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.

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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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.

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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Study Abroad: Russian Language, Culture and STEM Programs (Latvia)

Deadline: June 23 (Fall); December 1 (Spring)

“Learn Russian in the European Union” is accepting applications for 2020/2021 Academic Year and 2020 Fall Semester study abroad programs hosted at Daugavpils University, Latvia.

The following for-credit programs are available to Russian majors and students who are not majoring in Russian, but study the language:
    – Russian Language and Political Science;
    – Russian Language and East European Studies;
    – Russian Language, Literature, and Culture;
    – Russian Language and Natural Sciences/STEM (math, physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental studies) with theory and laboratory practice in English/Russian.

American and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to study in Latvia.

Daugavpils University awards up to 30 ECTS credits per semester – the equivalent of 15 credit hours at American universities.

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Prof. Dev. : 2020 Summer Russian Language Teacher Program (American Councils)

Deadline: February 18, 2020

The program offers current and prospective American teachers of Russian language and culture the opportunity to reach new levels of competency in Russian. The four-week program is designed to accommodate the particular professional interests and needs of teachers of Russian, incorporating grammar and conversation courses with lectures and workshops in culture and civilization, and foreign language pedagogy.

Dates: July 2 to August 1, 2020

Location: Russian State Pedagogical University (RSPU) in St. Petersburg

Application deadline: February 18, 2020

The 2020 award will cover orientation in Washington, DC, international travel, visa, tuition, materials, housing, two meals per day, cultural excursions, and insurance costs for fifteen American teachers of Russian language.

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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.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2020.

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/Internship: Slavic, Folklore, Ethnomusicology, and Cultural Anthropology

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Students and scholars in Slavic studies, folklore, ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology have until January 31, 2020 to apply for scholarships and internships for PREEEF programs in Russia, Siberia and Kazakhstan.

The scholarship amount of $2000 supports participation in a folklore-collecting expedition led by a qualified Russian or Kazakh scholar. These expeditions are opportunities to establish international scholarly ties, improve language skills, and learn fieldwork techniques while conducting interviews, making video and audio recordings, serving as audiences and processing collected field materials.  Expedition teams are immersed in local customs, language and food. Fluency in the local language is helpful, but not required.

The unpaid internship offers inexpensive housing in Moscow in exchange for 4-6 weeks with the Gorky Institute of World Literature, editing rough English translations of articles by Institute scholars. Interns acquire practical experience in scholarly publishing and receive guidance from IMLI staff for any personal research they wish to carry out in Moscow. Internships are offered only to PREEEF folklore expedition participants.

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Study Abroad: Spring Break in Russia (SRAS)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

2020 Spring Break: Introduction to Russia

Dates: March 14 – 22, 2020

Cost: $1650

During this one-week trip, SRAS will introduce students to the places and people of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

  • Kremlin Tour
  • SRAS Walking Seminar on the Origins of Modern Russia with SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson
  • Bolshoi Backstage Tour
  • Socials with Locals – opportunities to meet young Russians for casual interaction
  • Peter & Paul Fortress , St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage Museum
  • Catherine’s Palace, Siege Memorial
  • Festive meals to introduce you to local/regional foods
  • Optional activities (theater, banya, cooking, peer tutoring – based on group interests)
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Study Abroad: Trans-Siberian Study Abroad Program (University of New Hampshire)

Deadlline: February 3, 2020

What is the program?                       
The UNH Russia Program is a unique summer study abroad opportunity for all interested students to experience first-hand the vastness of Russia. Students travel with UNH faculty and study Russian language, culture, and history with stays in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and a trip across the country on the Trans-Siberian Railroad! (Moscow-Kazan-Irkutsk-Arshan, Buryatia-Utulik, Baikal-Vladivostok. Visits include cultural, historical, and political venues (including the Duma, Kremlin, Hermitage, WWII bunker, Gulag Museum, Tatar hat workshop, hiking around Lake Baikal, participate in traditional Russian folk wedding, Lenin’s house in Gorki, banya, Russo-Japanese war fortresses and bunkers in Vladivostok) with readings and discussion at each site. 

 4 Week and 8 Week Programs
4 Week program: Earn 8 UNH credits studying culture and history while traveling to St. Petersburg, Moscow and on to Siberia, with stops in Kazan,Irkutsk,Lake Baikal,Arshan (a village in Buryatiya) and ending in Vladivostok. No prior study of Russian language is required. Survival Russian included in pre-departure and in-country work. All students with an interest in Russian history, politics and culture should apply. Tentative program dates: May 21-June 21.
8 Week program: After the above 4 weeks of travel, students stay in Moscow and have language classes taught by faculty from RUDN. Earn an addition 8 credits studying Russian language (grammar, conversation and phonetics at the appropriate level with 4 additional hours a week of conversational work.) These credits are issued by RUDN.Tentative program dates: May 21-July 21.
Pre-departure orientation sessions (via Skype) and pre-departure assignments (reading, lectures and work done on-line with a UNH faculty member.) 
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the full expanse of Russia! 

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