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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, 2017 start March 15, 2017!
Deadlines for Fall, 2017 start May 15, 2017

Many people think that they can't study abroad if they aren't currently a student in a university or past a certain age. FALSE!
Anyone with a high school diploma, intelligence, and a sense of responsibility is eligible for SRAS programs. So, if you've not started college, if you've already finished, if you are currently taking a break or between programs... you are welcome abroad! This applies to ALL SRAS programs - including our scholarship programs.

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In this latest big-back-to-school edition of our newsletter, we have resources on the state of study abroad to Russia, the state of languages in the US, and the state of Russian studies in the US. We also have updated resources on Russian and Kyrgyz visas, on teaching English abroad, and a fully updated Bishkek city guide in addition to the latest books released about Russia and some of the most insightful articles we've read this month for understanding Russia.

We are also proud to announce an ambitious new lineup of summer programs that are more pertinent than ever. This summer, students can study security abroad, in a flexible and wide-ranging program covering a number of vital issues from tolerance to cybersecurity and media. Our Coexistence and Religion program take a case study approach to look at how religions, despite centuries of conflict, can come to coexist peacefully in a tiny, gorgeous country. Or, learn how revolutions and wars have affected identity formation in Cuba and Russia, two countries whose relationships with the US are changing rapidly. Contact us about tiered group discounts for these programs, starting from three students – and about faculty-led programs.

SRAS believes that study abroad is more pertinent than ever. For those interested in truly understanding the events of the last year, their roots and likely long-term effects, these programs offer valuable insights. For those who simply want to gain global perspectives and expanded world views, study abroad is also one of the most direct paths to achieving those goals.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, 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:

- The State of Study Abroad     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Articles

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, 2017.

– Programs –

Coexistence and Religion
We will learn to reflect upon and better understand religious traditions, issues, questions, and values in Georgia, thereby enhancing and expanding our understanding of how religion and spirituality shape our own lives.

The Cuban-Russian Connection
The Cuban-Russian Connection will spend one week experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Security and Society in the Information Age
Spend this summer looking at important global issues from the vantage of Poland/Central Europe. This region serves as a fascinating case study in courses on security (including cyber), criminal justice, urban planning, elites and politics, entrepreneurship and innovation, and more.

Art and Museums in Russia
Russia's museum system is among the world's more extensive, diverse, and well-attended. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve its rich culture, history, and art. All classes taught inside St. Petersburg museums, including 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?

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.

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.

Summer Seminars & Russian as a Second Language!
Sign up for a full summer of Russian as a Second Language and choose from one of four specially priced seminars - in art, environment, religion, or anthropology.

View ALL 8 Summer Programs!
SRAS Alumni Awards, Ambassadorships
Home and Abroad: $10,000 For Your Study Abroad
Braver Grants: Get More From Your Study Abroad
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Social Science of Russia

– 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

– The State of Study Abroad –

State of Study Abroad
Russia has been through extraordinary changes in recent months. How does this affect it as a destination to study abroad?

Program Deadline Reminder
All program deadlines for summer, 2017 can be found in this handy new page from Lisa Horner, SRAS Program Consultant!

State of Languages in the US
This report summarizes the nation’s current language capacity, focusing on the US education system, and providing a multitude of statistics.

The State of Russian Studies in the US
Where is the next generation of America's Russia experts coming from?

Russian Student Visas
SRAS has completely updated its guide to understanding Russian student visas. See also our guide to Kyrgyz visas.

Packing List
Will your electronics work abroad? Will you be able to get your needed medications abroad? How should you pack to handle the local weather? This updated guide will walk you through all of it!

Student Budgets and Finances
Quite a bit has changed in the last year - we've updated our guide to student finances abroad to reflect the new exchange rates, costs of living abroad, and more.

Bishkek Student Guide
Our complete guide to everything you'll need to know if you plan to live in Bishkek for summer or semester has just been updated by our on-the-ground Home and Abroad Scholar Julie Hersh! Check out all our city guides here.

Teaching English in Russia: The Complete Guide
Many of our students, past and present, have inquired into the logistics of teaching while abroad, while as students or otherwise. We have therefore provided this resource.

The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2017
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, two SRAS destinations, both made the list!

Why Should I Intern Abroad?
Jobs for Experienced Travelers
Russia, US Foreign Students Percentage the Same: 5%
Are "Semester Abroad Accents" Real or Fake?

Never Too Many Books! 
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea Cultural Diplomacy - the Van Cliburn Story
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Navalny and Michnik on the Russian Opposition Central Asia in Word History and Modern Geopolitics The Political Economy of the Soviet Collapse
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– Articles –

The Importance of Diplomacy in a World of Multiple Power Centers
None of the major powers have the capacity to overrule the others, but each has the ability to frustrate the designs of rivals.

Russia Breaks Up Notarious Hacker Group
For several years Shaltai-Boltai terrorized state officials, businessmen and media figures by hacking their emails and telephones, and threatening to post their private information online unless blackmail payments were made.

Payback Time for Russia's Federal Government
One of Russia's most pronounced economic challenges right now is how to deal with mounting regional debt.

McDonald's to Open at Least 50 New Restaurants in Russia in 2017
The fast-food chain opened 73 restaurants in Russia last year, exceeding its forecast.

In Post-Soviet First, Russian Agricultural Exports May Top Imports
This year Russia plans not only an increase in grain and vegetable oil exports, but it also hopes to enter global markets with new products - poultry, pork, sugar, potatoes, etc.

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes Hit Historic High
New infrastructure, new ships and the overall situation on global markets means that an increase in maritime freight will continue in Russia despite falling oil production.

Moody's: Russia to Grow 1% This Year
According to the agency’s experts, stabilization of oil prices has eased the direct and indirect economic and fiscal pressure.

One in Five Russians Receiving Salary "Off The Books" — Poll
The number has fallen since January 2015, when 29 percent of respondents admitted to accepting money unofficially.

Russians Work Far More Hours but Far Less Productively
Russians work on average 1978 hours per year, while German workers work only 1371 and French ones 1482. Each Russian worker contributes about 25USD to GDP per hour; Germans contribute 67USD.

Top Russian Fears: Conflict and Inflation
Russians are becoming less afraid of those things that have traditionally worried them according to a new poll.

Poll: Russians Evenly Split on Allowing Hijab in Schools
Sociologists say Russians have become more tolerant to the manifestations of religious affiliation at schools.

Poll: Even Russian Smokers Support Making Tabacco Sales Illegal
The Russian Health Ministry has come up with a draft state policy concept to counter tobacco consumption for 2017-2022 and beyond.

Poll finds 45% of Russians Dissatisfied With The Country's Situation
When asked about the general situation in their town or village, 49% were satisfied and 44% dissatisfied.

Russia Viewed as Developed, Progressive Country by Majority of Citizens
65 percent of Russians believed they lived in a developed country; 25 percent say it is underdeveloped.

Homeless in Moscow
An RBTH correspondent accompanied volunteers from the Moscow adaptation center for the homeless as they went on their nightly rounds and learned how the homeless survive in the most densely populated city in the country.

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