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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 now! Deadlines are this month!
Late summer applications for Poland, Ukraine, and more are still possible!

  Vestnik---placeholderWhat are students capable of? Phenomenal research and original analysis! See our latest issue of Vestnik for impressive student academic work.

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Deadlines for fall are already upon us! Apply by May 15 for most of our fall programs, including our new security studies and Jewish studies programs Poland, which now offer $3500 scholarships and our Home and Abroad program, which offers up to $10000 for students to study and intern in Russia or Kyrgyzstan. We can also still take late applications for summer programs in Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Ukraine, or Georgia. See the newsletter below for details!

We've updated lots of our information for those traveling abroad. Much has changed economically, politically, and technologically over the past few years, so our guide has been updated to reflect this. The guide now better briefs students on understanding how exchange rates, inflation, and transaction fees can affect budgets, how changing visa practices could affect decisions to teach abroad, and what to expect from rising anti-Americanism across the globe.

See our new issue of Vestnik, our student-contributed Journal of Russian and Asian Studies! Some highlights from the ambitious new issue below include a study of the Koryo Saram (Korean) Soviet deportations of 1937, an analysis of Russia's current economy, a look at how metanarratives affect international politics and how politics affect perceptions of the composer Shostokovitch, and even two great analyses of The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. Student contributions to Vestnik are always impressive and this issue is especially so!

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!

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In this month's newsletter:

- Vestnik - Issue 17     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel!     - Articles

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.

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– Vestnik - Issue 17 –

Suicide in The Brothers Karamazov
Rachael Daum, a graduate student at Indiana University, uses Emil Durkheim's theories to analyze how suicide is portrayed in the classic novel.

Alyosha’s Ode to Joy
Katie Bascom, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, finds a deeper understanding of the character of Alyosha and of The Brothers Karamazov as a whole by examining both through the prism of a single scene in which Alyosha sings Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy."

Caucasian Culture in Russian Literature
Adam Lieberman, a recent graduate from Middlebury College, analyzes the portrayal of Caucasian cultures in works by Pushkin, Lermontov, and Tolstoy.

1948: Shostakovich’s Rehabilitation
Anastasia Shmytova, a student at Smolny College, presents new research on the debate surrounding the historically complicated politics of Dmitry Shostakovich.

The 1937 Koryo Saram Deportation
Isabel Kim Dzitac, a graduate student at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, gives an ambitious study of Stalin's first ethnic-based mass deportation.

Europe’s Conflicting Metanarratives
Jordan Milot, an undergraduate at North Carolina State University, looks at the fundamental differences between Europe's and Russia's worldview through metanarrative theory.

Russia's Current Economic Conundrum
Jakub Kučera, a Ph.D. student at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, offers an in-depth view of Russia's recent economic history and its current economic crisis.

Kyrgyzstan and the Eurasian Economic Union
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, discusses how Kyrgyzstan's ascension to the EEU might affect the country economically and politically.

Vestnik: Call for Student Papers!


– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
Deadline: May 15! These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects.

Security or Jewish Studies
Study international security or Jewish history in Poland this fall, add Russian or Russian Studies in St. Petersburg for spring and your are eligible for a $3,500 scholarship!

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

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

Gain experience in business, NGOs, translation, museums, and more!

Late Summer Programs
SRAS can still accept late applications for programs in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, or Ukraine. Contact us for details at

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants
Study Security at Stanford: Free!

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel! –

MiniLesson: Victory Day
День Победы (Victory Day) is one of the most important holidays in Russia and чествует ветеранов (honors veterans) of Великая Отечественная Война (the Great Patriotic War).

Packing and Prep List for Study Abroad
What to pack? What to do with your cell phone and computer? Find out with this fully updated guide!

Student Budgets and Finances
Your money abroad is no longer free to you. Find out how to avoid most fees and how to understand and plan your budget abroad.

Teaching English Abroad
Want to teach English in Russia to subsidize your study abroad experience? Our fully updated guide will familiarize you with the legalities and logistics of this decision.

Health, Safety, and Etiquette
This updated page discusses issues of concern as well as how to stay safe and healthy while abroad. Includes new and updated sections on minority issues and anti-Americanism.

Housing Abroad: Rules and Choices
Homestay or Dorms? This complete guide will help you decide!

Central Asian Culinary Discoveries
SRAS Site Visit to Central Asia
Hard-to-Find Foods in Russia
TEDx Talk on Russian Language

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Child 44 A History of the Armenian Genocide 501 Russian Verbs
The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe Common Russian Verb Prefixes

 Research Abroad
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– Articles –

Other Imperialisms
A Marxist dissident explains what the left gets wrong about Russia.

Nuclear Deal: New Era For Iran-Central Asia Relations?
The five Central Asian states have been independent for nearly 25 years and throughout that time -- as talk continued about recreating the ancient Silk Road -- there was always one direction that was off limits: the route through Iran.

Russia's Stakes in the Iran Deal
Stratfor argues that a deal with Iran would reduce global prices for oil and gas and reduce Russian influence in Europe and the Middle East.

From Greater Europe to Greater Asia? The Sino-Russian Entente
This does not presage a new Sino-Russian bloc, but the epoch of post-communist Russia’s integration with the West is over.

What Russians Really Think
Russians don't see themselves as "zombified" and have a range of nuanced viewpoints.

Is the Iran Deal Good or Bad News for Russia?
Over the past six months the Kremlin has had another wake-up call over hydrocarbon vulnerability.

Ukraine's New Nationalist Laws
Some here call the legislation, which bans communist symbols and elevates controversial anti-Soviet fighters to "national hero" status, long overdue. But it also risks deepening the rifts in Ukrainian society at a time when chances for reconciliation between the nationalistic west and the more Russified east are slipping away.

How Islam Got Its Groove Back in Russia
Vladimir Putin has made religion a central part of his public image, using Orthodoxy as a way to bolster his political agendas. But Orthodoxy is not the only religion that experienced a revival in the post–Cold War period; among other religions, Islam, once shunned by the Soviet state, has increasingly been embraced by the Russian state.

Passport Index
Purporting to be a measure of soft power, this new resource ranks passports by how many countries holders can travel to without a visa.

Putin's Iran Game Bests Obama
The Russian leader is building on a tactical advantage he has over the U.S. in talks with Iran: He can be the first to begin rapprochement with Iran's leaders, without worrying too much about its compliance with any nuclear deal's requirements.

Poles, Germans and Russians on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
How the Russia-Ukraine conflict is affecting Polish-German relations.

Documentary on Putin by Russia TV
Telekanal Rossiya has released a lengthy documentary about Putin in honor of the 15th anniversary of his initial presidential term. It features interviews with Putin which discuss his views of major world events since 1999, his friendship with George W. Bush, and his theories on 9/11. In Russian but available in full, for free, on YouTube.

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


The Electronic Repository for Russian Historical Statistics
This new resource brings together data extracted from various published and unpublished sources in one place. Its principal focus is Russian economic and social history of the last three centuries (18th-21st).

Russia's Economy: Not Just Natural Resources
Comparisons of Russia's natural resource dependency with OPEC nations and other former communist nations.

Russian & Ukrainian Archives Guide
This guide covers using archives in Russia and Ukraine, focusing on the major archives and research libraries in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kyiv, and including local archives in Tver and Saratov.

Ukraine Opens KGB Archives
All documents relating to repression and human rights violations will be transferred to the state archive of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory. Anyone who wishes to access them will be able to do so, including Russian historians.

Ranking of Russian Studies Programs in US
Harvard comes in at #1.

Great New Siberian Railway to Open
The extention from the TransSiberian Railway will serve Yakutia, deep in the heart of Siberia.

Russia Returns Land to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan and Russia have signed the documents returning more than 16 thousand sq. km of formerly leased land back to Kazakhstan. The transferred land area is more then the size of Montenegro.

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