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Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadlines for Spring, 2016 Extended on Select Programs!
Deadlines for Summer, 2016 start March 15, 2016
Deadlines for Fall, 2016 start May 15, 2016

An SRAS student takes time to greet a baby bird while exploring the hills of Kyrgyzstan and meeting locals on SRAS's Bishkek programs. Photo courtesy SRAS student M. Maddux from Texas A&M.

Добро пожаловать!

Anyone planning to study abroad in Spring, 2016 still has time to apply for programs in Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Moldova. This includes Russian as a Second Language, Security and Society, Policy and Conflict, Jewish Studies, and Central Asian Studies programs. Applications will be accepted through Nov 20th! For more information, click here.

This month's newsletter has two free Russian lessons again. Moya Rossiya delivers an extensive intermediate-level lesson on camping and hiking – which Russians sometimes organize into trips of epic proportions. Our MiniLesson looks at Russian food sanctions and the vocabulary surrounding them. You'll also find some advice from our students on how to make the most of learning another language and navigating foreign lands.

You'll also find in our Koroche section material on how Russia is presenting its involvement in Syria to Russian television viewers and how the world is reacting to Russia's involvement. In the articles section, you'll find the best of what we've read this month on everything from geography to science to public opinion and diplomacy.

If you'll be at the ASEEES convention in Philadelphia Nov. 19-22, please stop by our table. We'd love to see you! 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!

Internship in Russia
Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Poland!


In this month's newsletter:
- Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!
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 Dec 15, 2015.

– Programs –

Extended Deadlines!
Deadlines extended on select SRAS programs - including those in Poland, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine. Apply by Nov 20th!

SRAS Progam to Coincide with NATO Summit
SRAS is pleased to announce that the Summer, 2016 session of Security and Society, a study abroad experience focused largely on security studies, will take place in Warsaw, Poland, parallel to the 2016 NATO summit.

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.

Siberian Studies
Head to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk to study history, the Russian language, and environmental science!

Russian Studies Abroad
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, Russian politics or culture, or many other subjects from the vantage of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

View ALL 12 Spring Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Critical Language Scholarships - Cycle Open!
Service Learning Grants
Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus

– 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 –

Моя Россия: Extreme Leisure
This month, "Моя Россия" gives an extended intermediate-level Russian lesson on the topic of "active leisure" in Russia.

MiniLesson: Russian Sanctions
This month's MiniLesson focuses on understanding Russia's sanctions on other countries - in particular Russia's food sanctions - and the vocabularly needed to discuss them in Russian!

Destination: Kyrgyzstan
SRAS Director, Renee Stillings, shares her thoughts after a short visit to our programs in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz countryside.

The Art of Daily Practice Conversations
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Jonathon Rainey shares an affirmation on the virtue of making mistakes when learning a language.

Urban “Decay” on Display: Street Art in Poland
SRAS student Allie Sasek shares her impression of urban art in Poland.

Sweet Nostalgia
Why the ice cream brands of communist Russia are still a hot favorite.

SRAS Students Attend SKA Hockey in St. Petersburg
Bilinguals Make More Money, Study Shows

Ten Strange but Tasty Drinks from the New East

– Articles –

Stop Swooning over Putin
Washington’s foreign policy elites have developed a mind-set that mistakes activity for achievement.

Russia Isn’t Looking Good. But it Sure is Feeling Good.
The 2015 rankings have Russia coming in as the 58th most prosperous country — an improvement of 10 spots in the rankings.

Russian Trust in State Institutions Grows Amid Recession, Sanctions and Foreign Conflicts
Russians' trust in almost every key institution of state has increased during the past two years, even as the country's economy has tanked and freedom of expression has been eroded.

Russia and the Curse of Geography
"If God had built mountains in eastern Ukraine, then the great expanse of flatland that is the European Plain would not have been such inviting territory for the invaders who have attacked Russia from there repeatedly through history."

Russia Tackles Racism, While Playing It Down, Ahead of World Cup
Just how bad is racisim in Russia, really?

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


Russian Democracy Through the Looking-Glass
A Cliffnotes version of a new volume of essays on democracy in Russia.

Information Security and the Polycentric World
Cyber security expert Pavel Sharikov discusses the impact that the information revolution has had on the development of the current system of international affairs.

The Politics of Education and Science Reform in Russia in 2000-2014
An hour and half video lecture hosted by Stanford and given by Igor Fedyukin, from HSE in Moscow and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2015-16.

Russian Inflation Has Mostly Leveled Off
Inflation appears to have leveled off. Since April, on average, price growth has been running slightly below where it was in 2014.

Russia Turns to the Plough
The Kremlin has launched an incredible volte-face in economic policy and turned to traditional industries like farming in the face of tumbling oil prices.

Russia, Lacking Transportation Net, "Only Nominally a Single Country"
“The only thing which connects us all together on a firm basis is the television.”

Russian Wages Are Clearly Declining
During the January-September period Russian wages were down by an average of 3.3%.

Japan Woos Central Asia to Counter China’s Growing Influence
Mr Abe is visiting the region with an entourage of about 50 Japanese banks, trading companies and universities, announcing billions of dollars worth of joint projects, although people familiar with some of the deals said they were still far from binding contracts.

John Kerry Seeks to Check Russia’s Influence in Central Asia
Secretary of State John Kerry, on a swing through the Central Asian states, is seeking to boost trade and security ties.

Ukraine's Local Elections
Voter turnout was relatively high by western standards, averaging 46.6 percent, but it was the lowest turnout in the history of independent Ukraine.

Will 'Sunstroke' Make the Oscar List?
Nikita Mikhalkov's film "Sunstroke" will be the director's sixth submission to the Oscar competition and will give the renowned Russian moviemaker a chance to capture his second Academy Award.

Never Too Many Books! 
Democracy in a Russian Mirror All the Clean Ones Are Married Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership
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The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express Notes from a Dead House CCCP Cookbook
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