Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Claire Kalikman

Claire Kalikman reflects on the challenges and rewards of daily life while living abroad on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. Studying abroad in Russia is not always easy. Seemingly arbitrary websites and programs are blocked by Russian networks, washing machines are a …

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Playing Baseball in Russia

This is my second time in Russia. My first experience here was most focused in the classroom: my time was divided between classes and homework and the rigorous schedule and harsh winter kept me inside for most of the semester. However, I knew that this summer I wanted to experience everything that I could outside …

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Stereotypes are Meant to be Broken

When people heard that I was going to Russia, most had something to say about it. Stereotypes are thrown around like fishing nets, they trap anyone who hears them and unless you go experience it for yourself, you don’t have anything else to believe. My observations are based off my experience in Moscow, which doesn’t …

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Tradition and History in Russia

After almost two months in-country, my host mom has decided that I am a normal person. Imagine that! Me, normal? I, who come from an unimaginably large family (by current European standards), am studying Russian and Mathematics with a passion, am seriously considering flying to Mars as a career, doing “men's work” without blinking unless …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Jillian Vice

Jillian Vice reflects on learning the language and history of Russia through her host family while on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. My name is Jillian Vice, and I spent the spring of 2019 studying abroad in Moscow. This was an adventure …

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Improving My Russian in Moscow

With less than three weeks left in Russia I am so glad for the experiences I've had. One of the most recent excursions was to a city near Moscow called Tula. The city has many beautiful things to offer. I saw the Kremlin, Tolstoy's estate, tried pryaniki (пряники), and saw lots of couples taking wedding photos. Tolstoy's estate was …

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Living in a Dorm in Russia

Living in a dormitory with Russian students is a fascinating experience. As with many other situations in Russia you are surrounded by busy and enterprising people with stern, serious expressions on their faces. With all the people hurriedly bustling about to and from class or off to a night out, it is easy in such …

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Kazan: Third Capital of Russia

Out of all the excursions I’ve taken thus far in Russia, my trip to the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan was the absolute highlight. Situated on the Volga and Kazanka rivers about 700 kilometers east of Moscow, Kazan was once the capital of the Kazan Khanate and a major threat to the nascent …

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