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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
Deadlines for Summer, 2016 Start March 15, 2016!
Deadlines for Fall, 2016 start May 15, 2016

SRAS is now on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Come check us out!

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS is expanding its social media presence, with now-active pages on Twitter and LinkedIn. Both differ from our Facebook account. Twitter will feature much more frequent posts to news and analysis, mostly focusing on opinion polls, raw data, and other information giving insight to modern life in Russia. LinkedIn will be geared towards professors with language, travel, and scholarship information. Our Facebook feed will continue as it always has with cultural and language material, contests, and occasional commentary.

Our newsletter this month focuses on travel abroad with updated SRAS guides to budgets (the exchange rate is crazy), health and safety, visas, and more. You'll also find new, free Russian lessons – this time on three topics: the US primaries; healthcare; and protests. We've included a list of six subtitled Russian movies that you can watch on Amazon video and, of course, a roundup of some of the best articles to get you thinking about issues related to Russia, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and more.

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!

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Study Abroad
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Research Abroad
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In this month's newsletter:

- Travel     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 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 –

Student Visas in Russia
SRAS has completely updated its guide to understading your Russian student visa.

Student Budgets and Finances
SRAS has completely updated its guide to managing your finances while abroad. It's not as simple simple — or expensive — as you might think.

Health and Safety Abroad
SRAS has completely updated its guide to health and safety abroad with revised information about health insurance, "anti-americanism," and more.

Common Questions about SRAS Programs
We've collected most of the most common questions we get about programs here. We've also recently completely updated and revised the answers to best reflect the changing situation on the ground.

Student Guide to Chisinau, Moldova
SRAS has launched a basic guide to Chisinau, Moldova for students on our Policy and Conflict course.

How to Deal with Jet Lag
Advice from SRAS Students on What to do Abroad

– Programs –

Internships Abroad
Our internship page has been updated with new information detailing specific possible placements open in Kyiv, Bishkek, and Warsaw. What are you doing this summer?

Security and Society
Study cybersecurity, criminal justice, minority rights, civil society and other important aspects of building, maintaining, and protecting a strong democracy in Warsaw, Poland!

Siberian Summer Adventure
Join SRAS and the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) for a summer of language learning and hands-on eco-tourism development in the Baikal wilderness.

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

Art and Museums in Russia
Russia's art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve art. Classes taught inside the Hermitage!

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic mountains of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?

Home and Abroad Scholarships: Up to $10,000
View ALL 12 Summer Semester Programs!

Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Service Learning Grants

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel –

Моя Россия: Healthcare in Russia
Моя Россия is an SRAS series of language lessons aimed at intermediate and advanced students. This month, our lesson gives a balanced overview of healthcare issues in Russia.

MiniLesson: Presidential Primaries
If you'll be studying abroad this year, you may be asked about the US primary system while abroad. Most of the world watches American politics to some extent. So how do you explain what's currently happening in the US in Russian?

Луч света - Mortgage Borrowers Protest presents learning material for Russian-language news clips that combine relatively intelligible speech with compelling content that illustrates some issue of larger cultural or social interest.

Interview with Tara Ann Carter
The American Friends of Russian Folklore runs a Russian-American Educators Exchange to help share curricula, teaching material, experience, and more.

"Can't Live Without Cosmos"
This Russian short film has been nominated for an Oscar. Here's the trailer - with full English subtitles.

Why Some Find Learning Languages Harder Than Others
The difference is so striking that researchers can even predict who will succeed in language skills, and who will fail, simply based on brain scans.

20 Best Russian Films of The 21st Century
Russian Oven: Prague Chocolate Cake
Vladimir Kachanov – Painting Moscows Past
Life at One of England's Last Tolstoyan Communes

Subtitled Russian Movies on Amazon! 
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Internship in Russia

– Articles –

US Policy Toward Central Asia 3.0
With changing geopolitical needs and possibilities, what kind of Central Asian policy should the US maintain?

Remittances from Russia Falling
Russia’s economy contracted last year, and remittances have plummeted. In dollar terms, money sent home from Russia by Tajik migrants is down 44%, those to Uzbekistan fell by half, and those to Kyrgyzstan fell by a third.

The Litvinenko Inquiry
The full text of an inquiry carried out by the British government into the death of the former Russian spy is now available online.

Half of Russians Think 'Hardest Times' Ahead – Poll
Only 19 percent of respondents said that the country has already survived its toughest times, while 22 percent claimed it was doing so right now.

Russia's "Special" Democracy
When asked whether their country is a democracy, Russians struggle to find a comprehensive answer.

How Russia Sees the World
There's a middle course between nationalist isolation and globalist impulses.

Explaining "Paradoxes" in Russian Polling
Sometimes sociological surveys capture paradoxical results. For example, for some reason Russians on the whole feel happier when they are poorer and many people that claim to be Orthodox Christians do not go to church and do not believe in God.

Two Years After Maidan
What do the polls and economic data say about Ukraine today?

Russians' Real Wages Fall 9.5% in 2015
In December 2015, real wages of Russians dropped 10 percent when compared to the same month in 2014, according to Rosstat data. The average monthly salary in Russia last year was 30,311 rubles.

Chechen Leader Losing Popularity Among Russians - Poll
Kadyrov's "respect" and "sympathy" has fallen by half since last year.

Interview with German Gref, CEO of one of Russia's largest banks.
Mr Gref says three “black swans” hit Russia. The most damaging, in his view is Russia’s long failure to modernise its economy.

How Russians See Themselves and Russia’s Role in the World
Two-thirds of people in Russia believe that Russia’s influence in the world has been growing in recent years.

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