Lang. Training: 2023 CESSI Summer Institute

Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an 8-week summer intensive language learning program for languages such as Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek and hosted in Madison, Wisconsin. More information about CESSI can be found at

If you are interested in applying for any CESSI-administered funding, like the Title VIII fellowship or CESSI Tuition Remission, now’s the time to get all your materials in! This includes the following items: 

The General Application Form, submitted via our website  A CV or resume Copies of all prior transcripts from higher institutions $25 application fee 2 letters of recommendation 

As a note, it’s okay if we receive your letters of recommendation a couple of days after the priority deadline, so long as you give us notice and you have all of your other materials in before midnight on February 1, 2023. 

You can find more information about the CESSI application on our website here. Also, if you want to learn more about CESSI beyond what the website offers, we’ve recorded a short informational video on our YouTube channel.

After the February 1 priority deadline, we will still accept applications on a rolling basis until April 1, 2023. Applications received by the priority deadline will determine which courses we will be able to offer for summer 2023, and applying by the priority deadline is your best chance to receive funding for the summer.  We expect to send out admissions decisions to priority applicants throughout March and April, though we will keep everyone updated should this change. 

As always, feel free to reach out to us at for any questions.

Study Abroad: RLASP Program in Tbilisi, Georgia with American Councils

Deadline: February 15, 2023

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce that its Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) will also be offered for summer study in Tbilisi, Georgia beginning in 2023. For more than 40 years, American Councils programs have provided U.S. students of Russian unique opportunities to engage with the Russian speaking world through intensive study and cultural immersion designed to produce measurable gains in language proficiency and cultural understanding.   

The program provides approximately 20 hours per week of intensive Russian language instruction, housing with Russian speaking host families, practice with conversation partners, weekly cultural activities, extended group travel to explore Georgia, and a rich array of opportunities to engage with the host country culture through extracurricular and volunteer activities. A fully trained U.S. Resident Director provides ongoing logistical support and assistance, including 24-hour emergency aid, to participants throughout the program. The American Councils office in Tbilisi is also available to assist and support program participants throughout their time in country. The program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of Russian language study.    

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Prof. Dev: 2023 ACTR Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship Opportunity

Deadline: March 1, 2023

American Councils and ACTR are pleased to announce the 2023 Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship Opportunity at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We kindly ask your assistance in drawing this opportunity to the attention of potentially interested colleagues.    

Fifteen (15) U. S. teachers will be accepted and funded for participation in the 2023 program, which will consist of small group work, individual tutorials, and seminars based on a curriculum which emphasizes four-skill communication in contemporary Russian, clarity and confidence of teacher self-expression, advanced grammar in context, and an expanded understanding of the diverse peoples and cultures that make up the Russian-speaking world today. 

The ACTR Board has recommended a priority in 2023 for in-service K-12 teachers and university-level instructors or teaching fellows holding a teaching appointment for AY 2023-24. Applications from teachers serving historically under-represented US populations are particularly encouraged.   

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2023 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest (NPSREC)

Deadline: February 26, 2023

This contest, established in 1999 by ACTR, has become a signature Russian language contest for post-secondary students around the country. ​Students taking Russian in accredited colleges and universities are invited to participate in the annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). 

Who can register?

  • Instructors at any post-secondary institution can register students enrolled in Russian language courses. 
  • At least one instructor per participation institution must be a current ACTR member.

How much does it cost?

  • $5.00 per student.

​What are the deadlines?

  • January 15: First day to register
  • February 6: Essay topic will be announced via email to institutions with registered students. If you register students after this date, you will receive the email within one business day of registering students.
  • February 7: First day to administer the essay contest
  • February 8: First day to upload essays
  • February 20: Last day to register students
  • February 24: Last day to administer essay contest
  • February 26: Last day to upload essays and pay fees
  • April 15-20: Results posted
  • April 30: Physical certificates will be mailed to those who request it.

American Councils 2023 Programming Abroad

Deadlines: February 15 and March 15, 2023

Prospective students are encouraged to apply to the following programs: 

  • 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, 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 in Yerevan, Armenia 
  • Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (summer only):
    • Internships in 19 different countries in the Balkans, Caucasus, East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia  
    • Disciplines in Business and Innovation, Democracy Building and Human Rights, Ecology and Environmental Issues, Education Management, Gender and Women’s Rights, Journalism and Mass Media, Marketing and Communications, Public Health, and Social Services 
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Summer Intensive Language Programs (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Accepting applications for SLI’s 2023 summer intensive language programs! 

The Summer Language Institute ( at the University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications to summer 2023 programs in Pittsburgh and abroad, as well as to our trademark 10-week Pitt+abroad programs and our new Ukrainian Internship program. SLI is planning a primarily in-person program in 2023, but will offer a limited number of online, synchronous sections for some of our most in-demand languages, and we welcome inquiries from students about the availability of their preferred instructional format.  

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Study Abroad in Poland (Jagiellonian University)

Deadline: March 21, 2023

A scholarship to attend an intensive Polish language course at the Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world, dating back to the 14th century! Our award includes a tuition fee waiver & a monetary scholarship of approximately $2,975 per semester. Application deadline is March 21st, 2023.
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A grant to study full-time or conduct research by Americans studying at universities in Poland or American researchers who conduct undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral research at leading Polish universities and research institutions. This grant includes an allowance for housing and living expenses in Poland. There are no restrictions to fields of studies and research. Application deadline is March 21st, 2023
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Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Armenia and Georgia)

Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIRS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey invites applications for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2023.
It is our pleasure to announce the upcoming Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2023. It will be held in Armenia and Georgia, running from July 2 to July 17, 2023. Armenia and Georgia are two very different countries, differently positioned geopolitically, though with shared history in the Soviet Union and Russian Empire. They stand at a proverbial crossroads of international affairs. China’s Belt and Road Initiative runs through the South Caucasus, which are crucial to global energy supplies. On energy and regional security, the United States plays an important role, while Turkey and Iran are neighboring countries, connected to Armenia and Georgia through bonds of tension and affiliation. Armenia and Georgia have been profoundly affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has added degrees of uncertainty to a region long familiar with uncertainty.

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Summer Intensive Program in Russian & Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: February 25, 2023; Info Session: December 2, 2022

The University of Arizona, in collaboration with Eurasian National University (ENU), is now accepting applications for the 2023 Summer Intensive Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies in Astana, Kazakhstan. We particularly welcome undergraduate as well as graduate students whose research focuses on Central Asia and students interested in learning multiple foreign languages. We accept all types of funding. The Arizona-in-Kazakhstan Program is fully FLAS compliant.

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Lang. Training: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) 2023

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Greetings from the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)! We are excited to announce that applications for CESSI 2023 are now open!  CESSI typically offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek.  Additional Central Eurasian languages (such as Azerbaijani or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.  

Several funding opportunities exist for students of any type. Graduate students (including incoming students), post-baccalaureate researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII Fellowship*, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer.  Note: this is a great opportunity for your incoming MA and PhD students to develop language skills before embarking on fieldwork.  

About the program:  

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  This year the program will run from June 19 – August 11, 2023. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia.  Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!  

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2023. We will be regularly posting information/application deadlines to Facebook (@CessiMadison), Instagram (@uwcessi), and Twitter (@UWCESSI), which you are welcome to share.  For more information, please visit our website at or contact

*TVIII funding is provided by the United States government. Funding is conditional on final approval from U.S. State Department.