Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and current events of with an American Councils (ACTR) program in Russia.

Go Beyond Ordinary

Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP) →

RLASP combines intensive classroom instruction in Russian language, history, and culture with a wide range of immersion activities, excursions, and regional travel. Participants regularly pursue volunteer opportunities, internships, and personal interests in an overseas, Russian context.

Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP)

Contemporary Russia Program →

Designed to give participants new insights into the country today, this summer program explores Russia’s evolution since the collapse of the USSR, political developments under Vladimir Putin, and the role of the mass media in society today. No Russian language experience required.

Contemporary Russia Program

Business Russian Language & Internship Program →

Combining business language classes with an international internship in Moscow or St. Petersburg, BRLI prepares students for a career using Russian language in the global market.

Business Russian Language & Internship (BRLI) Program

Russian Heritage Speakers Program →

Customized to the individual needs of each participant, this program serves students who grew up speaking Russian at home and wish to strengthen their language skills.

Russian Heritage Speakers Program

Academic Credit and Transcripts

Upon successful completion of an American Councils program in Russia, participants receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr awards the following credit for American Councils programs:

  • Semester Programs: four units* of undergraduate credit (the equivalent of 16 semester hours) or three units of graduate credit (the equivalent of 15 semester hours)
  • Academic Year Program: eight undergraduate units (32 semester hours) or six graduate units (30 semester hours) of credit.
  • Summer Program (eight weeks): two units of either undergraduate (8 semester hours) or graduate (10 semester hours) credit
  • Teacher Program (32 semester hours):the program is developed in collaboration with our partners Science&Literacy who specialize in teaching students of all ages.

American Councils will submit one transcript request per participant at the conclusion of the program. Program alumni may request transcripts at any time, however, at no additional cost.

To request additional transcripts, print out a transcript request form from the Bryn Mawr website: and mail it to the address below:

Office of the Registrar

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Be sure to clearly indicate the complete mailing address and name of recipient for where you wish the transcript to be sent.

*Please Note: One Bryn Mawr College undergraduate unit is equivalent to four semester hours.  One Bryn Mawr College graduate unit is equivalent to five semester hours. All prospective participants should consult with their academic advisors prior to the start of their program to discuss the details of how academic credit will transfer to their own college or university.

My homestay experience could not have been better! My family was very social and very helpful with my speaking and listening. They took me around the city and made me feel as though I was just one of them.

–Sarah Orndorff