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09/05/2014 - 12/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/01/2014
Credit:
17 - 18 semester / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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04/01/2015
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17 - 18 semester / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/30/2015 - 05/17/2015 *
Deadlines:
11/01/2014
Credit:
17 - 18 semester / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
11/01/2015
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17 - 18 semester / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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09/05/2014 - 05/17/2015 *
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Extended to: 06/01/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Pure gold: It’s on domes everywhere you look in St. Petersburg and will be your opinion about your experience in this magnificent city. In the place that produced “father of American ballet” George Balanchine, where Mikhail Baryshnikov learned to dance, and where artist Marc Chagall perfected his craft, you’ll develop your language skills and find adventure while gaining a greater appreciation for Russian politics, history, and culture. It’s all waiting for you with CIEE.

Study abroad in St. Petersburg and you’ll:

  • Improve your Russian language proficiency, and learn about Russian culture in an authentic and stimulating environment in the longest-running U.S. study abroad program in Russia
  • Have the option to live in a Russian home
  • Experience a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions; visits to museums, historical sites, and theaters; and extensive interaction with locals
  • Live in 300-year old St. Petersburg, known as the “Venice of the North,” and experience the relationship between traditional and modern forces impacting Russia today
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Build a curriculum that suits your needs and abilities. Choose from two levels of Russian language courses, as well as a host of area studies electives taught in English on a variety of subjects from history, politics, and sociology to art, literature, and cinema.

Excursions

study abroad in Russia

Feel Dostoevsky’s immortal “Crime and Punishment” come to life as you shadow Raskolnikov’s route along the dusty courtyards and busy squares of the Haymarket area. Take a guided tour of The State Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. Walk across the Red Square at night during an exclusive midnight city tour of Moscow. Museum visits, boat tours, a group cooking class in Russian cuisine, concerts, ballets, and sporting events all await you in St. Petersburg.

Cultural Events

Each semester, study abroad students organize a special cultural event. This event is a chance for you to delve into a specific topic of Russian history and experience that epoch in a fun and entertaining way with other students from the School of Political Science or your sobesedniki, or language partner. In past semesters, students have organized a Spring Ball with the theme “the period of Catherine the Great,” a Stilyagi project featuring the retro hipsters style of the 1950s, and a Russian Rock project that culminated in a live performance by study abroad students accompanied by professional musicians.

Student to student

You’ll have your very own sobesedniki, or conversation partner, who will help you better understand the local culture and adjust to life in a new country. Plus, you can join student groups like debate or choir, and participate in fun activities with Russian students like pub quiz and game nights.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2014
09/05/2014
12/21/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$17,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,221
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$266

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,350
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 750 for weekday lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (15 wks)
11/01/2014
01/30/2015
05/17/2015
$17,250

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,221
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$266

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,350
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 750 for weekday lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (36 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2014
09/05/2014
05/17/2015

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$32,800

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,421
Housing ***
$6,700
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$266

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,300
International Airfare **
$1,350
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$4,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 750 for weekday lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0–4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent
  • At least one semester of Russian is recommended, but motivated students with no previous Russian have been very successful in this program.
  • Due to the length of the Russian visa process, CIEE requires students to have a valid passport in order to be accepted. Russian immigration requires that this passport is valid for 18 months beyond the end date of the program.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit for the semester is 17–18 semester/25.5–27 quarter hours.

Course contact hours for CIEE area studies courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Course contact hours for CIEE language courses are 84 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/ 6 quarter hours.per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students must take the Russian language component at the elementary or intermediate level. Participants are placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. It consists of two courses: grammar and conversation. In addition, students take three area studies courses taught in English. Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in St. Petersburg course to enrich their overall experience of living in a foreign country.

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About the City

About The City

Envisioned by Peter the Great as the “Window to the West” in 1703 and created by French and Italian architects, St. Petersburg became a testimony to opulence with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. Other nicknames share the spirit of electrifying city: Paris of the East, City of the Czars, and City of Three Revolutions. Having endured the horrors of World War II and Stalinist repression, the people now cope with a new political and economic reality. It is the most westernized city in Russia and its cultural capital, too. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by foot, bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Irina Makoveeva

Center Director

A native of Moscow, Irina Makoveeva received her master’s degree in Russian philology and comparative linguistics from the Moscow Lomonosov State University and her doctorate degree in Slavic and film studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her long academic career, she designed and taught courses on Russian literature, culture, cinema, and all levels of Russian language at such schools as Moscow State Mining University, the Moscow Lomonosov State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt University. Her publications focus on the popular culture adaptations of literary canonical texts, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, and women’s cinema. In her current position as the Director of CIEE Study Centers in Russia, she strives to continuously expand the center’s course offerings and enrollment. In her free time Irina enjoys skiing, opera, films, and “The New Yorker."

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St. Petersburg is the ideal location to immerse oneself in the complexities of the Russian question. You can ponder the fate of the Russian Revolution standing at your bus stop—opposite the Tauride Palace where Russia’s first parliament met and later where the Bolshevik party usurped power in 1918. Living in a homestay in St. Petersburg, you could easily have a breakfast conversation with your babushka waxing nostalgic about Brezhnev’s stagnation period and a dinner conversation with your host sister about her plans to travel abroad or buy a car. Now is the time to experience the amazing changes taking place in Russia, and our program allows students with minimal Russian to do so. The School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University (Putin and Medvedev’s alma mater) is where the leaders of tomorrow’s Russia study, and you will have the chance to engage them in lively debates that will most likely challenge your own assumptions about Russia’s role in the international community.

— Irina Makoveeva, Center Director

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Svetlana Mantsvetova

Housing Coordinator

Svetlana Mantsvetova has hosted CIEE students since 2008. Starting September 2013, she took on the role of the center’s housing coordinator. Svetlana comes from a diverse academic background with degrees in both organic chemistry and language pedagogy. As housing coordinator she is responsible for homestay placement, student/family issues and conflict resolution. The years of experience working with young people and hosting American students enable her to successfully manage an important aspect of our students’ life in Russia. In her free time Svetlana enjoys reading fiction and going to theatre.

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Liz McBean

Student Services Assistant

Liz McBean, an Ohio native, began her relationship with CIEE, during the spring semester of her junior year of college (Spring 2010), when she studied at CIEE’s Study Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Modern Languages & Literature (Spanish & Russian), Liz spent some time teaching in South Korea, before making her way back to Russia, where she spent 10 months as a Fulbright ETA at Orenburg State University. After her time in Orenburg, she moved to Moscow to recruit Russian program participants for American Councils for International Education’s FLEX program, which gave her the unique experience of traveling all over Russia in a professional capacity. After attending a CIEE alumni networking event in Moscow, Liz found her way back to CIEE, where she is now a Student Service’s Assistant in the St. Petersburg Study Center. A former college field hockey player, in her spare time, Liz enjoys coaching and playing field hockey, as well as exploring the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and all it has to offer.

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Irina Navrotskaya

Administrative Coordinator

Irina Navrotskaya became a part of the CIEE team in 2011. As a graduate of the philological faculty of Moscow State University, she spent much of her early career teaching Russian in local schools as well as the Austrian and American embassies in Moscow. She also worked as a chief editor of a Russian morning TV-show. In her role as the center’s administrator, Irina frequently works behind the scenes ensuring the success of CIEE events and projects. In addition, as a politically engaged individual, she enjoys keeping up with current events and political discourse in and outside of Russia.

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Katya Rubtsova

Program Coordinator

Katya Rubtsova joined CIEE as a student services assistant in 2009. A graduate of Tula Lev Tolstoy State Pedagogical University with a degree in teaching foreign languages, she primarily assisted CIEE students in their everyday endeavors. Over the course of her time at the study center, however, she has grown as an individual and a leader. In her current position as program coordinator she is responsible for visa support, course registration, hostel supervision, planning extra-curricular activities, etc. Katya has coordinated signature events at our center including the Smolny Spring Ball, Stilyagi and Leningradsky Rock. She participated twice in the CIEE Work and Travel USA program. In her free time, Katya enjoys the vibrant cultural life in St. Petersburg, as well as strolling with her friends in the city’s historical center.

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Julie Semibratova

Excursions Coordinator

Julia Semibratova joined CIEE in 2011. A local of St. Petersburg, she graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts with a degree in Russian cultural history. She turned her enthusiasm for history into a successful career as a professional tour guide and since joining CIEE has continued to share this passion with our students. Julia organizes CIEE tours and excursions in and beyond St. Petersburg. She also oversees most of these excursions personally, leading Russian Area Studies groups and translating from Russian to English when necessary. Julia adores classical ballet, is keen on embroidering, enjoys horseback riding and collects owls.

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Anton Stepanov

Student Services Assistant

Anton Stepanov graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at Saint Petersburg State University and joined the team in 2012. He studied modern British politics and took part in several intercollegiate model EU and UN events. For almost three years he was a CIEE volunteer and conversation partner for American students, which helped him to understand American culture better and prepared him for working at CIEE. In the CIEE Study Center he participates in such extra-curricular activities as excursions and field trips, sporting events, discussion club meetings, etc. Most importantly, he serves as a link between CIEE and Russian students. His free time is mostly devoted to philately and playing bass guitar in a rock band.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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 more than 400 buildings around the city center. CIEE students study at the university’s stunning Smolny campus on the very territory on which the renowned school for noble ladies was founded in 1764. It’s in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

All study abroad students have the option to 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 very reasonably priced meals.

CIEE also offers a limited number of rooms at a hostel in downtown St. Petersburg. The hostel is located within a 5-minute walk of Nevskiy Prospekt and a 10-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center or a 20-minute walk. Students are placed in a single room with a double bed.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Russia

You'll begin your study abroad experience in St. Petersburg even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The on-site orientation lasts three days, although there are additional orientation activities throughout the first two weeks of the program. At the beginning of the program, you will participate in an intensive introduction to Russia, the culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. The orientation is supported by Russian student assistants in order to facilitate your entry into your new culture. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access in homestays is not guaranteed; however, limited, but free, wireless is available at the CIEE Study Center. Wireless Internet is also available through local cell phone providers, 4G Internet providers, and many Internet cafés throughout St. Petersburg. Additionally, there is a fee-for-service Internet classroom maintained by the university.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, study tours, and field trips. All excursions for RAS students are conducted in English.

Required program excursions in previous semesters have included a city bus tour, the Hermitage, Russian Museum, and Peter and Paul Fortress, Pavlovsk, and Peterhof. Optional excursions organized by CIEE staff include Tsarskoe Selo, Yusupov Palace, a walking tour of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, Nabokov Museum, and Baltika Brewery. In previous semesters, CIEE arranged a night at the ballet, group cooking classes in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse (banya), and group tickets to hockey and soccer games. Most of our optional excursions are scheduled for weekends.

study abroad in Russia

The program offers three overnight field trips that take place on the weekend each semester—Moscow, Novgorod, and other regional destinations such as the Pskov region or Kiev, Ukraine. These trips include excursions to places of educational, cultural, and historic significance, while still allowing some time for you to explore the sites on your own.

There is also an independent Russian Travel Week each semester. You are encouraged to visit areas outside of St. Petersburg on your own. Students travel independently and the cost of this travel is not included in the program fee. In past semesters students have visited the lovely towns of old Russia in the Golden Ring surrounding Moscow, camped on Lake Baikal, explored Vladivostok, taken in the sites of the Tatar Republic, and relaxed on the shores of the Black Sea.

Volunteering

Take advantage of a range of volunteer projects available in St. Petersburg. You might help teach English to Russian students by discussing American song lyrics; volunteer at museums like the Hermitage or Erarta; help out at a major film studio Lenfilm; help feed the homeless at a Salvation Army Center; or work with the Red Cross in helping children with developmental disorders.

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Academics

Academics

In 2014, the CIEE Study Center marks its 47th year in St. Petersburg. CIEE began its close relationship with St. Petersburg State University when the Summer Russian Language Program began there in 1967. The CIEE semester Russian Area Studies program (RAS) was established in 2000. The Russian Area Studies program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, politics, civilization, and cinema, as well as a rigorous language program.

The study abroad program is designed for students with zero to four semesters of Russian. Students at a higher level (having taken at least one Russian class beyond intermediate) enroll in the Russian Language Program (RLP). Cross-registration between RAS and RLP is not possible.

Academic Culture

Classroom attendance and participation are monitored carefully and may have a significant impact on final grades. Homework assignments serve to reinforce what is discussed in class. Much of the academic material is presented in class, and the 90-minute periods provide plenty of time for a range of learning activities.

All electives are taught by experienced instructors who have experience teaching American students in Russia and the United States. In-class participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning.

CIEE teachers have years of experience with American students, but sometimes they may express their feelings more frankly than Americans expect.

The area studies classes may include visiting lecturers, topic specific visits to museums, and other activities.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only and not with Russian students.

Tutoring and Oral Proficiency Interview

Our study center offers extra help with language classes in the form of tutoring. Students’ personal needs in language learning are met in sessions conducted either with experienced instructors or students of the St. Petersburg State University Philological department. In these sessions, students can go over difficult topics of Russian grammar or classwork. Our program includes OPI testing which is conducted at the beginning and end of each semester, allowing students to receive a quantifiable score of their oral proficiency progress.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Russian, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings, in school and homestays, and on the streets. Students from the Russian Area Studies Program should respect that their peers in the Russian Language Program are expected to speak Russian at all times within the CIEE Study Center.

Grading System

Grades are assigned using the Russian grading scale of one to five and converted to U.S. letter grade equivalents. Plus and minus grades are also assigned. Grades are determined by a combination of short quizzes, written assignments, and exams. Additionally, participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning. Attendance is mandatory for all CIEE courses.

Language of Instruction

English
Russian

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from St. Petersburg State University.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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Required CIEE Language Courses

RUSI 1003 RASP

Elementary Russian Conversation I

RUSI 1004 RASP

Elementary Russian Conversation II

These courses focus on developing spoken language skills. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 1005 RASP

Elementary Russian Grammar I

RUSI 1006 RASP

Elementary Russian Grammar II
Emphasis is placed on learning basic grammatical structures and their use in conversation with simple sentences, basic vocabulary, and comprehension. Correct pronunciation is also emphasized. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. NOTE: At the elementary level the conversation and grammar classes are taught as an integrated unit with a single syllabus. Contact hours remain the same, and grades are given for the two courses independently. Contact hours: 84. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 2003 RASP

Intermediate Russian Conversation I

RUSI 2004 RASP

Intermediate Russian Conversation II
These courses focus on developing intermediate spoken language skills. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 2005 RASP

Intermediate Russian Grammar I

RUSI 2006 RASP

Intermediate Russian Grammar II
Emphasis is placed on learning intermediate grammatical structures, their use in writing with simple compositions, intermediate vocabulary, and comprehension. Correct pronunciation is also emphasized. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

CIEE Area Studies Courses

AHIS 3001 RASP

The Arts of St. Petersburg
While focusing on the St. Petersburg’s rich artistic diversity, this course examines verbal arts of the past and visual arts of the present. St. Petersburg provides the perfect setting for exploring contemporary art venues. The course is divided in two parts: a lecture on verbal and visual arts led by an SPBSU faculty member, and a lecture focusing more on contemporary visual arts conducted by a visiting artist. Lectures provide a historical perspective for the material examined. Assessment is based on class participation, weekly exercises, and exams. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CLST 3001 RASP

Seminar on Living and Learning in St. Petersburg
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in St. Petersburg is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Russians are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Russia. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. Taught in English.

HIST 3001 RASP

Russian History: Rise and Progress, Tragedies and Revolutions
This course begins by looking at the introduction of Christianity and failed Russian democracy project. Students are then exposed to the development of Russian authoritarianism through the studies of pre-modern Russia, marked by Ivan the Terrible tyranny. Special emphasis is placed on the Imperial period and Russian expansionism. The course explores 20th century tragedies such as Communism, mass terror, the system of forced labor, and the “Iron Curtain.” The course includes the discussion of Perestroika and a brief overview of postcommunist transition. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3001 RASP / RAST 3004 RASP

Russian Fairy Tales
(Fall only)
This course introduces students to a broad variety of Russian fairy tales and different approaches to the study of folklore, including structuralism, psychoanalysis, sociology, and feminism. Such renowned characters as Baba Yaga, Kashchei the Deathless, and Ivan the Fool become objects of our investigation. In addition, we discuss the Soviet narratives that assimilated the fairy tale archetypes to promote Soviet ideology or undermine it. Class meetings consist of question-and-answer sessions, lectures, class discussions, and screenings. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3002 RASP

Presidential Elections in Russia and Challenges of Democratic Transition
The course is designed to examine the peculiarities of Russian election campaigns and analyze recent and upcoming elections. Issues addressed in this course include the following: electoral system, history of the presidential election campaigns, uniqueness of Russian political technologies, and the role of mass media and public opinion. Class meetings consist of lectures, class discussions, presentations by politicians, political consultants, and political scientists, and visits to museums of political history. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RAST 3001 RASP

Russian Civilization: Popular Stereotypes and Social Behavior
The course aims to take an in-depth look at Russian traditionalism, spirituality, conformism, alcoholism, and other popular stereotypes. The course introduces students to the folklore reminiscences and their impact on the contemporary Russians. Topics covered include intellectual life, gender, Russian youth, work, and employment. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

RAST 3002 RASP

Ethnic Studies: National and Ethnic Issues in Modern Russia
This course focuses on Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Mobilization in Russian Federation, as well as in nearby Estonia and Georgia. It shows the origin of the widespread surge of anti-Russian nationalist sentiment in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It shifts the study of Ethnic Identity problems from the whys of their emergence to the hows of their development with special attention to Russian nationalism, the Jewish community in Russia, and the Chechen conflict. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

RAST 3003 RASP

A Century of Russian Cinema
(spring only)
The course is designed to familiarize CIEE students with the history of Russian cinema—the visual medium that for the Soviets was “the most important of all the arts,” in Lenin’s words. The screening list includes such films as Battleship Potemkin (1926), Man with a Movie-Camera (1929), The Cranes are Flying (1954), Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980), Prisoner of the Mountains (1997), and The Return (2003). Visual documents inevitably mirroring the society’s developments, these films are examined within the socio-historical and cinematic context allowing to determine their unique aesthetic value. Class meetings consist of question-and-answer sessions, lectures, student presentations, short quizzes, and class discussion. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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