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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rider applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 08/15/2018 08/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 08/15/2019 08/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Target Language: English, Russian GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Options: Home Stay Scholarships: Provider Scholarship
Program Description:

CIEE - St. Petersburg State University
Russian Area Studies

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Academics Location
The Russian Area Studies study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia can accommodate different levels of language proficiency, especially beginning and intermediate Russian language students. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, politics, and civilization as well as a rigorous language program. The area studies classes may include visiting lecturers, topic-specific visits to museums, and other activities.

Founded in the 18th century, St. Petersburg State University is one of Russia's leading institutions of higher education. The campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River, and now includes over 400 buildings around the city center. CIEE students study at the University's stunning Smolny campus--on the territory of the renowned school for noble ladies founded in 1764--in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.
Christened "The Cradle of the Great October Socialist Revolution," St. Petersburg serves as a perfect proving ground for a deeper understanding of the intriguing complexities of Russia's past and present. Envisioned by Peter the Great as his "Window to the West," French and Italian architects created a testimony to opulence with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.
Student Life
All students live in Russian homestays. Participants have their own room with a Russian family in a private apartment. Housing and most meals (two meals daily and three on weekends) are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. The University cafeteria offers reasonably priced meals.