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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
Apply for Fall, 2015 by May 25, 2015!
Deadlines for Summer start March 15!

Could the Russian protest movement be back? Thousands marched in central Moscow in memory of slain political activist Boris Nemtsov. Crowds this size have not been seen from the opposition since early 2012.

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This month, we showcase a range of resources for educators. Not only have we updated and reorganized our educator resources - including ideas to maximize program enrollment and gain sources of funding, but we also have considerable new, original language material online that seeks to both offer language practice and build cultural awareness.

You'll also find our latest "State of Study Abroad" report on the situation in Russia and Ukraine. Don't miss information in the programs section about ten new $3,000-5,000 scholarships for our new Crossroads program in Poland! We also a new addition to Koroche - popular Polish music! (Which rocks, by the way!)

Lastly, you'll also find several articles of interest to those that watch this part of the world. This includes a small section devoted to the recent assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, which in turn brought thousands to a march in his honor.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!

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Internship in Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- Educators     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Culture     - Articles      - Boris Nemtsov

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 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 May 30, 2015.

Free Kitchen Stuff!
Want matryoshka measuring cups? How about a pre-reveolutionary Russian alphabet coffee mug? Join us on Facebook to win!

– Educators! –

Russian Program Development
Develop your program via technology, online resources, unique pedagogical methods, and also by applying ideas from marketing to better "sell" your program and increase enrollment numbers.

The State of Study Abroad in Russia and Ukraine
SRAS carefully monitors events everywhere we have students. With continued developments in Eastern Ukraine and Russia, we'd like to provide an updated report on what effects those events may have on study abroad in general and on any students who are on the ground in Russia or Ukraine.

Grants and Resources for Educators
This is a fully updated list of all funding for educators that we know.

SRAS Site Visit to Warsaw
If you are advising students who are seeking to study security issues or Jewish history, we can strongly and confidently recommend these new programs at Collegium Civitas.

The Future of America's Russian Studies
Four prominent experts were asked what should be done with America’s Russian Studies programs to boost understanding of Russia in US academic and political circles.

MLA Language Enrollment Study
There has been a 6.7% DROP in language programs in the US since 2009. The report also postulates that American enrollments have been driven by "political hotspots."

Meet SRAS at NAFSA or Forum!
Affiliate & Partnership Programs
Advising LGTBQ Students Abroad
Minorities Abroad: A Special SRAS Project

– Programs –

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

Jewish Heritage Summer
Once the home to the majority of the world's Jews, nearly 70 percent of all Jews can now trace their heritage back to Poland. Study the major triumphs, the Holocaust tragedy, and the current revival of Jewish life in Poland this summer!

Crossroads Scholarships: Warsaw-St. Petersburg
Up to ten $3,000-5,000 scholarships will be given to students looking to study security studies in Warsaw and Russian in St. Petersburg!

Food and Festivals: Faculty Development
SRAS invites educators to explore the cultural and culinary heartlands of Ukraine and Georgia. This program will be conducted in Russian, with a focus on development of food-related language and lesson plans.

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, business, environment, or anthropology.

View ALL 12 Summer Study Programs!
Study in locations across Eurasia! Study subjects as diverse as art, politics, the environment, and more.

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

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Culture –

MiniLesson: Glasses and Eye Doctors
Посещение врача (a visit to the doctor) is likely to be much cheaper in Russia, but the glasses might actually be about the same cost as in America.

MiniLesson: Funeral Lunches
In Russia, family and friends gather for several поминальные обеды, “funeral lunches” throughout the year after someone’s passing.

MiniLesson: Student Life at MGU
As a westerner, the first few days of my life in the dormitory (obshezhitie - общежитие; also known among students as "obshaga" - "общага") felt extremely strange.

100 Free Courses in Russian
Massive online courses and other free forms of education have now swept the Russian Internet. You can take free courses in a range of subjects – all taught in Russian.

YouTube Conflicts: Youth Debate Ukraine
There have been a number of videos published by youth and student groups from all sides of the Ukrainian conflict.

SRAS Eurasian Cookbook
Experience the food you remember from Russia - while refreshing your language skills at the same time!

SRAS Grad: My Life in Russia
Chekhov's 200-Word Autobiography
Texas Choir Wins Grammy for Russian Music
Eurasian Politics in Side-by-Side Translations

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism
Red Notice by Bill Browder Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival The Fourth Political Theory

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– Articles –

ASEEES on Cohen Controversy
In the light of a recent article in The New York Times, email chains, and comment in blogs and on social media, ASEEES published this to clarify its own position on what transpired.

Scholars at Odds on Ukraine
The NY Times looks at political divisions forming in the Russia-centered scholarly community on Ukraine - and specifically at the Cohen controversy with ASEEES.

Backgrounder on Ukrainian Conflict
These decisions, much like the decision to seize the airport, will shed light on Moscow’s strategic objectives in Ukraine and Kyiv’s capacity to withstand them. They will also shape the evolution and quite possibly the outcome of this war.

Russian Studies Programs Should Include Economy
The next generation of Russia experts should be able to discuss important topics like de-dollarization without blushing.

Putin's Inner Circle Changes
Recently, several voices indicate that Putin has changed his inner circle away from the oligarchs and philosophers who once held his attention. Instead, it appears that Russia's military and security wonks have the president's ear.

Russia May Put Military Bases in Cyprus
Greece and Cyprus are currently reviewing their economic and military cooperation with Russia.

Democracy and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe
An interview with Dr. Karol Jakubwicz of Collegium Civitas in Warsaw Poland on new media and what it means for society.

New Media and Democracy in Post-Soviet Countries
Natalya Ryabinska, a program advisor for Security and Society in the Information Age, shows how tools of control, surveillance and propaganda are more than up to the task of hindering online sources that promote democratization.

Russians vs. Americans: Who Eats More?
Russians eat only a fraction of the sugar Americans do - and only marginally more fat.

The Russia-Israel Connection
With the collapse of the USSR, more than 1,000,000 Jews from all walks of life and all parts of the former USSR used their new-found freedom of mobility to move to Israel. Now, they are changing the face of that country and becoming a new "elite," after being integrated in what this article claims is "one of the most successful mass migrations in history."


 Study Abroad in Kyrgyzstan!

– Boris Nemtsov –

Boris Nemtsov's Final interview
Boris Nemtsov had given an interview to radio station Ekho Moskvy less than four hours before he was killed.

Russia Probes Motives in Nemtsov Killing
Among the motives being considered are an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, Ukraine conflict and Nemtsov's personal life.

Boris Nemtsov Murder: Tens of Thousands March in Moscow
Tens of thousands of people are marching in central Moscow to honour opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.

В Москве убит Борис Немцов (хроника)
(in Russian) Lots of video and pictures of the events in Moscow.

Nemtsov's Murder Will Heighten US-Russia Standoff
Nemtsov’s death may tip the scales for additional American sanctions on Russia.

Gorbachev: Nemtsov Murder a Scheme to Provoke Political Trouble in Russia
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has expressed confidence that Friday night's assassination in the center of Moscow of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov is a scheme to "provoke aggravation, and maybe even destabilization, of the situation in the country, increase the confrontation."

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