Holidays in Russia: Histories and Official Days Off for 2018

Russia’s long and eclectic history has created a calendar filled with diverse holidays. Some are federal holidays, marked with national celebrations and mandated days off. Others are of lesser importance, marked in private, in passing,...

Teaching English in Russia: The Complete Guide

Note that The School of Russian and Asian Studies does not hire English teachers. However, many of our students, past and present, have inquired into the logistics of teaching while abroad, while as students or...

Suliko – Georigan in St. Petersburg

Suliko Restaurant / Ресторан “Сулико” Казанская 6 Daily 10:00-24:00 Meals from 500 rubles Sulikospb.ru If there’s one non-Russian national cuisine that you should sample while in Russia, it is Georgian. Even Pushkin, who claimed that...

Remembrance of WWII in St. Petersburg

Throughout my program in Russia these past few months, the toll of the Second World War, has often been present and palpable. During World War II and the Great Fatherland War, the name Russians give...

WAVE Burgers in St. Petersburg

WAVE Burgers Apraksin Lane, 3 11AM-11PM Daily Meals from 900 rubles With a few months in St. Petersburg now under my belt, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to try new local and regional food....

Preparing for and Coping with Culture Shock

Some of our students report not feeling culture shock at all. Some are surprised by how much culture shock they experience. Often, those most affected by culture shock are those who did not expect to...

Work in and Concerning Russia

A Guide to Working as a Student and Getting a Job as a Graduate What are you going to do with that degree? We’ve designed this page to help you answer that question. Finding work abroad...

Volunteer Opportunities in Russia

Due to frequent student requests for such information, we have provided the following list of charities in Russia that generally accept volunteers and/or donations. Expenses, Legalities, and Logistics: Interested students should contact these organizations directly....

Russian Greetings Through the Ages

The following information originally appeared as part of a larger article on Russkaya Semyorka, a Russian-language history and culture site. The information has been translated and adapted here by SRAS. According to one legend, the...

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with...

Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg

Mikhailovsky Theater Sleeping Beauty/Спящая красавица The Nutcracker/Шелкунчик Mikhailovsky.ru tickets starting at about 750 ru for each show Arts Square in St, Petersburg is the location of the Russian Arts Museum, the Grand Hall of the...

XVI International Winter Festival in St. Petersburg

XVI International Winter Festival December 13-25, 2015 Arts Square Yuri Temirkanov (Artistic Director of the Festival) Philharmonia.spb.ru The International Winter Festival is an annual musical festival that takes place in December at Arts Square. This...

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov (director)  St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev (director) Philharmonia.spb.ru Growing up listening to symphonic works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Wagner and being involved with orchestra...

Pin-up Exhibition at Art Center in St. Petersburg

Art Center Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4 Tickets from 150 rubles Strolling around the second story of the Art Center space on Dumskaya, posters and calendars showcase nearly a century’s worth of art. Many know of pin-ups,...

Russian Symphonies in St. Petersburg

The Symphony Orchestra of the State Primorsky Theater Of Opera and Ballet Yekaterina Mechetina (piano) Anton Lubchenko (conductor)  Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky.ru The Russia School of Classical Music has greatly contributed to the genre...

Peterland Aquapark in St. Petersburg

Peterland Aquapark (Питерлэнд Аквапарк) Приморский пр., 72 From 1000 rubles At times, life in St. Petersburg can get a bit mundane. Even with the world-class ballet and numerous museums to attend to, everyday routines can...

The Oprichnik in St. Petersburg

The Oprichnik/ Опричник Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky Opera Theater, Ballet, and Academy of Young Opera Singers Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru I am so excited about studying in St. Petersburg because I get the chance...

Dead Souls in St. Petersburg

Dead Souls/ Мёртвые души Mariinsky II Mariinsky Opera Theater Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Ever since I saw Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, I have become a huge fan of 20th century opera. Some of my favorite...

All Prokofiev Concert in St. Petersburg

The Mariinsky Orchestra Denis Matsuev (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Matsuev.com Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one the greatest Russian composers who lived during the Soviet Era. Prokofiev composed for many genres (symphonies, operas, ballets) and...

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg ул. Профессора Попова 2, (Petrogradskaya Metro) Open 10am – 6pm; Last admission is at 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Fridays Tickets start at 40 rubles (see below for details) Botsad-spb.com Whether...

National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg

National Library of Russia Multiple Locations and Hours in St. Petersburg See below for details NLR.ru How to sign up Library cards can be attained at the Registration Desks either on the ground floor of...

The Art of Daily Practice and Conversations

It’s a little bit surprising to look at the calendar and think that half of my first semester in Vladivostok is already gone. Seven weeks seem to have effortlessly drifted by in strict contention with...

Prince Igor in St. Petersburg

Prince Igor/ Князь Игорь Mariinsky Opera, Chorus, and Ballet Pavel Smelkov (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Opera is one of the most remarkable art forms that have been created in cultural history. Opera combines all the elements of...

‘Beatnik Market’: Russian Beat in St. Petersburg

Универмаг «Битник» Итальянская улица 17 find them on Facebook Interested in some retro fashion or events while in Piter?  Between Nevsky and the Russian Museum, the Beatnik project boasts a bar and a gallery/event space. ...

All About Anticafes in St. Petersburg

Anticafes in St. Petersburg Hang out and meet locals Multiple Locations in St. Petersburg Russian: антикафе. Also called a free space (свободное пространство), time-club (тайм-клуб), or time-cafe (тайм-кафе) Anti-cafes are “free spaces” for you to...

Watching Russian Hockey in Saint Pertersburg

SKA Saint Petersburg Hockey Team SKA.ru Along with music, sports are a huge part of my life. I’ve swam and dived and, in high school, was the team manager of our Varsity Women’s Basketball team....

Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg

Concert Hall/ Концертный зал Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra Lucas Debargue (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/ There is nothing I love more than playing in a symphony orchestra. I have performed with an orchestra on the...

Remembering Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg

Day of Russian Music in Saint Petersburg Art Square; Free Admission The St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra Director: S. Kochanovsky The music of Petr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has been very impactful on me since I...