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Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

SRAS Announces Special Moscow-St.Petersburg Summer RSL Program for 2018

Summer Study Abroad: Important Updates

The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

Join SRAS at NAFSA and Forum

SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

Travel Alert for Russian Cities: May 25 - July 25, 2018

Scholarships Available!

Stetson University and SRAS Announce New Partnership

Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia

"St. Petersburg, we're with you."

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS has a lot to address in this month's newsletter, so we'll keep this introduction brief.

First, SRAS announces that its programming in Russia and St. Petersburg in particular will move forward as planned. Our official statement on the recent explosion in St. Petersburg can be read here.

Second, SRAS has announced extended deadlines for certain programs in select locations. A full list of those programs can be read here.

Third, deadlines for fall programs are coming up next month! Make sure to see especially our redesigned Policy and Conflict program. View all our fall programs here.

Fourth, the format of this newsletter is changing. SRAS is in the final stages of launching a new site on geopolitics and history. With the launch of this site, this newsletter and the SRAS site will be redeveloped to focus more specifically on study abroad, travel, and education. We will continue to showcase new information from our auxiliary sites. For now, the major difference is that information that is usually contained in our Articles section is now included in two sections under Koroche: Russian Foreign Affairs in the News and Russia on the Ground. How the News is Reported in Russia also now includes more extensive commentary.

We also have new material on what you can do abroad - and how you can fund it, as well as new language and culture resources. These include a new article from an SRAS student on preparing Poland's traditional Fat Tuesday donut and resources to learn more Russian, Polish, and Uzbek. You'll also find many of the latest books released on Russian women's studies.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!


Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Policy and Conflict Post Soviet
Study Abroad
in Russia!

Research Abroad
in Eurasia!


In this month's newsletter:

- Travel and Study Abroad      - Programs and Advocacy 
   - Koroche!         -  Books        - Language and Culture


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 15!
Students who submit papers for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 15, 2016.

- Travel and Study Abroad -

2015 Boren Scholar - Colin Kamphuis - Kyrgyzstan
SRAS graduate Colin Kamphuis talks about his time on the SRAS Kyrgyz Summer Adventure program.

Travel to Lviv from Kyiv
SRAS intern Rebekah Welch tells you, with lots of great photos, why you need to go to Lviv.

Russia Offers Free Digital Visas for Far East Foreign Tourists
The new system will issue free, electronic visas for 30-day stays in and around Vladivostok starting by September.

Ethno-Cafe Belaruskaya Gleba in Irkutsk
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Julie Hersh explores Belarussian cuisine and language in Irkutsk!

Moscow Displays 1,500+ Rare Artifacts from October Revolution
The exhibition will be held in the large Contemporary History Museum in central Moscow.

Russia Finishes in Top 10 for European International Education
Russia ranked 6th out of 30 European countries as the best place for international students, only giving way to Germany, the U.K., the Netherlands, France, and Sweden.

80% of Employers Seek Study Abroad on Resumes
Culture Shock: Expect Less, Get More?
31 Incredible Pictures of Kyrgyzstan
Bilingualism in the Sky

– Programs and Advocacy –

St. Petersburg Explosion, Summer Programs
The following is SRAS's official statement on the recent events in St. Petersburg. Our plans for summer programming remain undeterred.

**Extended Summer Deadlines**
SRAS has announced extended deadlines for certain programs in select locations.

Security and Society in the Information Age
Spend fall semester in Warsaw, Poland taking courses on cybersecurity, terrorism, new media, diplomacy and more. ***The summer school, which will have a focus on security studies, cybersecurity policy, identity studies, and Jewish heritage, is now taking applications until April 20.***

REDESIGNED! Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
This program has been redesigned to promote a deeper, more multi-faceted study of the region. At the core, two courses will take a close look at identity formation and conflict in the region. Simultaneously immerse yourself either in language (Russian or Ukrainian) or an internship. An extensive travel package is also included - you'll visit multiple former Soviet states to discuss the identities at play and conflicts there, both past and present, with local experts.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and across Russia.

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

The Russian Far East
Russia's relations with China, Japan, and the Koreas are at a critical juncture. Russia's development of its own Far Eastern Region, which borders these lands, is also a major Russian domestic issue. This course looks at both foreign and domestic issues in Russia's Far East.

Internships Abroad
Our internship page has been updated with new information detailing possible placements open in Kiev, Bishkek, and Warsaw. Internship options are available in Warsaw with no Polish language requirement.

View ALL 10 Fall Programs!
View ALL Funding Opportunities for SRAS Locations
How Study Abroad Improves "Employability"
Career Coach: Thriving in a global marketplace
SRAS Alumni Awards, Ambassadorships

– Koroche! –

Nashe Radio's Top 5
Top Movies in Russia
Russkoe Radio Top 5
Poland’s Top Pop Music
Russian Foreign Affairs in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Russia on the Ground

– Language and Culture –

Russian Idioms: Origin Stories
This new project from SRAS will look at the origins of some examples of the most colorful expressions in Russian. We start with some examples of phrases with heavy French influence. So, let's get to the sheep, put the business in a hat, and not hang noodles on ears!

Pączki domowe: Polish Fat Thursday Donuts
Rebekah Switala, from University of Texas and currently studying in Warsaw with SRAS, explores the cultural significance and culinary nuances of the paczki, a traditional Polish donut.

Chef Recreates Old Polish Recipes
Watch how one Polish chef is using cookbooks preserved from Polish royalty to unlock the secrets of his nation's culinary history. To do so, both science and art must be employed to bring to life the most accurate reconstructions.

LuchSveta: Birthday Celebrations for the First Woman in Space
LuchSveta no has a free Russian lesson based on how V. Tereshkova, the first woman in space, spent her 80th birthday recently.

The Talking Uzbek Phrasebook
This project, from former SRAS student Rebecca Brown, teaches you some simple phases and words in Uzbek.

Common Polish Words & Phrases - Level One
Learn some basic Polish with this great video.

PopKult Expands to Include Baltic Popular Cultures!
Practical Advice on Learning New Words
Meester Trump Tweets in Russian
If I Were Starting Out as a Translator Again Today...
Warsaw Game Company Achieves Global Success

Never Too Many Books! 
Life and death of
the Romanov Sisters
Orthodoxy's rebirth in Russia Women stories from the Gulag
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Russian Women's Studies Anthology How Russian kids are raised An American princess flees the revolution
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