Study Abroad: Summer School of Russian (HSE)

Dates of Program: June 05-August 11, 2017

Intensive Summer Language School 2017

Dates for 2017
5 June – 11 August

Program intensity
Minimum: 12 hours of Russian language instruction per week
Maximum: 30 hours of Russian language instruction per week

Program duration 
Minimum: 4 weeks
Maximum: 10 weeks

Levels of Russian
А2 through В2 (with a possibility of C1, if there is enough interest)
Basic knowledge of Russian is required. If you are a complete beginner, you can take introductory classes with the Russian Language Center via Skype before your program begins.
Special courses are offered for heritage speakers of Russian.

Unique features of the program
– Live with Russian-speaking roommates in a HSE dormitory
– Study with Russian student tutors in your dormitory (homework help, conversation practice, etc.)
– Enroll in specialized courses (including “Russian Through Politics” and “Language of Business Media”)
– Explore beyond Moscow through optional program modules at HSE campuses in St. Petersburg and Perm (if there is enough interest to make a group)

Additional options
It is possible to combine the summer school program with an internship (non-paid) in such areas as: International Relations, Journalism, Philology, Marketing, Public Relations, and more.

Olga Kultepina
Marina Korshak

Study Abroad: Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce the Second 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 2017 summer session. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Program dates for SSRES 2017: May 26-July 22 (8 weeks)

The main component of SSRES in 2017 will be an Intensive 8-week Course in Russian Language (all levels are welcome) OR an Intensive 8-week Course in Beginner’s Kazakh Language. The program offers 120 contact hours of in-class instruction in all aspects of these languages and one elective course in the Eurasian Studies curriculum taught in English. Students can choose one from the following elective courses:

  • HST 100 History of Kazakhstan (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • HST 104 Central Asian History II (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • WLL 230 Survey of Post-Soviet Russian Literature and Culture (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)

In additional to the core program, the students will have an opportunity to learn some elementary Kazakh and get an introduction to Kazakh culture by taking a weekly non-credited practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture (once a week on Fridays, free and included in the program). Students, enrolled in Kazakh, will be able to take a similar course in Russian Language and Culture.

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 at

For more information about the program, including its cost, course descriptions, and the cultural program, visit our website: and the program blog at Please address all questions to Professor Victoria Thorstensson ( 

Questions about the application process through the University of Arizona should be addressed to Professor Liudmila Klimanova, Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program ( Continue reading “Study Abroad: Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)”

Travel: Fully-funded Student Ambassador Program for the EXPO 2017 (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

Since 1851, World Expos have been an opportunity to navigate global changes by celebrating innovation and facilitating collaboration across countries. Expo 2017 will be hosted by the Republic of Kazakhstan in its capital, Astana. The theme of Expo 2017 is “Future Energy” with an overall focus on green technologies, sustainable development and the future.  The United States will participate by hosting a USA Pavilion, which will “educate and inform foreign audiences about the United States and its scientific and technological innovations relating to the theme of the Astana Expo—future energy—as well as to promote broad U.S. commercial and public diplomacy interests around the world.”

For Expo 2017, Eurasia Foundation (, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (, and the American Councils for International Education ( are partnering to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young people who will serve in various capacities at the USA Pavilion and will interact with the estimated two million visitors expected to attend Expo 2017.

This opportunity is open to all are US citizens or US permanent residents who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any US college, university or other academic, educational or diplomatic programs, recent graduates (those who graduated in Spring 2015), as well as Americans currently participating in international education or diplomacy-related programs in the Eurasia region.

The deadline for submission of applications to the Student Ambassador Program is 15 March 2017 (11:59 pm PST). Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors will be selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh language is required, along with an interest in the broader Eurasia region.  Student Ambassadors will be required to stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017).

For a more detailed overview of what being a Student Ambassador entails—click here (

Questions about the Student Ambassadors program should be directed to Hrachya Topalyan ( Questions about the application process should be addressed to the UW-Madison Office of International Projects (

Study Abroad: Int’l Politics Summer School (Oxford U.)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2017


A two-week residential summer school tackling the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world with a regional focus.

  • Providing in depth analysis of key countries and regions outside of Western Europe and North America – the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Including a daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics.
  • Offering the opportunity to study at St Antony’s College, Oxford University’s only college to focus exclusively on international affairs.
  • There is one scholarship available to offset course fees, with an application deadline of 1 March 2017

The academic programme consists of

Applicants choose one course from:

  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Russia and the Former Soviet Union
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • International Relations of the Contemporary Asia-Pacific
  • Political Transformation in the Contemporary Middle East.

Each seminar has five two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 12 students. Continue reading “Study Abroad: Int’l Politics Summer School (Oxford U.)”

Study Abroad: “Translate at City” Summer School (City U. of London)

Dates of Program: 26th June 2017 – 30th June 2017

Translate at City is the fourth literary translation summer school to be held at City, University of London. Organised in conjunction with the Translators Association of the Society of Authors, it offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 15 students to allow for individual attention, and places will be allocated on a strictly “first come, first served” basis.

Mornings will be spent working on a piece of fiction on a continuous basis and the afternoons will be dedicated to translating short pieces in a variety of genres. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with publishers,  City staff and one another, particularly at our lunchtime and evening events, which include:

  • A French Translation Slam, with Ros Schwarz and Frank Wynne, chaired by Professor Amanda Hopkinson
  • A Keynote Lecture, Who Dares Wins, by Professor Gabriel Josipovici
  • Author and translator Daniel Hahn speaking on Translation and Children’s Books
  • Buffet supper at a local gastro pub sponsored by the European Commission following a talk from Paul Kaye, Language Officer at Europe House, London
  • The launch of a literary translation competition, open to all participants, sponsored by prize-winning Comma Press
  • Short lunchtime talks on topics related to developing your skills and getting published as a literary translator. Continue reading “Study Abroad: “Translate at City” Summer School (City U. of London)”

Funding Opportunity: Graduate Student Essay Prize (ASEEES)

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2017

The ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize was established in 2006 and is awarded for an outstanding essay by a graduate student in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The winner of the competition receives free roundtrip domestic airfare to and room at the ASEEES Annual Convention and an honorary ASEEES membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.


Rules of eligibility for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize competition are as follows:

ASEEES Regional Affiliates and Institutional Members are invited to hold their own competitions for best essay among their graduate students, and submit the winning paper to the ASEEES Grad Student Prize Committee.

Essay author must be a graduate student and must have written the essay in English while in a graduate program.

Essays can be any of several formats:

  • Expanded versions of conference papers
  • Graduate level seminar papers
  • Master’s Thesis Chapters
  • Dissertation Chapters

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Study Abroad: Program for Students Abroad and Human Rights Summer Program (Auschwitz Jewish Center)

Deadline for Abroad Program: March 6, 2017

Deadline for Human Rights Summer Program: April 17, 2017

The Auschwitz Jewish Center, affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, offers immersive academic programs on topics related to the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish history year-round. Programs are led by trained staff with advanced degrees in the field and open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals.

Program for Students Abroad
April 6 – 9, 2017
Long weekend subsidized programs in Krakow with a scholarly visit to Auschwitz (Oświęcim) for students studying in Europe, Israel, and the region. Deadline: March 6, 2017

Human Rights Summer Program
June 18 – 25, 2017
One-week intensive program in Warsaw, Oświęcim, and Kraków utilizing Poland as a case study to examine broader human rights issues. Deadline: April 17, 2017

The Auschwitz Jewish Center also offers Customized Programs for groups of all sizes and backgrounds throughout the year. For more information on these and other funded and subsidized opportunities, please visit or contact

Study Abroad: Summer Internship Program in Russia (Crossroads Eurasia)

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Crossroads Eurasia, a career-focused summer work experience is still accepting applications for its summer internship program in Russia. 

Students can choose one of three options:

  • Camp counseling. One of the best introductions to Russia one can have. Best for beginners of the language, looking for a friendly and structured atmosphere.
  • Teaching English. Highly immersive and flexible, with coaching by local teachers. Similar in style to well-known overseas programs for recent graduates. Recommended for heritage speakers, and those students with at least intermediate level of Russian.
  • Translation. As close as students will come to actually working in Russia. We recommend it both to students interested in translation specifically as well as advanced or heritage speakers, looking for an experience like no other.

Post-program, students receive career coaching to help them communicate the value of the experience, and an alumni network can inform their next career steps.  

Internships are located in places where the pace of life is slower — Kostroma, Voronezh, and Ryazan. In every location, students spend time with locals and come away with some genuine friendships. Every city has a local coordinator.

Accommodations, meals, visa support and travel assistance is provided, as would be expected.

More information is available on our website at: or if you would like to contact the director, at:

Job: Foreign Service Office Management Specialist (U.S. Dept. of State)

Deadline for Applications: March 14, 2017

Position Title: Foreign Service Office Management Specialist
Series/Grade: FP – 0318 07/07
Salary: $35,718 – $52,453
Promotion Potential: 03
Position Information: Work Schedule is Full-time – Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
Hiring Agency: U.S. Department of State
Duty Locations: MANY vacancies – Department of State Posts – Overseas and Domestic, United States

Responsibilities include providing and managing a range of administrative and office management functions including:

  • Managing the calendar(s) and schedule(s) for senior staff,
  • Proofing, editing, tracking and filing documents,
  • Preparing agenda and materials for meetings,
  • Providing computer and mobile device support,
  • Knowledge management,
  • Planning and assisting with official events and visitors.

An OMS must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, dependability, attention to detail, teamwork and cooperation while accepting the need to travel, to live overseas, and when necessary, to live away from family.

The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department. To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Fieldwork & Language Training Fellowship (NYU)

Deadline for Applications: April 01, 2017

Fieldwork & Language Training Fellowship

Purpose:  The Jordan Center Fieldwork & Language Training Fellowship supports doctoral students who seek to continue study of the Russian language or conduct dissertation fieldwork during the summer session. The fellowship is designed to partially fund the cost of study or research during the summer semester, with priority given to work pursued in the Russian Federation and former Soviet Union.

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Award:  up to $2,500.00

Eligibility:  Applicants must currently be enrolled as doctoral students at NYU. Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not apply.

Application Guidelines:  

  • a two- to three-paragraph statement of purpose
  • a current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • name and contact information of advisor in home department and/or members of dissertation committee
  • Detailed budget explaining intended use of requested funds

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