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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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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Academic Culture- KZ to USA

This fall, I began to teach a class of students on how to write essays in English for college applications. It has easily been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had since my arrival. The students here have such a thirst for knowledge, regardless of how boring the subject material may be. …

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Why I’m studying Russian in Kazakhstan

My choice to studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan was an unusual pick considering I was a Russian major. But when I went to Moscow for a 6 week study abroad program at Moscow State University I was exposed to Central Asian culture. I took a liking to their cuisine and became interested in this region, …

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When I Tell People I’m in Russia, They Don’t Picture a Tropical Paradise

Recently, everyone on the AC program in Russia traveled together with several Russian friends to Russia’s third capital: Sochi.  After a month or so in Moscow, where it is actually a challenge to find a hill, my Colorado-raised heart was ecstatic to see the incredible Caucasus Mountains jutting straight out from the Black Sea.  For …

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Visually Impaired and a Year in Kazakhstan

Individuals with disabilities are often hesitant to study abroad because of the lack of infrastructure in less developed countries along with the fear of not getting support. As a person who is visually impaired and understands these challenges, I would like to share my experience studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Along with linguistic and cultural …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Lily Slocum

Lily Slocum reflects on her summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and her experience living in Moscow during the World Cup. Most summers, I work at a nature camp five minutes down the road from my house. I love being outdoors and working …

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Study Abroad in Kazakhstan!

Kazakhstan is the biggest of the "Stan" countries and boasts a rich cultural history and geographic diversity. The two official languages in Kazakhstan are Kazakh and Russian, and luckily American Councils offers programs for both languages! Our programs are based in the former capital, Almaty. It is the most populous city in Kazakhstan and known as …

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