SRAS is offering a new program that will take students to both Havana, Cuba and St. Petersburg, Russia. Click here for details.
In our latest study abroad edition, we bring you information about how life and studies on the ground in Russia has changed over the last year – and how students planning to study abroad in Russia can best prepare for the new conditions.
We are also proud to announce an ambitious new lineup of summer programs that are more pertinent than ever. This summer, students can study security abroad, learning how states form cybersecurity policies and how media can influence civil society and state security. Our Coexistence and Religion program take a case study approach to look at how religions, despite centuries of conflict, can come to coexist peacefully in a tiny, gorgeous country. Or, students can learn how revolutions and wars have affected identity formation in Cuba and Russia, two countries whose relationships with the US are changing rapidly. Contact us about tiered group discounts for these programs, starting from three students – and about faculty led programs.
SRAS believes that study abroad is more pertinent than ever. For those interested in truly understanding the events of the last year, their roots and likely long-term effects, these programs offer valuable insights. For those who simply want to gain global perspectives and expanded world views, study abroad is also one of the most direct paths to achieving those goals.
This month's newsletter focuses on changes to study abroad, guides for students heading abroad, and also delivers information on changing language use within the US and how that might affect America's ability to achieve stated policy goals there.
If you’ll be at Forum or NAFSA this year contact us about meeting. If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!
In this month's newsletter:
- Study Abroad - Programs
- Selected Resources
– Study Abroad –
State of Study Abroad
Russia has been through extraordinary changes in recent months. How does this affect it as a destination to study abroad?
State of Languages in the US (PDF)
This report summarizes the nation’s current language capacity, focusing on the US education system, and providing a multitude of statistics.
Russian Student Visas
SRAS has completely updated its guide to understanding Russian student visas. See also our guide to Kyrgyz visas.
Will your electronics work abroad? Will you be able to get your needed medications abroad? How should you pack to handle the local weather? This updated guide will walk you through all of it!
Student Budgets and Finances
Quite a bit has changed in the last year - we've updated our guide to student finances abroad to reflect the new exchange rates, costs of living abroad, and more.
Bishkek Student Guide
Our complete guide to everything you'll need to know if you plan to live in Bishkek for a summer or semester has just been updated by our on-the-ground Home and Abroad Scholar Julie Hersh! Check out all our city guides here.
Teaching English in Russia: The Complete Guide
Many of our students, past and present, have inquired into the logistics of teaching while abroad, while as students or otherwise. We have therefore provided this resource.
The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2017
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, two SRAS destinations, both made the list!
My Moscow Budget - What I Spent Living Abroad
Why Should I Intern Abroad?
Jobs for Experienced Travelers
Are "Semester Abroad Accents" Real or Fake?
– Selected Programs –
Coexistence and Religion
We will learn to reflect upon and better understand religious traditions, issues, questions, and values in Georgia, thereby enhancing and expanding our understanding of how religion and spirituality shape our own lives.
The Cuban-Russian Connection
The Cuban-Russian Connection will spend one week experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Security and Society in the Information Age
Spend this summer 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, elites and politics, entrepreneurship and innovation, and more.
Art and Museums in Russia - Updated
Russia's museum system is among the world's more extensive, diverse, and well-attended. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve its rich culture, history, and art. All classes taught on site in St. Petersburg’s renowned museums, including the Hermitage.
Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic mountains of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?
Siberian Summer Adventure
Join SRAS and the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) for a summer of language learning and hands-on eco-tourism development in the Baikal wilderness.
Our internship page has been updated with new information detailing possible placements open in Kiev, Bishkek, and Warsaw. Internship options are available in Warsaw with no Polish language requirement.
Summer Seminars & Russian as a Second Language!
Sign up for a full summer of Russian as a Second Language and choose from one of four specially priced, optional seminars - in art, environment, religion, or anthropology.
View ALL 8 Summer Programs!
SRAS Alumni Awards, Ambassadorships
Home and Abroad: $10,000 For Your Study Abroad
Braver Grants: Get More From Your Study Abroad
– Selected Resources –
Our current students share food reviews, cultural experiences, and other thoughts to help future students make the most of study abroad.
SRAS For Educators
A resource for educators looking to maximize their enrollment numbers through innovative practices.
These extensive guides cover how to prepare for a journey abroad and how to live for several months in SRAS locations abroad.
SRAS on Facebook
We post contests, links to free (legal) full-length foreign-language movies, the latest in pop culture from abroad, and more.
This cookbook also delivers lessons in culture and language! We've just added new recipes for foods from Central Asia.
PopKult (A new resource in which SRAS students write about Eurasian music, movies, TV, cartoons, and more)
SRAS Newsletter (A free, monthly publication with language lessons, history, news, and more).
Art in Russia (SRAS students write about art)
SRAS on YouTube
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