Jess Rivet: Canadian Goalie in Russia

Interview by  Lisa Horner, Program Consultant, Institutional Relations. Jess Rivet was a powerhouse during her full year (2009-2010) of Russian as a Second Language (RSL) through The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS). She was always out doing...

Mark Lowry: How Russian Children Learn Russian

Mark Lowry completed his undergraduate senior research projects for Stetson University in Russia with the assistance of The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) during the summer of 2009. Contact SRAS for more information on how...

Tabitha Smith: Practical Pulsars

Tabitha Smith completed a customized Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) during the summer of 2009. The program combined a month of RSL in St. Petersburg, Russia,...

Julia Vail: Reporting on Russia

Julia Vail studied with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) under the Russian as a Profession program (now part of the Russian Studies Abroad program), combining language and subject study with a hands-on internship in Moscow....

The Cold War Bunker

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. She hopes to...

Faith Seim: The Drama of Russia

Faith Seim, after studying at for an academic year (1999-2000) at Moscow State University with SRAS, applied to and was accepted to study film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She eventually went on to...

Notes From the Field: Life in a Reindeer Collective

I first became aware of the Evenki reindeer-herding nomads of the Siberian Far East as an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. Fascinated by the idea of an entire culture based on fur...

Terah Yaroch: Qualified for United Nations Employment

Terah Yaroch participated in The School of Russian and Asian Studies’ RSL program in Irkutsk over the summer of 2006. With this international experience, and an ambitious BA from the University of South Dakota which included a double major in International...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...