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Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

SRAS Announces Special Moscow-St.Petersburg Summer RSL Program for 2018

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 Russia
October 15: Deadline for spring programs!
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Students on an excursion in rural Kyrgyzstan. Check
out Central Asian Studies and join the next one.

Translation and Central Asian Studies are two fields growing in importance. They also both lack sufficient numbers of professionals with the necessary skills and experience. This month, SRAS helps students help themselves to these careers.

With globalization, booming information flows, and more frequent government interactions, demand for readable and accurate translations is growing. This month, read four interviews with freelance translators or those studying translation. SRAS's Translate Abroad Program is now available in three locations and we've posted more material in our intern-driven Politics in Translation series.

Central Asia is home to significant oil reserves, natural gas, and raw materials - as well as pipelines and military bases. Islam and Christianity have co-existed here for centuries. Little-understood in the West, Central Asia is perhaps the perfect place to learn how to understand different cultures and work within them. SRAS's new Central Asian Studies Program offers intensive, hands-on, travel-based education for a new generation of smarter diplomats and international professionals.

What are you going to do with that degree? Go abroad and know the answer!

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Translation as a Career!          -  Programs and Funding            -  Koroche!
     -  Language and Culture                    -  Primary Documents

Renee Stillings, SRAS Director
Renee Stillings, Director of SRAS, speaks about her experiences in Russia and Central Asia.

- SRAS has new a new full-color 12-page brochure on Russia and our programs!
- SRAS has a new Facebook contest. Win a Lada!
- Help save the Russian program at SUNY-Albany!

SRAS  Means More!
offers these
Spring Programs

Central Asian Studies

Russian Studies


Sino-Russian Relations

Russian (RSL)

Siberian Studies 

The Russian Far East 

Deadline: Oct 15

- Translation as a Career -
Real stories and work from professional translators
and those who aspire to become translators

Interview with Robert Chandler
Award-winning translator Robert Chandler talks with SRAS about breaking into translation and making a living at it.

Anne Fisher: Translation and Interpreting
Interview with Dr. Anne Fisher, translator and interpreter.

To Russia With a Very Big Stick
Interview with Stephanie Briggs, a disabled student entering a masters program in translation and who, despite mild cerebral palsy, travelled Russia in 2003.

United Russia in Translation
The platform of Russia's ruling party now in English.

Open Letter On Right Cause
An open letter posted by the Democrats criticizing the leadership of Right Cause, a political alliance they are part of.

- Nora Favrov, Professional Translator (from the SRAS Archives)
- SlavFile: A Newsletter of the American Translators Association

- I, Translator - NY Times on Internet Translation
- Learners Lost Without Translation
- "Found in Translation"

There are more   programs  and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Above: A student studying
The Arts in Russia!

Central Asian Studies
This innovative program preparing students for international careers is based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia.

Translate Abroad
Translation Abroad is a practical academic program offering intensive Russian lessons and professional, hands-on translation experience.

Campus Life: London School of Bishkek
New, updated info on The London School in Bishkek including what's close to campus, university facilities, new campus pictures, and more!

City Life: Bishkek
Updated info on Bishkek, home to SRAS's new Central Asian Studies program!

- Translation in the Military
- International Education Week: celebrate education & exchange
- A new bill proposes $200 million for K-12 language study

 - Kороче -

"Koroche" is designed to give you a wide look at modern life in Russia as well as Russian politics, economy, civil society, media, and more.

Language and Culture  ResourcesPelmeni: A Tasty History
Пельмени (pelmeni) are one of the most ancient of traditional Russian foods. Learn their tasty history, origins of the name and try making them from scratch!

Деревенская жизнь - Village Life in Russia
Our latest Russian MiniLesson explains what life is like in Russian villages.

Library: Russian Language
An updated and prettier library entry to help you dive into Russian!

The Russian Word's Worth
This humorous and informative guide to the Russian language, culture and translation is written in the style of SRAS's MiniLessons!

- Far from Moscow: Music from Poland to the Pacific Coast!
- Bluer Rather Than Pinker
(Different concepts, lost in translation)

Primary Documents for  Russia

Planning on
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

List of National Identities
The official list of nationalities that people can claim to be on the 2010 Russian census. 1840 entries, 36 pages, 1.8 MB....

New Moscow
Fascinating soviet propaganda film featuring soviet architecture on Moscow streets - much of which was never actually built.

Tsoi Bootlegs
A collection of recordings on YouTube of Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi performing at "квартирники," informal clubs opened in apartments for people to listen to otherwise "dangerous" music.

Correspondence of Kennan and Lukacs
Late in 1952, John Lukacs, a young, then-unknown American historian who would become a respected professor and self-proclaimed reactionary, sent George Kennan, then U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, his own writings on Kennan's widely-debated argument of containment

Military Linguistics: Russian in the Red/Soviet Army
The development of military linguistics, a field similar to military anthropology or military history, would benefit the disciplines of linguistics and strategic studies.

China's Defense Strategy & Cooperation with Russia
(pdf, 6.5 MB)
An exploration of the principal aspects of China’s defense strategy in the post-Cold War era, presenting an overview of the Sino-Russian defense cooperation.

The Policy World Meets Academia
The essays that follow are not intended simply to shed light on different aspects of U.S. policy toward Russia. They were inspired by a desire to grapple directly with the problem raised by academia’s increasing distance from the policy world.

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