The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
FALL Programs Abroad: Apply This Week!
|| SRAS has launched the "Stop Russian" public service campaign to warn students how addictive Russian can be! To find out more about the ad series and print your own poster, click here.
As many of our readers are now preparing to depart for study abroad programs or for summer research trips abroad, this issue of the SRAS newsletter takes a small focus on travel to Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. We have several fully-updated city guides, new information on bringing your smart phone and computer to Russia, on recent changes to Russian airport security, and other helpful information travelers should know.
While many are preparing for summer, deadlines for applying for fall programs are also fast approaching. May 15th is the last day for many programs! Late-session summer study abroad is still available for some locations. Contact SRAS for details.
Join us also in our campaign to "Stop Russian." SRAS has released a series of joke PSAs and a new poster that you can download to help prevent college students from being overtaken by a passion for learning Russian and learning about Russia. It's just in time for Victory Day - a great time to celebrate indomitable Russia!
In this month's newsletter:
- Travel - Programs - Koroche!
- Books - Primary Documents - Language and Culture
| Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!
| Study Abroad
Download and print our poster to post in your classroom, office, dorm room, favorite coffee shop, or to canvas your entire university – before one more college student falls victim to a passion for Russian!
$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by June 15! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.
- Feature: Travel -
Research Travel Services
Find resources and services that can help you make your next "archive dive" to Russia a success. This resource has everything from visas to housing to translation assistance!
Bishkek City Guide
Our Bishkek city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Peter Bourgelais with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before!
Vladivostok City Guide
Our Vladivostok city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Michael Smeltzer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before!
Irkutsk City Guide
Our Irkutsk city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Danya Spencer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before!
Numbeo: Cost of Living
Numbeo is a crowd-sourced cost of living site that gives information on relative food, rent, transportation, and other costs in major cities around the world.
- Packing List for Russia (and your Electronics)
- Internet, Post, & Phones in Russia
- Sky Team Launches "Go Russia Pass"
- Russia Relaxes Airport Security
- Google Street View Adds Kiev
- Programs and Funding! -
Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.
SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad.
Central Asian Studies
A month of home stay, an extensive cultural program and educational travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan compliment intensives course in history, culture, geopolitics, and language to give a deeper understanding of what locals think and how they live.
The Russians is an innovative cultural immersion designed to teach more about Russia than can be achieved through traditional study. Through venues and experiences, students will see and discuss paintings and architecture, analyze books and films, see and discuss theatrical productions, experience the banya and the dacha, and meet Russians to discuss life in modern Russia.
Study Russian Abroad
Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or lifestyle. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics.
- More fall programs from SRAS!
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Preparing Global Leaders Summit
- Startalk: Summer Russian Study in the US
- Kороче -
Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Tune in to Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad
- Language and Culture -
Russian Mini-Lesson: Old Age
This month, our Mini-Lesson brings you information on what can be a sensitive subject for Russians: aging.
SPBTV: Russian TV on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch Russian TV for free on your Apple products.
Staroe Kino: Russian Movies on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch classic Soviet movies for free on your Apple products.
The Space Craze That Gripped Russia
Welcome to Russia in the 1920s.
- Being bilingual 'boosts brain power'
- Second Language Translates Into Clearer Thinking
- How I learned to Speak Four Languages
| Never Too Many Books!
| Protested by some
faithful - studied by
| Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century
| Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story
| Study Abroad
- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -
Down With the Veil!
An article on the liberation of Central Asian women in the U.S.S.R., 1919-1941.
Богатейшие бизнесмены России - 2012
A list of wealthiest businessmen in Russia-2012 according to Forbes.Ru.
Mapping the Gulag
This is the first attempt to map, systematically, the changing geography of Russia's penal institutions over an eighty-year period from the 1930s to the present day.
Transcript of Presidential Interview
English-language transcript of the live interview given by Dmitry Medvedev to Russian television networks Channel One, Rossiya, NTV, Dozhd, and REN TV.
Prime Minister Putin: 2011 Report to the State Duma
English-language transcript of Putin's report to the State Duma on government performance in 2011.
What Lies Beneath
The mission to secure and seal off Kazakhstan's vast nuclear material -- buried deep underground -- is one of the greatest nonproliferation stories never told.
Medvedev Confirmed as Prime Minister by Duma
Putin ordered Medvedev's appointment as prime minister minutes after the 299-144 vote.
Foreign Policy in Putin's Third Term
Stratfor gives an interesting assessment of President Putin's previous foreign policy paradigm and how it will likely need to be changed to suit a changing situation in the West.
What a Eurasian Union Means for Washington
Two key events, the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Vladimir Putin’s impending return to the Kremlin, have reopened a long-standing debate in Russian foreign-policy circles about Moscow’s relations with its post-Soviet neighbors.
Russian Gov't Plans 'Far Eastern Republic'
A new development plan for Russia’s depressive eastern Siberia and the Far East will usher in a mega-corporation partially exempt from federal legislation and subordinate only to the president.
American Views of Russia
This new CNN poll shows how Americans view of other countries (including Russia) has changed over time.
Ideology and Electricity: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan
Electricity cannot be delivered by war.
Job Trends: Russia
Figures on Russia's labor market and those of other developing countries from The World Bank.
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