Note: Applicants from Russian Domestic Flagship institutions (Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Swarthmore College), Portland State University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Wisconsin-Madison) will be given access to the 2017-2018 application by their domestic directors. All at-large applicants (those who have not participated in a Domestic Flagship Program, see below) please contact Assistant Program Manager Gennady Babankov at email@example.com for further details on applying.
Applicants can be U.S. citizens, nationals, and legal residents. However, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for government financial support.
The application deadline for the Capstone Year 2017-2018 is January 10, 2017. By this date, we must receive your online application and transcripts. Recommenders must submit their online reference forms by January 17, 2017.
All eligible applicants are required take an online Russian proficiency qualifying exam (reading, listening, writing) in mid January 2017. For the Russian Domestic Flagship students, the test location and time will be organized by their Flagship staff. At-large students will take the test on their own within the allowed time slot, but the exam must be proctored. Applicants will be notified about the details of the test via e-mail upon submission of the online application. In addition to the online exam, all applicants are required to take a telephonic Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in mid to late January. American Councils will schedule the OPI, and your Domestic Flagship staff will proctor it (at-large applicants must find a suitable proctor).
The Russian Overseas Flagship Program accepts two categories of applicants:
Undergraduate students: Students who are enrolled in one of the Domestic Flagship programs and reached the required proficiency level in Russian are eligible for admission to the Overseas Program, upon recommendation of the Russian Overseas Flagship Project Directors. Applications from Domestic Flagship students receive priority consideration during the selection process.
- Post-BA (or At-large) students: At-large (i.e., not participating in the Domestic Flagship Program) candidates may apply to the program on a competitive basis. At-large applicants must have their Bachelor's, or higher, Degree before the beginning of the program in August 2017.
- Both undergraduate and post-BA applicants must satisfy the following two requirements:
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Russian equivalent to the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 2. The required minimum language proficiency needs to be demonstrated in speaking (OPI) and at least one other modality (reading, listening, and writing), while scoring no lower than ILR 1+ in the other two modalities.
- Complete at least 6 weeks of study in Russia or a Russian-speaking country on a certified academic program prior to applying to the program. This requirement cannot be fulfilled during the summer immediately prior to the beginning of the overseas program. Please note that time spent in Russia or another Russian-speaking country vacationing, visiting relatives, working, or volunteering does not count towards this requirement.
- All successful candidates must demonstrate strong motivation to achieve “professional” language proficiency in Russian, a proven track record of Russian-related activities and interests, and have some record of positive immersion experience in Russia or another Russian-speaking country.
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