Throwback Thursday

American Councils was established in 1974, and since then we’ve been passionate about international exchange and language training. Check out the blogs below to see where we’ve been, and then visit our website at acstudyabroad.org to see where you can go with us! Speaking with Confidence – Jason learned that it’s better to speak and …

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1, 2, 3, Mariinsky!

When I was a kid, I did ballet at a ballet company in Minneapolis. I wasn’t very good (I’m perhaps the most ungraceful person you’ll ever meet) but I had a great time doing it. Thankfully, though, that didn’t mean I didn’t get a role in the early production of The Nutcracker. Perhaps it was …

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The White Nights of Saint Petersburg

From late May until late July, the residents of Russia’s northern capital, Saint Petersburg, are at last relieved from the long and dark winter of hibernation and welcome the phenomenon known as the White Nights. Due to Saint Petersburg’s location a mere seven degrees south of the Arctic circle, during these summer months the sun …

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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 …

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Further Abroad

Since the last blog post, I’ve since been even farther away from home in Russia, with my group from St. Petersburg, along with students from other cities in ACTR’s Russian program, taking a long train ride to Volgograd, in the south, formerly Stalingrad. While there are certainly similarities between Americans and Russians in terms of …

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Minutes Pass, Hours Run, Days Fly

I heard an expression here once that roughly translates to, “Minutes pass, hours run, and the days fly by.”  I understand what this means more than ever, now that it’s already December and study abroad is drawing to a close.  I honestly don’t really know how to feel right now – where did the time …

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Finding the “свой” in the “чужой”.

I think one thing that's important to remember (which I completely forgot about in the beginning, shame on me) is to hang out with yourself. Take some time alone away from your friends, your group, etc. and enjoy your own company. Study abroad is not only a great time to learn about a new language …

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