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A description of on-going and potential academic exchange programs.
With a variety of programs, this international, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization provides opportunities to help those of all ages gain the knowledge, skills, and, most importantly, the understanding of those of other cultures. The result of these experiences helps in the creation of a more harmonious world for all. For more about the AFS program in English, visit the international headquarters.
Organized in 1948, this is the world's largest student-managed, non-profit educationalorganization with activities in over 87 countries. Their focus is on the development of "individuals who can impact on society; we do this by involving people in unique exchange programmes and related projects". A number of Russian Universities belong to AIESEC.
With the mission of increasing and sharing "knowledge and experience with those seeking to understand Russia", the Alinga Group accomplishes this with "The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)" which develops and promotes language and culture study abroad and with customized educational tours of Russia and the NIS with Alinga Tours.
Devoted to improving education, training, and research within and about the Russian-speaking world, ACTR/ACCELS works to improve communication between the scholars and educators in the subjects of language, literature, area studies in the U.S and the former Soviet Union by the use of different means including exchange programs.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) located in Ottawa, Canada is dedicated exclusively to international education. The Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE) section of CBIE specializes in projects in Ukraine, but also has projects in Poland and Russia.
Founded in 1993, IEC provides opportunities for business, academic and cultural exchange between individuals representing these spheres in the US and Russia. The IEC Mission is: Initiating and encouraging educational, economic and cultural exchanges for improved understanding between the peoples of Michigan - the US and Russia. The IEC has facilitated business training programs in banking and in manufacturing through the cooperation of West Michigan corporations and has cooperated with the Center for Citizen Initiatives to coordinate its Productivity Enhancement Program in Michigan. IEC is interested in cooperating with other NGO's, and are willing list US - Russia related events on its Web Site Events Calendar when appropriate.
A non-profit organization founded in 1968, IREX's functions now include academic exchanges, professional training, institution building, technical assistance and policy programs with the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Mongolia and China. In short, although the programs cover a broad range of activities, all are aimed "at helping to develop civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia".
With the main headquarters in Washington, DC, there are field offices maintained throughout the above areas that not only conduct outreach activities for their programs but also provide services to IREX program participants and alumni.
We are maintaining a list of current IREX programs, grants and scholarships.
The Department of Economic Sociology of the Faculty of Sociology of Moscow State University, which is involved in the research work in the sociology of economics in Russia, is looking for partners for joint scientific research as well as educational and commercial projects.
Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange offers summer and year study abroad programs to Russia (and 30 other countries) for US high school students. There are also opportunities for US families to host Russian students.
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