The Virtual Study of Uzbek

Some thirty years ago, I studied Russian in Leningrad thanks to American Councils, and the experience was an extraordinary boon to my language ability. Today, however, it is much harder for me to live abroad for extended periods of time—due to family and professional obligations. Thus, for me the shift to virtual “study abroad” was a Godsend.

The Challenges and Joys of ERLP Online

Soon after I submitted my application to ERLP’s summer Dari program, it became clear that there was no way for it to go forward safely considering COVID-19’s rapid spread. Although I had recently been sent home from college to finish the semester on Zoom, I was surprised to see ERLP would also be able to adapt to distance learning for its language offerings.

Remote ERLP: Thoughts from a Former Study Abroad Professional

My decision to study Persian language with the Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) through American Councils, was an unplanned endeavor in the light of the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19 pandemic. Contrary to many of my classmates who applied in advance with the hope of traveling to their designated countries for the program, I applied knowing this year’s program will be carried out entirely on a remote basis.

Finding a Common Language Abroad

Tajikistan is not a country with a large expat community. Outside of the eager locals who approach me on the street almost daily, hoping for a chance to practice their English, I don’t often meet people in Tajikistan who speak English. Therefore, when I do get the opportunity to form a friendship with an expat, …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eva Kuras

Eva Kuras reflects on the beating the summer heat while living abroad on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. The first week was the hardest. The heat was intense: dry but still sweltering. I worried that my jean skirt was too short, although it almost hit …

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My Internship in Dushanbe

This past summer I was able to study Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with the help of American Councils. For Persian language, options for an immersive overseas experience are few and far between. Tajikistan is one of the only places that speaks a form of Persian as its national language and American citizens can safely travel …

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My Favorite Memories of Tajikistan

As my time in Tajikistan has progressed, my favorite moments have been with my host family and bonding with the young children, as well as sharing other cultures including my own with them. Two highlights were taking my host family to this cinema where we saw Toy Story 4, of course in Russian, and another …

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