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AATSEEL’s Regional Virtual Open Houses

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in Slavic/East European studies, AATSEEL is launching a pilot program of Virtual Open Houses for high school students. These events aim to help students, especially students from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds, find exciting and well-supported pathways through college and beyond. By improving access to information and facilitating connections, we hope to improve secondary to post-secondary articulation for all students. We also hope to encourage college programs to adopt inclusive pedagogical practices, consider the needs of students from under-represented groups, and to find resources to make their departments a welcoming and supportive place for all students. Our pilot program will take place in Spring 2024.


Our Open Houses will take place as part of a larger, asynchronous virtual College Fair, open April 15th to June 30th. During that time, each participating program or department will have a virtual exhibit booth, where videos, brochures, handouts, etc. can be uploaded for students. Students may visit virtual booths at any time during the six weeks that the Fair is open. In addition to this asynchronous material, we have four Live Open House dates: April 18, April 23, May 2, and May 7. On these dates, featured schools will have faculty online, ready to meet LIVE with students by video and/or messaging.

For a list of featured schools by date, click here.

Please note: Since this is our pilot season, we will not be charging for the events. Next year, however, we will charge a small fee for participating colleges to cover the cost of the virtual booth.



Students and Families! At the Open Houses, you can:

  • discover programs and opportunities for continuing your study of Russian
  • explore options for double-majoring or minoring in Russian or Slavic studies alongside other degrees
  • learn about study abroad opportunities at each school
  • get information about scholarships for Russian language study in the US and abroad (Russian is currently a Critical Need Language: there is money for you to study Russian!)
  • hear from other students about how they have continued to study Russian - and other Slavic, East European, or Eurasian languages and cultures!
  • explore possible career paths that build on Russian-language knowledge
  • meet admissions counselors, undergraduate advisors, Slavic program faculty members and other university professionals who can help you through your college journey

Instructors and Faculty! At the Open Houses, you can:

  • showcase your program to exemplary college candidates
  • meet other REEES professionals
  • build better pathways from high school Russian classes to post-secondary Slavic programs.

Click here to meet our Pre-college Programs!

If your school or program is interested in participating, please fill out the appropriate form here:

Virtual Platform Help

We will be hosting the event on the platform GoToCollegeFairs. Support for students and colleges can be found here:

For Students

For Colleges

For questions, please email us.