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The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

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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
Fall Deadlines are this Month!

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This will be our last SRAS Newsletter... for the summer. We'll be back to our regular schedule with our big Back-to-School issue due out in mid August. Until then, join us on Facebook to be notified when new Koroche! material (on Russian songs, journalism, movies, and more) comes out. We'll also keep you posted of interesting news, cultural facts, Russia-related jobs, occasional contests, and more!

This month's newsletter brings you the thirteenth edition of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, a project of SRAS to showcase the best of student research on Russia, the USSR, or any state formerly a part of the USSR. This edition looks at Vladimir I, Pushkin, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky, as well as modern issues surrounding Russia's international trade in forest products and Tajikistan's efforts to build a massive hydroelectric dam. Would you like to submit to our next issue? Do so by May 31 (and you could win $200)!

This month we also bring you a new Russian MiniLesson on how to get a haircut in Russia, new articles on Bishkek and Almaty in Central Asia, scholarships and programs for study abroad in the post-Soviet space, and some coverage of Chechen-Dagestani-Kyrgyz connections to the Boston bombings.

Join us for study in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia! Deadlines for Fall are May 15 or 30, depending on the program. Deadlines for Spring are coming October 31.


In this month's newsletter:

 - Vestnik      - Programs       -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents
- Language and Culture


Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 31, 2013.

  Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

  Study Abroad
in Russia!

SA_logo_button SRAS sponsors this new site for students, by students!
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!

- Feature: Vestnik -

Russia's Forest Sector and International Trade in Forest Products
John Simeone, an MA student at University of Washington analyses Russia's forestry sector, especially as it relates to China and the WTO. His research was funded in part by an SRAS Research Grant.

Dueling as a Commentary on Gambling and Risk Taking
Kate West, an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas, provides original analysis of Pushkin and Turgenev's use of the duel in their stories.

A Vision and a Guiding Light in an Age of Disunity
Jason Howard, an MA student at the University of Kentucky, looks at the life of Theodosius and how it contributed to the vision of Vladimir I.

Creating a Dam National Space
Gloria Funcheon, an MA student at the University of Kansas, explores the Socialist-Realist-inspired promotion of the Roghun Dam in Tajikistan.

Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Meek One:" A Rebellious Reading
Jordyn Hough, a recent graduate of Stetson University, gives a rebellious reading of Dostoevsky's The Meek One.

- Programs - 

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. Deadline: May 30.

Central Asian Studies
 Central Asian Studies is an innovative program preparing students for international careers. A month of home stay, an extensive cultural program, Russian language instruction, and educational travel to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan are included to give a deeper understanding of what locals think. Deadline: May 30.

The Russian Far East
This program is for adventurous students looking to understand a vital part of Russia that few understand – or even know about. This program mixes Russian language with history, economy, history, and international relations. Deadline: May 15.

The Russians: A Developmental History of a National Psyche
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. Deadline May 15.

Russian as a Second Language
Study Russian abroad! Deadline: May 15 or 30, depending on location.

- Grants and Scholarships for Russia
- Fulbright Study Abroad Program
- Intercultural Skills in the Workplace (PDF)
- Marketing your Study Abroad Experience
- International-Education Programs Face Challenges in President's Budget

- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

SRAS Report on Russian TV News

Central Asia and the Caucasus News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US

- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Стрижка - A Haircut
Many of our students are pretty shaggy by the time they go home - because they have no idea what to say to a barber here. Hopefully this will help a bit.

Bishkek is capital of one of Central Asia's poorest countries. However, it is also a modern, dynamic, and constantly evolving city with a rich history dating back to the 6th century.

Seven Things to Love in Almaty
Almaty, Kazakhstan is clean, modern, full of spacious, well-manicured parks, and has a stunning backdrop of the snow-covered Ala-Too Mountains.

Oromo: Kyrgyz Food with Vegetarian Options
This rolled, layered, steamed, Central Asian pastry comes with various fillings (pumpkin being common and our favorite).

Travel to Mongolia
Our Home and Abroad Scholar in Irkutsk took advantage of his time in Siberia to travel to Mongolia. He graciously wrote this guide on how to get there and what to do.

- When Dickens met Dostoevsky
- Russian Language in Pictures
- Utah's Ambitious Language Programs  
- Einstein's Debut Film on YouTube
- Tarkovsky Films Now Free Online

 Never Too Many Books!
Karl Marx Karl Marx: A
Nineteenth-Century Life
Beatles How the Beatles
Rocked the Kremlin:
An Untold Story of
a Noisy Revolution

The Black Russian The Black Russian:
The son of US slaves
becomes one of Tsarist
Russia's richest men

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


- Primary Docs and Other News -

Map of Europe: 1000 AD to present day
This animated map looks at the changes Europe has seen over the last 1000 years or so.

Classmates of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged
The two Kazakhs, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, were charged on Wednesday with concealing evidence to obstruct the federal inquiry into the marathon bombings.

From Bishkek to Boston
One clue to the motivations behind the suspected terrorist acts by the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston may lie half a world away, in their membership in the marginalized Chechen minority population that lives in the post-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia just a few hundred miles north of Afghanistan.

Nine Questions about Chechnya and Dagestan
You might naturally be wondering about Chechnya and Dagestan, which will no doubt be referenced frequently in coverage of the Tsarnaev brothers. This post is a simple, entry-level explainer on these Russian regions and their years of conflict and trauma, written to give anyone who’s interested a basic understanding.

Protected by Russia, Abkhazia Cautiously Engages Georgia

Russia Bars 18 Americans After Sanctions by US
A day after the United States imposed sanctions on Russians accused of rights violations, Moscow said Saturday that it could not “leave this open blackmail without response” and published a list of 18 current and former American officials who will now be barred from entry to Russia.

Rogozin Says US Missile Defense No Longer a Threat
In an apparent reversal, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said a proposed US missile shield posed no threat to Russia and could easily be penetrated by Russian forces, RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday.

Tensions High, Obama Agrees to Meet with Putin
President Obama has accepted an invitation to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin ahead of a Group of 20 conference in Russia this fall, officials here said Monday — signaling a new opportunity to ease tensions even as the Kremlin continues to bristle over an American effort to punish Russian citizens accused of violating human rights.

Sechin Named to Time's 100 Influential People
The CEO of the world’s largest listed oil producer Rosneft, and one of Vladimir Putin’s closest lieutenants, Igor Sechin has been named in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People.

Chubais on Putin CIA Claim
Anatoly Chubais, who oversaw Russia's mass privatization drive in the 1990s, said on Friday he had always treated allegations that his US advisers at the time were operatives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as rumors - until President Vladimir Putin said so out loud yesterday.


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