Sergei Grigoriev: Russia-US Business Council

Sergei Aleksandrovich Grigoriev graduated from Moscow State University in 1979. Since that time, he’s been the assistant Head of Mikhail Gorbachev’s press service, a consultant and commentator for ABC news, a lecturer at Harvard University, and most...

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...

English First: Teacher’s Review in Moscow

Teaching is truly one of the most difficult jobs one can attempt. Firstly, organizational and time management skills are a must. Work does not stop once class is over; it is the teacher’s responsibility to...

Learning and Culture Shock in St. Petersburg

Studying Outside the Box: A brief guide to culture shock and the meaning of learning and “fluency.” I use my thumbnail to scratch a viewing patch out of the ice that has accumulated on the...

Paul E. Richardson: Russian Information Services

Paul Richardson is president and founder of Russian Information Services (RIS), a leading publisher of English language publications on Russia including books, maps, and Russian Life magazine.  RIS was also publisher of Russia Survival Guide:...

Jean-Marc Roumayat: SRAS Graduate, Rostov

Jean-Marc was a non-traditional student who took advantage of SRAS’s program flexibility to organize a short stay in Rostov. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us, Jean-Marc. Jean-Marc: I’m a 35-year-old French civil servant. I’ve been studying...

Becky Bavinger: Doctors of the World, St. Petersburg

Becky Bavinger is a senior at Georgetown University with a strong interest in volunteerism.  This summer she took classes at SPGU and held an internship with Doctors of the World. SRAS:  Becky, it’s great to...

Sandra Evans: EUSP Graduate

Since earning an MA from EUSP, Sandra Evans has worked on and for various academic projects. SRAS: You completed the IMARS Masters program at EUSP. When did you first become interested in Russian studies? Sandra:...

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...

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...

Morgyn Chandler: SRAS Graduate

Morgyn Chandler is a Russian studies convert from Canada who recently studied in St. Petersburg. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us; what is your background and what are your future plans? Morgyn: Currently I am in...

Amy Brady: SRAS Graduate

Amy Brady hopes to work as an interpreter someday. She is a graduate student who will soon be studying at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. SRAS: Tell us a bit about yourself, Amy. Amy:...

Jean-Marc Roumayat: SRAS Graduate, Irkutsk

Jean-Marc was a non-traditional student who took advantage of SRAS’s program flexibility to organize a short stay in Irkutsk. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us, Jean-Marc. Jean-Marc: I’m a 35-year-old French civil servant. I’ve been studying...

Bernie Sucher: Capital Markets and Investment

Bernard Sucher has been part of Russia’s capital markets since their beginning. As the leader of Alfa Bank’s client portfolio management business, he takes on the challenge of helping build a savings industry central both...

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...

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...

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...

Monica Belz: SRAS Graduate

Monica Belz attended Saint Petersburg University with SRAS in the summer of 2003. She had, we believe we can safely say, the quintessential Russian experience while there: living with a host family, traveling by train,...

Steven Brown: Solntse Mexico in Moscow

The Soviets liked to do things big, as the massive industrial parks sprawling in the outskirts of Moscow will attest. These parks are as big as some towns, are often enclosed by walls, and circumvented...

J. Quinn Martin: Editor-in-Chief, Passport Magazine

J. Quinn Martin is editor-in-chief of Passport Magazine. He graduated from Macalester College in 2002 with degrees in International Studies, Russian Language and Literature, and in Russian, Central and Eastern European studies. Upon graduation, Quinn...

Holly McMurtry: SRAS Graduate

Holly McMurtry was a bit of a pioneer for SRAS: she was the first SRAS student to attend our Nizhny Novgorod program. That was in 2001. Since then, she has written a master’s thesis in...

Underground Theater in St. Petersburg

As I attended my 20th class at St. Petersburg State University, an old woman waltzed into the room speaking rapid-fire Russian, waving theater tickets and emphasizing the words Fyodor Dostoevsky with much grandeur. My curiosity...

Robert Aronson: Miramed Program Director

Robert Aronson came to Russia for a greater good: he wanted to help a people and a country he has faith in. He had a 25-year history working with nonprofits and left a position as...

John Rose: Rose Creative Strategies

John Rose was one of the first advertisers to see promise in the newly open Soviet market, ca. 1989. Even after landing such major clients as Kodak, Coca-Cola, and Sony, many of his colleagues still...