Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the prestigious Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program brings a select group of remarkable scholars to the USA.
The scholars are aged 18-20 and will engage in a year of study at American colleges and will live with American host families to enjoy the benefits of cultural immersion.
The YEAR program is administered by the American Councils for International Education and works in partnership with LPI Learning.
About YEAR Students
YEAR students are eager to learn about American society while sharing their customs, culture, and beliefs with their new American families.
YEAR students are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic abilities, flexibility, leadership skills, and commitment to cultural exchange. They undergo a rigorous selection process that includes essay writing, interviews, and language testing.
They are enrolled as full-time students at U.S. host institutions and complete coursework that includes at least one American studies subject each semester. Students also perform at least 20 hours of community service and conduct three informational interviews in their proposed field of study during their year in the U.S.
Benefits of Hosting
- Understand a new culture as never before
- Gain an understanding of Russia’s culture, history, and current society that goes far beyond anything to be found in the headlines of today’s media
- Shape a young persons world view forever
- Host families are the single most important factor to shaping an international student’s understanding of the U.S. and American culture. They also play a decisive role in shaping a young person’s perception of the world at large by demonstrating that kindness, generosity and basic decency extend across borders, oceans, and languages.
- Receive a $300 monthly stipend for hosting!
Who Can Host
The only requirements to host are that you provide a caring environment, daily meals, a comfortable bed, a place to study – and most importantly, support, conversation, and guidance as the students adapt to America.