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ACTR Business Russian Language & Internship Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer


Moscow or St. Petersburg, Russia




Advanced Russian language

Application Due:

Summer 2/15, Fall 3/15, Spring 10/1

Program Cost:

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The Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI) Program of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) combines an internship placement averaging 10-15 hours per week with an individualized curriculum focused on the language of business. Cultural immersion is encouraged through peer tutoring, Russian-American discussion clubs and organized extra-curricular activities. UI participants join a group of students from other colleges and universities. Less advanced students without a strong grammar base should consider a semester on the ACTR Language and Area Studies program first, followed by a session on BRLI. A full-time U.S. resident director provides ongoing logistical support and emergency assistance to participants. UI students earn resident credit on this program.

Academic Program

The curriculum is tailored to students’ language needs, from prior study with a strong grammar base through near-native proficiency. Internship placements vary from multinational companies to local businesses to non-governmental organizations. Credit is reported on a Bryn Mawr University transcript and is applicable towards outstanding major or certificate requirements depending on department review and approval.

For more information

Before or after mailing an application to ACTR, students should also consult with Study Abroad Adviser Maria Hope concerning UI registration, financial aid, and other campus procedures. They will be requested to submit a UI Application Sheet as well. To schedule an appointment, call the receptionist at 335-0353.

Current and complete information on the program, as well as an application to download, can be found at Study Abroad on the ACTR webpage here.



In the years since the collapse of the USSR, Moscow has grown into a multiethnic and multinational metropolis. Elements of its Soviet past remain, but the city has moved fully into the capitalist present, embracing western economic and cultural norms to a much greater degree than much of the rest of Russia. Today, Moscow remains the country's political and economic capital, and rivals St. Petersburg in both arts and culture.

RLASP, BRLI, and heritage speaker participants in Moscow are hosted by the Moscow International University (MIU), which was the Russian Federation's first accredited private university. Founded in 1991 by G.A. Yagodin, the USSR's last Minister of Education, MIU is known for its teaching of foreign languages, economics, finances, management, ecology, journalism, arts management, and city management. Students studying with American Councils are placed in MIU's Department of Russian as a Foreign Language.

Participants of American Councils' Contemporary Russia program are hosted by Moscow State University, Russia's largest and most prestigious higher education institution. Content courses, taught in English, are led by esteemed members of the university's history department.

St. Petersburg

A young city by Russian standards, St. Petersburg celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003, just one year after a national census put its population at around five million residents. Since its near demolition and depopulation during WWII, St. Petersburg has been painstakingly rebuilt to reflect the glory of the former capital and both its current status as the cultural center of Russia and its historical origins as the window to Europe.

The two-hundred-year-old Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen University) located in the heart of the city, is one of Russia’s leading educational institutions, with twenty unique academic departments and more than 20,000 students. Its storied department of Russian as a foreign language is the proud host of American Councils’ RLASP, BRLI, and Heritage Speakers programs.


While a small city by Russian standards at 360,000 residents, Vladimir boasts cultural clout as a one-time Russian capital and an important member of the historical Golden Ring. Located 125 miles to the east of Moscow, Vladimir is both far enough from the country’s epicenter to maintain its sense of traditional Russian hospitality and close enough to eschew any sense of isolation.

In Vladimir, RLASP participants are hosted by the KORA Center for Russian Language Study, a private organization founded in 1991 by faculty from Vladimir State University. The KORA center has worked closely with American Councils since 2000, and all of its faculty members are specialists in the instruction of Russian as a foreign language with extensive experience working with American students.

Travel Arrangements

Roundtrip airfare from D.C. to the site abroad is included in the program fee. Students make their own arrangements to arrive in D.C. for the mandatory orientation a few days prior to departure.


The Program Fee is charged on your U Bill and covers tuition, housing and most meals, excursions and in-country travel, health insurance, visa fees, and the UI administrative fee.

Additional costs include airfare, books and supplies, lunches, local transportation and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory CISI worldwide insurance coverage will also be charged on the U bill.

How to Apply

Full program information and the ACTR application to download is available here.

Students also must meet with study abroad advisor Maria Hope to receive information about supplemental materials to be submitted to the study abroad office. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Be sure to complete the ACTR online application before ACTR's deadline, even if you have not yet met with study abroad.

Orientation Information

Acceptance materials from ACTR will include a Program Handbook with extensive information about life in your host city and program details.

A mandatory program orientation is held in Washington D.C. prior to departure for Russia.

All students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343