Jordan Bryan '07, a math major at Stanford University, is currently one of 16 students studying with the Bing Overseas Studies Program, "Stanford in Moscow." The Stanford University Program is run through the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, a state-run university in the southwest of Moscow.
Jordan is taking classes specifically developed for Stanford focusing on Russia's political, cultural, and geographical history and present situation.
Jordan is working part-time as a free-lance arts writer for the Moscow Times and is doing research for a lab focused on global policy run through the academy. Jordan reports that most of the research to date has been related to demography and demographic modeling, which has allowed him to do math/stats relating to his math major while in Russia.
"Of course, I'm also taking an intensive Russian language course, since this is my first time studying the language," says Jordan. "Last but not least, I'm working on some side-projects, which include getting involved in the music scene. I found a cool studio where I can practice drums and a jazz club with Tuesday night jam sessions, and I'm also trying to learn some Russian cooking from some of the families hosting students."