Homestay Experiences in Bishkek and Talas

Bishkek I decided to stay with a local host family in Bishkek to improve my Russian communication skills. My host family has four members, all of whom live on the west side of town. My hosts include the father, mother, their 11-year-old son, and an uncle. Their daughter is currently studying abroad in England, so […]

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Dorm Life at the London School in Bishkek

Where you live while studying has a huge impact on your time in Bishkek. There are three housing options for Bishkek: homestay, off-campus student housing, and on-campus dorms. The homestay is great for those who want to be immersed in Kyrgyz culture and language, but it also costs $10 a day, which can add up. […]

How to Cook in Bishkek: No Oven Required

When I signed up to live in the dorms, I was prepared to live on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and eggs. I was not encouraged to stray from this plan when I saw that the kitchen boasted only a hot plate in place of a stove and had no oven for […]

My Home Stay Family Experience in Kyiv, Ukraine

When I was preparing to study abroad, one of the hardest decisions I had to make was where I was going to live: with a host family or in the dorms. This was a topic that I pondered over for weeks, trying to weigh the pros and cons of both options. Several of my friends […]

Free Laundry at MGU!

Free Laundry at MGU Сектор Б / Sector b MGU Main Building / Main Dorms Monday – Friday, Sunday, from 9:00 – 12:00; 16:00 – 23:30 Closed Saturdays Free of Charge!   MGU offers two student laundry facilities. One is a paid service that comes with free detergent and various service options, such as the […]

The Dormitories in Vladivostok

As promised, here comes the second installment of my University Life series. This time I am going to focus on what life is like in the dorms. Home sweet home. The dormitories are connected to the main university buildings by way of an escalator. This is quite nice in the winter when you don’t have to […]

University Life at VSUES, Vladivostok

At VSUES, my classes and coursework differ from my experience at my American university. Classes The first major difference is the length of a class sessions. Every class in Russia lasts 1:30. In the US, my classes were either 50 minutes or 1:15. It takes a little more focus to get through the longer classes, […]

Warsaw: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Warsaw report spending about $80-100 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 3.7 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

The Art of Daily Practice and Conversations

It’s a little bit surprising to look at the calendar and think that half of my first semester in Vladivostok is already gone. Seven weeks seem to have effortlessly drifted by in strict contention with my own efforts at learning the Russian language. I can say that my knowledge of Russian when I arrived in […]

Laundry at Moscow State University

Laundry at Moscow State University Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 Cost: 100 rubles/wash or dry, 250 rubles for drop-off service (1 load washed and dried) When you first enter your room at Moscow State University, you may notice that there is no refrigerator. After about a week […]

MSU Go! iPhone App

MSU Go! Free Apple Application On November 14, 2014, Apple released a new application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad called “MSU Go!” The app is available in the App Store and on iTunes. The app also has a page on VKontakte (ВКонтакте), the Russian version of Facebook. Dmitry Kuzhanov, a former MSU student and […]

Finding an Apartment in Moscow

At the end of my term as a participant in the SRAS NGO and Cultural Internship program in Moscow, I have decided to continue my stay in Moscow independently. As just one part of my plans to facilitate this, I have found an apartment in Moscow in this monstrous city for the duration of the […]

Moscow State University Library

Lomonosov Moscow State University Research Library / Научная библиотека Московского Государственного университета имени М.В. Ломоносова Ломоносовский проспект 27 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Closed Sunday Cost: 50 rubles for library card Perhaps one of the most important things to know when studying at a university is where its library is and how to utilize it. […]

Arrival at the Moscow State University Dorm

The Moscow State University dorm system has many buildings, but SRAS students usually live in the ones attached to the MSU main building, located between the University (Университет) metro station and the picturesque and historic Vorobyovy Gory (Воробьёвы горы), or Sparrow Hills.  The main building and connected dorms were constructed after World War II under […]

Personal Experience: Homestay St. Petersburg

During my seven month stay in St. Petersburg, I opted to live in a homestay with a Russian host family. I initially had images of a small apartment with carpets on the walls and lace pillow covers, Russian children biting my ankles, and a warm and loving grandmother (babushka) to dote on me and stuff […]

The Amazing Experience of Living with a Host Family in Irkutsk

Many students study abroad and each will have a unique experience. In my opinion, the opportunity to live with a host family when in Irkutsk is not to be missed.Some programs allow students to stay in dormitories, where they can interact with other students, or in apartments where they can really live in the city, […]

Culture Shock: Living with other international students

Most of us probably knew we were in for inevitable culture shock when we arrived in Russia, no matter how much we had convinced ourselves we were prepared. Sometimes it comes on quick, but other times culture shock reveals itself incredibly slowly. It took longer for this to sink in, but one of the ways […]

Home Sweet Homestay

For most students looking to study abroad, one of the biggest questions they face is whether to pay the extra money for a homestay, or just live in the dorms, which for SRAS programs, are covered in your base cost. I have been lucky enough to study in Moscow and live at the dorms, and study in St. […]

MGU Dormitory Cafe

Sixth Floor Cafе MGU Main Building (Ленинские Горы, д. 1) , Сектор Е 11:00 am-11:00 pm Meals from 75 roubles. For students living at MGU, this little cafe on the 6th floor of Sector E provides some variety from the usual cafeterias, with the convenience of still being on campus and with only slightly higher but […]

Owen Murray: Study Abroad in Later Life

Owen Murray started learning Russian late in life after meeting several Russian businessmen at a Rotary Club in California. He has since learned much of the language, traversed much of European Russia, and made a surprising number of friends, acquaintances, and good impressions on both sides of the Pacific through his genuine love for the […]

Jean-Marc Roumayat: SRAS Graduate, Rostov

Jean-Marc was a non-traditional student who took advantage of SRAS’s program flexibility to organize a short stay in Rostov. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us, Jean-Marc. Jean-Marc: I’m a 35-year-old French civil servant. I’ve been studying Russian in France for four years now at night courses, just two hours per week. But in fact I’ve been […]

Brian Horne: Studying, Researching, and Funding

Brian Horne is pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in anthropology. He studied at MGU on SRAS’s direct enrollment language study option. He also used this affiliation with MGU to access archives within Russia to perform dissertation research. SRAS: We have heard that your interest in Russia was “accidental.” How did this come about? […]

Morgyn Chandler: SRAS Graduate

Morgyn Chandler is a Russian studies convert from Canada who recently studied in St. Petersburg. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us; what is your background and what are your future plans? Morgyn: Currently I am in my fourth year of my undergraduate degree, I will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Russian […]

Marshelle Machtan: SRAS Graduate

Marshelle Machtan participated in our Russia in the 21st Century in the summer of 2000. She has since gone on to earn two Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and is currently using her Russian language skills to serve a Peace Corps mission in Ukraine, a current hot-spot for world journalism as well as political […]

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