St. Petersburg

Russian MiniLessons: How to Address Strangers in Russia

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. When addressing strangers in Russia, it is important to maintain an appropriate level of politeness. The address should be in a formal manner, a person should apologize […]

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International Airfare (to and from Russia)

Self-Guided Saint Petersburg Walking Tour

Warsaw

Warsaw’s Old Town District

While I was on study abroad in Warsaw, Poland, the place I visited most behind the Palace of Culture and Science, where I had classes every day, was Old Town. Why? Simply put, a trip to Old Town in Warsaw is like taking a journey back in time. It is the gem of the city […]

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Study Abroad in Warsaw, Poland: Favorite Pictures

A Visit to the Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw

Bishkek

Travel to Thailand from Bishkek

I didn’t expect that during my time in Bishkek, I would have the opportunity to visit Southeast Asia (although it has long been on my bucket list). Taking a quick look at Google Flights, it appears that a flight from Bishkek to Thailand costs upwards of $800. However, thanks to the invitation from a local […]

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Five Best Coffee Shops in Bishkek

SRAS Trip to Turkmenistan from Bishkek

Moscow

Moscow: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Moscow report spending about $90-110 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 […]

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SRAS Guide to Living in Moscow

Reviews of the HSE Dorms in Moscow

Irkutsk

Reviews of the Housing Options in Irkutsk

The following is a compilation of student reviews about possible housing options in the city of Irkutsk. This page is meant to help students prepare for their time abroad. Living Conditions Katya Grigerman (Summer, 2019): I was staying in the dorm. About half of the students in the program were in the dorm while the […]

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Restaurant Etiquette in Irkutsk: Thoughts from an American Restaurant Host

A Trip to Ulan-Ude from Irkutsk

Vladivostok

Hard-to-Find Foods in Russia

In 2005, when this resource was first developed, supermarket chains in Russia were only first developing. Brand and product selection, while perhaps normal for a post-Soviet location, was disappointing and monotonous for most visitors. The restaurant scene, even in places like Moscow and St. Petersburg, also felt underdeveloped. Of the three things commonly looked for […]

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

Program Review of Economic Development in the Russian Far East: Vladivostok

Kyiv

Study Abroad in Kyiv, Ukraine: Favorite Photos

After diving headfirst into study of Eurasian politics and history, R.A. Bloomfield decided they needed to study abroad there. They did the Policy and Conflict in Post-Soviet Space program in Kyiv, Ukraine. Here are some of their reflections and favorite memories from Ukraine.                         […]

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SRAS Guide to Living in Kyiv

LGBTQ+: Study Abroad in Kyiv, Ukraine

Other

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 are those who did not expect it. So how can you prepare to live in a new culture and get the most out of the experience? How do you prepare […]

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Managing Your Cash While Abroad: A Student Guide

Study Abroad Program Review: Cuba-Russia Connection

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