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EESA (Eastern European Study Abroad)

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EESA offers the most affordable quality study abroad and volunteer programs in Eastern and Central Europe. With over 10 years of experience, we guarantee cultural and language immersion, safety, support and a well-rounded study abroad experience. Our personal connection and attention to details is what our students value the most. We’ll make sure that your trip goes well, customize the details if needed, and make certain that you return from an EESA program inspired and ready for new opportunities.
EESA programs:
- Semester/year program in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Includes a two-week academic field trip to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Lviv, Kyiv and Krakow.
- Spring break and fall break in Europe. Join the semester students and visit Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Lviv, Kyiv and Krakow on your break. Choose 6-14 days, starting at just $299.
- Language immersion: Russian and Ukrainian language. Summer, semester, year and custom programs.
- Online Russian and Ukrainian language. All levels welcome.

Founded
2008
Headquarters

PO Box 204
Edwards, CO 81632
United States

Reviews

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W
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I made the decision to study Russian language and figured I would learn more through an immersion experience, so I explored my options online. The EESA team ended up having the best communication with me and answered all my questions. At first I was hesitant, because I wished to study in the capital, but the more I learned about Kharkiv I was impressed. One of the reasons I opted for Ukraine was because it was much cheaper than Moscow or SPB. I traveled to Ukraine without any expectations. I was pleasantly surprised and remember my time there as one of the best periods of my life. I learned so much in the courses (not only language, but also culture, etc.), had all my credits transferred to my home university, took a stunning trip around Eastern Europe, and had on-site assistance from EESA staff the entire time. I would love to recommend the program to anyone I meet, and I do.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
That would probably have to be horse sausage, which was very tasty 10/10. I am still looking to find it back home.
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Josh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EESA online Russian language program was excellent. I was able to test for the upper intermediate level after my two months program. I had individual lessons and started as a total beginner. My professor was great, and the online calls worked out well. The lessons were very efficient. The fees were the lowest I could find. It was my dream to learn Russian language one day , and as I am busy person the online Russian language course was the best solution for me
It was the way I really liked as it was very flexible so I can schedule my other meetings and appointments and even trips. I could easily access the online course while traveling.
I definitely recommend EESA. I will probably sign for some more language classes with them in the near future.

Sean
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the intensive two-week online course through EESA last summer. I was entering into a second-year Russian language university class. While I had a basic knowledge of the language through self-study I had not previously taken any introductory classes. My instructor (Irina) did an amazing job preparing me and improving my skills to the necessary level. She was extraordinarily patient and was able to quickly identify what skills I needed to work on. Her lessons were always fun and we had many interesting conversations. I found Irina's lessons balanced all aspects of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It was an immersive environment with almost everything taught in Russian. I ended up getting straight A's in my university class. I credit EESA with a critical part of my success.

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Hayley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In November 2018, I took a one week fall break trip with EESA to Lviv, Ukraine, Kraków, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic. A few months earlier, I was just searching on the internet and came across their website and emailed in curiosity about the trip, not actually thinking it would be a possibility for me. I was assigned an academic advisor who explained everything to me and was willing to help me with everything, including finding plane tickets to my destination and being willing to adjust the schedule to my preferences. When I arrived, I was greeted by my guide for the trip at the airport, who turned into one of my great friends. Then later, I met the other person in our group who also was a fantastic companion. For the next several days, we traveled from country to country exploring, eating food, and having a great time. With several tours and places to visit, I learned a plethora about all of these countries and their cultures. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this short trip. In my experience, it was definitely worth the effort and will continue to fuel my passion to travel.

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Hayley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In November 2018, I took a one week fall break trip with EESA to Lviv, Ukraine, Kraków, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic. A few months earlier, I was just searching on the internet and came across their website and emailed in curiosity about the trip, not actually thinking it would be a possibility for me. I was assigned an academic advisor who explained everything to me and was willing to help me with everything, including finding plane tickets to my destination and being willing to adjust the schedule to my preferences. When I arrived, I was greeted by my guide for the trip at the airport, who turned into one of my great friends. Then later, I met the other person in our group who also was a fantastic companion. For the next several days, we traveled from country to country exploring, eating food, and having a great time. With several tours and places to visit, I learned a plethora about all of these countries and their cultures. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this short trip. In my experience, it was definitely worth the effort and will continue to fuel my passion to travel.

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Chelsea McShurley

Chelsea is a Russian Language and International Studies major from Lafayette, Indiana, who will be beginning her senior year at Indiana University in the fall. Learning languages and traveling are some of her favorite things to do and she is always looking forward to her next adventure. This summer she is teaching English to children at a summer camp in Russia.

Why did you decide to study abroad with EESA?

I chose to study abroad with EESA because it is one of the few programs which offers American students the chance to study abroad in Ukraine. As a Russian language major, studying abroad in Ukraine sets me apart from my peers, who almost exclusively participate in programs in St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia.

At the same time, I still got to experience those two great Russian cities during EESA-sponsored academic field trips. EESA was the only program I found which would allow me to study both Russian and Ukrainian languages while on the program. EESA offers one of the most affordable study abroad programs and the staff is extremely helpful and caring from the moment a student expresses interest in their program.

What made this experience unique and special?

Kharkov, Ukraine is a unique place to study abroad because it is primarily a city of students, allowing me to make many friends and find many interesting opportunities to attend and participate in various events in the city. My experience was also unique in that I had many opportunities to do more than just study abroad. I volunteered 3 days/week as a teacher of English at a school near my apartment and volunteered regularly a several orphanages in Kharkov.

For many of my friends in Kharkov I was the first American they had ever met, providing me the unique opportunity to really share my life and culture with them. An experience I gained with EESA, which few other programs offer was the opportunity to enroll directly in courses with other Ukrainian students and not just in courses with my American groupmates. These courses were taught in Russian and allowed me both language practice and the opportunity to make new friends.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Because of my year in Ukraine and the unique experiences I had there, I am now completely certain that I want to pursue a career which involves cross-cultural education. Spending the year in Kharkov, I made connections that will make that goal possible. Also, Ukraine is a country which will completely steal your heart. I absolutely fell in love with the people, food, music, architecture, landscape, and life-style. There are so many things I learned in and from Ukraine that will be important parts of my worldview for the rest of my life.

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