The Baltic States 2018

In partnership with Baltic Center for Educational and Academic Development, BYU offers students a unique opportunity to live in historic Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Tallinn, Estonia; or Krakow, Poland. While abroad, students can receive BYU Russian and/or European Studies credit as they intern in any number of disciplines, including medicine, law, business, journalism, technical writing, design, music, etc.

 

If you would like to receive further information, please send an email to “byubalticsinternships@gmail.com” or visit https://baltcenter.com/.

 

Be sure to watch The Baltic Center BYU Experience and a student testimonial.

 


 

Choose from English-, Lithuanian-, Latvian-, and Estonian-speaking programs.

Note that the Latvian program also includes a Russian-speaking option.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with deep historical ties to Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Transnistria, and Poland. Although Vilnius is known for its Baroque architecture, it is also home to a medley of other architectural styles, including Gothic and Renaissance. Vilnius’ diverse culture and flourishing industries welcome interns to gain international professional experience using their English-language skills.

 

Riga is the capital city of Latvia and a thriving metropolis situated on the Baltic Sea. Riga has a long tradition of trade and commerce with other European countries. As such, English often serves as a lingua franca, thus making English-speaking interns highly sought after, particularly in the fields of editing and technical writing.

 

As the capital of Estonia, Tallinn is known for its rich cultural heritage. Tallinn is situated just off the shore of the Gulf of Finland and offers a beautiful array of sites. Students who are interested in finance or information technology should be especially drawn to this city, which boasts one of the most digitally integrated infrastructures in the world. However, Tallinn’s cobblestone streets, breathtaking architecture, and diverse economy beckon students of any discipline.

 

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia belong to the Eurozone and as such offer visa-free travel. Their proximity to other major European capitals likewise makes for attractive hubs.

 

DATES

Winter 2018: 20-21 January – 14-18 April (Riga)
Sp/Su 2018: 19-20 May – 11-15 August (All cities)
Fall 2018: 8-9 Sept. – 1-5 December (Riga)

 

HOUSING

Students will live in a dormitory/hostel and are responsible for providing their own meals. Accommodations include a refrigerator and cooking facilities.

 

COURSES

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (this means 6 credit hours per term of spring-summer combined). Interns may choose from the following courses that count towards completing the European Studies Minor.

**English-Speaking**

(For those on English-speaking Internships only):
EUROP 336R: European Studies. (.5-6 credits)
EUROP 490R: Senior Seminar in European Studies. (3 credits)
IAS 399R: Academic Internship: International. (.5-9 credits)

**Courses in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Russian**

(For those on non-English-speaking Internships):
ESTON 305R Language Skills Development (4 variable credit hours)
ESTON 321R Advanced Grammar (3 credit hours)
ESTON 330R Cultural History of Estonia (3 credit hours)
ESTON 350R Advanced Language Study for Career Purposes (3 credit hours)
ESTON 490R Special Studies in Second Language Acquisition (3 variable credit hours)
LATVI 305R Language Skills Development (4 variable credit hours)
LATVI 321R Advanced Grammar (3 credit hours)
LATVI 330 Cultural History of Latvia (3 credit hours)
LATVI 350R Advanced Language Study for Career Purposes (3 credit hours)
LATVI 490R Special Studies in Second Language Acquisition (3 variable credit hours)
LITHU 305R Language Skills Development (4 variable credit hours)
LITHU 321R Advanced Grammar (3 credit hours)
LITHU 330 Cultural History of Lithuania (3 credit hours)
LITHU 350R Advanced Language Study for Career Purposes (3 credit hours)
LITHU 490R Special Studies in Second Language Acquisition (3 variable credit hours)
RUSS 321 Third-year Grammar and Composition, Part 1 (3 credit hours)
RUSS 322 Third-year Grammar and Composition, Part 2 (3 credit hours)
RUSS 399R Academic Internship (variable credit hours)
RUSS 421 Fourth-year, Part 1 (3 credit hours)
RUSS 422 Fourth-year, Part 2 (3 credit hours)
RUSS 490R Special Studies (variable credit hours)

*In addition, students may choose from the following courses that count towards completing the European Studies Minor.
EUROP 336R: European Studies. (.5-6 credits)
EUROP 490R: Senior Seminar in European Studies. (3 credits)
IAS 399R: Academic Internship: International. (.5-9 credits)

 

COST

$5,200-5,700
Includes: LDS undergraduate tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), Baltic Center tuition, internship placement, international health insurance coverage, housing, and visa support.
Does not include: textbooks ($30–35), airfare, personal expenses, meals.

Cost for Accompanying spouses: $1,300-1,800
Includes: LDS undergraduate tuition for 3 credits, internship placement, international health insurance coverage, housing, and visa support.

 

PREPARATION

Students are required to participate in the prep course: IAS 369R during the second block of winter semester. Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students pay an additional $250 (approximately) tuition fee for enrolling in the required pre-departure class.
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program and have at least two blank pages.
Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program.
Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

 

FUNDING SOURCES

Regular BYU tuition scholarships and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to international programs.
Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application, and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB), will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.
Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/student/scholarships).
The College of Humanities provides a $2,000 program discount to students majoring in the humanities and participating in international internships. Contact Dr. Brown for details.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete the online application at kennedy.byu.edu/apply.
The application requires a $35 fee.
Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program.
Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Deadlines: Winter: 15 October 2017; Sp/Su, Fall: 1 February 2018.

 

FACULTY

Dr. Tony Brown, Professor of Russian, is the faculty mentor of the internship program.
3093 JFSB; (801) 422-7012; tony_brown@byu.edu

 

INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT

International Study Programs
101 HRCB; isp@byu.edu; kennedy.byu.edu/isp;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BYUBalticStatesEnglishInternship

 

PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS

ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.