Kyiv: Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

Study Abroad

As the Soviet Union crumbled, it left behind ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse successor states. As these states tried to form domestic policies and governing institutions, the interests of their various populations were (and still are) often in conflict. Civil war erupted in Tajikistan and Georgia. Riots swept Kyrgyzstan. Armed conflicts broke out in Moldova and Russia.

While based in Kyiv, Ukraine, you will travel to Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in all these states, both past and present, with local experts. Learning of the historical background and the interests of groups involved, including foreign interests, you will critically consider the governance problems that face modern multiethnic states. You will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience you gain on the ground. This program provides invaluable experience for anyone interested in diplomacy or policy making.


Cultural Program

Host Institution, Housing, and Location

Intern, Volunteer, Research

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

Scholarships and Grants

Budget Breakdown


English and Russian
Kyiv, Ukraine
Spring, Fall
Conflict Studies, Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, Russian Language, Ukrainian Language


  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

  • Spring 2020
    Year: 2020 Spring
    Dates: 27 January 2020 - 15 May 2020
    Application Deadline: 01 November 2019
    Cost: $12,950
  • Fall 2020
    Year: 2020 Fall
    Dates: 24 August 2020 - 12 December 2020
    Application Deadline: 15 May 2020
    Cost: $13,750

Program Inclusions

Program cost includes tuition, accommodations with some meals (see Housing), flights and ground transportation during program travel, cultural/excursion program, Russian visa, health and emergency insurance, airport transfers, and 24/7 onsite support.