Balkan, Russian, Eurasian Language Programs (American Councils)

Deadline: October 15, 2022

American Councils Study & Research Abroad is pleased to announce that our applications for Spring 2023 are now open. Prospective participants are encouraged to apply to the American Councils programs below. For all Spring 2023 programs, the application deadline is October 15, 2022. 

  • Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program, currently offered at: 
    • Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia 
  • Balkan Language Initiative, which offers the following languages and locations: 
    • Albanian in Tirana, Albania
    • Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
    • Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria
    • Macedonian in Skopje, North Macedonia
    • Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia
    • Montenegrin and Serbian in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Eurasian Regional Language Program, offering 15 different languages at the sites below, including: 
    • Kazakh in Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • Azerbaijani and Turkish in Baku, Azerbaijan 
    • Kyrgyz in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • Romanian and Ukrainian in Chisinau, Moldova
    • Pashto, Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki), and Uzbek in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    • Chechen, Georgian, and Ukrainian in Tbilisi, Georgia
    • Armenian and Kurmanji in Yerevan, Armenia

On each program, participants live with local host families, meet with conversation partners for up to two hours per week, and go on weekly excursions to aid cultural integration and support academic learning. All activities are conducted in the target language to foster greater language gains. 

Participants receive between 15 and 20 hours of instruction in small classes each week, earning 16 undergraduate/15 graduate credit hours from Bryn Mawr College upon successful completion. 

Generous financial aid is available through the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and several American Councils Scholarships, including the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship and the Dan E. Davidson Scholarship for advanced students of Russian. To learn more, please visit our Financial Aid page. 

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