The Year of Exchange in America for Russians program is a unique opportunity for outstanding Russian students to study for one year in the United States of America. This is a non-degree program that provides a rich academic and cultural experience and helps students develop a nuanced understanding of American society and values and strengthen their academic, leadership, and English language skills. Participants are enrolled as full-time students at universities and community colleges across the United States and take courses in their field of study. YEAR students connect with American host families and spend holidays together to get a deep understanding about American society. The program is fully funded covering J-1 visa expenses, round-trip airfare from participants’ hometowns in Russia to host institutions in the United States, tuition and mandatory university fees, room and board, health insurance, a small monthly stipend, and a book allowance. 

The application for the 2024-2025 YEAR program is closed.