Many people think that they can't study abroad if they aren't currently a student in a university. 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.
This summer, study security abroad. Learn more about how states form cybersecurity policies and how media can influence civil society and state security. Or, study how religions, despite centuries of conflict, can come to coexist peacefully in a gorgeous country now known for its hospitality. Or, learn how revolutions and wars have affected identity formation in Cuba and Russia, two countries whose relationships with the US are changing rapidly and will likely continue to change over 2017.
SRAS believes that our summer lineup is more pertinent than ever. If you are interested in the events of the last year, we greatly encourage you to come abroad with us, to learn more about the mechanics of these problems and their history, and gain global perspectives on solutions that might be implemented.
This month's newsletter focuses on these and other great summer programs. We also have links to a number of the best articles that we've found over the last month for understanding Russia, security, and where 2017 might take us.
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!
In this month's newsletter:
- Language and Travel - Programs
- Koroche! - 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.
– Language and Travel –
State of Languages in the US
This report summarizes the nation’s current language capacity, focusing on the US education system. It also provides a multitude of statistics.
10 Buildings from the 1980 Olympics
Many Olympic structures fall into rapid disuse after the games have ended. Most of Moscow's buildings, though, are still in use. Brought to you in translation by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Michael Filitis.
Why Should I Intern Abroad?
1. Contacts; 2. Resume building (outside comfort zones); 3. Learning local business practices; 4. Cultural immersion.
The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2017
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, two destinations where SRAS hosts programs, both made the list!
Device Constantly Whispers Lessons In Your Ear
The gadget can see what you are doing and talk to you about it in a foreign language.
Jobs for Experienced Travelers
Europe's Oldest Pagans (Photo Report)
Archeological Finds in Crimea
Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Are "Semester Abroad Accents" Real or Fake?
– 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 on site in St. Petersburg’s renowned 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.
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 five 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
– Articles –
US Govt Data Shows Outdated Ukrainian Malware Used in Hacks
Recently, the US government published a report on the findings of an investigation into Russian hacking. The internet security company WordFence has published a blow-by-blow analysis of the information given. It's fairly easy to follow, even for the layman.
Legal Problems with Cyber War are Much Bigger Than You Think
Much of the unchartered territory begins with questions of what it takes to trigger self-defense in cyberspace, and what does it mean for a nation-state to have 'effective control' of a hacker?
How Russia Became a Hacking Superpower
A short history of where Russia's hackers came from.
The Kremlin’s Economic Grip on Europe
This article links to and summarizes a major report that analyzes economic and political data over the course of about 15 years about how Russia and Russian state corporations influence Europe.
Putin Tops Forbes Power List for 4th Year in a Row
Forbes has placed Russian President Vladimir Putin on top of its annual list of the most influential people of the world, despite criticism voiced from many corners of the globe about Russia’s foreign policy conduct in the last few years.
Russian Central Bank Chief Named 2016 Top European Banker
The journal hailed Nabiullina's success in controlling Russia's inflation rate, noting that by the end of the year inflation had fallen to below 6 percent from 12.9 percent in 2015.
Bank of America: Russia is Most Stable Emerging Economy
Meanwhile, the country’s progress from 51st to 40th in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking indicates an improvement of the business climate in Russia.
Eurasian Partnerships on Russia's Doorstep
Stratfor predicts shifting alliances along Russia's periphery in 2017.
Trump Talked Up Kazakhstan Leader's "Miracle" in Call
Some speculate that Trump may use Kazakhstan to balance Russia and China in his coming foreign policy.
US Reshaping Budget to Account for Russian Military Threat
Defense officials have pointed to the need to focus on areas such as cyber security, space, nuclear capabilities and missile defense.
America's Shifting Opinions of Russia
Over the past several presidencies, American opinion about Russia has changed rapidly based on how presidents have treated the country.
Russians Toast Recession as Pubgoers Drink ‘Less But Better’
Russia is now reveling in the new craft labels that have exploded in popularity during the nation’s longest recession this century. The number of Russian microbreweries soared 10-fold in the past five years.
What Millennials Think of Putin's Russia
CNN interviews Russian students at Moscow State University about their thoughts on Putin, the USSR, and the future of Russia.
Why Do So Many People Miss the Soviet Union?
The percentage of Russians who regretted the Soviet collapse has dropped below 50% only once since 1992.
The Real Reason Russians Still Have Soviet Nostalgia
Surveys consistently reveal that Russians feel nostalgia for the Soviet Union. The sources of this nostalgia are varied and complex.
Fewer Russians Believe in Russia's "Special Path"
Only 16% of Russians said that Russia should have a special path and a special state apparatus for developing the country, down from 24% the previous year.
Poll Shows Russians Know Main Points of Their Constitution
However, only about a third think it contributes to maintaining order.
Anti-tobacco Social Campaign Lowers Number of Smokers in Russia by 25%
The number of smokers in Russia has dropped by a quarter from 41% to 31%.
Military, Church & Media Top Russians’ Trust Ratings
Strongest support and approval: military (87%), the Russian Orthodox Church (72%), and mass media (65%). The lowest ratings: the court system (37%), political opposition (37%), and law enforcement bodies (31%).
Most Russians Want Govt to Raise Minimum Alcohol-purchase Age
A poll showed that 77% approved of the proposal, up from about 70% three years ago. Seventeen percent of Russians said they were opposed to the potential restriction.
Russian Domestic Politics: 2016 in review
This is a compilation of some of the biggest stories in Russia domestic politics from 2016, from major staff shifts in the Kremlin to the parliamentary election to Navalny's potential presidential run. All of these could have an impact on how 2017 plays out.
Moldova's New President Promises a New Foreign Policy
Socialist Party leader and President-elect Igor Dodon has long called for a re-evaluation of Chisinau's relationships with Russia, the European Union and the breakaway territory of Transdniestria, all of which could see important tactical adjustments in the months ahead.
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