2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Be There with American Councils

Eight years ago, Russia was selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I was a junior in high school, I did not know what the Cyrillic alphabet was, and I had zero interest in soccer. I’m now in Saint Petersburg at this historical moment for modern Russia, occupying my days with its language and … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Be There with American Councils

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A Different Kind Of Cold

"Its winter, of course it will be cold", this is what I told myself before returning for the spring semester in Vladimir, Russia. I've been many places at various times of year from the northern United States and Canada, throughout the valleys in the Midwest and the mountain regions. I've been through the highlands of … Continue reading A Different Kind Of Cold

8 Russian Dairy Products You’re Going to Want to Make Friends With

Come to land where milk products are more plentiful than the snow and just as beautiful! Ryazkenka, or fermented baked milk, is not only very good for you but is also the cheapest thing on the McDonald's menu here. It is made by baking a jug of milk for 8 hours until it becomes thick, … Continue reading 8 Russian Dairy Products You’re Going to Want to Make Friends With

The Russian Classroom

The following blog post is from Abigail Greene, a Fulbright-Hays fellow from the Fall 2017 Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies cohort. For more information about the Fulbright-Hays fellowship, please visit our website. In my Russian classes we often talked about the differences between American and Russian classrooms and views on education. Adjusting to the … Continue reading The Russian Classroom

Good Eats in Saint Petersburg

I’ve noticed a lot of American chain restaurants around Saint Petersburg, Russia, especially in the center of the city.  I haven’t stepped foot in any of them, though.  Why would I, when the traditional food here is nothing short of delicious?  Everything I’ve eaten has been so tasty that I’m not sure if my host … Continue reading Good Eats in Saint Petersburg

Arrival in Russia with Miscellaneous Thoughts on Language and Sleep Deprivation

Arriving in Moscow three weeks ago wasn’t quite what I expected.  That’s not to say that I had high expectations about what it would be like, but to come with a dazed, jet lag induced, stupor and headache was not something that I considered for any extended period.  Thus, any excitement, which I might have … Continue reading Arrival in Russia with Miscellaneous Thoughts on Language and Sleep Deprivation

The Stumbling Blocks of Returning to My Second Home

Oh my, oh my, I cannot even begin to express the joy I have felt being back in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. I am currently in my second year of graduate school and am pursuing a Master’s degree in Russian Studies and I am fortunate enough to say that this is not my first time … Continue reading The Stumbling Blocks of Returning to My Second Home

The International Disney Channel

As an international relations major, I hear a lot about globalization. But prior to my first trip out of the US to Russia, I don’t think I realized just how personal and far-reaching global culture could truly be. My first somewhat humorous encounter with globalization in Russia (other than the obvious Western brands present throughout … Continue reading The International Disney Channel

Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Reid Harrison

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