LGBTQ+: Study Abroad in Kyiv, Ukraine

Jonah Helwig and R.A. Bloomfield studied abroad on the Policy and Conflict program in Kyiv, Ukraine with SRAS and Novamova in Spring, 2020. SRAS is deeply grateful to both for speaking out here about their time abroad as LGBTQ+ individuals.   Did you meet local members of the LGBTQ+ community while in Kyiv? What was […]

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National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

On one of the great hills of Kyiv stands a colossus with sword and shield in hand. Her massive shield defends the country and her sword pierces the sky above the city. This is the Motherland Monument, a gigantic statue celebrating the Soviet victory in World War II. This statue stands taller than the Statue […]

Study Abroad in Kyiv: Favorite Photos

Jonah Helwig has been studying Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasian history for two years at Stetson University in Florida. He studied abroad with SRAS and Novamova in Kyiv on the Policy and Conflict program. Jonah hopes that the knowledge he gains about conflicts and possible solutions will assist him in a future career in the […]

St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv

Kyiv’s skyline is riddled with beautiful architecture, Soviet-style apartment buildings, bridges, and much more. Most iconic out of all this, however, are the classic domes and bell tower of St. Sophia’s Cathedral. I had the opportunity to visit this landmark as part of the included cultural package with my SRAS/Novamova program in Kyiv. I discovered […]

Arrival in Kyiv: Homestay Experience

My arrival in Kyiv can be summed up in two words: CULTURE SHOCK! Driving into the city from the airport I saw dozens of Soviet-style apartment buildings. Rundown and leftover from the Cold War, they were 20-storey-tall, real-life pieces of history that I had only ever read of in books and seen in pictures. I […]

Russian as a Second Language Program Review: Kyiv

The first step to studying abroad is choosing where to study abroad. It’s not a simple decision! I struggled a lot in this aspect, but landed on Kyiv because it seemed like a unique place, and I thought I could really improve my Russian language. It didn’t hurt that Kyiv is pretty cheap compared to […]

Life in Kyiv

What is life in Kyiv really like? Very often when people in the West think of cities in Eastern Europe, they think of cold, grey landscapes and shortages of basic goods. Kyiv today, however, is a vibrant, colorful place overflowing with street culture, great food, and a global assortment of goods. To help you stay […]

Learning Through a Passport: The Undeniable Importance of Travel

“Travel is the most intense mode of learning”- Kevin Kelly, executive editor of Wired magazine   Eight months ago, my year of studying abroad began. I arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia as part of the Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space (PCON) program. Over the course of the following fall semester, I travelled all across […]

7 Things I’ve Learned From Living in Kyiv, Ukraine

The past semester with SRAS’ Policy and Conflict program has been full of amazing adventures, a lot of Russian practice, travel throughout four countries (Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine), delicious food, and certainly several moments of pure culture shock. There were a few times I learned some lessons the hard way, but I ultimately survived […]

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