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The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, is a comprehensive, content-based program for graduate students with advanced Russian language proficiency. Created for students seeking to obtain the knowledge and skills to succeed as specialists in Russian and Eurasian studies, GIRS offers participants a unique opportunity to engage directly with specialists from the U.S., Russia and the post-Soviet states, including diplomats, journalists, members of the military, cultural influencers (literary and artistic) and academics.
The Initiative promotes experiential learning and provides opportunities to conduct research in the Russian Federation for students interested in careers in diplomacy, conflict resolution, non-governmental organizations, translation and interpretation and global business. GIRS combines elements of traditional advanced Russian language instruction with content-based scholarship intended to encourage a mutual understanding of concerns and priorities based on a variety of methods and analyses.
The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies is comprised of five components:
1. The Visiting Experts program
3. Fully-funded travel and research opportunities
4. Russian-English translations of public opinion polls conducted weekly by the Levada Center in Moscow
5. The U.S.-Russian Dialogue Series with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) students
GIRS and MIIS Degree Programs
GIRS offers course credits and learning opportunities for students enrolled in degree programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, including M.A. degrees in Nonproliferation And Terrorism Studies (NPTS), International Environmental Policy (IEP), and international Education Management (IEM).
Students have the opportunity to earn a Dual Degree In Nonproliferation Studies comprised of a M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from MIIS and a M.A. in International Affairs from MGIMO.
To find out more about MIIS degree programs and how the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies augments those programs, please complete an inquiry form and an enrollment advisor will contact you.