Category Archives: Travel/Study Abroad

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

Language Training: Siberia by Southwest (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: December 30, 2017

Program participants—educators, future educators and students pursuing careers in fields critical to US national security—will study at the Irkutsk State University in the city of Irkutsk, located on the Trans-Siberian railroad in South Central Siberia, a remote region of Russia marked by a mosaic of cultures and a breathtaking range of geographic features and ecosystems.

Funded by a U.S. Department of Education long-term Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Training grant, the program is dedicated to providing US educators and students from higher education institutions across the southern and southwestern US with advanced Russian language training and an innovative disciplinary experience that will build both Russian language proficiency and professional skills.

The “Siberia by Southwest” program will provide 20 current/recent students, educators, and education administrators at the third- and fourth-year levels of language proficiency with ten weeks of advanced Russian-language and area studies training relevant to their future careers. Qualified instructors will provide intensive Russian language training in an interactive classroom environment four days a week. Student placement with Russian host families will deepen language immersion and direct engagement with the local culture.

Language learning will continue beyond the classroom through an interdisciplinary, project-based component guided by an on-site UT faculty member. Group or individual experiential learning projects will allow participants to connect their own academic or professional interests to their language and area studies training.

Participants will also explore the city and regional sites, as well as Moscow and St. Petersburg, in a number of planned excursions that will provide them with a broader picture of Russian history, culture, and contemporary issues.

“Siberia by Southwest” seeks to allow participants to play an active role in their own path to professionalization through experiential learning projects and the publication of concrete digital deliverables for future classroom and research use. The program will respond to vital regional interests through an emphasis on geography, energy, and the environment that corresponds to concerns shared by Texas, the Southwest, and Siberia.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Study Abroad: Russian and Kazakh (Nazarbayev U)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2018

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce our next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). We are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for our 2018 summer sessions.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website.

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Study aborad: Russian Overseas Flagship (American Councils for International Education)

Deadline for application: January 10, 2018

American Councils for International Education would like to announce the opening of the application for the 2018-2019 Russian Overseas Flagship Program. The online application deadline, including three reference forms, is January 10, 2018.

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CFP: St. Gallen Symposium (St. Gallen University)

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2018

We live in times where healthy debates driven by tomorrow’s generation are needed more than ever. 600 Leaders of Today will join 200 Leaders of Tomorrow at the 48th St. Gallen Symposium from 2–4 May 2018 to debate «Beyond the end of work» in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Compete for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

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Internship: 2018 Summer Internship Program (Crossroads Eurasia)

Deadline for application: March 15, 2018

Crossroads Eurasia is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship program in Russia.

What is Crossroads Eurasia? 
Crossroads Eurasia is about living Russia, not just studying it. Students often don’t realize that summer language courses are only one way to immerse themselves in the Russian language and culture. Founded in 2010, Crossroads Eurasia aims to get more students to discover Russia directly, via a work experience — teaching English, doing translation, or working as a camp counselors.

What you get
– Resume worthy work experience
– Relaxed vibe of a provincial Russian city
– Live, work, relax like a local
– Real friendships with Russians your age
– Locally based coordinator
– Career advice and alumni network

Deadlines
The application deadline is 15th March 2018. We fill spots on a rolling basis, so apply early. Discounts are also available to early applicants.

For more information and to apply, visit www.CrossroadsEurasia.com.

Study Abroad: Russia and the Environment (SRAS)

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

Russia and the Environment looks at a Russia’s vast and unique ecosystems from thier 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.

Study Abroad: Georgian Foodways (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

Georgian Foodways
Global Pathways/Local Contexts

Although Georgia is only about the size of West Virginia, the tiny country is home to several distinct cultures. Each of these cultures has contributed to Georgia’s legendary culinary traditions and many have developed their own variations of dishes now often collectively known as “Georgian.”

On this unique travel seminar, you will spend two weeks in an interdisciplinary exploration of Georgian national identity and history through its national cuisine. Using a variety of critical academic approaches, explore issues like climate change and state agricultural policies within the context of such issues as food security, the place of food in social justice and ethnic identity, and the role of Georgian foodways in the current global tourism economy.

Learn the history, preparation, and traditions of regional dishes that make up Georgian cuisine: khinkali, khachapuri, lobio, suluguni, satsivi, and others while giving special attention to Georgian viniculture (winemaking) and viticulture (grape growing). Vegetarians and even vegans are welcome – while Georgian cuisine offers many tasty meat dishes, it also abounds in dishes that are meat-free and high-protien (from beans, dairy, and nuts). This travel seminar includes most meals so as to fully introduce you to the diverse, rich, traditions of Georgia’s foodways. Continue reading

Study Abroad: Alternative Spring Break (American Home)

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2018

The first application deadline for the American Home’s March 2018 Alternative Spring Break Program in Vladimir, Russia, is November 15 (www.serendipity-russia.com/edex.html).

The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and basic Russian lessons.

Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

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Language Training: Russian Flagship Program (PSU)

Deadline for application: Rolling deadline

The Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University (PSU) invites inquiries from high school juniors and seniors, as well as community college students, who are interested in developing professional level proficiency in Russian, while they complete the undergraduate major of their choice.  Supported by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, PSU’s Russian Flagship Program prepares students for exciting careers using foreign language skills in a globalized world.

An urban university, located in Portland, Oregon, PSU hosts one of only four federally-funded Flagship programs for Russian in the United States.  Flagship students study in an innovative language program that helps them develop fluency in Russian through small classes taught in the target language, one-on-one conversation practice, and immersive study abroad programs, including a yearlong capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

PSU is committed to keeping undergraduate education affordable, and students can qualify for grants and scholarships, such as the Out-of-State Opportunity scholarships for non-residents. Prospective students from Western states may qualify for reduced tuition through the Western Undergraduate Exchange(WUE).

Interested students can learn more about our program at www.pdx.edu/russian-flagship.

Funding: Dissertation Research Fellowship (ASEEES)

Deadline for application: January 8, 2018

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, to doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.

For more information and to apply, see: http://www.aseees.org/programs/ctdrf

The application deadline is Jan. 8, 2018.
Reference letter deadline: January 15, 2018 (Referees will be contacted with instructions to submit the letters as soon as the application is received)

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