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  • Locations: Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR) 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Russian Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Culture, History, International Relations, International Studies, Mass Communications, Political Science, Politics, Russian, Russian Studies
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.7
Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

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politics & public diplomacy in contemporary russia program

Designed to give participants new insight into the country today, the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia program explores regional developments and conflict, economic and political reforms under Vladimir Putin, the role of mass media, and new cultural phenomena shaping Russian society.

Program Features

Offered in Moscow at Moscow International University

Available during the Summer term (5 weeks)
20 hours per week of regional studies coursework in local conflict, elections and opposition figures, economic policy and sanctions, and the role of mass media, all taught in English by expert host-institution faculty

Students also receive basic instruction in Russian language - no prior knowledge is required. Students with previous Russian experience continue at the appropriate level

Russian-language conversation partners for two hours per week
Participants earn 8-10 U.S. academic credits in political science and Russian studies through Bryn Mawr College
Housing university dormitories with other U.S. students

Cultural activities & regional excursions, including a weekend trip to St. Petersburg, led by U.S. resident directors
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad

Financial Aid

Financial aid from American Councils is available for the Politics & Public Diplomacy program. Please visit to learn more about available scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • No foreign language experience required
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • At least 18 years old by application deadline

Application Deadlines

Summer programs: February 15

Interested in learning more?

Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the Politics & Public Diplomacy website at
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