About American Councils
Founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals, American Councils has focused its expertise on academic exchange, professional training, distance learning, curriculum and test development, delivery of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and institution building.
Mission & History
American Councils for International Education advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs that are well grounded in key world languages, cultures and regions. We contribute to the creation of new knowledge, broader professional perspectives, and personal and intellectual growth through international training, academic exchange, collaboration in educational development, and public diplomacy. With a presence in the U.S., Russia and Eurasia for nearly four decades, in addition to representation in over thirty countries across Asia, the Middle East and Southeastern Europe, American Councils strives to expand dialog among students, scholars, educators and professionals for the advancement of learning and mutual respect in the diverse communities and societies in which we work.
The Outbound Department
The Outbound Department administers overseas programs for undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and scholars in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to the Title VIII Fellowship Programs, the Outbound Department adminsters study abroad progams in Russia, Eurasia, and the Balkans.
Vladka Shikova, Program Manager
Vladka received her M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a graduate student, she participated in the summer Russian Language and Area Studies Program in St. Petersburg. Vladka has been working in the Russian and Eurasian Programs office since January 2004. She administers the Eurasian Regional Language Programs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. In addition, she oversees all aspects of the Title VIII research fellowships and Outbound finances.
Sarah Krueger, Program Officer
Sarah is responsible for the daily operations of the Title VIII Research Scholar Program, the Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program, as well as the Energy in Central Asia Program. She holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Certificate of Pastry Arts from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD. Sarah has studied abroad in Russia and Uruguay.