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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Questions

Pricing Questions

Program Questions


Admissions Questions:

Am I eligible for the program if I am not currently enrolled at a university?
Yes, you are eligible for the program.

What is the selection process?
Admission to American Councils programs is determined by American Councils staff and independent selection committees comprised of at least two professors with particular expertise in the teaching of Eurasian languages. Program selection has grown increasingly competitive in recent years due to rising application numbers. Acceptance is based upon the following factors (listed in no particular order): academic standing, letters of reference, language proficiency, and a demonstrated maturity and cultural sensitivity necessary to succeed in study abroad.

Who should I ask to write my letters of reference?
At least one of your letter writers should be able to evaluate your language skills. Of course, if other referees can also speak to your skills in the target language, this will only help your application. All reference-writers should be able to speak to your overall maturity, cultural sensitivity, and ability to adapt to sometimes demanding conditions. If you have studied abroad in previously, your former resident director or group leader should be among your referees.

Does Arabic count as a "related language" for the Persian program?
No. While Arabic and Persian share a few similarities, the languages are very different.>

I've already been to my host country before, why do I need to go to pre-departure orientation?
ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION. Orientation sessions address health and safety, academic culture abroad, host-family life, culture shock, strategies to maximize language gain, and first-day survival phrases. This is a mandatory part of the program.

How do I apply for a visa?
Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive more information on the visa process. Some countries do not require visas, while others have very strict rules for international visitors. The fee for the visa application fee is covered in the tuition costs -- American Councils will arrange visas for all participants that need them.

Pricing Questions:

How much does this program cost?
Please see our Fees and Dates section here.

Does tuition cover the cost of my flight to D.C. for pre-departure orientation?
No, you must make your own flight arrangements to Washington, D.C. and you must cover this cost.

Does tuition cover the cost of my flight to the host country?
No, that is a separate fee.

Can I transfer my student loans to pay for program costs?
Yes. Please contact the American Councils Outbound office to discuss the specifics of your loan arrangements. Telephone: (202) 833-7522; Email:


Program Questions:

Can I conduct research while I'm on the Eurasian Regional Language Program?
Yes, you can conduct some research while you are studying on this program. You must attend the required courses, however. Your research can not interfere with your coursework.

Can I study more than one language on the Eurasian Regional Language Program?
During the fall and spring semesters - Yes, you can. *During the summer semester - No, you can not. Please go the the individual country's program page to see what different language are offered at each program site.

Will I have access to a Resident Director while I'm studying abroad?
While on the program, students are assisted by the field staff in our regional offices who are available 24/7 in case of an emergency.

I'm a vegetarian. Will I have trouble eating abroad?
It can be challenging, although certainly not impossible, for vegetarians to maintain their lifestyle in Central Asia and Eurasia. Many dishes tend to be centered on lamb and beef, and few restaurants offer specifically vegetarian meals. Instead of ordering one meatless dish, as they would in the West, vegetarians mostly find themselves ordering several separate menu items that do not contain meat. While vegetarians are still quite uncommon in Central Asia, host families can accommodate vegetarian requests. Participants will also find many options at bazaars and markets.