Sunday, December 17, 2017

U.S.-Ural education exchange programs celebrate 20-year anniversary

Educational exchange programs between the United States and the Urals have now been operating for 20 years, affording thousands of students unique international learning opportunities.

The first student exchange program was piloted in 1993, when a group of regional theatre directors from the Urals traveled to the United States as part of the U.S. Performing Arts Organizations Management program, according to Russia Beyond the Headlines.

Today, 30 different programs allow Russian and American students and academics to travel abroad. The Fulbright Program is considered the most prominent, aimed at researchers and professors.

To date, more than 5,000 individuals from the Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Tyumen and Kurgan regions and other parts of the Urals area have participated in student exchange programs.

American students traveling to the Urals typically participate in university-based academic programs, studying Russian language and culture. Meanwhile, seasonal work programs are most popular for Urals students, enabling them to travel to the U.S. for up to four months during their summer breaks to work, Russia Beyond the Headlines reports.