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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.

The program is offered in two locations, Moscow and St. Petersburg, with ACTR making the final determination. Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical (Gertsen) University in St. Petersburg host the program.

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