Study Abroad

Bryn Mawr College enables students to study at institutions in Russia through the College's cooperative agreement with American Councils (ACTR-ACCELS). Students may enroll in summer, semester, and ten-month programs conducted in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir and to pursue research at major academic centers throughout Russia (and the CIS) under the auspices of the American Councils. For study abroad funding opportunities see below.

From the American Councils brochure 2003, "Intensive language study in well-structured university-based programs in Russia is necessary for students seeking to achieve proficiency in Russian. American Councils is the best known and most experienced U.S. organization offering the full range of language training, study, and research abroad opportunities in the Russian-speaking world.

American Councils has administered intensive language-immersion programs for U.S. undergraduates, graduate students, teachers, and scholars at universities and specialized institutions in Russia and Eurasia since 1976. More than 5,000 students, teachers, and scholars from universities and colleges throughout the U.S. have participated in American Councils programs for research and language study in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Moldova, Belarus, and Southeastern Europe.

American Councils programs for Russian language study are designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion in Russian society while providing key logistical support and individual attention to U.S. participants. Programs are designed to improve participants' oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian language and to develop their knowledge of Russian history, politics, culture, and society."

Students receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, undergraduate and graduate students may obtain a Bryn Mawr transcript with their grades.

The programs feature:

  • 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 Emeritus 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, 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.


**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
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
tel.: 202-833-7522
fax: 202-833-7523
web site: