the programs or the application process.

Grad. Program: Franco-Russian Masters’ programs in History and Sociology (Paris/Moscow)

Deadline: March 1, 2020; May 1, 2020

French-Russian Master in History EHESS (Paris) / HSE (Moscow)
From the beginning of the 2018 academic year, EHESS and the Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE, Государственный Университет “Высшая школа экономики” known as “Vyshka”) will offer a two-year bi-national (Franco-Russian) master’s degree course.

Students are admitted to the Program after their Master’s admission to their institutions: 
HSE – Students admitted to the HSE Masters programmes “Historical Knowledge”, “Medieval Studies”, “History of Culture and Arts”, “The Art Market” may participate in the Programme provided they meet the criteria for admission to the EHESS Masters programme;
EHESS – Students admitted to a Master’s degree in “Social Sciences” with a specialization in History of EHESS may participate in the Programme provided they meet the criteria for admission to a Master’s degree at HSE.

This course comprises a two-year programme with a possible one-year stay in each of the two institutions, a wide choice of courses, a follow-up requiring research under two co-directors (one from each institution), and a diploma qualifying in each of the institutions. 

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Study Abroad: Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy (Cuba, Russia)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

2020 Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy program

Throughout the course of this unique opportunity to visit both Cuba and Russia, students will explore economy, history, culture, political structure, and foreign policy – and meet with locals to get a better understanding of life today. These two countries provide excellent case studies in which to study cultural diplomacy, and students will learn to identify these actions (as opposed to advertising or propaganda), consider historical and current strategies, and observe the impact. For students of Russian/Soviet studies, Cuba will provide an intriguing setting in which to observe Soviet influence as a counterpoint to US influence on a third country.  

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Funding/Prof. Dev. : Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellowships (University of Helsinki)

Deadline: February 12, 2020

The Aleksanteri Institute is pleased to invite applications for its Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2020-2021 from scholars holding a PhD degree and pursuing research that relates to the Institute’s research profile. The Fellowship carries a monthly grant of 3400 euros to cover all of the expenses related to the research visit, which can range from one to three months. The Visiting Fellowship scheme is intended for scholars who reside outside Finland.

For the Call for Proposals, and for more information about the Visiting Fellows Programme, please see the programme website.

The Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki) is the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European studies, with a multidisciplinary research profile based on social sciences and humanities.

Study Abroad/Funding: Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Programs (Poland)

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Year Abroad Program

The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University’s Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland.  Students who are awarded a scholarship are accepted to attend the Center for Polish Language and Culture program at the Jagiellonian University. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and 1,600 zloty per month for living expenses as well as $900 per semester in additional support. 

Eligible candidates include undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are US citizens.  

Study full-time or conduct research at leading Polish universities and research institutions. The scholarship provides a stipend for housing and living expenses in Poland.
ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, graduate-level students, or university faculty members.

Conference/CFP: In the Dark Spaces of Language. Negotiation of Unintelligibility in Slavic Literatures (Humbolt University, Berlin)

Deadline for papers: February 1, 2020
Event Date: March 26-27, 2020

In Ciemność (Darkness, 1866), the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid replied to his readership, which regarded his poetic language as ‘dark’ and ‘unintelligible’ (Uffellmann 1997; Kasperski 2009). The complex rhetoric structure of Darkness shows that the poem was not intended as a poetological explanation, but as a play with the readers’ uncertainties. The readers lose themselves in a labyrinth of enigmatic rhetoric questions and metaphors, ellipses and dashes; the awaited definition of ‘darkness’ and ‘unintelligibility’ is not delivered. Norwid’s Darkness presents reading as an anti-hermeneutic act: reading is not a straight path towards clearness and understanding, but a process in which the readers get lost in the dark spaces of language. A similar idea can be found in Juraj Briškár’s Sprievodca nezrozumiteľnosťou (A Guide to Unintelligibility, 2015). The instrumental case of nezrozumiteľnosť allows two different interpretations and translations of the title. On the one hand, Briškár’s book presents itself as a guide which aims to help readers find a way out from their incomprehension; on the other hand, the book can be interpreted as an invitation to a journey together with unintelligibility: in this case, unintelligibility itself becomes the aim of every hermeneutic process. In both cases, however, the hermeneutic act is presented as a difficult journey through (dark) spaces. Inspired by Norwid’s and Briškár’s poetic strategies, we would like to investigate how the concepts of ‘unintelligibility’ and ‘obscurity’ are (re)presented, performed and negotiated in Slavic literatures. We welcome abstracts dealing especially with following themes:

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CFP: The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev (University College, Oxford)

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Paper proposals are invited for the workshop The 101st Kilometre: Provincial Marginality from Stalin to Gorbachev, to be held at University College, Oxford on July 20th 2020, co-organised by Dr Polly Jones (Oxford) and Dr Miriam Dobson (Sheffield). This one-day workshop, funded by the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford, will explore the social and cultural consequences of the Soviet-era legislation barring various categories of the population (notably, many Gulag returnees) from settling closer than 100km to Moscow and Leningrad (50km from Kyiv). More details here:

The workshop is the first, ‘pump-priming’ stage in planning a major international project comparing 101st kilometre communities, and we hope that participants in the workshop may wish to collaborate in the subsequent phases of the project. The workshop will feature intensive discussion by leading UK scholars of migration and marginality of pre-circulated papers by invited participants. Papers should be approx. 4000 words and submitted to discussants by mid-June 2020. The working languages of the workshop will be English and Russian.

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Funding/ Prof. Dev. : US and Russian Independent Professionals

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Eurasia Foundation’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange Program (SEE) invites applications from independent professionals in the U.S. and Russia seeking to establish collaboration with international partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to one or more of the following issues: Social Inclusion, Technology and Innovation for Social Good, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement. Successful applicants will travel to their counterpart country for a period of up to 21 days. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks. After travel, independent professionals will implement activities to convey or apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community.

Applications are due on January 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

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Funding: US-Russia Partnership Projects

Deadline: January 23, 2020

Eurasia Foundation’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange Program (SEE) invites organizations in the United States and Russia to submit proposals for collaborative projects in one or more of the following areas: Social Inclusion, Technology and Innovation for Social Good, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement. SEE accepts applications that are jointly developed by at least one U.S. and one Russian partner organization and offers funding up to $43,000 for the implementation of joint initiatives.

Applications are due on January 23, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

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Internships: Language and Creativity Workshop Teachers for Children’s Summer Camp in Novosibirsk

Deadline: Ongoing

The Education Center “Cosmopolitan”, Novosibirsk, Russia, is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their summer internship programs that they shall run in Novosibirsk and in the Altai Mountains area.

They offer Summer Internships at the children’s camps that we shall run from mid-June until mid-July 2020, in the delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk and in the beautiful Altai Mountains area. For the Altai Mountains session there is an exciting excursion and tourist program that comprises of many exciting tourist activities such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping, excursions. Tours of Novosibirsk and trips to the beautiful Siberian towns of Tomsk, Irkutsk and to magnificent Lake Baikal can be organized between and after the camp sessions.

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