Russian Heritage Speakers Program

The Individualized Russian Language Program for Heritage Speakers is intended to address the specific needs of students who speak Russian at home or with relatives, or who grew up speaking Russian and wish to strengthen their Russian skills. Program participants work with American Councils staff and host university faculty to develop a tutorial program serving … Read more

LOCATIONS

ALMATY In the fall of 2014, American Councils launched a new Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan for students who wish to study Russian in an immersion setting but are unable to travel to Russia due to funding restrictions or other concerns. Modeled after … Read more

ON MY LOVE FOR THE MOSCOW METRO

It probably sounds silly, how much I love the metro. Maybe it’s due to the small town girl effect- I come from a town of 10,000 that used to have a taxi, but other than that, has no public transport whatsoever. I think it’s more than that, though. I remember clearly sitting at orientation, being … Read more

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 … Read more

AN ALTERNATIVE WINTER BREAK

During winter break I elected not to travel home, and instead spent some time in Ukraine. A couple of days after classes ended, I flew to Kiev, where I met my father. We spent a week together touring the city’s cathedrals, Great Patriotic War monuments and museums, and of course stopping by Maidan to get … Read more

RUSSIAN IMMERSION PROGRAMS

(Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP), Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI), and Russian Heritage Speakers Program) Application Deadlines Summer Term: February 15th Fall Semester: March 15th Academic Year Program: March 15th Spring Semester: October 15th Program Dates Summer 2014: June 12, 2014 – August 11, 2014 Fall 2014: August 28, 2014 – … Read more

I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY HOST MOM

I have been blessed over these past few months with a wonderful host family experience. My host mom, Natasha, is not only great at keeping me fed and safe, but she has shown me kindness and friendship in ways that I would have never expected from her. Before I left for Russia, my professor in … Read more

PLACES TO VISIT IN ST. PETERSBURG: PISKARIOVSKOYE MEMORIAL CEMETERY

A typically untraditional place to visit in Saint Petersburg is the Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery (Пискарёвское мемориа́льное кла́дбище), located further away from the center of Saint Petersburg. In order to get there you will need to take both the metro and the bus. The cemetery contains almost 500,000 Russians in 186 mass graves who died during … Read more

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MOSCOW COMMUTER

Coming from a small town in New Jersey and attending college at a relatively small campus, I am not a person who spends a long time getting from one place to another. On average, it takes me about ten minutes to get from my dorm room to any of my classes and the general amount … Read more

FINDING MY WAY HOME

“Excuse me, would you be able to tell me where the Baikonur metro station is?” So go my usual interactions with the people of Almaty as an American who finds herself getting lost almost everyday on the way back to her host family’s apartment. The passerby in question usually gives me a strange look, most … Read more