St. Petersburg

Top Business Lunches in Saint Petersburg

For those that don’t know, a business lunch is an inexpensive pre-set meal that restaurants offer to maximize their lunchtime traffic between about 12:00-4:00pm. This is a student’s paradise! Most business lunches offer a main dish, a side, and a drink for around 200-350 rubles ($3-6). Some places offer one or two choices for each […]

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High Holidays in Saint Petersburg

Best Craft Beer in Saint Petersburg

Warsaw

A Visit to the Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw

One of the last things I did before wrapping up my semester in Warsaw, Poland was pay a visit to the Copernicus Science Center. In this article I will share some background on the center, talk about my visit and what I learned, and finally share some photos from this sweet place! Background The science […]

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A Visit to the Neon Museum, Warsaw

Best Pierogi in Warsaw

Bishkek

SRAS Trip to Turkmenistan from Bishkek

SRAS students in Bishkek travelled to Turkmenistan from October 21 to October 25. We were so excited about this unique and rare opportunity to visit the country. Visas can be difficult to get and the country is less visited than even North Korea. We had spent a lot of time in the Central Asian Studies […]

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Reviews of the Housing Options in Bishkek

A Ski Weekend in Karakol from Bishkek

Moscow

Reviews of the HSE Dorms in Moscow

The following is a compilation of student reviews about the HSE dorms #4. HSE has many dorms around the city and students may be placed in any of the dorms available. However, they are fairly similar in condition. This page is meant to help students prepare for their time abroad. Living Conditions Lauren Chilton (Summer, […]

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Finding a Good Hot Chocolate in Moscow

Russian State Library 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

National Opera of Ukraine

Across the world and throughout history, the opera has played host to the highest classes of society. When I arrived in Kyiv, I was determined to see the extravagance of the Ukrainian National Opera House and witness a performance. I researched the prices online and discovered that an opera ticket costs 400 hryvnia or about […]

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Arrival in Kyiv: Homestay Experience

Russian as a Second Language Program Review: Kyiv

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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