"Irkutsk: Sectret of Siberia" with Lida
Welcome to Russia! Добро пожаловать в Россию! You have been invited here in preparation for a virtual visit to Irkutsk. You’ll be joining SRAS Peer Tutor, Lida. SRAS is excited to bring you to Russia virtually and we hope one day we’ll see you here in person. Very nice to meet you! Очень рады познакомиться!
Let’s start by letting Lida introduce herself:
So how does this work? Your instructor will let you know when the experience will take place and how to access it. At the designated time, log in and imagine yourself in Russia! We have pre-recorded some video segments to give you a “feel” for Russian Siberia’s atmosphere. Lida will be with you live from Irkutsk to share more information and answer your questions. During the live session, please interact and ask lots of questions.
See you soon! Скоро увидимся!
Cлова для тебя! Words for you!
- защита окружающей среды – environmental protection
- юрта – yurt
Что мы увидим? What will we see?
There is so much to see in and around St. Petersburg, but we only have a short time. The plan is to show and tell you about:
- Irkutsk and its landmarks
- Decembrists Museum in Irkutsk
- Ulan-Ude city and its landmarks
- Ethnographical Complex
- Buddhists Datzans
Don’t hesitate to ask if you are curious about something you see. This is an opportunity not just to see the place, but get a sense of the people there. We’re looking forward to seeing you – до встречи!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!