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National Security Languge Initiative for Youth (High School Students), Deadline: December 4

The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year international immersion programs. NSLI-Y encourages beginning, intermediate, and advanced language learners with a passion for learning languages, communicating across cultures, and living abroad to apply.

National Security Language Initiative

NSLI -Y is part of a broader government-wide presidential initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogues, support American engagement abroad, and attain better understanding of global cultures and issues. NSLI encourages a lifetime of language study and cultural understanding by supporting K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional language programs for languages that have traditionally not been taught in the United States.
NSLI-Y Programs offer:

* Scholarships to learn Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish
* Unique language immersion programs in China, Egypt, India, Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other countries around the world
* Alumni networks to continue language and cultural learning
* Springboards to other government sponsored programs to achieve language fluency

NSLI-Y Participants will:

* Begin a lifetime of learning and working with global peoples and cultures
* Participate in language classes, cultural immersion, and community service projects
* Interact with host country friends, families, and communities, in person and through online technologies
* Gain a deeper understanding of their responsibility in an interconnected world
* Continue language study and share cultural awareness and understanding when they return home
* Promote international dialogues and the study of international languages in their home community

For more information, please visit:
For instructions on how to apply, visit:

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Trip to St. Petersburg, May 15-23, College of DuPage

Journey to St. Petersburg, Russia and visit the city that Peter the Great founded in 1703 as his “Window to the West.”  Explore the richness of Russian history by touring historical sites, museums, area palaces and nearby Novgorod.

The itinerary will include tours of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Church on the Spilled Blood, a Russian cultural event, and much more. (The specific itinerary is still being finalized).  Travelers will stay in the Hotel St. Petersburg (a three-star hotel) on the picturesque Neva River.

The fee for this trip/class is $3450 that includes airfare, hotel accommodations (double room, single extra), visa service, some meals, most entrance fees, and ground transportation (in Russia).  Tuition is extra for one 3-semester hour class.  Approximately five class meetings will be held during spring term – date and time TBD.

Dr. Ben Whisenhunt, Professor of History at College of DuPage, will lead this trip/class to Russia.  He holds a Ph.D. in Russian history, has taught Russian history often, has published three books on Russian history, led a tour to Russia for COD in 2008, and has been to Russia four times.  For information about the trip/class, please contact Ben Whisenhunt at 630-942-3144 or whisen [at]  For information about the registration process, please contact the Field and Interdisciplinary Office at 630-942-2356.

Note:  This trip/class will only be visiting St. Petersburg, area palaces and Novgorod.  It will not be going to Moscow.

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New International PhD Program offered at European/Eastern European Universities

The University of Bologna together with the University of Graz, The New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska are launching a new International PhD Programme in “Diversity Management and Governance” leading to a Joint Degree.

The Programme in a nutshell

The three-year English-taught Programme offers specialized interdisciplinary and comparative academic training in the study of various forms of diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, linguistic, regional, religious, social or sexual orientation, and its management. Conflict prevention and management theories, reconstruction and reconciliation of divided societies after violent conflicts and political tensions, integration policies and the establishment of good governance throughout Europe are in focus in this Joint PhD Programme.
To ensure the students’ highest mobility the Programme requires that PhD Candidates spend at least two semesters in one of the partner universities.

Scholarships & Grants

The Programme offers at least two study grants of about 13.600,00 € per year to students applying at the University of Bologna. Moreover, the University of Bologna guarantees enrollment to two students selected among applicants holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions. More grants will be made available for students from the South-East of Europe within the framework of the community Programme entitled Erasmus Mundus External Windows, coordinated by the University of Graz, whose deadline is 29th  October 2009. For details, see the web page in English on:            

How to Apply

Interested students could apply for enrollment in the university of their choice among the four partner universities; if the application is successful the doctoral student must enroll in the university chosen for the application.
Beside the completed application form (to be expected by mid-October), interested students must submit the following documents:

  1. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results
  2. CV in English
  3. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
  4. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Further Information

A website fully devoted to the PhD Programme will be soon available on line.
For the time being, interested applicants could find other information at under the sections: activities/education/trainings.
Additional information might be requested to Ms Dessislava Krasteva (

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Study in Russia or Kyrgyzstan: Study Abroad Opportunities from SRAS, Deadline for Spring 2010 programs: October 16

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) can help you gain admission to programs offered by top universities and language institutes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Standard programs are available, but SRAS can also assist you in customizing a program to fit your interests. Standard programs include “The Arts in Russia” (in St. Petersburg), “Siberian Studies” (in Irkutsk), and “Kyrgyz Focus” (in Bishkek). In addition, “Russian as a Second Language” is offered at universities and language institutes throughout Russia and in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For more information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit or email Deadline: October 16, 2009.

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Bard-Smolny Information Meeting – Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, October 21

The College at the University of Chicago is sponsoring an information session for undergraduates interested in the Bard-Smolny study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia. Smolny College in St. Petersburg is Russia’s first liberal arts college. Students in the Bard-Smolny abroad program will have the opportunity to enroll directly in classes alongside Russian students in Smolny’s academically rigorous, seminar-style classes. Date: October 21, 5:00pm. Location: Harper 284.

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