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IRC 2014 Summer Trip: Russia's Twentieth Century

IRC Summer Trip: Russia's Twentieth Century: A Cultural History

Tentative Dates: June 28 - July 10, 2014 (final dates TBA)

The American University Initiative for Russian Culture's 2014 summer trip to Russia will explore "Russia's Twentieth Century: A Cultural History." Professor Anton Fedyashin will take ten students to visit the most significant pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and post-Soviet cultural sites in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and beyond. Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita will be the central text for the course, which students will explore through daily seminars and visits to places that appear in the book. This will be a 3-credit course open to all graduate and undergraduate students within the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Selection will be based on academic merit and the quality of applicant responses. The course will culminate in a paper exploring one of the cultural sites visited in its historical context.

The cost of the course depends upon enrollment status. For AU undergraduates, tuition is $4011 and $4320 for AU graduate students. (Consortium enrollees pay their home institution tuition.) There is a non-credit enrollment option for $2376. There is an additional $500 course fee for all to cover food and event costs above the tuition cost. See the application form (link below) for details.

Deadline: 14 March 2014

To apply, please fill out the application and submit it with a copy of your transcript to: irc@american.edu and fedyashi@american.edu with "RUSSIA'S TWENTIETH CENTURY APPLICATION" in capital letters as the email's subject line. Please also include an electronic copy of your full transcript as a separate attachment (may be unofficial, preferably in .pdf format).


The Higher School of Economics' Summer University

IRC Summer Study at the Higher School of Economics in Russia

Dates: July 1 - August 10, 2014

The Initiative for Russian Culture invites applications from Washington Consortium university undergraduate or graduate students for funding to attend the Higher School of Economics’ Summer University in Russia. The award provides money for tuition, travel, and living expenses while attending the interdisciplinary summer program in Russian language, history, culture and international relations at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, July 1 – August 10, 2014. For details, see the Higher School of Economics Summer University website.

Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and an essay (no more than 500 words) explaining what you hope to gain from the program and how the United States and Russia can build mutual trust through cultural exchange and dialogue.

Deadline: 16 March 2014

Applications, consisting of transcript(s) and the information requested in the application form included with the essay, are due by 5 pm on March 16, 2014. Please send to: irc@american.edu and cc: fedyashi@american.edu and elohr@american.edu. Please also include a full transcript as an email attachment (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).

AU IRC Summer 2014 Language Stipends

American University Initiative for Russian Culture (AU IRC) Summer Stipends

Dates: Summer 2014

The American University Initiative for Russian Culture encourages applications from AU undergraduate and graduate students for stipends to defray the cost of summer language study in Russia. These stipends will average approximately $2500 per student. Applicants wishing to enroll in intensive language courses in Russia will receive priority consideration.

The AU IRC Summer Stipends are for use in Russia only.

Deadline: 31 March 2014

To apply, please fill out the application and submit it and a copy of your transcript to: elohr@american.edu, fedyashi@american.edu, and irc@american.edu.


AU Study Abroad Programs in Russia

Moscow State

American University offers five opportunities to study abroad in Russia.  The American Councils program offers three programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir.  The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers two programs 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


CIEE: St. Petersburg

Russia: Russian Area Studies in St. Petersburg

Russia: Russian Language in St. Petersburg