SRAS programs are designed with our unique destinations at their core. Language learners will find both intensive, immersive locations and locations offering increased English-language support. Students of security studies, humanities, economic development, international relations, and many other subjects will find experiential learning and site visits integrated into a powerful, authentic learning experience.
Our destinations are not the most popular or common among study abroad students. And that’s the point. What we and our destinations have to teach you is unique. It will stand out on resumes, challenge you more, and push you further toward your goals.
Chose one or multiple destinations from those below. Interested in a similar destination that’s not listed? Contact us. Are you a faculty member interested in a bringing a group? We can help with that too. Whoever you are, if you share our passion for learning, we look forward to hearing from you!
Europe’s largest city, Moscow is a bustling metropolis and the heart of a new, modern Russia. Glass skyscrapers and green, innovative outdoor spaces combine with vibrant symbols of the past to create a constantly changing landscape that reflects its fast-paced energy and power. Students interested in diplomacy, international relations, politics, business, or culture will find Moscow especially exciting. Faculty leading custom group programs can additionally focus on religion or urban development. Common side trips taken from Moscow include St. Petersburg, Kazan, and various day trips.
Best known for its cultural tradition and gorgeous imperial palace facades, an intriguing and creative spirit is still alive in St. Petersburg today. Like the countless bridges linking it together, the city itself connects the past to present and high culture to everyday society. Students interested in museum studies, culture and cultural diplomacy, the arts, or business are encouraged to choose St. Petersburg. Faculty leading custom groups can otherwise focus on architecture, imperial history, tourism, and maritime industry. Common side trips taken from St. Petersburg include Moscow, Kazan, and Novgorod.
Tucked away in Siberia's forests, this charming city welcomes visitors to Russia’s amazing nature and nearby Lake Baikal. Despite the quiet small-town feel, Irkutsk boasts an impressive cultural legacy, and is center stage for important environmental debates. Students looking for a truly immersive language experience or interested in environmentalism, sustainability, history, or indigenous populations should strongly consider Irkutsk. Faculty leading custom groups can also focus on religion, tourism, and geology. Common side trips from Irkutsk include Ulan Ude, various locations around Baikal, or a layover in Moscow.
At the end of the long Trans-Siberian, this hilly coastal city can feel like the Earth's edge. Yet, it's also the beginning for commerce and investment flowing in from nearby Korea, Japan, and China. Russia's Pacific Fleet is also based here, making Vladivostok a stragic focal point for Russia's development. Students interested in economic development and international relations will find Vladivostok facinating. Faculty leading custom groups can also focus on international trade, environment, and urban development. Common side trips from Vladivostok include Sakhalin Island, Khaborovsk, or a layover in Moscow.
Home to an equal population of Christians and Muslims, this incredibly welcoming city has seen 1000 years of cultural confluence. Today 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. SRAS individual programs in Kazan are not currently available. Faculty leading custom groups focus on culture, religion, technology, energy, finance, urban development, tourism, and/or identity studies. Common side trips from Kazan include Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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 booming modern culture. Students in Warsaw focus on security studies, diversity, policy studies, and history. Faculty leading custom groups can additionally focus on Jewish studies, urban development, culture, and/or museum studies. Common side trips from Warsaw include Krakow and Berlin.
Georgia (Multiple Locations)
This mountainous country, about the size of Switzerland, is home to a great diversity of cultures and religions. It is perhaps most known, however, for its unique cuisine and wine culture. SRAS individual programs in Georgia are currently unavailable (however, our course Policy and Conflict, based in Kyiv, includes travel to this destination). Faculty leading custom groups can focus on food culture, identity studies, human geography, anthropology, sustainable tourism, and/org religious studies. Ukraine and Armenia are easily accessible from Georgia and travel between the countries common.
Although the capital of one of Central Asia's poorest countries, Bishkek is also a modern, dynamic, and constantly evolving city with a rich history. One of the world's oldest nomadic civilizations, nomadic traditions remain strong here. Students in Bishkek study anthropology, languages, and Central Asian studies. Faculty leading custom groups can also focus on sustainable development, identity, and environment. Centrally situated in Central Asia, Bishkek also allows affordable travel to such diverse locations as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and/or Turkmenistan.
Ukraine is one of the world's best known geopolitical hotspots right now. In addition to its conflict with Russia, Ukraine is also working through complex economic, demographic, and political issues that are deep-rooted in its history. Students in Ukraine study policy and conflict studies, languages, and history. Faculty leading custom programs can additionaly focus on security studies, demographics, and religion. Affordable travel can be made to nearby Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia.