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September 10, 2010

Study Abroad: Russian Language and Area Studies Program

Spring semester deadline: October 1, 2010

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS invites applications for the 2011 Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Vladimir, Moscow, or St. Petersburg, Russia.

For over 30 years, American Councils has offered quality-assured, intensive language study programs in Russia for thousands of students and scholars. Participants of this program receive approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies. Students greatly benefit from individual attention in our small classes of 2 to 6 students, and from interaction with host faculty who have extensive experience in second language acquisition. Additionally, qualified participants have the opportunity to take courses with Russians at the local host university in each city as part of our honors program. All participants receive undergraduate- or graduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

American Councils emphasizes language immersion outside of the academic program as well. During the semester, students may take advantage of volunteer opportunities or internship placements at sites including local public schools, charity organizations, international businesses, and international NGOs. Cultural excursions, discussion groups, and other extracurricular activities in Russian are offered in each city. Students also meet at least two hours a week with peer tutors recruited from the host university. Finally, most students choose to live with Russian host-families where they can become fully immersed in the language, culture and cuisine of Russia.

American Councils is able to award substantial scholarships to qualified participants, thanks to significant grant support from the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) and the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII). In addition, recipients of FLAS, Boren, Benjamin A. Gilman and university fellowships frequently apply these funds to study on our programs.

The Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program is offered in the Summer, Fall, Spring and Academic-Year semesters. American Councils also offers specialized programs for Heritage Speakers and those interested in studying Business Russian. More information and applications are available on our website: www.acrussiaabroad.org

Application Deadlines:
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Program: March 1
Fall/Academic Year: April 1

For more information, please contact:
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St., NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036

Posted by agripley at September 10, 2010 03:10 PM