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Business Russian Language and Internship Program


Summer: Jun. 3 - Aug. 5, 2008
Fall Semester: Aug. 26 - Dec. 17, 2008
Academic Year: Aug. 26, 2008 - May 14, 2009

The program

The BRLI program serves students ranging from intermediate to near-native speakers of Russian. All academic activities are conducted on an individual or small group basis in Russian by members of university faculty at Moscow International University or the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen University) in St. Petersburg. Classes generally meet for an average of 16-20 hours per week; on average, participants spend 10-15 hours per week at their internships.

Courses of instruction will focus on intensive Business Russian language. Course offerings vary, but may include: 

  • The Language of Business Communication
  • Russia Today: Social and Economic Issues
  • Conversational RussianRussian Business Press
  • Russian Culture and the Russian Workplace
  • Russian Computers

The American Councils arranges unpaid, non-credit internships based upon each participant's language ability and field of interest. Internships are available in regional offices of U.S. businesses, U.S.-Russian joint venture companies, non-governmental organizations, press offices, Russian-owned businesses, international trade organizations, and a wide-range of charities and non-profits. 

How to apply

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have completed at least two years of college-level Russian with an Intermediate proficiency level may apply to the Business Russian Language and Internship Program. Admission is merit-based and considers language ability, academic record, and references.
To apply, you must send the American Councils the following materials:

  • Applicant Data Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose (in English)
  • Russian Essay (original & 4 copies
  • Three personal reference forms
  • Official transcripts
  • Agreement and release form
  • Processing fee
  • Proctor information sheet for the placement exam
  • A photocopy of the inside page of your passport
  • Medical forms and HIV tests

Deadline for application

Summer: Mar. 1, 2008
Fall Semester: Apr. 1, 2008
Academic Year: Apr. 1, 2008

Organiser and partners

  • American Councils
  • The Moscow International University
  • The Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in St. Petersburg

Information and contacts

American Councils
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
address: 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel. 001.202.8337522
fax. 001.202.8337523
Applications and additional program information are also available at the American Councils Study Abroad Programs website 


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