Study Abroad

Bryn Mawr College enables students to study at institutions in Russia and the CIS through the College's cooperative agreement with American Councils (ACTR-ACCELS). "One of the oldest and most respected overseas Russian immersion programs available to students today, the Advanced Russian Language & Areas Studies Program (RLASP) is designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in the Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of the host country, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Program locations include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, and Almaty." *

The programs feature:

  • Summer, semester, and 10 month programs
  • Academic credit through Bryn Mawr College
  • Full-time U.S. resident directors at each institution who oversee academic and cultural programs and provide logistical support to participants
  • Core language courses focusing on grammar and lexical study, phonetics, contemporary Russian language, and the development of vocabulary and conversation skills
  • Lectures and seminars on literature, Russian and Soviet culture, history, politics, and contemporary mass media
  • Native Russian-speaking faculty with extensive experience teaching foreign students
  • Housing in university dormitories or with Russian families specially selected by American Councils full-time home-stay coordinators
  • Weekly cultural excursions and extended group travel outside the host city
  • Individual peer tutoring with students training to be teachers of Russian at host universities
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • Opportunities to audit university classes and special programs for honors students
  • Graduate or undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College**
  • Pre-departure orientation programs in Washington, DC
  • Comprehensive accident and illness insurance

Funding Opportunities

Boren Scholarship for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

George L. Kline Fellowship
The Department of Russian is awarding funds in the form of George L. Kline Fellowships to students wishing to study in RussiaThese fellowships were established by a Bryn Mawr alumna, Irene Darden Field, in honor of Professor George L. Kline, who taught for many years in the Philosophy and Russian Departments at Bryn Mawr.  These fellowships are intended to support current and graduating students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford who want to pursue language study, specialized coursework, or independent research in Russia and need financial assistance in order to accomplish their goals.

Russian Flagship Scholarship Form
A source of supplemental funding for students who are studying at RLI, RLASP Summer with American Councils in Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Russian Overseas Flagship (Overseas Flagship Capstone Course).  Applicants must be in the Bryn Mawr Flagship program and registered in the Flagship database.

Thomas Raeburn White Scholarship and Judy Loomis Gould Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad are just two of the funding opportunities listed on the Bryn Mawr College Dean's Office web site for summer funding.  Please go directly to the Dean's web site to check out the complete list of funding opportunities.


*American Councils., n.d. Web. 9. 2015.
**Bryn Mawr College serves as the accrediting institution for these courses.

If you have additional questions regarding the application process, dates, types of programs, and/or other specifics after reviewing the information on our site please contact American Councils directly:

Russian and Eurasian Programs Office
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 1200
Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
tel.: 202-833-7522
fax: 202-833-7523
web site: