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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Still Time to Apply for Late Session, Summer, 2016! Contact SRAS!
Deadlines for Fall, 2016 start May 15, 2016

 Are students still coming to Russia? Yes! And Kyrgyzstan, Poland, and, yes, Ukraine as well. They have for the last 20 years and, we are sure, will for the next 20 as well!

Добро пожаловать!
From Renee Stillings, Program Director

Recently a friend in Moscow asked me – "Are students still coming to Russia?" – I guess assuming that somehow Russia has frightened everyone away. The short answer is that we are, in fact, seeing a growing number of bright, ambitious students interested in studying in Russia. In fact, our usual spring rush of preparing summer students for departure has been busier than ever.

This summer, SRAS will celebrate 20 years in helping students study abroad. We've seen a lot in those 20 years and I will of course write a bit more about these 20 years when the time comes. SRAS itself also continues to develop. Josh recently put SRAS on Twitter and Instagram and will be working on more exciting developments throughout the year.

I also want to jump start the celebration with several scholarships related to one of the very early objectives of SRAS, which is to get students out exploring places they might never have considered. I also have some special scholarships for excellent students who have still not applied, but would like to spend some time in Poland, Georgia, or Ukraine this summer. Send me an email stating that you are still hoping to study abroad this summer (indicating that you have read this) and I will send you the details.

This month's newsletter has lots of free Russian lessons on everything from economics to religion. You'll also find links to several articles on Russian public opinion and interesting developments in Russia's political and economic environment.

Thanks for helping us make the last 20 years successful. Here's to the next 20! 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 Eurasia!

Policy and Conflict Post Soviet
Study Abroad
in Russia!

Research Abroad
in Eurasia!


In this month's newsletter:

- Language and Travel    - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books      - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 31!
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 31, 2016.

– Programs –

Security and Society in the Information Age
Spend this summer or fall 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.

SRAS Explorer Grants
SRAS is offering, over the 2016-2017 academic year (including summer 2017) several scholarships worth up to $3500 to students really looking to explore the region.

Siberian Studies
This course will introduce you to environmental policy making in the past and present as well as what the professional language an international environmentalist will need to operate in Russia.

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.

Post Soviet Conflict
Visit multiple former Soviet states to discuss the conflicts in there, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

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

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Why Study Abroad - A Well-Researched Argument
Updated: Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
SRAS Alumni Awards: Welcome Back Abroad!
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 –

Travel to Eastern Europe from Moscow
Visiting the places you’ve studied in college and written term papers professing your knowledge of is essential to actually knowing what you are talking about.

Russian Mythology: A Lesson in Culture and Language
To understand a culture's folklore is to understand its roots.

Моя Россия: Islam in Russia
Islam has a long and interesting history in Russia, and will likely play an increasingly important part in Russia's future. Find out more with this free intermediate language exercise.

Луч света: Economic Crisis in Moscow
People in Moscow describe how how the economic crisis has affected them. This language lesson includes video, transcript, and translation.

Exploring Russian Traditions in Vladivostok
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Jonathon Rainey finds out how to greet guests and find a bride in Russia!

Foot-in-Mouth Syndrome In English and Russian
Popular linguist Michele Berdy discusses how to discuss things you shouldn't have discussed in ways you shouldn't have discussed them.

Guide to Working in Russia
Guide to Volunteering in Russia
Recommended Theater Performances in Moscow
Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan (Great Pictures!)
Shangi: Ancient Russian Arctic Pizza


Articles –

Putin's Approval Rating Remains at 82%
The opinion that the country is generally heading in the right direction is held by 50 percent of Russians; 32 percent are of the opposite opinion, and 19 percent are undecided.

Growing Number of Russians Think State Has Failed Citizens - Poll
The number of Russians who believe the state is failing in its duties to citizens has increased to 39 percent from 28 percent a year ago.

Most Russians Think Government Corruption Is 'Unacceptable' - Poll
The poll also revealed that 56 percent of those surveyed believe that corruption and bribery in Russia can be significantly reduced.

Half of Russians Fear Possible Terrorist Attacks at Home
64 percent of those surveyed believe that the attacks can be prevented by the professional work of the security services.

Poll: Majority of Russians want Lenin’s Body Buried
However, 52 percent of respondents view the current situation as ‘normal’ or even ‘good’.

Poll: Most Russians Regret Collapse of USSR
56 percent say they view the history as negative, with 28 percent claiming their sentiments are entirely positive and 16 percent deeming the question too complex to give an unambiguous answer.

Majority of Russians "Hope for God's Help"
Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said they hope for God's help in their daily life to a certain extent, which is a 18 percent increase from 1991.

Russians Largely Against Planned Privatisations
The poll found that while 60% knew of the government plans to some degree, only 20% approved of the idea when informed, and 68% opposed it.

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

Putin’s Golden Ticket: The New National Guard
An excellent overview of what Russia's new National Gaurd will consist of.

Poll: Economic Pessism Growing in Russia
The percentage of those believing that the situation will improve within 1-2 years have nearly halved to 11.8 per cent from just over 22 per cent a year ago.

Welcome to the New Moscow
Today, Europe's biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more open and more cosmopolitan, despite Putin's nationalism.

In Russia, Young Communists See Moment to Vie for Power
Under the impact of economic crisis and impatient with 'mutant capitalism' dominated by Kremlin cronies, younger members of the Communist Party say they could provide an alternative to "Putinism."

Russian Investment Falls
Only agriculture has seen significant investment increases. Nearly all other fields have fallen significantly.

Problems Fixed All Over Russia After Appeals on Putin's Show
In just one day, roads of a Siberian city were repaired, swindled fishery workers got wads of cash and a child prodigy was invited to go to a Crimean summer camp.

Russian Stocks Hit All-time High
The Russian MICEX index has set a new record high reaching 1971 points at the opening of trade on Thursday.

Russia to Return to Long-term Budget Plan
Russia will return to 3-year budgets based on oil priced between $25 and $40.

Former Yukos Owners Lose Appeal
A ruling awarding the former owners $50 billion in damages from the Russian state is overturned in a Dutch court.

Ford Mulls New Russia Investment
Ford has invested $1.5 Billion in Russia to-date. As sales jump 93% in an apparent recovery of the Russian car market, they may invest more.

Russia Becomes World's Leading Wheat Exporter
Russia’s position as a leading wheat exporter in 2016 was reported by The Wall Street Journal in February, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Never Too Many Books! 
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