|| A couple on the frozen shores of Lake Baikal. Dive in this summer wtih an environmental internship that will place you working with locals, NGOs from Russia and the US, and local government to help preserve this, one of the world's most unique ecosystems!
Photo from SRAS student Andrew Williams.
We have a new partner and a revamped program in Russia's Far East! See our newsletter for more information on how you can explore Moscow's relationship with Japan, China, the Koreas and its own distant far eastern lands! Our new partner will even let you choose whether you will live with a Russian or another foreigner. We also have a fascinating new article on the history and current state of this developing and important Russian region.
We also have some great new interviews about people getting out in Russia and achieving real goals! From bicycling across the world's largest frozen lake, to learning more about the use of the Internet in Russia and Central Asia, to shooting for the stars, Mars, and beyond!
You'll also find our regular features - including a new MiniLesson (Banya!), popular music and movies in Russia, and lots more!
In this month's newsletter:
- Feature: Russian Far East! - Feature: Extreme Interviews - Koroche!
- Programs and Funding! - Language and Culture - Primary Documents
Statement on Recent Moscow Events
Our programs in Moscow, including all trips, classes, and seminars, are continuing as planned. We continue to monitor the situation daily.
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Study Russia's Far East!
The Russian Far East is a course on foreign policy, economics, and history that places you at the confluence of China's manufacturing power, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, Russia's energy, and the North Korean wild card.
Gateway to Asia
Home to major natural resource deposits and essential to maintaining increasingly valuable Asian trade routes, the Far East Federal District is a strategically important asset for Russia - and has always been problematic. This new article takes you inside the region!
New SRAS Partner: VGUES
A new location to study Russian and about Russia's Far East relations. Choose to live with a Russian roommate or another foreigner at this location!
Vladivostok Cultural Program
SRAS cultural programs are designed to give you a wide introduction to your city and to Russia as part of your SRAS program.
Facebook Contest: Russian Far East
Join us on Facebook, test your knowledge of Russia's relations with its Eastern neighbors, and you could win great prizes!
A Frozen Lake, A Bike, A Dream
Chris Pike rides a bike around the circumference of a frozen Lake Baikal in temperatures of -70F. Seriously. And we interviewed him!
EducationUSA in Russia
Since graduating with a degree in Russian, Bradley Gorski has been working as the Russia Country Coordinator for EducationUSA, an organization sponsored by the US Secretary of State.
Shoshana Bella Billik is a former SRAS student who has worked for NASA and now helps encourage scholarship in and of the former Soviet republics.
NASA in Russia
Mark Bowman is the Manager of the Moscow Technical Liaison Office, the Deputy Director of the Human Space Flight Program-Russia, and an attache with the US Embassy.
- Kороче -
"Koroche" is designed to give you a wide look at modern life in Russia as well as Russian politics, economy, civil society, media, and more.
Baikal Environmental Studies
Combine language and history with a hands-on experience in partnership with Tahoe-Baikal Institute! Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions.
Baikal Eco Tour
SRAS partners Tahoe-Baikal Institute are offering a two-week eco-tour of Lake Baikal this summer!
Acting in Russia
Join an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors. Scholarships available!
$1295 Off Two Programs in St. Petersburg!
Sign up for both Art in Russia and Museums and Art Restoration in Russia for five weeks of art-packed education, tours, and events in St. Petersburg this summer - and save $1295!
- All Programs on the SRAS Program Search Engine!
- Scholarships for Russia
Hear more classic Russian rock on our Internet radio station - now with two times the music!
Soviet Skiing in Siberia
Sheregesh is Siberia's most developed downhill skiing resort. As with much of Siberia, the surrounding area is rich with traces of its fascinatingly tortured past.
Russian Mini Lessons
This month our mini-lesson explores another Russian cultural icon: the Banya.
The Russian Middle Class as Policy Objective
(PDF, 484kb) Looking at various ways Russian researchers define the Russian middle class.
The Melnikov House
The family feuding and legal wrangles over the revolutionary architect Konstantin Melnikov's Moscow house may at last be coming to an end.
Reactions to Bombings
Translations of some of the comments left on several popular Russian-language websites.
Medvedev Interviewed by Bloomberg
President Dmitry Medvedev on the investment climate in Russia, paths for modernizing the economy and the chances the country has to manufacture products that can compete on world markets.
The Moscow Attack and Airport Security
Excellent article discussing the recent bombing in Moscow in the context of global airport security.
If Russia Were My Home
This new site lets you compare other country's stats with America's.
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