Study Abroad: SRAS Programs in Russia, Poland, Siberia, et al.

Deadline: February 15, 2020; (varies)

Below is a brief list of available programs. All can be found on our program search engine at

        – Moscow, Bishkek, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, or Kyiv: Russian as a Second Language

        – Warsaw: Security and Society Summer School      

        – St. Petersburg Summer School (energy security; museum management; cultural diplomacy; media studies).

        – Irkutsk: Language and Environment

        – Bishkek: Central Asian Studies (identity, ethnicity, and linguistic anthropology; now includes a horse mountain trek and travel to Uzbekistan)

        – Winds of Change Travel Program: Study the fall of the USSR and its modern relevance in Central and Eastern Europe

As always, we encourage you and your students to browse our full list of funding opportunities at

Job: Volunteer English Teachers in Central Europe

Deadline: January 1, 2020 (priority);
February 14, 2020 (regular)

Learning Enterprises connects volunteer teachers and host communities around the world in order to foster cross-cultural exchange and empower young leaders.

Learning Enterprises is an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization that began as a way of connecting people who had the expertise to share and time to spare. Volunteers, most of whom were college students, had their summers free and wanted to spend it in a meaningful way. The students in underserved communities — many of them rural villages in developing countries — also had their summers free, and these communities had a felt need for extra English language classes. To create a mutually beneficial program, someone just needed to connect the two parties, and that is what Learning Enterprises does every summer. The volunteers travel to the underserved community, and the local communities take them into their families, providing meals, room and board for an average of six weeks. In exchange, the volunteers teach English in local schools for an average of 20 hours/week. The program operates on the goodwill and trust between the volunteers and the people they teach. Learning Enterprises facilitates this meeting by screening host communities and families as well as preparing the volunteers to teach and become acclimated to a different culture. Learning Enterprises is centered on the idea of connecting people.

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Lang. Training/Study Abroad/Funding: Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (Wisconsin/Azerbaijan)

Deadline: January 29, 2020 (graduate);
February 5, 2020 (undergraduate)

In 2020, Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to study Turkish as part in the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). Boren Scholars and Fellows selected for this initiative will receive funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion, beginning with a summer 2020 domestic program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an overseas program in Baku, Azerbaijan. Please see our website for more information on the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative:

  • Summer Program: The summer domestic programs will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, through the Arabic, Persian & Turkish Language Institute. APTLI begins on June 15 – August 7, 2020. Please see the program website for more information for students:
  • Overseas Program: The fall overseas programs will take place at the Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) centers in Baku, Azerbaijan. Dates for the overseas programs are yet to be confirmed. This program will be administered by American Councils and UW-Madison jointly. Students will be considered UW-Madison students for the duration of the overseas programs.
  • Language Level: The TURFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency, as well as those with intermediate or advanced proficiency in Turkish.
  • Application: The applications for the 2020 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at
  • Undergraduate deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Graduate deadline is: January 29, 2020

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

To learn more about the Boren Awards and TURFLI, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit The schedule for webinars being held in January can be found at

You can contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions. TURFLI staff can be contacted at or 608-265-4149.

Lang. Training/Funding: Intensive Summer and Winter courses in Armenian, Persian, and Russian

Deadline: varies

Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is Organizing Intensive Summer and Winter Language Courses of Armenian, Persian and Russian languages. You may check the language courses here:

Below you may check the available scholarships. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program for US students

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Melik-Bakhshyan Scholarships to Learn Armenian in Yerevan

Up to 3 Melik-Bakhshyan scholarships are available for eligible applicants to learn Armenian in Yerevan.

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Lang. Training: Intensive Russian, BCS, Ukrainian, Latvian, and more. (Indiana University Language Workshop) Online and Study Abroad options

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The 2020 Indiana University Language Workshop is accepting applications for intensive study of Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Ukrainian,
Hungarian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Turkmen, Uzbek, and 13 other languages.

Fellowships and scholarships are available for graduate students, undergraduate students, and lifelong learners.
All participants pay in-state tuition. Graduate credit is available for most courses.


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Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (Carnegie Corp, American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

New Opportunity for On-Site Research Support in Russia from the Carnegie Corporation

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at

Study Abroad: Vanderbilt University’s Maymester (Russia)

Deadline: January 29, 2020

The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by student-participants (politics, economics, sociology, culture, history, art, etc.), Russian language lessons, interaction with Russian university students, excursions to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and provincial towns, home stays, and opportunities for reflection.

“Visiting Russia has been one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had. It taught me how little I really know about the world, how different somewhere can be from the USA. It also showed me that we as people, no matter where we live or what country we were born in, are more alike than we tend to let ourselves believe.”

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Study Abroad: International Summer University (HSE, Moscow)

Deadline: April 20, 2020

All classes are taught in English.  

Summer is the best time in Moscow, when there is a lot of sun, weather is rather cool and it will not interfere with the regular studies. Participants can choose to stay up to two months or just two weeks, according to their interest, schedule and travel plans. Students from all over the globe live in HSE affordable and safe dorms and enjoy various activities together. 


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Video by HKUST study abroad office: 

Applications online:

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Should you have any questions please address to Oxana Budjko