SRAS is a secure step-by-step online service providing Study Abroad Programs, Visas, and Grants. SRAS is offering two different opportunities for Study Abroad during Summer 2019.
Georgian Foodways: Global Pathways/Local Contexts
In this program, the country of Georgia is your classroom. Your time will be spent traveling its breathtaking landscapes, while cooking, eating, talking, and experiencing the connection between identity and culinary tradition.
Although only about the size of West Virginia, Georgia is home to several distinct cultures. Each has contributed to the legendary culinary traditions now collectively called “Georgian.” These traditions use a surprisingly broad palate of local ingredients to deliver unique flavor combinations and exceptionally rich nutritional value.
You will spend two weeks using a variety of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to explore issues like climate change, state agricultural policies, food security, the place of food in social justice and ethnic identity, and how food and identity can help drive tourism development. This course is for anyone who wants to understand how truly important food is to the human experience.
This program is conducted in English and does not require prior knowledge of Russian. It is eligible for 2 US semester credits.
Program Dates: June 16 – June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Cost: $3,195 (no credit) / $3,695 (credit)
Includes: Tuition, accommodation with 2 meals/day, insurance, transportation within Georgia, transcript (issued by Stetson University)
More information: https://www.sras.org/Foodways
EXTENSION! Georgian Footways (with optional internship)
Join the Transcaucasian Trail project, an effort to build trail infrastructure that benefits local communities and trail users through the development of sustainable tourism. While with the project, you will live and work in the mountains, designing and building the trail and engaging with local communities, learning first-hand what it takes to implement a sustainable development project and gaining insight into the practical implications the project has for the people who live along the trail. This two-week extension may be extended further with a two-week internship project.
More information: https://www.sras.org/Footways
Central Asian Studies
Based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, this program investigates the intersection of language and social identity. By examining anthropological approaches to the study of language, with consideration of culture, thought, ethnicity, religion, status, and gender, it will explore the ancient histories and modern cultures of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek societies. These societies, influenced by myriad civilizations, are today marked by uniquelydiverse bilingual and multilingual speech communities of speakers with command of Slavic, Turkic, and Indo-Iranian languages.
Students will be actively immersed in the language and culture of Kyrgzystan and will practice anthropological research and field methods through extensive use of media resources, natural language examples, and recent scholarly and scientific research in linguistic anthropology in different Central Asian societies.
Students will experience Kyrgyz culture through hands-on activities such as cooking classes and yurt building and decorating, and traditional games. A range of speakers will discuss cultural and musical traditions in rural Kyrgyzstan, and the impact of the 1917 Communist Revolution on rural life and Kyrgyz society.
A week-long horseback trek into the mountains of Kyrgyzstan will directly introduce students to modern nomads and their way of life – all while taking in breathtaking scenery.
Program Dates: June 15 – July 21, 2019
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Includes: Tuition, accommodation, insurance, one week mountain horseback trek, roundrip airport transfers, full cultural program, transcript (University of Montana)
More information: https://www.sras.org/ca