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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 Eurasia

  CA102017   Three-time SRAS graduate Corinne Hughes makes friends in Central Asia. Central Asian Studies is now available year-round in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Interested in spring study abroad? You still have until October 15 to apply! Late applications can be accepted for most programs as well – but contact us as soon as possible to reserve a space!

For those interested in summer study abroad, start planning early! We have redesigned and new programs across Eurasia! Study the role of food in economy, government policy, and ethnic identity in Georgia. Study cultural diplomacy in Cuba and St. Petersburg. Study environment in Irkutsk, anthropology in Bishkek, museum science in St. Petersburg, security in Warsaw… or learn Russian or intern in nearly any of our many locations. There is funding available for most programs as well. Deadlines start March 15.

Our newsletter below has some of the best of what our students have produced for our family of sites. You'll find out more about one of the most popular Russian-language mini-series of all time, about how to make and eat Georgian mchadi, about Kyrgyz politics, and about making the most of your study abroad or intern abroad experience.


Table of contents
GeoHistory     Students Abroad    Russian Language
PopKult     ArtinRussia     Books

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Russia!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

- Summer Study Abroad -
Application deadlines: March 15

In most locations: Russian as a Second Language
                            Challenge Grants

In Warsaw: Security and Society

In Bishkek: Central Asian Studies

In Georgia: Georgian Foodways

In Russia: The Art and Science of Museums 
                Russia and the Environment
                The Cuba-Russia Connection (+in Cuba!)
History and Current Events in Perspective

Russia on the Ground     Foreign Affairs     TV News
What do Russians think about issues that matter? What is going on in Russian foreign relations? How does Russian TV really report on the main issues of the day? These free monthly resources from are meant to keep you informed.

Who’s Who in Kyrgyz Politics
With the Kyrgyz presidential election just a couple of weeks away, this resource has been fully updated by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Katheryn Weaver. Kyrgyz politics, which are competitive, are unique in Eurasia, where the outcomes of major elections are generally givens.

Profile: Alexei Kudrin
Alexei Kudrin was Russia’s longest-serving finance minister and is still considered a major player in developing fiscal and economic policy in Russia. He developed Russia’s massive Stabilization Fund, which has kept the economy afloat during the last two major economic crises.

 Students Abroad
Travel, Study, Volunteer, Work Abroad

Bolshie Koty
Alaina DeLeo, a student at the University of Kansas, takes you along on an SRAS-sponsered trip to Bolshie Koty for some environmental history and fresh goat milk.

The Importance of Living Outside of Your Comfort Zone
University of New Hampshire student Samantha Barrett discusses why she specifically decided to travel in Russia alone - and what she learned from it.

Sheep Guts Won’t Kill You
This "Guide to Seeing the Kyrgyzstan that Most People Don't" by anthropology student Schaun Wheeler is a few years old now, but is a classic guide to opening up to a new culture.

Russian Language
Lessons from around the Web

SRAS: Mchadi: The Other Georgian Cornbread
Mchadi, from the Caucasus, is traditional Georgian corn bread - a staple of meals in a country known for its meals. This Russian/English recipe, with commentary, comes from Dr. Michael Denner, who will lead SRAS's Georgian Foodways program this summer.

GeoHistory: Russia Opens Bilingual Grade School
A new bilingual (Russian/English) grade school opened in Moscow this year. This free language resource provides video and a Russian/English transcript of Russia's Foreign Minister remarks to the students before they entered the building for the first time.

Moscow Times: Laughing in Russian
Michele Berdy, resident linguist at the Moscow Times, talks about Russian terms for laughter and joking.
Contemporary Eurasian Popular Culture

Nashe Radio    Polish Pop Hits    Russkoe Radio   Top Russian Movies
Find out what local language hits are playing on local radio stations in Poland and Russia and on Russian silver screens with these free monthly resources from

Seventeen Moments of Spring
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Katheryn Weaver gives you a quick introduction to one of the most popular Russian-language TV shows of all time. You can also watch the first episode online for free.

Korchma Taras Bulba
Korchma Taras Bulba serves Ukrainian cuisine in an atmosphere rich in Ukrainian culture. They currently have locations in Moscow, Kyiv, and New York City.

TOP 5 SRAS Facebook Posts
These are the posts from SRAS’s Facebook feed that you have most actively liked, shared, or commented on for the month of August. As usual, the list is diverse and eclectic.

Internship in Russia
Featured Book!
High Culture, Museum Science
(Soon to be Renamed!)

Program Review: Internship at POLIN in Warsaw 
Sarah Kirksey is a graduate student of history and a museum employee in the US. Here is what she learned from interning abroad.

The Tragic and Triumphant History of the Girl with an Oar 
In 1941, both models were captured by the Nazis and killed, the artist died of illness, and the statue then standing in Park Kultury, was hit by a Nazi bomb.

Founder of Kyrgyz Painting, Semyon Chuikov
Semyon Afanasevich Chuikov helped open the first art gallery in the Kyrgyz Republic and the first exhibitions of Kyrgyz artists. He was also a talented painter himself.

Books from Amazon
New Releases!

The Cold War: A World History
New scholarship on the global history and modern repercussions of The Cold War.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times
A new biography by William Taubman.

Riot Days
A personal account by a member of Pussy Riot about the protest and court case that brought the group international fame.

Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know
Fundamental information about the origins, evolution, and current affairs of the Russian state and society.

Avenging Angels: Soviet Women Snipers on the Eastern Front (1941 - 1945) 
Some were drafted, some signed up - all were trained to kill.

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