Category Archives: Travel/Study Abroad

Both academic and non-academic opportunities to travel and/or study abroad.

Study Abroad: Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is now accepting applications for their Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program!

Through OPIT’s six-week English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today’s global market. Participants can choose a placement in a variety of fields, including democracy-building, human rights, business, innovation, STEM, education, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services in one of 17 countries throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia:

Armenia*                                            Kazakhstan                                          Moldova

Azerbaijan                                           Kosovo                                                 Montenegro

 Bosnia & Herzegovina                        Kyrgyzstan                                           Russia*

 Bulgaria                                              Latvia                                                  Serbia

 Estonia                                                Lithuania                                             Ukraine

 Georgia                                               Macedonia                                          *Indicates special scholarship available

Program dates for Summer 2018: June 13 – July 29

All internship placements are facilitated by local American Councils field offices that are actively engaged in the host country’s civil society and maintain regular contact with U.S. Embassy officials and the American Councils DC office. Full-time in-country staff members oversee the professional and intercultural program, assist participants with administrative and personal matters, and work closely with the host organization to ensure that participants are engaged in meaningful projects.

With funding from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Study Abroad Grant, American Councils is pleased to offer special scholarships for OPIT participants in Armenia! Awards range from $1,000 – $2,000. 

They are also pleased to offer a special Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship for OPIT participants in Moscow, Russia! Awards range from $3,000 – $5,000. 

Knowledge of foreign language is not required. Participants earn 4-5 U.S. academic credits in intercultural communication issued through Bryn Mawr College.

Applications are due by February 15, 2018, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email:

For more information regarding the Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program, please visit our website. Financial aid is available on all programs.

Study Abroad: Helix Fellowship (Yiddishkayt)

Deadline for Applications: April 9, 2018

Now in its seventh year, the Helix Fellowship immerses students in the history of European Jewish life and culture — filled with joy, coexistence, and creative potential. The program welcomes university undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a year-long fellowship that spans two summers. Applications are accepted until Monday, April 9.

This August selected fellows will coalesce as a group in Southern California for a week-long culture colloquium curated by leading scholars, activists, and artists of all types, exploring minority and borderland cultures through the unique lens of Yiddish. The 2018 summer program begins a transformative journey exploring culture in many languages, traditions, and spaces that culminates the following year in a summer of cultural immersion in Central and Eastern Europe.

Find out more

Study Abroad: Russian Environmental History and Policy (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018 (Full Summer)

Russia and the Environment is a unique, hands-on learning experience based in Irkutsk, near the majestic Lake Baikal. The program looks at a Russia’s vast and unique ecosystems from their history to the problems they face today. Students will focus on Siberia’s history from its first colonization, to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy. Students also critically consider Russian and international theories on how to understand and manage the impact of these events in addition to learning the Russian vocabulary and cultural norms related to environmental issues.

This innovative course also allows students to opt for additional hands-on experience by serving an internship with a local environmental NGO, museum, or other organization. Summer students assist The Great Baikal trail in developing sustainable ecotourism infrastructure around Lake Baikal. Courses are taught in English and internships are available in Russian or English.

The environment is a local and global issue. Tomorrow’s environmental professionals will need to cross borders and communicate with a wide range of people to achieve their goals. This program is geared to help train those professionals today.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Program dates and costs:

Full Summer (10 weeks): Cost: $7,690
May 28 – Aug 5, 2018 (Apply by: March 15, 2018)

Late Summer (6 weeks): Cost: $5,295
June 25 – Aug 03, 2018 (Apply by: April 15, 2018)

Study Abroad: Moscow for Fall 2018 (Higher School of Economics)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2018

The Moscow-based Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Higher School of Economics, a highly selective educational institution specializing in economics and finance,  would like to invite undergraduate and Master’s-level students to experience study abroad at one of Russia’s best universities.

HSE is one of Russia’s largest and most modern state universities. Established in 1992 as a program in economics, HSE currently offers 223 programs for undergraduate students Master’s students. 28 Master’s programs and 6 undergraduate programs are currently offered entirely in English. At its four campuses – in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm and Nizhny Novgorod – HSE offers instruction to more than 32,000 students each year.

Because HSE attracts the best and brightest from throughout Russia, most students have a high level of proficiency in English. The study programs offer a wide variety of courses taught in English in the fields of economics, humanities, finance and the social sciences. Students from abroad can take classes in English from other HSE programs as well as study Russian as a Foreign language. The International Office at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is willing to work to satisfy any necessary requirements to make this possible. For more information, please review the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences International webpage.

More about international students’ experience at the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences can be found at Moscow is a hidden gem;  Russia is a place to study and travel

Additional links:

Faculty of economic sciences brochure
2018-19 Factsheet

Course Catalogs
HSE Istudent portal
A short video about a day of international students at HSE

Related Fees:

Tuition fee (Fall 2018 semester)   US$ 3,000 (waived for exchange students nominated by partner universities)

Dormitory, meals, city transportation, and entertainment (monthly, approximate cost) US$ 300

Application fee is waived

Nomination deadline is April 15

Online profile completion for Fall Semester – May 15

Please send inquiries  to the Faculty’s International office (attn.: Oxana Budjko at

Apply via link:

Prof. Devel.: Russian Teachers Development Course (Riga, Latvia)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing


The Russian Teachers Development Course has been created for non-native and native speakers of Russian teaching at primary, secondary, vocational schools, colleges and universities or language centrs for adults at Beginners, Elementary and Intermediate levels. It is recommended that the participants have a level of Russian at CEF level no less than B1 (B1, B1+, B2 or B2+). The participants can choose to study 1 or 2 weeks.

Objectives: To master language training, learning and teaching methodologies. The focus will be on teaching techniques of a foreign language without translation but by the help of explanation.

Outcome: Russian Teachers Development course will improve your confidence in lesson delivery and expand your range of methodological approaches to enhance classroom practice.


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Study Abroad: Field School in Archaeology and Geophysics – Roman Frontier Environments in Transylvania (ArcheoTek)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

ArcheoTek is accepting applications for their Summer 2018 Field School.

Great strides are continuously being made into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the collapsing imperial economy for two centuries. However, the “imperial idea” on the Eastern European Provincial frontier was more complex that Rome ever expected it… and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.

ArcheoTek programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), and geochemical (phosphate analysis). To further expand their skill set, participants can opt for intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Applications Workshop. The programs provide an anthropological and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment, in a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.

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Study Abroad: Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is now accepting applications for their Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia program!

Program Dates for Summer 2018:

June 20 – July 22, 2018

Are you interested in learning about the political situation in Russia today?  This five-week summer program is designed to give participants new insights into the historical and cultural trends that have shaped Russia in the late 20th and early 21st century. Through readings and intensive coursework in the form of lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors underlying politics and public diplomacy in Putin’s Russia.

The academic program features approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction.  As part of the academic program, participants receive six hours of instruction in Russian language each week. Participants are grouped according to language level for the Russian classes; no prior study of Russian is required.

The program includes weekly excursions and cultural activities, housing in university dormitories, two meals per day, a pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, and visa and logistical support.

Applications are due by February 15, 2018, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email:

For more information regarding the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia Program, please visit our websiteFinancial aid is available on all programs.

Study Abroad: Eurasian Regional Language Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP).  The application deadline is February 15, and applications can be submitted here.

About the Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

The American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may choose to study one of 16 regional languages:

Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Romanian, Tatar, Ukrainian, Uzbek, or Yakut

PROGRAM DATES, Summer 2018

June 6 – August 9, 2018


  • Expert university faculty with a unique understanding of U.S. students and American academic culture;
  • Classrooms of only 1 to 5 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs;
  • 15-20 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, conversation, culture and area studies;
  • U.S. academic credit for coursework in the target language;
  • Home-stay housing with carefully vetted host families;
  • Conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning and help them find a niche in their host-country communities;
  • Weekly cultural activities that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture;
  • Comprehensive pre-departure orientation as well as on-site orientation in each host city;
  • An active and extensive alumni network that includes international business consultants, professional translators, area-studies experts, and journalists reporting from the region.


Program cost includes tuition, room and board, cultural activities, visa support, comprehensive overseas insurance, 24/7 emergency support, pre-departure orientation, and academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.


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), Boren, Gilman, FLAS, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.

Additionally, American Councils is pleased to offer special funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship of $4000 is available to overseas Persian language students in Dushanbe, Tajikistan during the Summer 2018 session. Please see the program website for more information.


For program applications and detailed information, please visit the program website or send an email. American Councils staff will also be glad to speak with you and can be reached at 202-833-7522.

Study Abroad: Summer Program in Russia (Arizona Global Soccer Program)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2018

The University of Arizona (UA) and the GRINT Centre at the Moscow University for the Humanities ( are pleased to announce a new summer study abroad opportunity through the Arizona Global Soccer Program.

The Arizona Global Soccer Program gives students the opportunity to attend classes (all conducted in English) in Moscow, Russia, from June 10 – July 5, 2018.  Students will earn 6 UA credits from a choice of 3 courses (“Global Soccer,” “Intercultural Competence,” and “Eastern European Science Fiction”), all taught by UA and GRINT faculty.  All inquiries about the 2018 program can be directed to Dr. Benjamin Jens (

While the Arizona Global Soccer Program will be held in Russia in 2018, the program will “travel” in future years in coordination with major soccer-related events.  The 2019 program will be in Paris, France, while the 2020 program will be in Munich, Germany.

Students can start the application process and find more information at