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SRAS organizes individual and custom, faculty-led programs in a range of locations. Many of the regions we specialize in are not well-known and difficult to access, but offer a rich history and culture along with a unique perspective. It is precisely this unfamiliarity and challenge that makes these places exciting to discover. While anything can be studied anywhere, we encourage a model that puts the destination in the center of the program design. This approach allows you to demonstrate content by taking the unique attributes of the location and weaving them into a program as case studies, site visits, and experiential learning opportunities. The result is a well-integrated, authentic learning experience.
Below are destinations where we typically work and some suggested themes that align well with each. To further enhance your program, consider multiple destinations. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, let us know, we’re happy to explore other destinations and ideas.
Russia is undeniably a fascinating and complex country in every respect. Its physical vastness matches the depth of its history and culture, as well as its impact on global society. Nearly every corner of the country offers a unique living case study, below are a few suggestions.
Europe’s largest city, this bustling metropolis is the heart of a modern new, Russia. Glass skyscrapers and outdoor spaces combine with the vibrant symbols of the past to create a constantly innovating landscape that reflects the fast-paced energy and power of the city.
Suggested topics:Politics, history, international relations, modern Russia, Russian language, religion, business, urban development, culture
- St. Petersburg
Best known for its cultural tradition and gorgeous imperial palace facades, an intriguing and creative spirit is still alive in the city today. Like the countless bridges linking it together, St. Petersburg itself connects the past to present and high culture to everyday society.
Suggested topics:fine arts, architecture, culture, imperial history, modern society, Russian language, tourism, business, music, literature, theater, museum studies, maritime industry, cultural diplomacy, entrepreneurship
Just an hour flight from Moscow, this city’s incredibly welcoming character conveys the unique confluence of cultures that thrived in the city over the past 1000 years since its founding. It is home to an equal population of Christians and Muslims and is diverse in every aspect. A modern and thriving center of sports, technology, finance and education, Kazan’s past and present are as dynamic as the mighty Volga flowing through it.
Suggested topics: history, culture, religion, technology, energy, finance, Russian language, urban development, event management, tourism, identity studies, regional history
Tucked away among the forests of Siberia, this charming city, is happy to greet those who come to experience Russia’s amazing natural surroundings and nearby Lake Baikal. Despite the quiet small-town feel, the city boasts an impressive cultural legacy, and is centerstage for important environmental debates. Irkutsk is an unassuming gateway to pleasant discoveries in every direction.
Suggested topics: environmentalism, geology, tourism, history, Russian language, regional studies, indigenous populations, religion, Siberian studies
As the last stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, this city on the ocean can give one the feeling of being on the edge of the earth. It turns out, that’s a crowded place. Among its hilly landscape and amazing oceanfront views, an international population as diverse as the surrounding natural environment makes the city buzz. This Far Eastern city, just north of Korea and Japan, also sits on the edge of possibility to become a powerhouse of economic development.
Suggested topics: Russian language, economic development, international trade, environment, urban development, Russian Far East, Russian-Asian relations
- Warsaw, Poland
Perhaps more than any other European capital, this city reflects its turbulent history. Reduced to ruins in WWII, Warsaw is now home to one of the most dynamic economies in Europe and a burgeoning cultural scene.
Suggested topics: history, Jewish studies, urban development, culture, museum studies
This mountainous country, about the size of Switzerland, is home to a great diversity of cultures and religions. It is perhaps most known in the region for its unique cuisine and wine culture.
Suggested topics: anthropology, ethnic/identity studies, culinary studies, religious studies, tourism
- Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The capital of one of Central Asia’s poorer countries, Bishkek is also a modern, dynamic, and constantly evolving city with a rich history.
Suggested topics: sustainability, environment, culture, anthropology
- Kyiv, Ukraine