Research Support Systems

When I arrived in Moscow this May, it was like returning home again. I had lived in Moscow three times previously – the summers of 2011 and 2014 for language training and the 2015-2016 academic year for dissertation research. If my first two trips were when I fell in love with Moscow and studying all … Continue reading Research Support Systems


Study Abroad: Prepare Yourself

Study abroad. To some, this term elicits wondrous fantasies of far away lands where all of the people welcome you with open arms and mounds of food. To some, it is a vacation; a chance to party in new places, drink new beers, and meet new people. To others, and often those about to embark … Continue reading Study Abroad: Prepare Yourself

I Get By With A Little Help From My Host Mom

I have been blessed over these past few months with a wonderful host family experience. My host mom, Natasha, is not only great at keeping me fed and safe, but she has shown me kindness and friendship in ways that I would have never expected from her. Before I left for Russia, my professor in … Continue reading I Get By With A Little Help From My Host Mom

How to Make the Most of your Time in St. Petersburg: 8 Recommendations

1. Explore the neighborhood you live in and don’t only stay on Nevsky Prospect. While there are many incredible things to see along Nevsky Prospect, the main drag, staying off Nevsky will allow you to see other attractions without the crowds of foreign and domestic tourists as well as helping to improve your Russian, as … Continue reading How to Make the Most of your Time in St. Petersburg: 8 Recommendations

7 Lessons in 7 Days: My First Week in Russia

DAY 1: Finally, I’m in St. Petersburg -- the moment I’ve been waiting for! After how many years, I am finally here. However, it’s hard to know what to think after being in a plane for 15 hours. It’s hard to know how to take in all the Cyrillic alphabet that surrounds me as I … Continue reading 7 Lessons in 7 Days: My First Week in Russia

Never Underestimate the Power of a Babushka

Every Thursday afternoon, at Russian-American club, the Russian and American students in attendance are given a topic and have to come up with a list of responses that are then discussed with the group. This past week, we were given the topic: "How to Make Friends (in Russia and America)". The Russian students recommended very … Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of a Babushka

Depends on the Day

Since I arrived in Moscow just over a month ago my friends and family have asked me what I think about Russia. It is a simple question, but one that I find nearly impossible to answer. I typically move past the question quickly in emails with general answers about how well my host mother cooks, … Continue reading Depends on the Day

Tajikistan? Where’s That?

Tajikistan? Where’s that? What are you doing there? Why do you want to go there? Is it dangerous? Be careful! In the weeks leading up to the beginning of the Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP), I was frequently asked these questions by just about anyone I mentioned it to. Admittedly, even though I had traveled … Continue reading Tajikistan? Where’s That?

Weekend in Moscow

I’ve returned from Moscow, safe and sound! It was my first taste of travel, and I have to say, I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to travel again. Hands down one of the best weekends of my life—not THE best, but it’s definitely up there. Thursday was a busy day. I intended to … Continue reading Weekend in Moscow

10 Things to be Sure to do in Moscow

As we reach the two-weeks-left stage, it seems appropriate to share some comments and advice on what to be sure to do in Moscow for those who are coming on the program in future semesters. Especially if you are coming for the summer program, it is important to make time to go do/see what interests … Continue reading 10 Things to be Sure to do in Moscow