A Trip to St. Petersburg

Speed. Power. Innovation. Dynamism. The New Society. Moscow has moved far beyond its Soviet past, but I still feel the souls of the futurists course through the city when I see the wide boulevards, the impossible, twisting skyscrapers, or feel the rush of air as a metro car hurtles by. To me, the city has …

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Life with My Host Family

When I was told that I would be staying with a host family for a year I was unsure of what to expect. I’ve lived on my own for the past six years and I didn’t particularly like the idea of abiding by somebody else’s rules. I didn’t want my year abroad to be like …

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Reflections on My Time in Tajikistan

-Omar Khayyam With only a few weeks left in the ERLP Persian Fall 2018 semester, an air of finality hangs in the air at the American Councils office in Dushanbe. Over jumbles of mugs and assorted sweets on the coffee table, through friendly murmurs and halting babble of Persian conversation between teachers and students, there …

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Belgrade Photo Blog – A Slice of Life

This photo above was taken during one of my cultural activities last month at a ‘посориште’ or theater in Belgrade, Serbia. I got the opportunity to attend this event with my host-mother and it was truly delightful; not only was it entertaining and a nice way to bond with my host-mom but it was also …

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“You have to be able to laugh at yourself” – Overcoming Adversity On-Program

The first week I was here, I was terrified, lacking in confidence, and uncomfortable.  It turns out, I knew WAY less Russian than I thought.  Like, WAY less.  I hope I am less cocky now from that experience.  From this lack of language skills, when I arrived in country, I could not really at all …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eleanor Dunbar

Eleanor Dunbar reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and learning languages from her host family. “Be khord, be khord,” my Tajik host mother orders in a shrill tone. In Farsi, this is a command to eat, and my Tajik host family takes eating …

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The Importance of Letting Go – Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family back home while Abroad

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus Your decision to study an academic-year abroad will undoubtedly leave an impact on your loved ones back home. While communication and reassurance is important, I’m here to remind you how critical it is for you …

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Throwback Thursday

American Councils was established in 1974, and since then we’ve been passionate about international exchange and language training. Check out the blogs below to see where we’ve been, and then visit our website at acstudyabroad.org to see where you can go with us! Speaking with Confidence – Jason learned that it’s better to speak and …

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No Meat Please!

Being vegetarian or vegan is increasingly popular in the United States, but can be more difficult abroad. Check out the below blogs to see how our vegetarian and vegan students stick to their diets abroad, it’s easier than you might think! “Be gusht” in Dushanbe: Cooking and Eating in Tajikistan - Margaret was still able …

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People, Places, Things

Almaty is a pleasant surprise.  Whenever I dreamed about my time abroad, I mostly thought about the academic personality I should expect here.  The whole people, places, things aspect I never completely thought out.  While every new place has its unpleasant surprises, so also it has its own remedies. Being in the city every second …

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