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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 Summer, 2016 Start March 15, 2016!
Deadlines for Fall, 2016 start May 15, 2016

Spend your summer abroad! Deadlines for summer programs begin March 15!

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS believes in what we do because we see it as an effective way to contribute to an open, integrated, and dynamic society. We provide free information online that strives to present multiple viewpoints in historical context. Our educational programs offer study in today's crucial policy fields – international relations, cybersecurity, environmental and economic issues, and more. Further, we offer these programs in locations that introduce students to very different ways of looking at issues and the world around them not just in the classroom, but in conversations with local Russians, Kyrgyz, Poles, Ukrainians, Georgians, Moldovans, and more. The cultural sensitivity this fosters, studies have shown, make students more creative problem solvers, better able to express their views to people of diverse backgrounds, and better able to find compromise. These are our future bridge builders, people who can bring others together, who can teach, lead, and establish effective policy.

In this month's newsletter, we present more information about our programs, the locations, and the students on them. You'll find an article on how to handle and learn from culture shock abroad. You'll also find six free Russian culture and language lessons, on everything from Maslenitsa to the Syrian conflict to stereotypes held by Moscovites and those from the "provinces." There is also a list of Russian TV shows available online and some of the best articles we've read this month on various subjects. Also be sure to check out our new Crossroads Scholarships, which offer up to $2500 to students interested in studying in Poland and another SRAS location.

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 Poland!

Study Abroad
in Russia!

Research Abroad
in Kyrgyzstan!


In this month's newsletter:

- Study and Travel     - Programs     - Koroche!
- TV Shows     - Language and Culture     - 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, 2016.


– Study and Travel –

The State of Study Abroad in Russia
Russia has seen massive changes over the past months. What is life actually like there on the ground now? How have these changes changed Russia as a study abroad destination?

Russian Experts: We Need More Russia Experts
Several well-known Russia experts argue in an open letter that the US should restore programs that have helped scholars to understand Russia.

A Case Study Approach to Study Abroad
While globalization is driving changes in the market, we have found that thinking locally is still the best way to serve that market with academically strong, exciting programs.

Culture Shock in SRAS Locations
How to deal with the culture shock that naturally comes from spending time abroad - and make the most of it for your education.

Cost of Living in Warsaw
SRAS student Callie Rades writes on what it takes to survive as a student in Warsaw, Poland.

Cost of Living in Vladivostok
SRAS student Jonathan Rainey writes on how to budget while studying in Russia's Far East.

University Life in Vladivostok
Updated: Student Guide to Moscow
Updated: Packing for SRAS Locations

Updated: SRAS Guide to St. Petersburg

– Programs –

Research Travel Abroad
Russia has recently been shifting how it applies visa regulations to foreign researchers operating in Russian archives. SRAS has kept up with these changes and modified our visa services accordingly. Contact us if you plan to research abroad!

Internships Abroad
Our internship page has been updated with new information detailing specific possible placements open in Kiev, Bishkek, and Warsaw. Internship options are available in Warsaw with no Polish language requirement.

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.

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

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

Security and Society
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. Scholarships of up to $2500 are available.

Art and Museums in Russia
Russia's art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve art. Classes taught inside 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?

Updated: Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
View ALL 12 Summer Programs!

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Online Russian this Summer with Wayne State University
Pedagagy Courses for Teachers of Russian
Service Learning Grants

– Koroche! –

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

– Language and Travel –

Online Resources for Students of Russian
We have fully updated and link-checked our massive list of resources for students of the Russian language.

Кулебяка: The Refined Пирог
Find out more about this festive Russian pie, its history and cultural importance, as well as Russian words associated with it. The kulebyaka, once known mostly from classic Russian literature as a part of tsarist-era life, is now making a comeback in modern Russian food culture!

Russian MiniLesson: Maslenitsa
Maslenitsa is coming! Prepare for it with a new SRAS MiniLesson that offers a simplified history and cultural description of Maslenitsa in side-by-side translation from Russian to English!

Моя Россия: Moscow, Provinces in Each Other's Eyes
How do Russians see Moscow and how does Moscow see the rest of Russia? Find out more in this free language and culture lesson for intermediate and advanced Russian students.

How to Discuss a Syria Cease-Fire in Russian
This free language lesson comes Michele Berdy from The Moscow Times

Луч света - Defenders of the Fatherland presents learning material for Russian-language news clips that combine relatively intelligible speech with compelling content that illustrates some issue of larger cultural or social interest.

Russian Step-by-Step for Children
10 Incredible Reasons to Love Kyrgyzstan
Hard to Find Foods in Russia
Foreign Tourism to Russia Skyrockets as Ruble Plummets
Russian Artist Captures Moscow in Watercolors

Russian TV Shows on Amazon
(in Russian with English subtitles)
A mom goes to jail for her son.  A student becomes a detective
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 The food is good. The restaurant is crazy.  An environmentalist takes on the corporations.
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Coming of age with the Soviet collapse. Moscow is gripped by a terrible virus.
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Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

– Articles –

Hundreds of Banks Purged from Russian Economy
Moscow's Central Bank has proven a remarkably powerful force in redesigning Russia's economy.

Mir Legacy at Risk
Soviet space station Mir hosted astronauts from a significant number of countries – laying the foundation for the ISS. But how long will this collaborative spirit last?

Russian Monotowns: Economy "Unbearable"
A total of 59.8 percent of residents of Russia's single-industry towns consider their socio-economic situation to be unbearable or hardly bearable, according to a poll commissioned by the Federal Guard Service.

Russia on Track to be Top Grain Exporter in 2016
Growth will come from expanding the areas currently under cultivation. Transportation reforms will also support industry growth.

Russians Still Get News From TV But Fewer Trust It
80% of Russians get their news from television but only 41% trust it, down from 79% in 2008.

Russians Favor a Planned Economy
This link (in Russian), shows that Russians favoring a Soviet-style economy outnumber those that favor Russia's current economy or western-style development.

Russian Unemployment Expected to Rise
Most major coperations in Russia are planning job cuts as the economic crisis continues.

81% of Russians Feel Russian Army Can Defend Against Any Force
The research was conducted by the independent polling service Levada Center in January, 2016. The number is up from 60% in 2014.

Russian Suicide Rates Continue to Fall
New figures show that the number of suicides in Russia has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. It's still one of the highest rates in the world, however.

Medvedev Mistranslated; Nearly Starts WWIII
A German periodical stated that Medvedev said that the conflict in Syria would result in another world war. Medvedev only said it was another war on earth.

World Sees Russia as Competitor, Foe: Poll of Russians
Over 40 percent of Russians think that Western nations perceive their motherland as a competitor, while 30 percent think Russia is viewed more as a foe by the West.

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