The Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (OCREECAS) is designed to strengthen the study and teaching of Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies at Oberlin.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of the Russian Department and Ian MacMillen

Created in 1998 with support from the Clowes Fund, Inc. and other private contributions, its mission is twofold: to foster the development of new courses and cultural activities focusing on the region on campus and to support summer and postgraduate service internships abroad through OCREECAS grants.

Director Ian MacMillen and Internship Director Maia Solovieva provide the administrative support and resources essential to develop innovative programming for Oberlin students and graduates. They also assure participant safety and program quality within the rapidly changing conditions of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

Eligibility for an OCREECAS Grant

To apply for funding for a three-month internship abroad, students must demonstrate a working command of the language spoken in the country in which they hope to work. A strong candidate will also have spent time abroad.

For further information, see our Internships page.