American Councils Study Abroad Programs

American Councils Study Abroad is now accepting applications for Summer 2020 study and intern abroad programs in Russia and Kazakhstan! Applications are due February 18, 2020.


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, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Small class sizes and local conversation partners to assist participants with language learning. Prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

See also: Business Russian Language & Internship (BRLI) Program, Heritage Speakers Program (HSP)


Politics and Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia (PPD)

Study contemporary Russian politics and society at Moscow International University. Learn about elections and opposition figures, economic policy and sanctions, mass media, and more, all taught in English. Russian language instruction offered daily at all levels.

Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Intern abroad for eight weeks in Russia, Kazakhstan, or one of 18 other countries in the Baltics, Balkans, and Eurasia. Complete a full-time internship and develop intercultural skills demanded by today’s global market. No foreign language proficiency required.


American Councils Study Abroad programs feature:


Comprehensive pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. as well as on-site orientation in the host country
Housing with carefully-vetted host families or in university dormitories
U.S. academic credit administered through Bryn Mawr College
Creative excursions and cultural activities that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer new insights into the host country life and culture


Students admitted to American Councils programs are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, and more. See information about financial aid sources here.



Prospective applicants should visit the program website for more information and to access the online application. The application deadline for these Summer 2020 programs is February 18, 2020. Please do not hesitate to reach out either by phone (202-833-7522) or by email ( with any questions regarding the programs or the application process.