Much of your experience abroad will likely be told to friends back home through bright selfies or postcard-style photos of famous landmarks. The moments that you will likely remember most fondly, however, are likely to be more like this: joining a board game with random strangers while sitting at a coffee shop. This is what builds language skills, confidence, and, most importantly, real contacts with and understanding of the local population. Read the full story, from SRAS student Rebekah Switala, here.
Deadlines for summer programs abroad are just a few days away! You still have time, but you'll need to hurry!
This month's newsletter combines two types of stories. First, our students abroad tell you what you can do there. From fitness to culinary experiences to politics and history, there are many new experiences, ideas, and people to meet! Second, scientists tell you why this exposure to the new and unexpected has been shown make us smarter, more creative, harder-working, and more empathetic individuals.
We also have new language and culture resources, including a list of modern and classic cartoons in Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Tatar that you can watch online. You'll also find many of the latest books released about Russia and some of the most insightful articles we've read this month for understanding Russia through its demographics, economy, foreign affairs, and political system.
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!
In this month's newsletter:
- What You Do Abroad - Programs - Koroche!
- Books - 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.
- What You Do Abroad -
FLAS Notes from SRAS Grad
SRAS graduate Mary-Elizabeth Mayer shares what she learned while abroad on our Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space program.
How Diversity Makes Us Smarter
Scientific American shows how being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent, and harder-working.
Mixing Food with History and Politics
SRAS student Rebekah Welch, in Kiev, heads a to resistance-themed restaurant for a tasty dinner with her host family.
The Odder Side of Irkutsk
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Julie Hersh has been busy exploring Irkutsk and the surrounding area, including a museum established from items saved from the city dump...
Staying Fit and Fitting In
SRAS student Rebekah Switala talks about using her passion for exercise to meet locals in Warsaw.
What’s Left of Communism
David Priestland studied abroad in the USSR in 1987. He shares memories and perspectives on modern events there.
Why America Misunderstands the World
This is an hour and half discussion on how different national experiences, rooted in history and geography, combined with an insular lifestyle, leads to misunderstandings between cultures. (Study abroad can help fix this!)
University of South Alabama and "Global USA"
5 Proven Benefits of Learning a New Language
How Study Abroad Builds Personal Relationships
Scientists Show That Travel Makes You Smarter
– Programs –
Our internship page has been updated with more information and simpler organization. Internship options are available in Warsaw with no Polish language requirement.
Coexistence and Religion
We will learn to reflect upon and better understand religious traditions, issues, questions, and values in Georgia, thereby enhancing and expanding our understanding of how religion and spirituality shape our own lives.
The Cuban-Russian Connection
The Cuban-Russian Connection will spend one week experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia. Applications will be accepted through March 10.
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, elites and politics, entrepreneurship and innovation, and more.
Art and Museums in Russia
Russia's museum system is among the world's more extensive, diverse, and well-attended. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve its rich culture, history, and art. All classes taught inside St. Petersburg museums, including 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?
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.
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, environment, religion, or anthropology.
View ALL 8 Summer Programs!
SRAS Alumni Awards, Ambassadorships
Home and Abroad: $10,000 For Your Study Abroad
Braver Grants: Get More From Your Study Abroad
Gillman Scholarships - Deadlines Now!
Russian Summer Language Programs in the US
– Koroche! –
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Top Movies in Russia
Russkoe Radio Top 5
Poland’s Top Pop Music
Russian Foreign Affairs in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
– Language and Culture –
Cartoons in Russian, Polish, Tatar and More
SRAS' PopKult project has launched a new section devoted to new and classic cartoons in the languages of Eurasia.
Old Moscow in Paintings - Part II
Compare what Moscow looked like in the 1800's to what it looks like today with this interactive resource from ArtinRussia.org
How Pixar Translates Its Films Abroad
Translation is more than swapping out words. Sometimes the ideas and culture have to be translated as well.
Russia's New Social Class: Servants of God
The number of priests in Russia has nearly doubled since the early 2000s and their education levels and social influence are growing as well.
Russian Revolution Gets Social Media
For the anniversary of the Russian revolution, Lenin is getting a new suit and the revolution is getting its own social media site.
Mad Men Creator on New Amazon Romanov Series
Russia Builds Replica Reichstag as Theme Park
Concordia Hiring Russian Speakers!
Russian Stage Bring Black Monk to American Theaters
Malevich's Suprematist Teapots Back in Production
– Articles –
Dying Bear Still Not Dead
Russia's demographics actually don't look so bad - especially if the numbers are compared with Europe, Japan, and even the US.
4 Warning Signs of Instability in Russia
George Friedman of the think tank Stratfor looks at wage arrears, banking stability, political turn over, and military stability to determine how stable Russia really is.
PWC: Russia Could be Europe's Biggest Economy by 2050
US accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers has run some extensive economic forecasts.
New Opposition March in Moscow Draws Thousands
Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as “Russia will be free!” and “Putin is war!” to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.
Multiple Russian Parties Vow to Back Navalny for President
Russia's Solidarity movement unites several liberal parties. They agreed to the move at a recent joint party convention. Navalny, however, has been convicted of embezzlement charges and may not be able to legally run.
Russia's Communist Party "Not Whithering Away"
The KPRF retains its standing as the second most popular party.
Putin’s Central Banker Is On a Tear
Russia's Central Bank Chief has been praised by investors for her extensive banking and currency reforms. How has she accomplished so much?
Russia Eyes Reforms to 13% Flat Income Tax
Russia is eyeing several major tax reforms as elections approach. VAT taxation and social security taxes may also be getting an overhaul soon.
Sanctions, Weak Ruble Help Russian Fishing
The ban on foreign food imports into Russia, introduced by the Kremlin in response to U.S. and EU sanctions, has sparked a surge in demand for domestic products.
What Do Russian Youth and Thier Parents Want?
Employment by Russian military and intelligence services is now considered prestigious by a majority of Russians. This is post-Soviet first. State corporations are another sought-after employer in today's Russia.
No Revolution for Russia
100 years ago, St. Petersburg was the seat of the Russian Revolution. Today, it's Russia's most politically liberal city. What is the revolutionary sentiment today in St. Petersburg?
Poll: What are Russians Most Afraid of?
Most Russians polled are afraid of war and international conflicts, but the number decreased to 14 points in December compared to 23 points in January 2016.
Poll: Over 80% of Russians Sure Army Can Deter Military Threat
Over half of Russians (58%) believe in the existence of a military threat posed by other countries, Levada Center told Interfax, adding that the indicator had notably declined in the past two years from 68% in 2015.
Poll: 33% of Russians Believe Putin Period is Best Country’s Had in 100 Years
An almost equal number, though, say that they do "not have a simple answer to the question."
Support for Death Penalty in Russia Plummets
Just 44 percent of Russians would like to see the return of the death penalty, compared in 68 percent in 2002.
Russia Ready for New Nature Preserve
The new reserve will preserve the Great Siberian Ice Hole, a unique formation vital to many rare animals in the region as well as the world's largest known deposit of mammoth bones.
Kicking Habits, Kicking Back
In Russia, a punitive Soviet approach to drug users is still in place. But a new generation of activists is ready to challenge it.
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