St. Petersburg

Buying a SIM Card in Russia: Free Russian Lesson

This free Russian MiniLesson will help you learn the vocabulary need to get a SIM card in Russia. If you are on a regular SRAS study abroad program, SRAS will help you to obtain a local SIM card. In many locations, SRAS can also supply you with a “burner” phone for use while on the […]

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Russian MiniLessons: How to Address Strangers in Russian

International Airfare For Study Abroad

Warsaw

Study Abroad in Warsaw, Poland: Favorite Pictures

SRAS student Eric Nesbitt studied with the Security and Society in the Information Age program in Warsaw, Poland, hosted at Collegium Civitas. Below are some of his favorite photos of memories of his time spent abroad. For more on all SRAS study abroad opportunities, click here.

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Packing List for Study Abroad

SRAS Guide to Living in Warsaw

Bishkek

How To Make Local Friends While Abroad

Many assume that living abroad for a few months will force you to make local friends in your host country. However, the reality is more complicated. Here I will share my tips and tricks for overcoming fears and reservations and experiencing the full joy that comes from true immersion while abroad.   Why Immersion is […]

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Travel to Thailand from 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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Program Review of Economic Development in the Russian Far East: Vladivostok

SRAS Guide to Living in 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