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The State of Study Abroad in Russia

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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
Summer Programs, 2014: Apply by March 15, 2013!

  New business programs are available in St. Petersburg, Russia for this summer and fall!

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS is gearing up for another great year in Eurasia.

This month, browse the many ways you can gain new skills abroad this summer. For those interested in business, we have a full section devoted to business and professional study abroad – with two new programs now available!

We also have a new, original article answering the question "Why the Terrorists Chose Volgograd" and lots on the new amnesty that has freed hundreds of businessmen and many political activists. You'll find new articles on recommended Russian consumer brands, a new language lesson on shifts in Russian and Soviet time, and much more.


In this month's newsletter:

- News     - Koroche!
- Summer Programs       - Business Programs  
- Language and Culture     - Primary Documents, etc.      - Books


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 15!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 15, 2014.

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Feature: Summer Programs -
Contact SRAS about combining any of these programs with summer RSL  at discounted rates.

Art and Museums in Russia
Gain unique perspectives from Russia, whose 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 countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture and even environmental issues. 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. Participants spend six hours a day working, have all meals provided, and spend the rest of their time socializing with Russians and other members of the crew and enjoying the gorgeous outdoor wilderness.

Eurasian Culinary Studies
Learn the history and culture of Ukrainian borsch, Uzbek plov, Georgian khachapuri, and more. Spend a summer immersed in language and cultural anthropology while learning to prepare some of the best dishes the former USSR has to offer and traveling extensively!

- Russian Archive Access
- Summer in Siberia - 10-Day Program!
- Funding for Study Abroad

- Major News -

Why the Terrorists Chose Volgograd 
I would like to offer a brief and direct thought on this question to the discussion.

Over 500 Amnestied in Russia
Over 500 people have been pardoned under the economic amnesty declared in July 2013 by the Russian State Duma, the office of Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov said.

7 Theories of Why Putin Freed Khodorkovsky
There are several explanations for Putin’s sudden decision to free his most notorious political foe. 

Freed Pussy Riot Activists Turn to Prisoners' Rights
The two Pussy Riot members freed from prison said that they would distance themselves from radical political activism and focus on a new project to advocate for the rights of prisoners in Russia.

- Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists amnestied
- Myths about Russia: Political prisoners
Moscow Court Halts Prosecution of 4 Accused Rioters

- New! Business Programs -
Your Entry to International Business
is Coming This Summer or Fall!

International Business: Russia's Consumer Markets
Experience what goes into launching a new business in international markets. Develop a business plan, learn effective management styles, and create resonant marketing.

Russian Studies Abroad: St.Petersburg
Gain specific insight into Eurasia's political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe." Intensive language study and cultural immersion is combined with a choice of courses covering history, politics, economics, and especially business.

Intern as a translator, journalist, or with a business, museum, theater, or NGO. Learn the language and ropes you'll need for an internationally-focused career!

- SRAS Travel Services
- Funding for Study in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan


- Kороче -

Russia's Top Ten Movies for 2013
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US


- Language and Culture -

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy
A short list of products an American in Moscow has come to prefer over their Western competitors.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Изменения во времени 
Our first Russian Mini Lesson for 2014 is about the fickleness of time.

Why Don't Russians Smile?
It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

SRAS Russian Language Lessons
All of our language lessons are now in one section, accessible by a single menu. This includes archived projects like Image of the Month and Olga’s Blog, which has had its formatting improved and internal links checked. Now learning Russian is just a little bit easier!

- How Language Seems To Shape One's View of the World
- 16 Things Russians Do That Americans Might Find Weird
- Second Language Acquisition by The Numbers


 Never Too Many Books!

Women_Gulag Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives

Untitled-1 Science, Women, and Revolution in Russia

Growing Up in North Caucasus Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education

Silent_Conflict Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early Soviet-Western Relations

War_maps Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above

419f3U4d11L Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration

 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Travel

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

CIA Ends Public Access to Translated News Reports
Translation of foreign news reports had been one of the few direct services that U.S. intelligence agencies offered to the American public. Now it's over.

Ukraine's Besieged Ruling Party Boosted in By-election
Amid weeks of anti-government street protests, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s ruling party won four of five seats in parliament during a byelection, a defeat for opposition forces seeking his ouster.

The Problem with Ukrainian Nationalism
The tensions between East and West -- both psychological and geographic -- are deeply rooted in Ukraine's national identity.

A Boost for the Kremlin's Soft Power
The merger of RIA Novosti and the Voice of Russia into the new Rossia Segodnya (Russia Today) media corporation seems like a logical concentration of resources to promote Russia's newly defined conservative values in the global arena.

Bank of Russia - 2014 Outlook
The coming year will be crucial for the Bank of Russia and its chairwoman Elvira Nabiullina.

Putin Gains the G8 Presidency
This year, on June 4-5, 2014, Russia is hosting the 40th G8 Summit in Sochi.

Russia: Most Protectionist Nation in 2013
Russia put more protectionist policies in place than any other country in 2013, closely followed by neighboring Belarus, according to data from Global Trade Alert (GTA), a leading independent trade monitoring service.

Report: Russian Implementation of WTO Agreement
The Report reviews the specific commitments Russia undertook as part of its accession to the WTO and its implementation of these commitments.  The Report states that while Russia has taken many important steps to implement all of its WTO commitments in most areas, there are areas where more progress is needed.

Life Under Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
Six months ago, Russia adopted a nationwide ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” which makes it a crime to so much as mention homosexuality around minors. The ban was piloted in two provinces: Ryazan, southeast of Moscow, in 2006, and then Arkhangelsk, in the north, in 2011.

Russia to Send Woman to Space in 2014
Russia will send a female cosmonaut into space for the first time in two decades next year.

Arctic Mercury Levels Lower Thanks To Soviet Collapse
The most recent research suggests that the mercury concentration in fish is much lower than expected in much of the continental Arctic, and the Soviet Union may have something to do with it.

Russian Orthodox Church Slammed For Stalin Calendar
The Russian Orthodox Church is under fire for publishing a calendar devoted to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Azerbaijan Alleges Karabakh Cease-Fire Violations
Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of cease-fire violations near the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.


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