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Carmel Institute for Russian Culture and History

Carmel Institute for Russian Culture and History

Study Abroad

Call for Applications: James Symington Award for the Study of Russian Language, Culture, and International Relations

The Carmel Institute for Russian Culture and History invites applications for the James Symington award for the study of Russian language, culture, and international relations. This award honors the career of James Symington, former Congressman (D-MO) and active proponent of better U.S.-Russian relations. The award provides for tuition and travel expenses to attend the interdisciplinary summer program in Russian language, culture, and international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) June-August 2016.


The award is open to all students in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and an essay proposing one or more ways in which the United States and Russia can overcome barriers to cultural and/or political understanding. The award recipient will have the opportunity to read from the essay at the annual gala dinner hosted by the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation on November 17, 2015, where the award will be presented.

Applications, transcripts, and essays are due by 5 pm on October 30, 2015. Please send application materials to carmelinstitute@american.edu and cc: fedyashi@american.edu and aak@american.edu

Application format:
Applications should consist of an essay of 500 words or less, with the applicant's name, university and year of study as the essay's header, accompanied by an electronic copy of the applicant's transcript (unofficial or official) for all university coursework taken through Summer 2015. Graduate students, please include your undergraduate school and final GPA in the essay's header and attach your undergraduate transcripts along with your graduate transcripts.

AU Study Abroad Programs in Russia

Moscow State

American University offers several opportunities to study abroad in Russia. The American Councils program offers three programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir. The Bard Smolny Program offers several options for study in St. Petersburg. For more information, please follow the links below and contact AU Abroad.

American Councils: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir

Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program

Bard Smolny Program: St. Petersburg

Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Russian-language Academic Program

Higher School of Economics

Higher School of Economics in Russia

Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)

Moscow State Institute for International Relations in Russia