Program Details

Russian Language Study: students receive eight academic hours per week of individual or small-group (2-3 students) language instruction designed to meet ACTFL guidelines. At the end of the semester, the TORFL exam can be taken at no extra charge. Culture
Location:
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Kiev, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Vladivostok, Russia; Saint Petersburg, Russia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Rolling Starts, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers. This program combines a practical internship with intensive Russian lessons and focused journalism projects. You'll build a portfolio of published material while honing skills that any serious journalist needs: your writing, research skills, and a foreign language. Applicants should have exceptional writing skills in English, previous journalism experience, and advanced Russian language skills.

Russian Language Study: students receive eight academic hours per week of individual or small-group (2-3 students) language instruction designed to meet ACTFL guidelines. At the end of the semester, the TORFL exam can be taken at no extra charge. Culture Lab: Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Journalism Project: Students seeking credit for Report from Abroad must complete a 12-15 page paper on a specific issue affecting journalism in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, or Ukraine or on the history of journalism in one of those countries during a specific time period. Students not seeking credit will undertake projects such as writing cultural reviews, press releases, or other writing for SRAS or its partners. Journalism Internship: Students spend a minimum of 25 real hours per week working for a local paper (such as The Moscow Times, The St. Petersburg Times, The Vladivostok Times, or The Central Asian Times). Students will work with the editors there to research, write, and publish articles. Students will also work at transcribing interviews and generally assisting management and staff in the daily production of the newspaper.

Includes tuition for study as outlined, dormitory accommodation, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, cultural program, round-trip airport transfers, mobile telephone, and SRAS in-country support.
Setting Description:
The Russian-speaking world is one of extraordinary stories. Oil and gas pipelines run through complex geopolitical, ethnic, and environmental conflicts. Growing economies exist side-by-side with wide-spread poverty. Human rights concerns weigh upon societies that produce awe-inspiring achievements in science and culture. To many, it can seem a cold and closed society, but it is one that respects initiative and persistence, rewarding them by opening and revealing new sides to its fascinating stories. Many award-winning reporters now working for such household names as The New York Times and The Washington Post came to Eurasia early in their careers to gain experience. Report from Abroad places you in the heart of this challenging environment where so much can be achieved.

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