The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) provides a unique array of study abroad and educational opportunities in Russia and Eurasia. SRAS has worked within the Russian educational system and closely with institutions for several years to identify programs of interest and value to international students.
The often-exclusive curricula at SRAS are designed with Western credit transfer requirements in mind. Partner institutions administer the programs, providing classrooms and teachers. SRAS provides those services that international students need but these institutions can’t or historically haven’t provided. These now include local orientation, insurance, visa support, 24-hour in-country support, preparing documentation for credit transfer, cultural programs, travel options, and arranging internships, among others.
SRAS focuses on effectively encouraging the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. This vast stretch of the globe is resource rich, politically strategic, and poorly understood in the West. SRAS believes that encouraging a better understanding among the next generation of diplomats, business persons, UN and NGO employees, academics, and voters is of vital interest to us at home and in the global interest.
SRAS offers a wide range of programs on many topics, organized and hosted at universities and schools in various Russian and Eurasian cities, including Moscow, Kiev, Bishkek, Vladivostok, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk. There are also numerous opportunities for travel and excursions throughout Russia and Eurasia. SRAS offers programs in partnership with some of Eurasia’s best educational institutions, including the following:
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU)
MGU is Russia's top ranked university. The massive Stalinist silhouette of its main building (the dorm) is beloved by Muscovites as a symbol of their city. Students from all over the world come here to study among the more than 30,000 Russian students who are also enrolled. This surrounds you with modern Russian youth while also allowing you to form support groups of people from English-speaking countries. MGU is for those who like to be in the center of action in a busy metropolis and are willing to make the effort to seek out Russian friends for language practice and cultural immersion.
St. Petersburg State University (SPGU)
St. Petersburg is Russia's cultural capital. For students interested in the arts or literature, studying at SPGU is an easy choice. You’ll be surrounded by beauty and culture: canals that weave through the city’s impressive mix of architectural styles, the largest art collection in the world at the Hermitage, respected conservatories and theatres, the settings and inspiration for countless Russian literary classics, and some of the most cutting-edge music clubs in Europe.
The London School in Bishkek (LSB)
Students wishing to combine serious language, history, and cultural studies with crafts lessons, village home stays, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming are especially drawn to The London School. Located in the politically turbulent capital of one of the United States' strongest allies in the strategically invaluable region of Central Asia, future diplomats and state department workers also frequent its programs. The London School is a private language school operating since 1998 and has also served clients such as the UNDP, the US Embassy, and USAID projects.
Irkustsk State Linguistic University (ISLU)
Irkutsk offers a mix of what draws students to other locations: an immersion experience but with select courses offered in English; plus, an outdoor adventure and a thriving intellectual cultural scene. Probably the biggest draw to this area is nearby Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake that hosts a highly unique ecosystem. However, students attending programs in Irkutsk are diverse in their interests: intensive Russian studies, ecology, Russian/Chinese relations, and Siberian history are just some of the programs to experience in this well-rounded city.
Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES)
With the massive distance separating it from the Russian capital, Vladivostok has always had something of an independent and free-spirited streak. Modern alternative culture thrives here. Vladivostok is also an international trading hub Japan, China, and Korea. Students often take the ferry to Japan or a train to China after their program. VSUES is one of Russia's most progressive universities, offering comfortable facilities, a generally friendly staff, and the opportunity to request a Russian or foreign roommate.
Kiev is the capital and geographic center of Ukraine, a land that has historically had to balance relations between Russia and the West. Kiev is a political, economic, and cultural hub, but one that, in contrast to the Russian capital, feels quieter and more open in both its layout and in the attitudes of its people. In this green city rich with history, broad boulevards, and a diverse mix of people, NOVAMOVA offers lessons in Ukrainian and Russian language and culture, taught by young Ukrainians in new and well-equipped facilities.
Fields of Study:
Ensure you meet all the requirements for this exchange, listed below, before starting an application.
Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Central Asian Studies
The Russian Far East
Russian Folklore Expedition
Politics and International Relations
Acting in Russia
Art & Museums in Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies
Eurasian Culinary Studies
And many more!
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• Sophomore Standing
• 16 Stetson credits completed at time of application
• Russian 201 completed at time of departure
• 2.5 cumulative Stetson University GPA at time of application and departure
• 3.0 Stetson Russian GPA at time of application and departure
• Good academic, judicial, and financial standing at time of application and departure
• All students are expected to enroll in the equivalent of 12 credits while abroad
The Stetson Exchange program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs.
Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.
Students are responsible for the cost of their own transportation to the site, including visas and ground transportation if required.
Specific arrival and depature dates will be shared with students admitted to the program.
Academic Calendar must be obtained through program desired, Student please be aware that each program has its own indiviualized Academic Calendar.
Website for desired programs: www.sras.org/programs
Estimated Program Costs - Actual numbers may vary slightly depending on which SRAS program you choose.
For a list of SRAS program options, please visit their website.
Total Paid to SRAS for housing: $1000
$2200 - $3000 for meals
$500 - $800 for personal expenses (local transportation, internet/cell phone, laundry, etc)
Students should also budget for their flight and visa
Total paid to SRAS for housing: $1000
$1800 - $2700 for meals
$400 - $700 for personal expenses (local transportation, internet/cell phone, laundry, etc)
Students should also budget for their flight and visa
SRAS Program Descriptions
For Students: Frequently Asked Questions
Please note: Airfare, transportation, as well as students' visas, and other documentation required by the study-abroad country is the financial responsibility of the student.
Food, housing, excursions, local transportation and any other other personal costs are the responsibility of the student and not included in the tuition fee paid to SU.
While SU and the foreign institution may produce documents required for students to secure a visa; the processes, cost and responsibility of securing a visa are the student's alone.
SU cannot secure visas for students per the requirements of consulates.
We encourage students and their families to begin researching the visa process, and requirements, at the point of application.