Educational Opportunities

CSIS Executive Program on the Russian Military

Understanding the Russian Military Today is a five day (July 20-24, 2020) online professional development program that explores the elements of Russian military power, including their composition and future prospects, social and historical foundations, doctrine, and current operations. Participants will build on classroom knowledge with hands-on analytical training and exercises. The course is led by defense and security experts from CSIS, other think tanks, and the academic community.

Application deadline:  June 1, 2020.

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program

One of the longest-running and most respected Russian language and cultural immersion programs, RLASP combines intensive classroom instruction with a wide range of extracurricular activities, including internships and community service, regional field studies, conversation partners and discussion groups with local students.

Application deadlines:

  • Summer programs: Feb. 15
  • Fall and academic year programs: March 15
  • Spring semester programs: Oct. 15

Eurasian Regional Language Program

The Eurasian Regional Language Program offers intensive, highly-individualized instruction in more than 15 Eurasian languages, including Armenian, Azerbaijani, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Romanian, Turkish, Ukrainian and Uzbek. Through homestays, cultural activities and conversation partners, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life while receiving ongoing support and guidance from American Councils expert overseas staff.

Application deadlines: 

  • Summer programs: Feb. 15
  • Fall and academic year programs: March 15
  • Spring semester programs: Oct. 15

Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR)

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR), funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, is an annual seven-week long program to be held June 22-Aug. 6, 2020. The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a Master’s or PhD program, particularly those interested in careers in government, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Applicants with a master's degree who plan to obtain a PhD and are currently employed in the field of international relations and Russian/Eurasian affairs, with a proven record of commitment to the field, are welcome to apply. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian.

Application deadline: March 15, 2020.

UW-Milwaukee Translation and Interpreting Studies Program

The UW-Milwaukee Translation and Interpreting Studies Program offers a Master's degree in various concentrations as well as a Graduate Certificate. Students have a number of options for study in Arabic, French, German, Russian or Spanish to English translation, as well as interpreting. All coursework can be completed either onsite or online.

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GW Nuclear Security Boot Camp 2020

The Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University will hold a boot camp aimed at recruiting and training students in relevant nuclear disciplines in preparation for research and leadership roles in government, policy, industry and nongovernmental roles. The conference will take place June 9-21 in Washington, D.C.

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Balkan Language Initiative

American Councils’ BLI offers intensive, highly individualized instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian, and cultural activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

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