Category Archives: Language Training

Language training programs, both domestic and abroad.

Study Abroad: Peace and Security in the Caucasus Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is now accepting applications for their Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program!

Summer 2018 program dates: June 28 – August 4, 2018

 While rich in natural resources, scenic beauty, and vibrant cultures, the South Caucasus continues to be hampered by age-old conflicts and political instability. Based in Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, this five-week summer program explores cultural identity and nationalism, development strategies, the emergence of new political systems and parties, and ongoing efforts to foster peace throughout the region.

The academic program features approximately twenty-two hours per week of in-class instruction. Content courses are designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of modern political history of the region, security issues, nationalism and identity, state-building, and democratization. As part of the academic program, participants also receive language instruction at any level in one of the regional languages, including Azeri, Chechen, Georgian, or Russian; no prior language study is required.

The program includes weekly excursions and cultural activities, housing with local host families, two meals per day, a comprehensive pre-program orientation, and visa and logistical support. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive 8-10 credits in political science and sociology, 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: outbound@americancouncils.org).

For more information regarding the Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program, please visit our websiteFinancial aid is available on all programs.

Study Abroad: Balkan Language Initiative (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15th, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Balkan Language Initiative (BLI).  The application deadline is February 15; applications can be submitted here.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The American Councils Balkan Language Initiative provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of the Balkans. Participants may choose to study one of five regional languages: 

Albanian in Tirana, Albania

Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria

Macedonian in Skopje, Macedonia

Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia or Podgorica, Montenegro

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Language Training: Summer Language Study (ASU Critical Languages Institute)

Deadline for applications: January 26, 2018

The Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University’s Melikian Center is accepting applications for its 2018 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad.

CLI offers intensive courses in less commonly taught languages in the U.S. and overseas. CLI students pay a flat fee of $1,500 for up to 13 semester credits, in addition to study-abroad fees if they opt to study overseas.

Generous scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-students:

– Department of State Title VIII Fellowships for selected languages

– ROTC Project GO Scholarships for selected languages

– Melikian Scholarships for all languages

– Language-specific support for several languages

See https://cli.asu.edu for details and to apply.

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Prof. Devel.: “Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning” (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 25, 5:00-6:30 PM EST

Russian Flagship Program: Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning
Led by Karen Evans-Romaine (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
 

The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (thelanguageflagship.org), is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education. Successful graduates of the Russian Flagship Program will have developed Superior-level language and cultural proficiency in Russian and can apply that proficiency to their field of choice.

The goal of the Language Flagship is to create a replicable program model that can be implemented for any language on any campus. In this webinar, following up on a two-part article in the ACTR Letter, Karen Evans-Romaine will describe the main features of the Russian Flagship Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and talk about ways in which aspects of Flagship programs can be implemented in other Russian programs.

Karen Evans-Romaine is Professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Director of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program. Her research focuses on both Russian Modernist poetry, with particular reference to intersections between poetry and music, and Russian language pedagogy. She is co-author of the two-volume introductory Russian textbook Golosa, now in its fifth edition (Pearson, 2012/2014); co-editor of the collection Exploring the US Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation (Multilingual Matters, 2017); and co-editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture (2007).

To register for this webinar, click here.

Study Abroad: Intensive Russian Program (Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline: Ongoing

The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.

Dates: Open May 1—August 30 (although fall and winter dates are possible)

Signup: At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
Balance due at least 30 days prior to departure.

The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:
  • Experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers
  • Program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students
  • Study from one week to one year
  • Individual home-stay with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • “Russian friend-conversation partner” program
  • On-site administrative support
  • Well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day/5 days a week
  • Excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo
  • Opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians
    participating in the American Home English Program and others
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an
    orphanage

Approximate program fee: one-to-one instruction group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)

Four weeks $3,990 $3,228 – 2,536

Six weeks $5,522 $4,563 – 3,556

Eight weeks $7,053 $5,898 – 4,576

Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

For more information, please click here!

Study Abroad: Harvard Summer Russian Program (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Deadline for application: January 25, 2018

Dates: June 10 – August 4, 2018

2018 Faculty: Dr. Veronika Egorova

Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s longstanding cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and fascinating site for continuing your Russian-language learning. You’ll also take several trips within Georgia – to Mtskheta, Davit Gareja, Gori, Borjomi, Batumi, and Kazbegi — to gain a deeper understanding of the Georgian nation and its regional context. Students can use their Russian in hands-on situations with a Russian theatrical troupe and in opportunities to participate in an archaeological dig.

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Study Abroad: Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir or Almaty)

Deadline for application: February 15, 2018

American Councils Study Abroad would like to remind all that applications for summer 2018 intensive language immersion programs are approaching.

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 or Almaty, while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. (Language prerequisite: two semesters of Russian)

*American Councils is pleased to announce special funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays, Group Projects Abroad) for advanced students of Russian participating in the American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies in Moscow.

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Funding: Boren Fellowships (Central/E Europe/Eurasia)

Deadline for Applications: January 30, 2018 & February 08, 2018

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Award Amounts

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.

In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Please review the budget guidelines for more information.

Length of Study

Boren Fellowships are made for a minimum of 12 weeks overseas and a maximum of one year overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than March 1, 2019.

Boren Fellowships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion.  Therefore, preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer.  However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply. Continue reading

Language Training: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (UW-Madison)

Deadline for application: February 1, 2018

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at UW-Madison is now accepting applications! We offer courses in elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Additional levels and languages (such as Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest. Several funding opportunities exist for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and working professionals. Graduate students, 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. Graduating seniors may also be eligible for Title VIII fellowships. So please share this information with any students or colleagues who may be interested.

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2018. Please contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu with any questions.

Language Training: Summer Language Workshop (Indiana U)

Deadline for application: February 1, 2018

Explore a World of Language at Indiana University! The IU Summer Language Workshop offers intensive, effective language and culture training in 20 languages to tomorrow’s global scholars and leaders.

The Workshop is…

Effective. Small, student-focused classes provide 20+ hours of instruction a week by highly qualified instructors from around the globe, trained in IU’s renowned second-language instruction programs.

Accessible. It is open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals. All participants pay in-state tuition, regardless of residency.

Affordable. Nearly a dozen scholarship and fellowship programs offer support to grads, undergrads, and others.

Fun. Participants enjoy access to over 100 special events each summer, from language tables and clubs; through concerts and cultural presentations; to job recruiting, career planning, and proposal writing workshops.

Recognizing that global leadership requires a deep, informed understanding of language and culture, the IU Summer Language Workshop has been preparing students to be Globally Ready since 1950. Learn more online.

APPLY by February 1, 2018 for priority admission.

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, and 16 more.
New this year: Indonesian & Korean!
Funding: Wide range of scholarships & fellowships available for grads, undergrads, and others.