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.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space seeks to critically analyze the post-Soviet era. Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, students will also visit Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in all these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts. The history and interests of the various parties to the conflicts - including foreign interests - will be discussed. In this way, students will critically consider the modern governance problems that face multiethnic states. Students will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience they gain on the ground. In addition, students will intensively study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.


Host institution

Internships, Volunteering, Research

Cultural Programming and Field Trips


About the Location

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 2019
    Year: 2019 Spring
    Dates: 28 January 2019 - 19 May 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 October 2019
  • Fall 2019
    Year: 2019 Fall
    Dates: 26 August 2019 - 14 December 2019
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2019

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.