Virtual Study Abroad: Learn Russian in the EU

Deadline: September 6, 2020

“Learn Russian in the European Union” designed full-featured virtual study abroad programs and a set of flexible online components that may be integrated into Russian curriculum at home universities in the Fall 2020 semester.

In spring and summer 2020, we completed several successful and feature-rich virtual study abroad programs for our long-time partners in the USA. Now we make this experience and infrastructure available to all students, teachers and universities.

“Learn Russian in the EU” is accepting applications for Fall 2020 Semester programs:

•   Virtual semester abroad program: Russian language and cultural communication
This program includes academic courses (standard and electives), individual peer communication tutors, and interactive virtual excursions. 
Daugavpils University will award 24 ECTS (12 US) credits.

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Translation and Interpreting Studies Program (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline: August 2020

 Translation and Interpreting Studies program (UWM TIS).

Due to stringent and immediate budget cuts imposed by our administration, the Russian to English track is “likely to be suspended for the foreseeable future” (read: cancelled) unless more students enroll in the 3-credit-hour Introductory Russian to English Translation Workshop *this fall*. I have been informed that our admin is aware of the value of TIS, of Russian expertise, etc.; still, something must go in order for the department to comply with system-wide financial measures, so this Russian translation seminar is on the chopping block unless enrollment increases enough to make the course profitable. 

If you or someone you know might be interested in Russian to English translation, please reach out to Anne Fisher at fisherao AT uwm DOT edu so she can expedite your UWM application and free 2-hour online qualifying exam.

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Online Language/Translation Courses and Workshops from SRAS

Deadline: (varies) August 15 – September 25, 2020

Full courses  

·         Perspectives on US-Russia Relations (3 US Credits)
2020 has provided us with many opportunities to look at the world from varying perspectives, to consider the rise of globalism and its effects, and to evaluate the relationships between countries. In this course, we examine the US-Russia relationship in depth. Students will also virtually tour St. Petersburg and Moscow. 

·         Central Asian Studies (3 US Credits)
This 10-week course provides an overview of the political, socio-economic as well as the historical and religious dimensions of the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. Lectures will be combined with virtual workshops in crafts, cooking, and yurt building as well as virtual tours of Bishkek, Almaty, and Bukhara. 

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Online Russian Language (GRINT Centre, Moscow)

Deadline: (Fall Online Program) August 6; (Spring 2021) October 25; (Summer 2021) May 2021

The University of Arizona (UA), in partnership with the GRINT Centre in Moscow, is accepting applications for the online study of Russian language at all levels for the Fall 2020 session. The Fall program runs from September 14 – December 11, 2020, and students will earn 14-15 UA credits. The language component consists of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lessons, homework, etc., as well as individualized conversation sessions. In addition to the language classes, students will participate in a culture course and engage in a robust Moscow-based cultural component of online theatre performances, concerts, virtual excursions, and more.

The UA-Moscow application and information about the Fall 2020 program can be found at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/moscow.

Questions about the program may be directed to the UA-Moscow coordinator, Dr. Benjamin Jens, at bcjens@email.arizona.edu.

Virtual Study Abroad (Smolny College, St. Petersburg State University)

Deadline: August 10, 2020

As many institutions move towards virtual instruction for Fall 2020, we are pleased to announce a virtual study abroad program through the Bard-Smolny partnership. With this program, students at US institutions can still access an international education experience during this moment of uncertainty. Students will be immersed in Russian language and culture through courses taught by faculty members from Smolny College within Saint Petersburg State University. The program features 11 credits of Russian language instruction and one or two academic courses taught in English or Russian. There will also be guided virtual cultural experiences through virtual museum tours and guest speakers. Open to students with at least two semesters of college level Russian.

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Fulbright in Poland

Deadline: October 13, 2020

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American academics, artists, and experienced professionals to lecture (4-9 months) or conduct research (3-9 months) at Polish academic and research institutions. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to conduct their own research projects for two academic semesters at Poland’s best universities and research centers. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) places recent U.S. college graduates and young professionals at universities and institutions of higher education across Poland and allows them to teach or co-teach practical and specialized professional English language classes for two academic semesters. Candidates with prior teaching experience are especially welcome to apply. Beginning in Spring 2020, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State will fully fund a preparatory 60-hour online TESOL course for all incoming ETAs. The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to provide a short-term (2 to 6 weeks), on-demand project collaboration with Polish institutions. Project activities may include delivering a seminar, workshop or guest lecture, consulting on faculty or workforce development, conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution, or developing academic or training curricula and materials.

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The German Chancellor Fellowship

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Launch your career in Germany – become part of a worldwide network

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow – from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.
In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

  • a monthly fellowship of €2,170, €2,470 or €2,770, depending on your qualifications
  • individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career
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Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (Japan)

Deadline: August 21, 2020

The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at the University of Hokkaido (
Sapporo, Japan) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the
43rd round of the SRC’ s Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program (FVFP) for
2021-2022.

For more information, visit http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/fvfp/index1.html

If you have any questions, please contact Daisuke <adaisuke@slav.hokudai.ac.jp>

Language Training: Online Language Programs (American Councils)

Deadline (extended): July 31, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, American Councils Study Abroad will be running modified programs in Fall 2020.

Online Programs: Full-Time or Part-Time*

*Full-Time programs feature approximately 240 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 16 undergraduate/15 graduate credits. Part-Time programs feature approximately 112 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 8 undergraduate/10 graduate credits. 

Hybrid Programs (7 weeks online; 7 weeks in-country**)

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Virtual Summer Student Project in Russia (Crossroads Eurasia)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Crossroads Eurasia is launching a FREE summer project for students and recent graduates.  
We are looking for individuals who are interested in exploring an aspect of daily life in a Russian city alongside a Russian student from the local university. It will take place (virtually) in Voronezh, a medium-sized city south of Moscow with a young and cosmopolitan feel. The project is part-time, and can augment other summer work and study.  

What the project will entail
The project will take place in July and last four weeks, requiring a commitment of 12 to 17 hours per week.  
Participants will work in small groups with students from the Voronezh State University. They will research a theme that is linked to the interests of the group members and is both social and local — think something out of the lifestyle or culture sections of a newspaper (e.g. craft beer, local businesses, life under quarantine, etc). The beginning of the project will be devoted to defining the theme and creating a research plan around it.      

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