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The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) is a team of consultants and advisers dedicated to education and educational opportunities offered by Russia and Eurasia. Our team has studied within the Russian educational system and worked closely with institutions for many years to identify and develop programs of interest and value to international students.
In 1990, we began working with Moscow State University to further develop and promote several of their study abroad programs. We expanded soon after, developing and promoting programs across Eurasia that maximize what the institution and location can offer students of a wide range of subjects.
Our often-exclusive curriculums are designed with Western credit transfer requirements in mind. Our partner institutions administer the programs, providing classrooms and teachers. SRAS provides those services that international students need but these institutions can’t or historically haven’t provided. These now include local orientation, insurance, visa support, 24-hour in-country support, preparing documentation for credit transfer, cultural programs, travel options, and arranging internships – to name a few.
We consolidated our efforts into what is now known as SRAS in 1996, forming a US-based organization and an extensive website to facilitate a range of not-for-profit activities. These now include free online study resources (such as The Library), online language resources (such as our Mini-Lesson series), a newsletter, a student blogging site, a journal devoted to student research, and grants – to name a few.
SRAS is proud to be one of a growing number of small businesses world-wide that are driven not by profit, but ideology. We are focused on effectively encouraging the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. This vast stretch of the globe is resource rich, politically strategic, and poorly understood in the West. We believe that encouraging a better understanding among the next generation of diplomats, business persons, UN and NGO employees, academics, and voters is of vital interest to us at home and in the global interest.
In its long-term growth plans, SRAS will continue to expand its services related to programs and in supporting research. Innovative new programs will continue to be developed inside and outside Russia in important fields such as regional, ethnic, and security studies. We also continue to develop our series of shorter study abroad experiences aimed at students, educators and enthusiasts.