Packing List for Study Abroad (+what to do with your laptop, cell phone, etc.)

A semester or year stay abroad requires considerable planning. If you will be spending winter months in most SRAS locations, luggage can quite easily become unwieldy, which can mean airline charges for overweight bags. Planning what you need in advance can help you avoid this (and help you avoid forgetting something important). Invest in good, […]

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Managing Your Cash While Abroad: A Student Guide

Eurasia today is quite affordable. Students are often surprised how far their dollars will go even in major cities like St. Petersburg and Warsaw – and very surprised at how far they go in places like Bishkek and Irkutsk. However, students can also be surprised at how easy it is to run into troubles – […]

Make the Most of a Layover in Moscow

How I Spent My Long Layover in Moscow as I Flew to Irkutsk Layovers in major cities are very common in international travel and are often regarded as a headache to be kept to an hour or two – just enough to make sure you make the connecting flight. However, layovers can be a convenient […]

Holidays in Russia

For a full list of holidays of cultural importance in Russia with dates, days off, and histories included, please see this article on Folkways, part of the SRAS Family of Sites. Share this…FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinVKStumbleUponemailPrint

Teaching English in Russia: The Complete Guide

Note that The School of Russian and Asian Studies does not hire English teachers. However, 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. Demand for English teachers remains very strong in Russia. Ambitious students who are […]

Euroasia Cafe in Vladivostok

 Euroasia Cafe/Евроазия Кафе ул. Крылова, 10 Hours: 9:00-21:00 daily Meals from 300 Rubles ($4.60) While restaurant selections are plentiful in Vladivostok’s city center, there is actually a dearth of options close to Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. The university itself has several kiosks and cafes within the building, but they all share the […]

Victory Day in Vladivostok

Behind New Year’s, May 9th is the largest holiday in Russia. Victory Day celebrates the Soviet victory in World War II over the German Reich. This year marked 71 years since hostilities ceased in that war, but it seems that time has done little to weaken the remembrance of that great event. The main event […]

Volleyball at VSUES in Vladivostok

Each Saturday and Sunday evening at the VSUES gym, students gather to play volleyball. The practice is free and open to all students. On both evenings, practice begins around 7:00 pm. While the practice is open to all students, the core members and attendees of this gathering are the BlackHawks. The BlackHawks are unaffiliated officially […]

Preparing for and Coping with Culture Shock

Some of our students report not feeling culture shock at all. Some are surprised by how much culture shock they experience. Often, those most affected by culture shock are those who did not expect to experience it. So how can you prepare to live in a new culture in order to get the most out […]

The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok

Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok Fastovskaya Ul. 20 Prim.Mariinsky.ru Tickets run about 1000 rubles Nepotism surely was the only reason the Nutcracker ever landed his job leading soldiers into battle. He’s really not officer material and apparently a band of mostly weaponless rats pose a threat to his army equipped with firearms and artillery. It’s really […]

Work in and Concerning Russia

A Guide to Working as a Student and Getting a Job as a Graduate What are you going to do with that degree? We’ve designed this page to help you answer that question. Finding work abroad can be a great way to meet locals and to experience day-to-day culture. It can also extend your stay, if you […]

International Student Festival in Vladivostok

International Student Festival in Vladivostok On Campus at VGUES Cost: Free Last week, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service hosted an International Student Festival to showcase the wide diversity of students who live and study in Vladivostok. The theme of the festival was “Я учусь в России,” or “I study in Russia.” The festival […]

Primorye State Art Gallery Part 2 in Vladivostok

Primorye State Art Gallery Aleyutskaya St. 12, Vladivostok Student Ticket Cost: 350 Rubles Following up on last week’s somewhat misadventure to the art gallery, I decided to attempt to rectify my experience this weekend. I gathered a few friends and we set off for Vladivostok’s main art gallery located at 12 Aleyutskaya Prospekt. The large […]

Primorsky State Art Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorsky State Art Gallery Partizanskiy St. 12, Vladivostok 100 rubles admission On the streets of Vladivostok, I regularly walk past one of the many rectangular, concrete buildings with a small golden sign reading “Primorye State Art Gallery,” accompanied by an artsy logo. Admittedly, up to this point, I actually haven’t spent much time exploring Vladivostok’s […]

A Trip to Khabarovsk from Vladivostok

Trip to Khabarovsk from Vladivostok One Weekend Budget: ~5000 rubles Russia celebrates March 8th, along with many other countries around the world, as International Women’s Day. The holiday is a big deal here. This is evident from all the obscure 24-hour flower shops flinging their doors open wide and preparing for the inevitable inrush of […]

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with the opening of the first vegetarian society. This was in Saint-Petersburg in the mid-1860s. The society was humorously called “Ни […]

Karaoke at The Underground

When one of my friends first asked me about singing karaoke, I was a bit hesitant. It’s not something in my normal realm of preferred activities, but I didn’t have any other plans for the evening. So in the interest of trying new things, I acquiesced. The space we used is nestled in a corner […]

Vladivostok: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Vladivostok report spending about $60-90 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 70 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

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 […]

Vladivostok Ice Run

Vladivostok Ice Run Organized by RunDNSRun Most club runs cost 0-1000 rubles to join The first annual Vladivostok Ice Run took place this weekend on February 21, 2016. A friend of mine, a volunteer organizer of the race, told me about the event two weeks ago. Although most of my exercise has been limited 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, […]

Icy Pastimes in Vladivostok

After a nice winter break and going home for the holidays, I have arrived back in Vladivostok. Unfortunately, I missed the big snowstorm here by a week or so, but there is still plenty of snow in heaps around the city and it is still quite cold here. Coming from a warmer climate like the American […]

Vladivostok Fort No. 5

Vladivostok Fort No. 5 Unofficial Destination (Ruins) No security or facilities – enter at own risk Vladivostok has a ring of hills to the north which acts as a natural wall for the peninsula. But what nature has made, man has improved. During the early 20th century, when threat of Japanese invasion was a real […]

Travel Film Festival in Vladivostok

Travel Film Festival: Я Шагаю По Земле Shown at Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok One of my hobbies has long been spending time in the outdoors. I love almost everything involving mountains, hills, forests, or trails. One of my friends from Vladivostok who also shares these interests invited me to a film festival […]

A Frozen Thanksgiving in Vladivostok

One of my Russian friends asked me a few weeks ago what I miss about America. As I thought about it, there were the evident reasons of family and friends, but two particular foods sprang to mind as well. Peanut butter and turkey. Although the former will have to wait until my return home, I […]

Organ Concert at the Catholic Church in Vladivostok

Organ Concert Mary Mother of God Catholic Mission in Vladivostok 22 Volodarskovo Street Free Admission On November 15, I had the opportunity to attend a pipe organ concert at the Mary Mother of God Catholic Mission in Vladivostok. I talked about the church itself, where I go on most weekends, in a previous entry. This […]

Exploring Russian Traditions in Vladivostok

The international department at VGUES has, throughout the semester, taken us on various excursions around Vladivostok. This week, we ventured back into time to explore some of the old Russian traditions. At a rather nondescript apartment building near the city center, a kind babushka beckoned for our group to come inside. We were then ushered […]

Couch Surfing Community in Vladivostok

Couch Surfing Networking Events Various Locations, Costs While the university is a great place to meet people, and I have no doubt that I’ll continue to make new friends here, it does have the sense of an isolated community. Universities tend to be their own small worlds, able to let students function independently from the […]

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 […]

Vladivostok Fortress Museum

Scattered across Vladivostok’s coastal slopes in quite a few places one can see the metal and concrete remains of the old coastal batteries built to defend the city in years past. Most of the emplacements are just curios–disused relics that add a little extra spice to an already flavorful city. But near the old city center, […]

Primorskiy Safari Park – Day Trip from Vladivostok

Primorskiy Safari Park Near Shkotovo (Outside Vladivostok0k) Admission: 600ru Safaripark25.ru This weekend, we got to make another excursion outside of Vladivostok. This time was not for hiking, however, but to see some of Primorsky Krai’s famed wildlife at the Safari Park. As part of a university sponsored trip, we took a chartered a bus from […]

Hiking Excursion to Falaza Mountain from Vladivostok

Falaza Mountain ~3 hours from Vladivostok Hiking and Nature Free Admission Fall has arrived in Vladivostok. The temperatures have begun to dip well into chilly territory, and the leaves are turning their bright hues. But inside the city doesn’t offer too much in the way of seeing fall beauty, so I had to get out […]

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