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Study Abroad in Russia

Studying Abroad in Russia is available in a variety of different forms.

Russia Overview

In just a few short years, life in the largest country on Earth the Russian Federation has changed dramatically. In 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) ceased to exist. In its place are the Russian Federation (Russia) and 14 independent countries. Russia stretches from the Gulf of Finland to the Bering Strait and is home to more than 100 ethnic groups. Known as "the lungs of Europe," Russia features the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's unfrozen fresh water. From mountains to its extensive coastline, and with access to three of the world's oceans, Russia offers beautiful and vast geographic diversity.

Despite decades of social and economic revolutions, currently Russia is working to establish a modern market economy and maintain strong economic growth. Russia has a wealth of natural resources such as oil, natural gas, minerals and timber. Moscow is the center for many manufacturing industries including cars and steel. There is certainly no lack of entertainment in Russia. From circuses to ballets and classical music to jazz festivals, Russias entertainment culture is sure to excite any traveler seeking fun activities. Many say you feel Russias diverse history and intense culture embrace you when you arrive. Luckily, for the first time in Russias extensive history, the country is open for anyone to visit!

Red Square - Red Square separates the area where Russias current President resides, and its business district Kitai-gorod. Moscows, and quite possibly Russias, most famous square, the name is said to refer to the colorful bricks surrounding the Square. There is no connection to Communism, as its history stretches back to Czarist Russias 15th century pre-communist rule. Then, it was used as a place to purchase food or livestock, while now it serves as a central open-air location to celebrate official government events, soak in the spirit of ancient Russia and take photos in front of other neighboring must-see sites like St. Basils Cathedral. This has stood on the southern end of the Square since the rule of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. You also must visit Lenins Mausoleum, where the Soviet leaders embalmed body has attracted tourists for years. Rumors say access to the mausoleum may be discontinued in the future so you better plan to get there soon!

Trans-Siberian Railway - The longest railway in the world was built beginning in 1891 and took 26 years to complete. It serves as a way to connect western cities in European Russia and Russias capital to its Far Eastern provinces including the important Pacific port of Vladivostok. The six-day trip covers 5,869 miles and eight time zones with other popular routes that connect Moscow to Beijing! Its said to be perfect for travelers who set a week aside to enjoy the lovely scenery like country-side farms to hills, cliffs, bridges, rivers and forests. You also wont miss the 25 million-year-old Lake Baikal, with pure crystal clear waters that are the deepest in the world!

St. Petersburg Boat Tour - With so many sights to see in St. Petersburg, a boat tour is a great way to view many of them. From imperial palaces to gardens, fountains and bridges, an hour-long boat tour on a high-speed "Meteor" by night or day along the Neva River to the Palace at Peterhof or the Valaam Monastery is a relaxing must-do!


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