Author: Katya Grigerman

Irkutsk Housing

Students on SRAS programs in Irkutsk can choose between dormitory stays and homestays. See the invidual program pages for details. The reviews below of the Irkutsk dormitories and Irkutsk homestays are meant to help students make their decisions and prepare for their time abroad. Dormitories in Irkutsk   Living Conditions Katya Grigerman (Summer, 2019): I […]

St. Petersburg Travel Excursions from SRAS

St. Petersburg is ringed with locations of historical and artistic importance. Below are a sampling of some of the trips that SRAS groups have taken in the past as part the cultural package offered with SRAS Programs in St. Petersburg. Note that not all trips are taken each session and trips themselves may differ from […]

SRAS Guide to the Russian Train System

Most Russians travel by train, which is not surprising since the train system is quite well developed, comfortable, and can be much less expensive than flying. For those interested in experiencing everyday Russian culture, a train trip is a not-to-be-missed adventure! Table of Contents Purchasing Tickets Entering/Exiting Russia by Train Packing and Preparation The Station The […]

Irkutsk Travel Excursions from SRAS

The Irkutsk and Baikal areas abound in locations that highlight its cultural and environmental heritage. Below are a sampling of some of the trips that SRAS groups have taken in the past as part the cultural package offered with SRAS Programs in Irkutsk. Note that not all trips are taken each session and not all […]

Olkhon Weekend Trip from Irkutsk

One weekend, my two friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to Olkhon. The planning for the trip was overall very simple! The best way to the island is to take a marshrutka (a small bus). The trip will take about six hours and cost 600-1000 rubles ($9-15) each way. If you have […]

A Manicure in Irkutsk

Back in the States, I’ve gotten enough manicures to know the difference between a good one and a bad one. Or at least that’s what I had thought until I came to Russia. A few days into being in Irkutsk I realized I needed to get one, and decided to call around to a few […]