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The State of Study Abroad in Russia

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SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

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Scholarships Available!

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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


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SRAS now offers programs in Poland!

Witamy w Polsce! Welcome to Poland!

This month SRAS announces three new programs in Poland! First, we are celebrating our new location with a full tuition scholarship for a semester in Warsaw, Poland this spring semester! Second, starting in fall, we will offer Society and Security in the Information Age which will look at new technology and new media in the context of democratization, cybersecurity, foreign policy, and state security. Third, also in the fall, we will offer Jewish Studies in Poland. This course will overview the triumphs and tragedies of the European Jews from one of its most historically important heartlands. See our programs section below for more information on these and other SRAS programs.

Also this month, you’ll find a double Russian Mini-Lesson, with one part covering Russian literary terms and the other covering vocabulary needed to report a stolen phone or lost passport. You’ll also find links to full-length, modern, Russian-language films, and to a variety of articles discussing the current status of the Russian ruble, the Ukrainian conflict, Russian-Chinese cooperation, and more.

We hope to see you abroad soon!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
Russian Studies Abroad Petersburg Russia

In this month's newsletter:

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

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 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 December 30, 2014


– Programs –

Home and Abroad: Poland
This scholarship is for a full semester's tuition at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland. The recipient will have full access to all courses currently offered as well as to workshops, events, and field trips related to SRAS's upcoming Jewish Studies in Poland and Security and Society in the Information Age.

Security and Society in the Information Age
Digitalization has led to innovation in nearly every aspect of society. It has also exposed numerous new risks to the individual and state. Security and Society in the Information Age is a study abroad program that explores both the possibilities and hazards of our new era.

Jewish Studies in Poland
Lectures, combined with workshops, guest speakers, and visits to historical sites all held in Poland, which for centuries was once home to a majority of the world's Jews, and is today reviving its status as a thriving Jewish community.

Art and Museums in Russia
Gain unique perspectives from Russia, whose art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve art. Classes taught inside the Hermitage!

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?

Summer Seminars & Russian as a Second Language!
Sign up for a full summer of Russian as a Second Language and choose from one of five specially priced seminars - in art, business, environment, or anthropology.

View ALL 14 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Studying Abroad = Professional Edge
Critical Language Scholarship Application Open
Alfa Fellowship Application Now Available

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Art in US - Upcoming Events

– Language and Culture –

Russian Mini-Lesson: Literature - Литература
This month, we present part two of our series focused on Russian literature. This second installment covers literary devices.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Кража - Theft
What Russian vocabulary do you need to report a lost passport or stolen telephone in Russia? This month's bonus Mini-Lesson shows you!

15 Films Russian Can Be Proud Of
Most of these great modern, Russian-language films are available in full, for free on YouTube.

Russia in Bloom (Full Documentary Online)
This beautifully shot Russian documentary about some of the first color photographs taken in the Russian empire is available in full on Vimeo with English subtitles.

Museum of the History of Polish Jews
A massive new museum dedicated to the Jews of Poland has opened in Warsaw. This site allows you take a virtual tour of it.

Russia Beats US as Best Place to Live for Expats
Russia has ranked 17th on HSBC Bank's annual list of the of the world's best countries for expats, beating other destinations like Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.

Robert Chandler on Russian Poetry
Why My Cherry Orchard is a Failure
A Beautiful Family Tree of Old World Languages
SlavFile - The Newsletter of Slavic Languages

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 The Legacies of the Great War
Russian-English Dictionary of Idioms Moscow Tales Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


– Articles –

The Ruble, A Perfect Storm
A number of factors are causing the rouble's fall. Here's the breakdown.

Russian Central Bank Limits Intervention; Ruble Tumbles
Russia's central bank effectively abandoned the trading corridor for the ruble on Wednesday, halting big interventions that had seen it spend billions a day to prop up a currency driven lower by sanctions and falling oil prices.

West and Russia Now in Permanent Crisis
Conflict resolution is not on the agenda. It is time for permanent crisis management.

Five Things the West Can Learn from the Ukraine Crisis
1. Patriotism can be both enemy and friend. 2. There’s a new kind of global protestor. 3. Old-fashioned protest reigned supreme. 4. Keep brutality off-screen. 5. “Coarse power” is the new soft power.

Ukraine’s Lustration Law Bans up to a Million from Holding Office
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko narrowly escapes the ban. Anyone who served more than a year under Yanukovytch is banned as are all former members of the Soviet Communist Party.

In Crimea, Many Signs Of Russia, Few Of Resistance
NPR host David Greene and producer Lauren Migaki traveled to Crimea to see what's changed since Russia sent troops in this spring and shortly afterward annexed the territory despite widespread international criticism.

Who Started the Ukraine Crisis?
Michael McFaul, Stephen Sestanovich, and John J. Mearsheimer debate the question.

Ukraine Election Results
Reformists mostly won and voters rebuked the far right and far left. Western allies heaped praise on the pro-European, pro-democratic results. Yet Ukraine remains troubled and deeply divided.

Russian Soldiers Still In Ukraine As Shadow State Takes Form
“We’re prepared to live as an independent country because we are waiting and know that sooner or later [Russian annexation] will happen,” Igor Plotnitsky, the republic’s highest official, told BuzzFeed News in an interview.

The Myth of Russian Humiliation
Applebaum says that "thanks to NATO and the EU, more than 90 million people have enjoyed relative safety and relative prosperity for more than two decades in a region whose historic instability helped launch two world wars."

Understanding Stalin
Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.

Russians More Afraid of US Than Islamic Terrorism, Survey Shows
Nearly a quarter of Russians believe that the United States poses a bigger terrorist threat to their country than radical Islamists.

Russia and China to Join Forces as Cyber Superpowers
The countries recognize "sovereign control" over "national segments" of the Internet.

Russia Plans Giant State Oil Services Company to Replace Western Firms.
President Vladimir Putin has approved the creation of a state-owned oil exploration drilling corporation that will replace Western oil service companies forced to reduce operations in Russia.

Poland Plans to Military Expansion in East
The first effects will be seen in 2017 - with troop initiatives and infrastructure built in the country's East.

Russia is the World's most Educated Country
According to data recently released by the Organization for Co-operation and Development (OECD), more than half of Russian adults held tertiary degrees in 2012 -- the equivalent of college degree in the United States -- more than in any other country reviewed.

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