Combining intensive language classes and substantive internships in St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan, BRLI gives students invaluable insight into the Russian workplace and prepares them to use Russian in a professional context. Each week participants receive 12-15 hours of business Russian language learning instruction and at least 8 hours of structured activity at their internship sites. Complementing the academic and internship experience, US resident directors lead weekly cultural excursions and extended regional field studies. Students also have the opportunity to live with a host family to further enhance their immersion into local life and culture in Russia. American Councils provides a comprehensive pre-departure and in-country orientation to prepare students for life in Russia. Our expert resident director provides ongoing support and 24-hour emergency assistance to students while in Russia or Kazakhstan.