Educational Opportunities

International Crisis Management Course for Ukrainian Students

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is excited to announce their upcoming International Crisis Management Course for Ukrainian University Students, a certificate course created in partnership with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the George Washington University. 

The online course, led by Dan Whitman, in partnership with Maia Otarashvili (FPRI) and Marlene Laruelle (IERES), will help provide intellectual stimulation, career continuity and opportunities for academic engagement to Ukrainian university students whose lives and careers have been derailed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Thirty-five students will be selected to participate in the certificate program. Participants will submit six to seven short papers, follow a weekly reading list, assume a role in a crisis scenario exercise and submit a short final project. The course is free of charge and will be conducted online through Zoom. Students interested in the certificate program can find more application information here. 

Beginning Sept. 12, the course will span ten weeks, each week consisting of one lecture by Dan Whitman and one guest lecture. Course lectures will offer sessions on diplomacy, crisis management, and international relations. These speakers will include journalists, diplomats, analysts, and area studies specialists.  

Application deadline: Aug. 19

Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) 2022

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) brings together graduate students and professionals for a summer of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. MSSR fellows are selected from the finest Russian Studies programs in the world; diplomats and young specialists in the field of Eurasian studies who can demonstrate commitment to the field are also encouraged to apply. Leading experts from the United States, Russia, China, and Europe provide instruction with the goal of improving understanding of Russia, honing analytical skills, and networking.  

The Symposium offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes international relations, diplomacy, nuclear nonproliferation, and the arts.  Among this year’s MSSR offerings are modules on the nexus of literature and politics, cybersecurity, investigative journalism, and the history of empires. Modules taught by Russian experts are conducted in the Russian language. Together, fellows and experts explore alternative strategies for conducting a more pragmatic and constructive Russia-related discourse. 

Application deadline: April 4

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

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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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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