Family Of Sites
The SRAS Family of Sites consists of several websites, each created by SRAS, written primarily by students, and designed to complement SRAS study abroad programs.
Students on our Home and Abroad or Challenge Grant programs work alongside our editors to develop content for these sites. Students pursue and research their interests and consider what they are seeing from multiple angles. They build a writing portfolio that demonstrates skills, knowledge, and experience to potential employers or graduate programs.
We created the SRAS Family of Sites to provide a wide-ranging and informed look at the politics, arts, cultures, languages, histories, pop cultures, economies, and identities of the diverse Eurasian landmass. We hope that the sites will excite students to study these subjects further and encourage a deeper understanding of Eurasia among Americans.
GeoHistory is our platform for discussing history and current events within the context of geography, economics, and public opinion. We present geohistories, student-driven analysis, profiles of major names currently in the news, and important political texts in side-by-side translation.
PopKult covers the popular cultures of Eurasia, providing short introductions to popular singers, movies, TV shows, cartoons, and even traditional foods that have been locally commercialized into mass production and availability.
Museum Studies Abroad explores the museums, high culture, and public spaces of Eurasia and the roles they play in Eurasian societies. We also present profiles of major modern writers and artists are also presented – with a focus on important figures of the last 100 years.
Students Abroad covers study, travel, volunteering, and working abroad. Written largely for students, by students, this site includes general city and travel guides as well as reviews of specific activities and excursions and thoughts on experiences such as culture shock, being a minority abroad, and more.
Folkways looks at the deep roots of defining elements of modern cultures. The major foci of this site are food and language, but we also cover folklore, national holidays, traditional clothing and dance, and more.
The sites above are supported by two publications founded and run by SRAS:
The SRAS Family of Sites Newsletter is issued generally on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It highlights some of the best material from the family of sites as well as news about SRAS programs, study abroad funding, and more.
The SRAS Study Abroad Office Newsletter is an occasional publication (once per semester or more frequently) focusing on programs, funding, travel concerns, archive updates, and other topics of interest to educators, advisors, and researchers.
Vestnik was launched by SRAS in 2004 as one of the world’s first online academic journals focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.
I’ve studied in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg with SRAS, but [Bishkek] is, by far, my favorite because of the intense focus on speaking skills. I spend about three hours, 4 times a week speaking one-on-one. It’s such a unique opportunity! The people are also especially friendly here. My homestay is fantastic, the coordinator is a never-ending wealth of help, and the food of Central Asia is delicious.
I wanted to find a program that combined my love of Russia and my passion for environmental studies. Because of my interest in environmental issues, Lake Baikal had always been a site of interest to me. Studying abroad in Siberia gives you the opportunity to see a completely different side of Russia and the Russian people. Just think, few people at home even know that Siberia is anything but a wintery tundra!
At a time in my life when I was at a crossroads regarding where my career might take me, this course showed me a path that truly inspired me, and I haven’t looked back since.
My semester back home so far has been incredibly influenced by my semester abroad with SRAS and I find myself talking about it almost daily. Since many of my classes touch on the region (Europe after Socialism, Central Asian Politics), I’m able to add comments and insights unavailable to me before. My contributions to our Russian club have also been greatly enriched. Thank you for everything you did to facilitate this experience and going out of your way to ensure our success.
The program here is wonderful. All of my teachers have been extremely helpful and I have made friends both here in the dorms and with others who live in the city and find that I often have many opportunities to practice Russian outside of the classroom. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely, especially my listening and speaking.
I spent Fall and Spring with your program in St. Petersburg and it was truly the highlight and culmination of my University experience and just a banner year! I can’t thank you enough for or gush enough about your program. I recommend it to just about everyone I talk to, whether or not they’re interested in learning Russian.