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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Pure gold: it decorates the domes everywhere you look in St. Petersburg and will undoubtedly be your opinion about your experience in the Northern Capital of Russia. This city, which produced “father of American ballet” George Balanchine, where Mikhail Baryshnikov began his illustrious ballet career, and where artist Marc Chagall perfected his craft, is where you will develop your language skills, find adventure and gain 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 excursions and regional field trips to Moscow, Pskov, and other Russian regions; visits to museums, historical sites, and theaters
  • Dive into extensive interaction with locals through the variety of coordinated cultural events
  • 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
  • Become a member of a unique alumni network of remarkable individuals who have studied in St. Petersburg since the opening of the Study Center in 1967
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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 $5 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:

  • 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. $2,500 per student.

  • 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 $2,000 per student

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 Sennaya Plosсhad (Haymarket Square). 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 and Georgian cuisine, concerts, ballets, and sporting events all await you in St. Petersburg.

Cultural Events

Each semester, CIEE staff together with study abroad students organizes 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 unique and engaging way with your fellow students and Russian peers. In past semesters, students have organized CIEE’s Got Talent, a very unique talent show that revealed the hidden talents of CIEE students from Irish step dancing, musical performances, to stand-up comedy routines; a Stilyagi project featuring the retro hipsters style and phenomenon of the Soviet Union in the 1950s; Russky Rok, Russian rock of the 1980s; the Soviet pop music of the 70’s Estrada; and the annual Spring Ball which highlights the era of Catherine the Great. The CIEE Choir, available to all students, has been an indispensable participant of all the semester projects.

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. You will be able to join student groups like debate club or choir, and participate in fun activities with fellow Russian students like trivia ‘pub quiz’ nights, board game nights, cinema club meetings, and karaoke.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (15 wks)
05/15/2016
09/02/2016
12/18/2016
$17,750

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 **
$13,717
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$265

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 $500 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 **
$1,000
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 2017 (15 wks)
11/15/2016
02/03/2017
05/21/2017
$18,850

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 **
$14,768
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

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 $500 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 **
$1,000
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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Academic year 2016-2017 (37 wks)
05/15/2016
09/02/2016
05/21/2017
$33,700

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 **
$26,317
Housing ***
$6,700
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$265

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 $500 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 **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$4,400
Expenses during break ***
$1,500

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 per semester for weekday lunches

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

*** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 0–4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent
  • 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

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 credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Course contact hours for CIEE language courses are 84 hours and 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.

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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. St. Petersburg is considered the cultural capital and most westernized city of Russia. 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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Veronika Afanasieva

Administrative Assistant

Nika Afanasieva became CIEE’s employee in winter 2014, but her commitment to the work of the St. Petersburg Study Center has been growing since 2011, when she first started taking part in its various projects as a volunteer. At CIEE, in addition to her primary administrative functions for the St. Petersburg and Moscow Study Centers, she is involved in in the coordination of various onsite events. Nika holds a degree in linguistics and intercultural communication, and has experience in teaching English and administrative management. In 2012 she took an advanced course in Business English at the Malvern House in London. More than anything, Nika enjoys travelling, particularly backpacking. She is also trying to perfect her photography.

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Anton Antonov

Anton Antonov joined the CIEE team in September 2015. A Moscow native, he received his master’s degree in applied linguistics from Texas Tech University (TTU). Throughout his career in education, Anton taught Russian and English as foreign languages at TTU and the Russian State University of Tourism and Service (RSUTS). As the International Programs Coordinator, he organized exchange programs between RSUTS and other institutes of higher education in the U.S. Despite speaking English like a Texan, Anton is a true Russian – loving banya, skiing, driving in the snow, and playing Russian billiards.

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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, a graduate of Kenyon College, began her relationship with CIEE as a student of CIEE’s Russian Language Program. An Ohio native, she holds a degree in modern languages and literature, Russian and Spanish. Her experience as a Fulbright ETA in Orenburg, Russia, teaching in South Korea, and recruiting Russian student program participants while working with American Councils for International Education in Moscow, has given her much experience in the international education field and in Russia. In 2014, Liz returned to the CIEE St. Petersburg Study Center, joining the CIEE team. 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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Julia Semibratova

Excursions Coordinator

Julia Semibratova joined CIEE in 2011. A local of St. Petersburg, she graduated from the Saint 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 Saint 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

Program Officer

Anton Stepanov graduated from the political science department of Saint Petersburg State University and joined the CIEE 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 is responsible for volunteer activities, signature projects, and IT support & projects. As a graduate of the political science department, he serves as a link between CIEE and Russian students. His free time is mostly devoted to philately, gourmet cooking, and playing bass guitar in a rock band.

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Irina Vasilyeva

Student Services Coordinator

Ira Vasilyeva, Student Services Coordinator, joined CIEE in the summer of 2014. A graduate of the philology department of Saint Petersburg State University, Ira received an undergraduate degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in legal translating and interpreting. In high school, Ira spent a year in the U.S. as an exchange student, and this experience later evolved into her interest and engagement in the field of international education. At CIEE, Ira is primarily involved with the student onsite support, and in addition to that she is responsible for the Alternative Break volunteer project and for Russian language immersion. Ira's true passion is traveling and exploring new cultures. In her free time, Ira also enjoys reading, volunteering and teaching English and Spanish to young children.

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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 20-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center or a 30-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 staff meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues confirmed as most relevant by our alumni, 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 at one of the city’s hotels lasts three days: additional orientation activities throughout the first two weeks of the program are scheduled to assist in student acclimation to their new home. 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 surroundings. 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. The homestays have either Wi-Fi or Ethernet access to the Internet; at the same time, free wireless is available at the CIEE Study Center. Wireless Internet is also available through local cell phone providers, 4G and LTE Internet providers, and many cafés throughout St. Petersburg.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, 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, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and trips to Pavlovsk, and Peterhof. Optional excursions organized by CIEE staff included Tsarskoe Selo, Yusupov Palace, a walking tour of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, and the Baltika Brewery. In previous semesters, CIEE arranged an evening 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 two overnight field trips that take place on the weekend each semester—Moscow and other regional destinations such as the Pskov region or Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic. 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. This experience will provide you with the wonderful insight into the diversity and everyday life of modern Russia.

In addition, you will have a chance to explore more new areas during the independent Russian Travel Week. You are encouraged to visit areas beyond 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 ring of ancient Russian towns surrounding Moscow known as the Golden Ring, camped near Lake Baikal, explored Vladivostok, took in the sites of the Olympic city of Sochi, and relaxed on the shores of the Black Sea. During the Russian Travel Week, another opportunity to discover a new layer of Russian life and culture is CIEE’s Alternative Break program. This program is designed to encourage students to volunteer and make a difference by participating in community service projects based in smaller Russian towns. Alternative Break locations vary every semester, and some of the destinations chosen by CIEE in the past included Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Tula, and Arkhangelsk.

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 State Hermitage or Erarta; cinema enthusiasts will enjoy volunteering as translators at the Russia’s oldest film studio, Lenfilm; help feed the homeless at a Salvation Army Center; or work with the Red Cross in helping children with developmental disorders. CIEE Staff Members will do their best to assist in finding personal volunteering requests.

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Academics

Academics

In 2017, the CIEE Study Center marks its 50th anniversary 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. It goes without saying that since these programs’ inauguration, the CIEE Study Center has obtained a widespread alumni network. Each year the month of May is highlighted by an Alumni Reunion.

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 courses.

In addition to the academic program, previous semesters have included a series of enthralling guest lectures on a wide range of topics such as the genesis of Russian Rock music to the phenomenon of the Soviet space dogs. Each lecture, brought to us by a well-known specialist, was another unmissable opportunity to learn something new about Russian culture and history.

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 CIEE language instructors. 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 Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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.

POLI 3003 RASP

Contemporary Russian Politics and Governance
In accordance with the mission of CIEE, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” this course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about the evolution of the political life in contemporary Russia. This course intends to show Russian politics through the eyes of Russian political scholars and in the broader context of Russian culture. Russian politics will be shown in relation to cultural values and lifestyle, in other words how it is often seen by an average Russian citizen. . Issues addressed in this course include the following: democratization process, electoral and party systems, political decision-making, foreign affairs, and the role of mass media and public opinion. The analysis of current political issues will provide students with the tools of understanding the contemporary Russia and give an outlook of future developments. Class meetings consist of lectures, class discussions, presentations by politicians, political consultants, and political scientists, and field trips. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. 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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