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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 2016 - 2017 Now Updated for All Programs!

 SRAS students enjoy a boat ride while visiting a dacha near St. Petersburg.

Добро пожаловать!
From Josh Wilson, Assistant Director

In my thirteen years with SRAS, I've had the opportunity to start a lot of ambitious projects: a student academic journal, student blogging projects, a set of travel guides, indices of Internet resources, several series of free language and culture lessons, launching new study abroad programs and scholarships with my colleagues, and more.

As a result, has grown into a mammoth site, often praised for the breadth and depth of its content, but also labyrinthine in structure and navigation.  

For this reason, I've begun yet another ambitious project, perhaps the most ambitious of my career: the complete reorganization of all our materials. Starting with this month's newsletter, and over the next several months, you'll notice a lot of material being refeatured, often in new redactions and formats to make them more up-to-date, more attractive, and better language and culture resources. Much of our information will also begin to migrate to separate sites with more powerful navigation and search tools. We'll be announcing changes to our existing sites and the launch of our new websites in upcoming newsletters.

Thank you all for your continued support of our materials, programs, and organization. We hope that you will continue to find them helpful in designing your classroom lessons or in gaining the education you need to launch the career you want. We will continue to be ambitious, especially in encouraging our students' ambitions.

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!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Policy and Conflict Post Soviet
Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Abroad
in Eurasia!


In this month's newsletter:

 - Programs     - Koroche!
- Oral History     - Language and Travel     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 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 Dec 30, 2016.

– Programs –

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

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

Siberian Studies
This course will introduce you to environmental policy making in the past and present as well as what the professional language an international environmentalist will need to operate in Russia.

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

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

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.

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, and elites/politics.

View ALL 2016 - 2017 Programs!
Braver Grants: Get More From Your Study Abroad
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
SRAS Alumni Awards: Welcome Back Abroad!
Service Learning Grants

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel –

Literary History on the Trans-Siberian Railroad
How one young scholar used the Trans-Siberian to become more knowledgeable in her field.

Dacha Wanna Be Russian? A Lesson in Culture and Language
The dacha is a unique element of Russian culture. Find out more about its fascinating history, what the dacha means to various Russians today, and learn lots of vocabulary along the way!

Моя Россия: Buddhism in Russia
Russia has three Buddhist-majority provinces. Find out more in this free intermediate Russian lesson from SRAS!

Updated Vladivostok Guide
Thanks to outgoing Home and Abroad scholar Jonathon Rainey for this completely updated guide to Vladivostok, the city he lived in for the last academic year!

Советские Movies
This new website offers Soviet films with English subtitles and/or English dubbing.

Bug Off! The Russian Way
Popular linguist Michele Berdy discusses how to express indignation in conversational Russian.

How to Build a Yurt
SRAS Student Experiences Victory Day in Vladivostok
SRAS Student Experiences Victory Day in St. Petersburg
Brain Patterns Predict Language Aptitude
Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Articles –

US Activates Missile Defense System
The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

Managing Risks in the Russia-United States Conflict
The new standoff is, unlike the Cold War, distinctly asymmetrical.

Putin: Crimea No Longer Dependent on Ukraine for Power
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the launch of a fourth and final line supplying electricity from Russia to Crimea on Wednesday, saying the project had broken an energy blockage he accused Kiev of imposing on the peninsula.

A Brighter Spotlight on USSR's "Immortal Regiment"
Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

Russia: Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin
The "immortal regiment" parade, started in 2012, has grown immensely in popularity and prominence.

Majority of Russians Believe Stalin Was "Positive Force"
The Communist Party is planning to use the image of the Soviet leader in the next parliamentary elections.

What Do Half of Russians Believe?
According to surveys half of the population pray, steal items from hotel rooms and live in anticipation of a war.

Three-fourths of Russians Receive Official Wages
10% get their salaries "in envelopes," according to a poll released by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM) on Thursday.

In Post-Olympic Sochi, White Elephants – and Improved Daily Life
The $50 billion went not just into the sports facilities that all cities have to build for the Olympics, but also in building railroad stations, water treatment systems, roads, electric grids, and even schools.

Russia Retools After Crash as Post-Oil Economy Takes Shape
A trail left by crude’s collapse has turned up some unlikely survivors and even industries that found a way to prosper as the broader economy burned.

Russia's Incredibly Shrinking Auto Industry
Foreign manufacturers are leaving. Domestic manufacturers are struggling.

Moscow's Fourth International Airport Opens Despite Downturn
The airport will run around 20 flights per week by two passenger airlines from ex-Soviet Central Asia -- Air Kyrgyzstan and SCAT Airlines from Kazakhstan.

Google Surpasses Yandex in Monthly Users in Russia
(In Russian) This is the first time the Google has surpassed Yandex in Russia. Yandex retains its lead in average daily users.

Oral History Focus!
Never Too Many Books!
Soviet Baby Boomers:
Oral Histories
The New Russia
Oral Histories of Soviet Detention and Exile
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Oral History of the Soviet Collapse Oral Histories of Soviet Kyrgyzstan Oral History of the Chernobyl Disaster
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