About the Program

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The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) draws on a core faculty in the humanities, history, and social sciences to support and maintain a diverse undergraduate curriculum, a program for study abroad in Russia, an outstanding library collection in Slavic and other languages, as well as a range of on-campus and off-campus activities. It is an affiliate of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

The program offers a Certificate of Proficiency to undergraduates who combine study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia with any other departmental major from the humanities and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to the sciences and engineering. The certificate requires students to complete four courses in the cultures, societies, literatures, politics, economics, or histories of Russia, Eastern Europe, or the countries of Eurasia. The language component of the certificate requires one of the following: three years of Russian, two years of Turkish, or two years of Polish (or their equivalents). Study abroad in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia is encouraged and is generously subsidized by the program, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Princeton University. On campus, the curriculum is complimented by innovative lecture series, workshops, conferences, and cultural events.

Student-led initiatives include an undergraduate Russian Club, which has organized field trips to Russian-related cultural events and has hosted Russian-language dinners, a singing group sponsored by the Slavic department, and a Russian film series.

The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies was established in 1961, in large part through the efforts of the late Cyril E. Black, professor of history and former director of Princeton University's Center for International Studies. Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, was named director July 2012. He was preceded by Michael Gordin, professor of history and director of the Fung Global Fellows Program. Alumni of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies have gone on to prominent positions in government, diplomacy, international business, law, journalism, science, academics, and various aspects of public affairs.

Funding Opportunities

  • Graduate Students
    The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies awards its own fellowship each year to an incoming graduate student in any department. The REEES fellowship covers the entire period of study -- either four or five years -- depending on the student's academic department.
  • Undergraduate Students
    The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies also supports undergraduate internships in the former Soviet Union, thanks to the generosity of the Monty Raiser '92 Fund, and summer study of third- and fourth-year Russian. The Monty Raiser '92 Fund was established in 1993 in memory of R. Montgomery Raiser III, a Princeton student who had a strong interest in Russian affairs

For more information about these opportunities, please contact the program's manager Kathleen Allen.


Study Abroad

The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies strongly encourages and supports study abroad as a way for students to gain language proficiency and actively experience the region's culture. Study abroad includes dedicated language study, internships, and research.

Students may choose to spend a semester or an entire academic year in Russia or an East European or Eurasian country. The program maintains information and offers advice on a number of study abroad programs. For more information see the Courses page, or contact Interim Program Manager Kathleen Allen or the University's Office of International Programs.

Other opportunities for study abroad are sometimes available. For instance, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies has offered six-week intensives course in Azebaijan, Istanbul, and Poland as part of its Global Seminars summer study abroad program. These seminars included study, language instruction, travel, and community service, and internship opportunities.


Summer Internships
Certificate students are encouraged to consider an internship over the summer in Russia or an East European, or Eurasian country. Princeton students have had internships at Alfa Capital, ABC, CNN, and Newsweek in Moscow, the American embassies in Russia and Belarus, a Russian orphanage, and a major Russian oil company. Through the Princeton-in-Asia program (students have been placed with organizations located in successor states to the former USSR, such as Kazakhstan.  Internship listings can be found at the University' s Office of International Programs.

Internships and jobs in Russia and Eurasia may also be found on other Web sites.

Certificate Requirements
A student choosing to pursue a Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies must complete the normal requirements in his or her department as well as the following requirements of the program. The proposed course of study must be approved each term by the director. For more complete information on certificate requirements, eligible courses, and study abroad go to Courses.

Student Initiatives
Russian Club
Georgian Choir


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