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The SARS Home and Abroad Program Scholarship, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, Applications Deadline May 13

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program
a scholarship program for future translators, academics, and adventurers!

This Program is Available in:
Recently restored church in downtown Irkutsk.Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Far Eastern National University is located in Vladivostok, a major military and naval baseVladivostok State University of Economics and Service

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will translate texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will widen students’ Russian vocabularies while helping them develop a marketable skill in a much-needed profession. Students will continue translating once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews for the SRAS website, as well as update our online city guide and our student university guide. Students additionally will research and write three three-page articles and complete one major translation project (usually a political platform) during the course of their program. Most of the student’s work will be published online on and/or our partners’ sites, creating a solid profess! io! ! ! nal portfolio.

The Program
Eligible programs for this scholarship include full-year sessions ofRussian as a Second Language (RSL)The Russian Far East (RFE), and Siberian Studies (SS). If the student selects RFE or SS, the internship listed for the second semester will be with SRAS but will include additional tasks related to Siberia or the Russian Far East.

The Student
Applicants will have advanced Russian skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. Most translation projects will be expected to be completed 72 hours after they are assigned. The student will be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore their chosen Russian city independently.

Program Dates
Applications Due: May 13, 2010!
Internship from Home Begins: June 1
Program Abroad Begins: September 5

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS’s regular application procedure, indicating which city and program they are interested in and listing “Home and Abroad Program” as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages. Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor. All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director, at All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

Start Your Application!

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) represents universities and educational programs across Russia and Eurasia. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we offer a wide range of educational and travel programs designed to meet the needs of foreign students. We also offer services to assist students in performing and publishing research abroad and at home. These services range from interviews with local personalities to an academic journal designed for students. See our site for more information. Contact us (via a reply email) with any questions.


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Study Abroad in Poland and Czech Republic

Check out two study abroad programs:

Study Abroad Czech Republic was established with the goal of expanding academic year, semester, and summer opportunities for US and Canadian students who are specifically interested in the Czech language and culture.

Study Abroad Poland was established with the goal of expanding academic year, semester, and summer opportunities for US and Canadian students who are specifically interested in the Polish language and culture.

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Scholarships Deadline: February 10, 2011
Each campus sets an earlier campus deadline.
Boren Fellowships Deadline: February 1, 2011

Click here to apply

For the University of Chicago Applicants:

The College campus application deadline for the Boren Scholarship is 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 18th. Applicants can submit their completed applications to the advising desk on the second floor of Harper. Questions may be addressed to David Comp, Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College, at

Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Learn More

Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The Boren Fellowship supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Learn More

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2011 Summer Environmental Exchange, Tahoe-Baikal Institute

Study Environmental Science and Watershed Management in California, Mongolia, AND Russia!
Program Highlights:
  • Immersive place-based education program in California, Mongolia AND Russia!
  • Approximately 8 weeks from mid-June to late-August 2011 (4 weeks in each watershed)
  • Multi-cultural program brings together participants from USA, baikal shore_web 2Russia, Mongolia, and other countries
  • Interdisciplinary and hands-on curriculum focused on watershed management at Tahoe and Baikal
  • Program Fee covers travel between Tahoe and Baikal & all food, lodging and program expenses.
For full details and application materials, read here:
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Undergraduate Spring Semester in Russia, a Collaboration with the IMARES Program; Deadline October 30

The following message comes to CEERES from the USSR-St.Petersburg (Undergraduate Spring Semester in Russia) Program:
30 October 2010 – USSR deadline

(Please respond to Sergey Erofeev at

We are happy to announce that following the successful experience of RSSA (Russian Studies Semester Abroad) the European University at St. Petersburg will repeat this program from 1 February 2011.  It has been rebranded USSR (Undergraduate Spring Semester in Russia) and will be delivered to advanced undergraduates.  As a BA study abroad module, USSR is finely tuned to the needs of undergrads.  At the same time, it also brings the benefits of collaborating with the famous IMARES program (

– Ideal for those who at the undergraduate level are seriously planning careers in relation to Russian and Eurasian affairs

-The program draws upon the resources of IMARES, the internationally renowned Master’s program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (

-Professional academic training plus diverse personal experience of Russian society

-Courses include on-site classes in cultural and historical venues of Saint Petersburg, an international cultural hub

Workload and Credits:

-Semester of 13 weeks, from 12 to 24 class hours per week

-The choice of 3 to 5 courses corresponding to 18 to 30 ECTS credits (9 to 15 US credits).

-Each subject course carries 6 ECTS credits (3 US credits) and is taught for 4 academic hours per week plus homework.

-Delivered through lectures and seminar sessions for which home reading is assigned, each course involves submitting one or two essays.

-Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level. The course carries 12 ECTS credits (6 US credits).

USSR Courses
-History of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union
-Russian Art from Icon to the Avant-garde
-Russian Society, Media and Culture
-Post-Soviet Political and Economic Transition
-Russian language


EUSP provides visa and registration support. It also helps to house international students in Russian families or to rent separate apartments. Students use the library, computer facilities and other university services. More information on EUSP student life:

The applicants to USSR (St. Petersburg) are expected to excel in their BA study at their home institution in one or more disciplines from a wide range of humanities, area/cultural studies or social sciences: from linguistics to history, from art history to journalism and from philosophy to sociology. There is no Russian language prerequisite as the main curriculum is
taught in English.


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CET Study Abroad Programs in Prague for Spring, Summer, Fall 2011; Spring Deadline: October 1

The following message comes to CEERES from CET Academic Programs:

CET Academic Programs offers five study abroad programs in Prague in Central European Studies, Jewish Studies, Film Production, Photography, and New Media. These programs are available in the fall, spring, and summer of 2011.

For more information, please visit

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CET Journeys (Customized Short-Term Study Abroad Programs) Available to Administrators

The following message comes to CEERES from CET Journeys:

CET Journeys, a division of CET Academic Programs, is committed to helping study abroad staff and faculty develop and administer short-term study abroad programs. Short-term programs offer great educational value. However, they also require tremendous time and energy to organize. With CET Journeys’ extensive staffing resources and longstanding experience administering programs, you can offer your students quality programs without over-taxing your staff and resources.

For more information, please visit

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Prague Summer Seminars, University of New Orleans, July 10-August 7

The Division of International Education at the University of New Orleans will is accepting applications for its Prague Summer Seminars program. The University of New Orleans has conducted the Prague Seminars Program for sixteen years in cooperation with prestigious Charles University.

Students enroll in two courses, earning 6 college credits. Classes in Photography, Literature, Music, History, Architecture, Film, and Czech Language are offered.Classes generally meet Monday through Friday, leaving weekends for field trips, individual travel, and personal discovery. Other planned activities include lectures, walking tours, films, dinners, and excursions, most of which are optional. Participants are accompanied by the academic and program directors, who facilitate the program in Prague and on the weekend trips.

Dates: July 10 – August 7
Program Cost: $4,295 (airfare not included), includes tuition and housing and more.

For more information, visit:

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (Undergraduates), Deadline: April 6

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 Application Open – Deadline: April 6, 2010

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2010 online application with over 1,700 scholarships to be awarded.  A limited number of summer awards will be available to students majoring in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) who meet the program’s standard eligibility criteria listed below.

*        Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
*        United States citizen
*        Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
*        Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
*        Receiving academic credit
*        Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

Summer 2010 & Fall 2010/Academic Year 2010-2011 applications are now being accepted online and are due April 6, 2010.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, application deadlines & timeline, and application process, please visit the Gilman website at, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 25 or email

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Central European University’s Summer University 2010, Budapest, Deadline: February 15

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. The summer school draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 60 countries and its faculty from over 30 countries.

In 2010 the summer school offers 17 high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2010. More information about the application process is available at and the relevant course web sites.

For a complete list of available courses, please visit:

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