Owen Murray: Study Abroad in Later Life

Owen Murray started learning Russian late in life after meeting several Russian businessmen at a Rotary Club in California. He has since learned much of the language, traversed much of European Russia, and made a surprising number of friends, acquaintances, and good impressions on both sides of the Pacific through his genuine love for the […]

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Andrea Neulaendtner: Value in Language and Internships

Andrea Neulaendtner has recently finished her MA in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva, Austria. An Austrian citizen and native German speaker, Andrea also speaks English, Russian, and French and has also studied Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. She’s served many internships across the globe, including one in Moscow with Synergy International Systems where she helped develop information systems […]

Emy Wangborg: SRAS Graduate

Emy holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex.  As part of that degree, she studied at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) through SRAS.  Shortly after her program, we asked her about MGIMO and, at the end of 2005, we asked her how it has helped her get where she […]

Christine Nakahara: Studying, Interning, and Multiculturalism in Moscow

Christine Nakahara studied Russian and Business at Moscow State University (MGU) and even found herself a job at a law firm in Moscow. SRAS: We understand that your first love was classical music. How did that translate into a love for Russian? Christine: I’d been seriously playing the piano & violin since I was a toddler. I learned to have […]

Brian Horne: Studying, Researching, and Funding

Brian Horne is pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in anthropology. He studied at MGU on SRAS’s direct enrollment language study option. He also used this affiliation with MGU to access archives within Russia to perform dissertation research. SRAS: We have heard that your interest in Russia was “accidental.” How did this come about? […]

Mark Lanning: Studying, Interning, and Funding

Mark Lanning has a resume to envy. He’s earning a Masters at Princeton in Public and International Affairs and has served internships with Colin Powell, the Carnegie Foundation, and Chevron-Texaco. To boot, he knows a handful of languages including Russian, German, and now some Chinese. He took some time to talk with us about internships […]

Seth Bridge: SRAS Graduate

Seth Bridge is a pre-law student interested in working in the field of US national security. He attended MGIMO to get a better understanding of Russia: it’s foreign policy, people, and mindset. SRAS: Tell us a bit about yourself, what you study and what first got you interested in Russia. Seth: I’m a 5th year […]

Brian Carlson: SRAS Graduate

Brian Carlson is a masters student in international relations hoping to work as a journalist in Russia. He chose MGIMO to augment his educational experience. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us: what is your background, what are your future plans? Brian: I started studying Russian during my junior year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was […]

Marshelle Machtan: SRAS Graduate

Marshelle Machtan participated in our Russia in the 21st Century in the summer of 2000. She has since gone on to earn two Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and is currently using her Russian language skills to serve a Peace Corps mission in Ukraine, a current hot-spot for world journalism as well as political […]

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