Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eva Kuras

Eva Kuras reflects on the beating the summer heat while living abroad on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. The first week was the hardest. The heat was intense: dry but still sweltering. I worried that my jean skirt was too short, although it almost hit …

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Exploring the Outdoors in Tajikistan

With most of the country covered in mountainous terrain, Tajikistan is a heaven for anyone who enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Within a few hours’ driving distance from the capital Dushanbe, there are numerous excellent locations for trekking, especially in the Zerafshan Valley and in the Fan Mountains. Further away, the Pamir Mountains offer far-removed …

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What can I say about my first overseas experience?

Before coming to Tajikistan, I was over-the-moon excited about seeing a country whose people spoke a dialect of Persian and cherished the same premodern literary tradition as my father's people, the Iranians. The high status of poetry in Persianate (Google it) culture is well-known and widely attested to, so I couldn't wait to enter a …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: William Thornberry

William Thornberry reflects on his academic and cultural experience during the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. When I look back at my nine months in Tajikistan, I think most about the great people I met. From my warm host family to gifted teachers, I found that …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker reflects on his travels around Tajikistan while on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. One of the greatest benefits to learning a foreign language is that you gain the ability to travel and converse with people who you could not before. Entire portions of …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Milovan Dakic

Milovan Dakic reflects on his language acquisition experience during the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad recipient With an ever-changing political climate that seems to constantly be heading in a downwards slope of instability and potential danger, the United States is becoming more than ever required to think multiple …

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My First Three Weeks in Tajikistan

Coming to Tajikistan has been the most incredible experience. I first started studying Persian when I was in 10th grade with summer classes and I’ve continued over the years with classes here and there, wherever I could get them and with limited resources available to me, and not once did I ever think I’d travel …

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