YEAR Program Overview

The Year of Exchange in America for Russians program provides outstanding Russian students a unique opportunity to study for one year at U.S. institutions of higher education, to engage with local communities in sustained and meaningful dialogue, to educate Americans about Russia's history and culture, and to gain a new, nuanced understanding of American society. The program also aims to strengthen each participant's English skills and subject knowledge. Participants take undergraduate level courses in their major fields of study, American studies, and a wide range of electives that offer the opportunity to explore new disciplines. All fellows arrive in their host communities one month prior to the beginning of their academic year. During this period, they are placed with host families. At the end of their first month in the U.S., students move to on-campus residence halls. The YEAR Program is fully funded, covering tuition, housing, international travel, medical insurance, and other basic living expenses.

In addition to coursework, participants take part in various civic engagement projects and conduct three professional interviews during the academic year. Interviews are conducted with professionals in fields relating to each student's academic interests. They provide an opportunity for YEAR participants to learn more about the American workplace and the ways in which academic studies translate into professional experience.

YEAR participants are selected on the basis of academic excellence, English language proficiency, maturity, and ability to overcome the cultural challenges of living and studying in the U.S. for an academic year. The program supports students with disabilities and provides placements that are fully prepared to engage with students with physical challenges to ensure their success on the program.

All program participants are required to return to Russia for at least two years after the completion of their studies.

The YEAR Program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and administered by American Councils for International Education.