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09/05/2014 - 12/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
17 semester / 25.5 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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01/31/2014 - 05/18/2014
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Extended to: 12/01/2013
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17 semester / 25.5 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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Eligibility:
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Advance your Russian language skills through an intensive and immersive study abroad program in beautiful St. Petersburg.

Whether you’re a intermediate or advanced level language student you’ll enjoy rigorous coursework, and an enriching cultural program of lectures and local excursions in and around one of the world’s most culturally and historically rich cities. And with homestays, peer language partners, volunteering opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Russia offers you a uniquely immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Russia and you will:

  • Take part in the longest running study abroad program in Russia in magnificent St. Petersburg where the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO heritage site
  • Live with a local Russian host family for maximum linguistic and cultural immersion
  • Participate in optional volunteering projects organized through a well developed network of contacts that facilitate integration into Russian society
  • Participate in a cultural program which includes local excursions, field trips, and exclusive tours and performances
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Improve your grammar, phonetics, and conversational skills through language study, and choose from a variety of electives in subjects such as Russian literature, comparative cultural studies, visual and performing arts, politics, and representations of Russia.

Excursions

study abroad in Russia

Explore the city through a series of museum visits, boat tours, a group cooking class in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse, and tickets to concerts, ballets, and sporting events. You’ll also enjoy two overnight field trips to destinations like Moscow, the Pskov region, and Kiev, Ukraine.

There is also an independent Russian Travel Week each semester, where you are encouraged to visit areas outside of St. Petersburg on your own.

Immersion

Take part in the Sobesedniki program and you’ll be paired with local students for a variety of language and cultural exchange activities. These students provide you with additional language support and a firsthand look at the lifestyle of your Russian peers.

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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 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/05/2014
12/21/2014
$16,450

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 **
$12,180
Housing ***
$3,625
Insurance
$102
Visa Fees
$243

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 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 12/01/2013
01/31/2014
05/18/2014
$16,450

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 **
$12,180
Housing ***
$3,625
Insurance
$102
Visa Fees
$243

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
11/01/2014
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
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/05/2014
TBA
$31,300

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 **
$23,405
Housing ***
$7,250
Insurance
$102
Visa Fees
$243

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
  • 4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent
  • Oral Proficiency Interview score of Intermediate Low or better recommended
  • 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 semester/25.5 quarter hours and 31 semester/46.5 quarter hours for the academic year.

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.

Recommendations for credit hours take into consideration not only actual class time, but also five mandatory excursions. Organized excursions are conducted in Russian.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take Russian Grammar, Phonetics, and Conversation, and two elective courses. Participants are placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. Academic year students take Russian Grammar, Conversation, Advanced Translation, and one elective in their second semester.

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About the City

About The City

Envisioned by Peter the Great as the “Window to the West” 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. Having endured the horrors of World War II and Stalinist repression, the people now cope with a new political and economic reality. 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 Doctoral 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 Center in Russia, she strives to continuously expand the Center’s course offerings and enrolment. In her free time Irina enjoys skiing, opera, films, and “The New Yorker.”

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It seems that St. Petersburg is a perfect locale to comprehend Russia. Unlike Moscow, famous for its overwhelming pace of an urban conglomerate, the Northern capital of Russia allows its guests more time and freedom for an individually-paced investigation. The three hundred year old city and its startling architecture is saturated with Russia’s turbulent past and the lives of its historical (Peter the Great and Catherine the Great) and literary (Alexander Pushkin and Fedor Dostoevskii) giants. Your frequent interaction with the young people at St. Petersburg State University and outside it, group visits to the intense games of St. Petersburg’s favorite hockey (SKA) and soccer (Zenit) teams, and the concerts of today’s talented musicians at the city’s numerous venues will allow you to experience St. Petersburg and Russia as a whole, surmounting a potential gap between the old and the new, as well as between the high and the popular culture. Finally, your stay with a Russian family will add the last, but not the least, stroke to a colorful canvas you will want to name your Russian Adventure.

— Irina Makoveeva, Resident Director

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Nadejda Kirkova

Resident Director

The Center’s new Resident Director Nadejda Kirkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and graduated from Sofia University with a Master’s degree in Slavic Philology (Polish language and culture). Later she received her second Master’s degree in Russian literature and culture from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining CIEE in November 2013, she worked at the Defense Language Institute as Assistant Professor of Russian. Throughout her administrative and academic career Nadejda used professionally a variety of languages including Modern Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, and Polish. Her professional skills involve study abroad and international education program management, language teaching and methodologies, as well as language testing in two U.S. acknowledged scales (ACTFL OPI and ACTFL ILR). Outside of work, Nadejda enjoys travel, tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, theater, cultural studies, and cinema.

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Svetlana Mantsvetova

Housing Coordinator

Svetlana Mantsvetova, Housing Coordinator, has hosted the 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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Irina Navrotskaya

Administrative Coordinator

Irina Navrotskaya, Administrative Coordinator, 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 coordinates such signature events at our Center as 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, Excursions Coordinator, 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, around and beyond St. Petersburg. She also oversees most of these excursions personally, either leading RAS groups alone or 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

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 Study Center he participates in such extra-curricular activities as excursions and field trips, sporting events, discussion club meetings, etc. Most important, 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 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.

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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

You'll begin your study abroad experience in St. Petersburg even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The on-site orientation last three days. 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. Additional orientation activities take place throughout the first two weeks of the program. 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.

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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.

The program offers three overnight field trips that take place each semester. Although excursion destinations vary, previous semesters have included overnight trips to Moscow, Novgorod, the Pskov region, and 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. You'll 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

You may take advantage of a range of volunteer projects in St. Petersburg. You'll have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in English language classes at St. Petersburg State University and private language schools. Although volunteer opportunities change somewhat from semester to semester, it is generally possible for you to spend your free time assisting at the Hermitage, International Red Cross, Salvation Army, non-governmental organizations, and orphanages.

Immersion

Sobesedniki—Peer Language Partners

If you choose to take part in the Sobesedniki program you'll be paired with local students for a variety of language and cultural exchange activities. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

CIEE St. Petersburg Signature Cultural Events

Each semester, study abroad students organize a special event held at the end of the semester. 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 their Sobesedniki. In past semesters, students have organized a Spring Ball (the period of Catherine the Great) a Stilyagi (Retro Hipsters style of the 1950s) project, and a Russian Rock project that culminated in a live performance of CIEE students accompanied by professional musicians.

Film and Music

You can enjoy Russian cinema individually by checking out films from the Study Center DVD library, or collectively in group screenings through the CIEE Film Club. In addition, you can participate in the CIEE choir or the CIEE Folk Dancing Troupe once a week. The CIEE choir has become a tradition in recent years, and the group has been invited to perform on national radio in past semesters. Some students choose to audition for the St. Petersburg State University choir or orchestra, which perform world class musical concerts for the public, while other students prefer to privately study a musical instrument, such as the balalaika or accordion.

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Academics

Academics

In 2013, the CIEE Study Center marks its 46th 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 Language program (RLP) was established in 1970. The Russian Language study abroad program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters and includes in-class language study at St. Petersburg State University and excursions and field trips conducted in Russian to other Russian cities. The curriculum for this program includes required courses in grammar, phonetics, and conversation, as well as elective courses in Russian literature, culture, and politics. Academi-year students in the spring semester take advanced sections of grammar and conversation, advanced translation, and one elective course.

Academic Culture

Students attend classes five days a week with one afternoon reserved for cultural activities. Grammar and conversation courses meet three times a week; phonetics and the elective courses meet twice each week. Classes are 90 minutes in length.

All courses are taught in Russian. Students are grouped by language level based on the results of a placement test. Class size ranges from seven to 10 students for core language courses. Language instructors use language textbooks published in Russia. In-class participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning. The Russian classroom is more formal than the American classroom with students expected to answer questions in turn and respect for the teacher is expected of all students. Each class is 90-minutes in length broken into two 45-minute parts to form one “para” or “pair.”

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only and not with Russian students. Upon approval from CIEE resident staff and local faculty members, students may audit additional classes (taught in Russian) at the School of Political Science, St. Petersburg State University.

Tutoring and Oral Proficiency Interview

CIEE 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. The CIEE program includes ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) testing which is conducted at the beginning and the end of each semester allowing students to receive a quantifiable score of their oral proficiency progress.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Study abroad students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Russian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Russian language proficiency and understanding of Russian society.

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, presentations, 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

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

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

Required CIEE Semester Courses

RUSI 3011 RLPR, Grammar, Advanced I

RUSI 3012 RLPR, Grammar, Advanced II

RUSI 3013 RLPR, Grammar, Advanced III

These courses activate students’ knowledge of modern Russian. This is accomplished through oral and written exercises in class, written homework assignments, and short compositions. Topics of study include verbs of existence and motion, the imperative, reflexive verbs, verbal aspect, impersonal and passive constructions, and participles.

RUSI 3021 RLPR, Phonetics, Advanced I

RUSI 3022 RLPR, Phonetics, Advanced II

RUSI 3023 RLPR, Phonetics, Advanced III

These courses are a systematic exploration and analysis of the Russian sound system including separate phonemes, sound combinations, modifications in normal speech, and intonation patterns. Introductory discussions of pronunciation norms prepare the student for practical reading exercises, which comprise the bulk of class work.

RUSI 3031 RLPR, Conversation, Advanced I

RUSI 3032 RLPR, Conversation, Advanced II

RUSI 3033 RLPR, Conversation, Advanced III

These courses are designed to increase active vocabulary, further the students’ control of idiomatic Russian, and develop all the basic skills of oral expression. The focus is directed conversation organized thematically, with attention given to speech situations of special practical use to the foreigner in Russia.

Elective CIEE Courses

LITT 3001 RLPR

Analytical Readings: 19th Century Russian Literature
(Fall only)
With the focus on 19th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Pushkin, Iurii Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Fedor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy. While examining their characteristic stylistic peculiarities, students learn about 19th century Russia, its problems and concerns, as well as penetrate the contradictory essence of the Russian mentality. Instructor: Anastasia Grosheva

LITT 3102 RLPR

Analytical Readings: 20th Century Russian Literature
(spring only)
With the focus on 20th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Maiakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandelshtam, Ivan Bunin, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Tragically trapped in the turmoil of the first decades of the 20th century, they express their visions, feelings, and delusions in a new poetic language that powerfully captures the era’s complex nature. Instructor: Anastasia Grosheva

POLI 3001 RLPR/RAST 3001 RLPR

Comparative Cultural Studies: The United States and Russia
Through the introduction of key cultural, social, and political issues, and discussions based on texts and documentaries this course gives CIEE students the opportunity to learn more about the contemporary Russian political sphere. Topics include citizen and state, values and norms, political and social processes, and cultural aspects of political life. Texts are primarily by Russian authors and include both academic secondary sources and articles from the mass media. Classes are conducted in Russian, though English is used for explanatory purposes and discussions, which are bilingual. Instructor Dr. Aleksander Sherstobitov

RUSI 3003 RLPR

Russian Word Formation
(fall only)
This linguistics course is a practical study of word forming elements (suffixes, prefixes, and roots) using material from modern Russian texts (mostly popular lyrics). The goal of the course is to increase student vocabulary, since a limited number of Russian roots and affixes create an almost unlimited number of lexical units. The course also touches on the history of the Russian language and Russian grammar where it is related to word formation (especially in verbs of motion). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college Russian.

RUSI 3006 RLPR

Russian Social and Political Life
(Fall only)
This course explores Russian civilization through analysis of assigned readings in the Russian press, and a lecture series on topical current events oriented toward the social and political life in Russian society. Topics such as the Soviet/Russian family, people and politics in Russia, and institutions and organizations are covered. Class discussion of the assigned reading acquaints participants with specialized language and Russian journalistic style.

RUSI 3008 RLPR

Russian Traditional Visual and Performing Arts
(Fall only)
This class explores traditional Russian performing, visual, and applied arts in an historical and geographical context. Students are introduced to Russian folk arts and traditions (especially vocal and visual) and the regional differences in Russia’s vast territory. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Part of the course is devoted to learning Russian songs to further their understanding of Russian. Instructor Dr. Irina Guliakova

RUSI 3009 RLPR

Petersburg and the ‘New’ in Russian Culture
(Spring only)
This class explores post-Petrine Russian performing, visual, and applied arts. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Russian architectural movements, the visual arts, especially ‘academic’ painting, and classical musical traditions are given particular attention. The various architectural styles represented in the city, the multitude of museums, and the wealth of cultural/musical events make St. Petersburg itself an integral part of the course material. Instructor Dr. Irina Guliakova

RUSI 3010 RLPR

Mentality, Social Behavior, and the Representation of Russia
(Spring only)
This course analyzes issues of intellectual background and social behavior as they emerge in the representation of contemporary Russia. The course introduces an overview of the popular concepts which shaped the mentality of the Russians. Topics covered include intellectual life, religion, gender, Russian youth, living conditions, work, and employment. Texts discussed in class are related to current events and help students to explore the language of the press. Instructors: Dr. Nina Filippova and Dr. Leonid Loshenkov

RUSI 3106 RLPR

Advanced Translation
(For academic-year students only in spring semester)
This course attempts to systemize previously acquired knowledge of Russian grammar (morphology and syntax), lexis, and stylistics. The emphasis falls on the grammatical phenomena that rarely have absolute equivalents in Russian and English languages (gerund, indefinite pronouns, and adverbs). Special attention is given to the structure of Russian sentence and mobility of its components’ order, which is governed by the variety of its communicative functions. The ample corpus of sentences, paragraphs, and unabridged texts in English constitutes the core of a thorough study of the specifics of translation from English into Russian. Instructor Dr. Ekaterina Sokolova

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