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  • A Midnight Cruise

  • Dear Office of Global Education,

    Studying abroad in St. Petersburg was an unforgettable experience. The classes themselves were interesting and informative, but the city itself became a teacher of incomparable value. Each day of exploration led to new discoveries and adventures. St. Petersburg, a city that is in every way a…

  • Credit: Noah Burrell
  • Major: Math and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Zoya in Park Pobedi

  • I chose this picture because the cloud cover and openings of light, coupled with the lines of the statue's skirt, make it appear almost like cosmic forces are amassing behind her.  She appears powerful.  Statues of strong-looking women are much more common in Russia than in the United States, so I…

  • Credit: Marissa Lenoir
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Near Gokovskaya

  • I took this picture in a park, just a short walk from the Museum of Political History, where Lenin's former office, completely preserved, inhabits part of the museum exhibit on revolutionary history.  I like this shot because the dynamism and joy, and the full-fledged modernity of it (with the little girl…

  • Credit: Marissa Lenoir
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Gods of the Baltic

  • I took this picture on a day trip to Vyborg on the Karelian Isthmus.  This sculpture garden forms the bay-facing left perimeter of the local art museum.

  • Credit: Marissa Lenoir
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • #Putin'sFriend

  • During my stay in St. Petersburg, along Nevsky Prospekt, I saw a number of government-sponsored pro-Putin events targeting youth or media installations appealing to the older generation's patriotism.

  • Credit: Marissa Lenoir
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Summer in St. Petersburg

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This summer I spent six weeks in my favorite city in the world, St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the highlights of my time there was climbing St. Isaac's Cathedral, from which one can see a panorama of the city. Something I love about St. Petersburg is the…

  • Credit: Cameron Tarry
  • Major: Undeclared
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office, 

    The six weeks I spent in Russia this summer were nothing short of magical. I never imagined a place could be so different in so many ways--to say I experienced severe culture shock would be an understatement. But trying to adapt and slowly letting go of my…

  • Credit: Kaitlin Hubbard
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Certainly Russia was beautiful. Surely, my experience there was an incredible one. But most importantly, it was a wildly different place than any I had been before.

    I have taken classes at Duke, studying the language and the culture of this country, but it seemed that the…

  • Credit: Kal Chapman
  • Major: Linguistics
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, St. Petersburg, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    In addition to greatly improving my Russian language skills, my study abroad experience gave me an appreciation of and knowledge of the culture that I cherish. It enabled me to explore parts of the country that time constraints had prevented me from seeing on a previous…

  • Credit: Elizabeth Kelly
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, St. Petersburg, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    When I embarked on my study abroad trip to St. Petersburg, Russia last May, I had only been studying the language for four months. The prospect of spending three months immersed in its native country both excited and terrified me. I knew that along with an…

  • Credit: Christina Sidiak
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, St. Petersburg, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

     Studying in Russia was an eye-opening experience for me. When we arrived, it was a total culture shock. On the first day we went to the grocery store to buy water and struggled even to make it past the cashier because of the language and cultural barriers.…

  • Credit: Kelly Earle
  • Major: Environmental Science and Policy and International Comparative Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, St. Petersburg, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The first thing I learned upon arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia was how much I didn't know. Over the course of seven weeks, I learned a second lesson: I can figure it out. Duke in Russia has been a priceless academic experience, an exploration of the art…

  • Credit: Audrey Adu-Appiah
  • Major: English, Political Science
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, St. Petersburg, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My first experience with the Russian language came in my junior year of high school, when a Ukrainian friend (almost frivolously) suggested that I should learn Russian. To my own surprise, I took up his suggestion and even started studying in my free time. However, as I…

  • Credit: Siyang Chen
  • Major: Math, Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain