Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient Reid Harrison discusses his experiences leading up to and during his participation on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow. When I began learning Russian during my first semester of college, I was unsure of whether I would continue learning the language or stop after the one-semester requirement … Continue reading Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Reid Harrison
Patrick Kennelly reflects on his semester on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and how everyday is an adventure in Russia. It is near impossible to bring everything you are going to need when leaving for another country, and in the first few days … Continue reading Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Patrick Kennelly
"People are going to stand a lot closer to you than you're used to." It's not just Russia. Most countries outside of the United States, and some cities inside of it, lack the concept of 'personal space' as formulated by most Americans—for both cultural and, as I see it, purely logistical reasons (I can't imagine … Continue reading Close Encounters of the Russian Kind
We’re all acculturated with certain ideas about politeness. Early on our families, friends, teachers, and society at large all influence us and tell us very specifically how we may or may not interact with others. Before coming to Russia I hadn’t realized how often Americans excuse themselves and apologize relative to people of other nationalities. … Continue reading Excuse Me Please—Thank You!
This question has been tormenting me for the last 3 weeks in Moscow. It seems that there is a flower shop around every corner I round, whether this be in the center, right off Red Square, or on some quiet, residential street on the edge of the city. The frequency of the flower shops was … Continue reading Why Are The Flowers Shops Open All Day?
This summer abroad program is my second study abroad experience in Russia (the first being in Petersburg), and my first extended stay in Moscow. On one hand, I feel quite adept in certain areas of language, day-to-day activities, and engaging in Russian culture thanks to my previous experience. On the other, as my continually increasing … Continue reading Workplace Dynamics
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
At the time of writing, I have lived outside the United States for about 13 months non-consecutively. With every month that passes, I feel less and less as if I am living in a foreign country. Logically, I know that I am a foreigner here in the Russian Federation, studying Russian at a university in … Continue reading The Decline of Homesickness
Those lucky enough to embark on a semester of study with American Councils in Moscow are faced with a tragic dilemma: there will be never enough time to experience all the city has to offer in that short time. Even now, near the end of the summer, there are countless things that I have missed. … Continue reading Exploring the Greater Moscow Oblast
I chose to live with a host family during my stay in Moscow and upon my arrival, still had no idea about the composition of my host family, their interests, language skills, etc. Olga Dmitreevna, my host mother, doesn’t speak any other languages besides Russian, and I speak only poor Russian so it’s been a … Continue reading What My Russian Grandmother Taught ME