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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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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia  
Apply for Spring, 2015 by October 15, 2014!
Late Summer Session in Georgia Still Open!

  The Buryats are one of dozens of indigenous ethnic groups in Russia. Meeting them is one of many experiences and insights that SRAS students share with you in this month's newsletter!

Добро пожаловать!

You haven't missed summer study abroad yet!

SRAS late summer study abroad options are still open in Batumi, Georgia. You can catch sessions running for 2-4 weeks beginning July 28 or August 4 - at remarkably affordable prices. Note that Spring, 2015 programs in all our varied locations are currently accepting applications as well.

If you won't be able to study abroad soon, you can still learn from the experiences of SRAS students abroad. Our site devoted to our students continues to grow. This month, you can learn a little Uzbek, learn about the Buryats in Siberia, about how study abroad changes you, and even about Russian history.

This is all in addition to our regular features of free Russian MiniLessons, information on programs and funding abroad, our continued coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, and more.

Thanks for remaining globally curious and academically critical with us!


In this month's newsletter:

- Students Abroad         - Koroche!        - Books
- New Location! Batumi, Georgia
- Programs         - Ukraine         - Other Articles


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 30!
'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 December 30, 2014.

Free Book! Reagan at Reykjavik
Participate in our latest Facebook contest and win a free copy of this firsthand personal narrative of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit.

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 Research Abroad
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 Study Abroad
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- Featured Articles -
Students Abroad

The Talking Uzbek Phrasebook
Learn several useful phrases and words.

5 Ways To Experience Buryat Culture in Irkutsk
Today there are approximately 500,000 people that identify with the largest indigenous group living in Siberia, the Buryats. 

Central Asian Bazaars: A Comparative Study
Let's attempt to determine what distinguishes a Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Kazakh, or Uzbek bazaar from all the others and what makes each unique.

15 Signs You Studied Abroad in Russia
If you studied abroad in Russia, you are part of a small, elite subset of international explorers.

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Irkutsk
While I was in Irkutsk, I was able to try new foods, realize I could survive as a non-meat-eater in a foreign culture, and even find some dishes to bring back home!

7 Ways Study Abroad is a Second Childhood
For better or for worse, abroad-childhood is even more fleeting than childhood was the first time around.

- The Expats of Vladivostok
- 6 Biggest Culture Shocks in Russia

- 7 Facts about the April, 1991 Economic Crisis


- Programs - 

Russian as a Second Language
Semester and special late summer courses availabe!

Russian Studies Abroad: St. Petersburg
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe."

Russian Studies Abroad: Moscow
Combine intensive language study, cultural immersion and courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics!

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Central Asian Studies
Combine intensive language study with courses on regional history and on the specific countries and major cultures of this diverse and geopolitically important region.

The Russian Far East
You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia and Asian geopolitics for your future in government, business, or academia.

- Funding for Study in Russia and other Former Soviet States
- Fervent Advisors: Who in Washington ‘Gets’ Russia

- The Slow Death of Russian and Eurasian Studies
- How to Get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 minutes



- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Summer Camps for Kids - Летние лагеря для детей
Learn about summer camps in Russia - then and now. - New, Free Resource for Students of Russian offers free vocabulary building exercises and games based on current news articles. Once you've built up a bit of vocabulary, click through to read the actual article.

Russia Goes Smoke-Free
As of June 1, Russia's cafes, restaurants, trains, and other public places are to be smoke-free.

Russia’s Suburbs Lack Charm, are Creative Hotspots
How exactly did the faceless tower block become the inspiration for contemporary Russian visual culture?

The Kremlin Diet: From Lenin to Gorbachev
A small glimpse into food preferences of Kremlin leaders.

- Rollerblading in Irkutsk
- Burrito Stand in Bishkek

- 16 Ways Studying Abroad is Just Like Harry Potter

 Never Too Many Books!
Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, and Patriotism Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia
Blockbuster_History Pride_Panic Patriotism of Despair
Reagan at Reykjavik:
Win this Book from SRAS!
Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
Reagan_Reykjavik Children of Rus The Last Empire

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- Ukraine -

Why Everything You've Read About Ukraine Is Wrong
The mainstream American media has taken a nearsighted view of the Ukrainian crisis by following a script laid out by the State Department. Most reports have either ignored the truth or spun it in a way that paints only a partial picture. Here are seven things you should know about Ukraine.

Inauguration Speech of Ukraine's New President
This is a full English-language transcript of President Poroshenko's inauguration speech. In it, he vows to forge links with the EU, to protect Ukrainian as the single state language of Ukraine, and to crush the separtists in Ukraine's east. Video, with translation, is also available here.

Return to Crimea
The region is grappling with the queues, cost and bureaucracy of transition after Russia annexed the peninsula on the Black Sea. Are Crimeans still happy to have rejoined the motherland?

Rumblings In The West: Ukraine's Other Ethnic Quandary
A foreign leader whose country pines for its lost empire advocates self-rule for a Ukrainian province and gives passports to its residents. The call resonates among many in the region, where tens of thousands of people don't even speak the Ukrainian language.

Poroshenko Versus the Oligarchs
To the surprise of many Ukraine managed to hold a presidential election that was, according to all respected international observers, free and fair. Poroshenko’s margin was so commanding that it’s impossible to see how anyone else could have won even in the absence of unrest.

- Stop Forcing Ukraine into a Narrative of Moscow Vs. Washington
- Those Mysterious Tanks in Ukraine
- US Provides $11 Mln for Ukraine Presidential Election
- The Reality of Ukraine’s Conflict in a Donetsk Morgue

- Far Right Group Claims Ukrainian Gov't Guarantees it Arms, Collaboration


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

 Research Abroad
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Research Travel

Factbox: Details of Russia-China Gas Deal
China and Russia signed a $400 billion gas supply deal on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major source of fuel and opening up a new market for Moscow as it risks losing European customers over the Ukraine crisis.

Why the Independent Media Has Little Objectivity
The situation in Ukraine has prompted both Western and Russian media to pull their Cold War skeletons out of the closet.

Putin Answers Questions at D-Day Celebrations in France
Putin on Ukraine, Crimea, and more.

6 Factors that will Determine the Future of Russia-US relations
At an event hosted by Russia Direct at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a roundtable group of speakers analyzed the important factors that are driving the future of the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Russian Railways Paid Billions to Secretive Private Companies
In the world’s biggest country, railways are still a route to riches. With nearly 1 billion passengers a year and $42-billion in annual sales, the state company Russian Railways is a giant commercial opportunity.

Special Report: Billion-dollar Medical Project Helped Fund "Putin's Palace"
The wealth of Putin's comrades has come under global scrutiny amid sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe on the president's associates over the crisis in Ukraine.

US Vacates Base in Central Asia as Russia's Clout Rises
The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia's close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds down US involvement in Afghanistan and Moscow makes a comeback in its old imperial backyard.

Russia Quits Cooperation with "Russophobic" Council of Europe Assembly
Russia has suspended cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a tit-for-tat move, accusing the council of making "xenophobic statements" and staging a "parade of Russophobia."

Changing Attitudes to Change Lives
Denise Roza has spent the past 20 years working to improve the lives of Russians with disabilities. She spoke with RBTH US editor Elena Bobrova about her background, the changes she has seen and the challenges still ahead.

Eight Young Parties to Clash with Four Veterans in Next Duma Poll
Russian officials suggest at least 12 political parties will contest the 2016 Duma elections because of the more liberal requirements of a newly amended law.

Putin Brings Back the Option to Vote 'Against All'
Citizens unhappy with all available candidates for city office can now let their discontent be known by ticking off the "against all" option when casting ballots for municipal elections in accordance with a new law signed by President Vladimir Putin.

NGOs in Russia Can be Labeled "Foreign Agents" Without Their Consent
Russia's Justice Ministry has added five nongovernmental organizations to its list of "foreign agents" just days after President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing organizations to labeled as such without their consent.



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