My first instincts would be to say I’d love to spend a year studying in America. But, it would be just moving to another (albeit fabulous, bigger, up to the minute) English speaking, not too dissimilar place. I’ve done Africa so I’ve no inclination to go there. So I must stretch my boundaries and consider what culture would I like to learn more about, who has the historical interest, who’s language would I like to learn.
I might opt for Russia, it’s the climate, the language, the completely different culture, an opportunity to learn about different political opinions (or non opinions). The vast history and changing dynasties, hardships and struggle. What would I study, probably history and political science or geography and language/writing (learning about the authors and their work).
What would I learn outside of the class, probably a lot about the way things work and an opportunity to understand what I read in the news and compare that to what is real in the world of “everyday” Russia. I’d make the most of a Russian winter, travelling the snows and exploring the country side as it suffers the winter.
If I’ve offended any Russians by this post I apologise, it’s by dint of my lack of knowledge that I chose your beautiful country to learn and grow.