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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!


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Apply for Spring, 2016 by October 15, 2015!

Russian nuclear weaponry presented on Red Square. Russia, the US, and China are all planning upgrades to their nuclear weaponry, raising concerns of a new arms race. This month, SRAS launches a new "Russian Foreign Policy in the News" feature to monitor news like this. See our Koroche section for more info.

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This month, SRAS presents several new projects!

In language, the Моя Россия project will present short Russian texts on cultural and social issues, glossed for vocabulary and contextual understanding, and supplemented with grammar lessons. These are intended for intermediate and upper intermediate students. It is meant to complement our popular former project, Olga's Blog, which presented similar material for lower intermediate and intermediate students.

We would also like to call your attention to the Koroche section, which now features sections on Russian Foreign Policy and Central Asian events in addition to the recent addition of Polish Music and our long-standing coverage of Russian films, music, and TV news.

You'll also find in this month's newsletter fully updated guides to train travel in Russia and to living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and articles on traveling in Kyrgyzstan and on Kyrgyz culture.  

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- 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 Dec 15, 2015.


– Language and Travel –

Моя Россия: гости и приезжающиe
"Моя Россия" is a new project from SRAS. Led by our new Moscow Coordinator, Roxana Burkhanova, this blog will provide insight into Russian culture and social issues with annotated Russian texts, cultural glossings, and grammar lessons.

MiniLesson: Fourth of July!
День независимости (Independence Day) is celebrated in the United States on July fourth, and is therefore sometimes called simply "четвёртое июля" (the Fourth of July).

Bishkek Student's Guide
A completely updated student guide to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Big thanks to our outgoing Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm for contributing this!

Chong-Kemin Valley, Kyrgyzstan
Outgoing Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm takes a trip to Kyrgyzstan's Chong-Kemin Valley. As is often the case with off-the-beaten-path travel, it's exciting, frustrating, enjoyable, and educational.

Train Travel in Russia
SRAS' guide on travel by train in Russia is now fully updated - including fully updated budgeting information! Travel in Russia is currently a great value!

Semyon Chuikov, Founder of Kyrgyz Painting
This profile was presented on in Russian. Translation was performed by Sophia Rehm, a SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar then studying in Bishkek.

Life Abroad: WSJ Puts Expat Stories to Statistics
Translation: The Fastest-Growing Career in the US
Google Virtual Tours of 22 Russian Literature Museums.
Russia's Teremok Opens in NY
Rediscovering Jewish Siberia

– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. Now available in Moscow!

Jewish Studies in Poland
Classroom lectures, workshops, guest speakers, and visits to historical sites will allow you to understand the ancestral land of a majority of the world's Jews.

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

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

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit multiple former Soviet states to discuss the conflicts in there, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Russian Studies Abroad
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, Russian politics or culture, or many other subjects from the vantage of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Central Asia in the News
Russian Foreign Policy in Review
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Articles –

Patriotism, Propaganda, and Parmesan
In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, the recession and sanctions, everyone in Moscow agrees life is changing dramatically – but that’s where the agreement ends. We asked four Muscovite families for their unvarnished opinions.

Russia Study Abroad to Europe Down
For many Russians, the weakened ruble has made studies abroad impossible. Some parents fear their children will face anti-Russian harassment. Others — including Russia’s culture minister — say that Russians have neglected their own language in their quest to learn another.

Columbia Press to Publish New Translations of Russian Literature
In sometimes raised voices, the academics at the conference tried to tackle a set of thorny questions: Which books will go on the list? Should it include relatively new post-Soviet literature? Will this be perceived as a new canon, and how can that be avoided?

Group Approves Fellowship Named for Controversial Scholar of Russia
The Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies announced this week the establishment of six annual fellowships named in part for Stephen F. Cohen.

Russia's International Reserves Have Stopped Declining
It would be great if there was a simple narrative into which one could fit Russia’s current economic situation. But there isn’t. Good, bad, ugly, pretty, positive, negative: it’s all there.

Ex-Finance Minister Says Russia In 'Full-Blown Crisis'
Former Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin says the Russian economy is in a "full-blown crisis" fueled by capital flight and low economic growth due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and low global oil prices.

US Company Officials Attend Russian Economic Forum
On Thursday, Kremlin officials proclaimed their success in wooing at least 24 chief executives to attend an economic conference here, some arrived despite objections of their home governments.

A Dissident’s Tale
One of the grey cardinals of modern Russian politics, Gleb Pavlovsky talks dissent, history and politics in the late-Soviet era.

How to Crowdsource Ukrainian Language and Culture
Germany promotes its culture abroad through the Goethe-Institut. China has the Confucius Institute. Now Ukraine has the Skovoroda Institute, a small, youth-driven organization that strives to introduce foreigners to Ukrainian culture through the study of the language.

Poland Awaiting US Weapons
“Talks on placing storehouses for the American army’s equipment in Poland are ongoing,” Siemoniak, who is also deputy prime minister, said. “This is the next step to increase the United States’ presence in Poland and the region.”

Neo-Nazis Won't Get US Money
US Representatives Conyers and Yoho have almost succeeded in making Ukraine's Azov Battalion ineligible for any form of US assistance. "These groups run counter to American values," Conyers told Congress.

  – Never Too Many Books! –
A Family's Journey Through Wartime Russia Illustrated History of the Military Uniforms Avant-Garde Graphics in Russia
Biography of Patriarch Tikhon Art and the Police State New St. Petersburg Travel Guide

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