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3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come explore the splendor that is St. Petersburg in summer. Begin or continue your Russian language studies, enroll in courses on a variety of topics, and examine the intriguing complexities of Russia’s past and present in the warm weather and white nights.

And with homestays, peer language tutors, cultural activities, and excursions that allow you to explore the city and the surrounding areas, studying abroad in Russia offers you an exciting and uniquely immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Russia and you will:

  • Begin or conintue your Russian language studies in spectacular St. Petersburg, where the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO heritage site
  • Gain insight into Russian history, politics, business, and culture through courses taught in English
  • Enjoy a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions to museums, historical sites, and theaters, and interaction with locals
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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:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants
  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants

    The Bowman Travel Grants are awarded to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations and are meant to help to defray the costs of travel. All awards are $1,000 and are issued directly to the awardee, after all other program fees have been paid. For students whose school is billed for all fees, the award will be released within four weeks of award notification.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to Moscow or Valaam to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Spend an intercultural weekend in a second exciting locale!

Coursework

Choices matter. With no required courses, you build your own curriculum in St. Petersburg. Choose from a variety of electives in language study, Russian politics, business, history and art.

Cultural Activities

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Explore the city through a series of museum visits, boat tours, a group cooking class in Russian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse, and tickets to concerts, ballets, and sporting events.

The study abroad program offers an overnight field trip each summer, including excursions to places of educational, cultural, and historic significance, while providing time for you to explore the sites 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. This partner program provides you with additional language support, while giving you insight into the lifestyles 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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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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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0–3 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

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Total recommended credit for the summer program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The study abroad program is offered in three, four-week sessions. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions. Students choose one of the courses offered in each session. A minimum number of students is required in order to offer a course, and therefore students are advised to seek pre-approval for more than one course option from their home school advisor prior to the start of the program. In addition, students can enroll in a one-credit, optional “survival” Russian language course.

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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 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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Summer is the best season to explore St. Petersburg because of its warm weather and white nights that allow one to fully appreciate the splendor of its numerous canals and rivers, magnificent architecture, and intricately designed gardens. The trips outside the city stress its uniqueness in Russia’s cultural landscape and extend your understanding of its multifaceted essence. Your stay in St. Petersburg allows you to not only penetrate the beauty of Russia’s Imperial capital, but also to enjoy Russian hospitality as you share with a Russian family its everyday life. Additionally, the classroom experience at St. Petersburg State University enriches students and individuals thanks to the unfailing enthusiasm and professionalism of the University’s faculty. The combination of these factors create a perfect environment for your summer study and quench your thirst for new knowledge, the exploration of unknown cultures, and the joy of traveling abroad.

— Irina Makoveeva, Resident 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 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 double room with another CIEE participant. Students are responsible for all meals.

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Orientations

Orientations

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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.

At the beginning of the program, you will participate in an intensive three-day introduction to Russian everyday culture and customs, health and safety issues, and the academic program. The orientation, held in a St. Petersburg hotel, is supported by Russian student assistants in order to facilitate your entry into your new culture. After the initial three-day orientation, you'll move to your homestay. For the remainder of the orientation, you'll take part in a variety of exercises, excursions, and meetings as you become familiar with your new home. The program orientation also includes a Survival Russian language session.

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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

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The academic program is supplemented with excursions, study tours, and field trips. Although the schedule changes somewhat from year to year, typical excursions include a city bus tour, the Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, a walking tour of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Pushkin’s Apartment Museum. Additionally, CIEE staff arranges boat tours, a group cooking class in Russian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse, and tickets to activities such as concerts, ballets, and sports events. Weekends are mostly free with the exception of overnight weekend field trips and possible Saturday excursions.

The study abroad program offers an overnight field trip each summer, including excursions to places of educational, cultural, and historic significance, while still allowing some time for you to explore the sites on your own. Some group meals are included during these group excursions.

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.

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Academics

Academics

In 2015, the CIEE Study Center marks 48 years in St. Petersburg. CIEE began its close relationship with St. Petersburg State University when the Summer Russian Language Program began there in 1967.

This Russian Area Studies summer program includes three four-week sessions of study at the School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University. The curriculum includes courses in Russian culture, business, politics, art and architecture, and Russian language. During the program, students visit places of historical and cultural significance in and around St. Petersburg and other fascinating destinations.

Academic Culture

Study abroad students attend classes five days a week with one afternoon reserved for cultural activities. Classes are 90 minutes in length. All of the area studies courses are taught in English. Russian language courses are taught in Russian. Students who choose to enroll in a Russian language course are grouped by language level based on the results of a placement test. In-class participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning.

Nature of Classes

CIEE participants take classes with CIEE study abroad students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students are encouraged to speak Russian as much as possible both in and outside of the classroom. CIEE resident staff encourage students to use Russian during excursions and with their Russian host families.

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 in-class participation, short quizzes, written assignments, and exams.

Language of Instruction

English
Russian

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the St. Petersburg State University School of Political Science or other local Russian universities.

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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.

Session One

Optional Survival Russian
Students are placed in an appropriate language level at the beginning of the program. Each course emphasizes basic grammatical structures, conversation with simple sentences, basic vocabulary, and comprehension.

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 post-communist transition.

A Century of Russian Cinema
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 students to determine their unique aesthetic value. Class meetings consist of question-and-answer sessions, lectures, student presentations, short quizzes, and class discussion.

Session Two

Optional Survival Russian
Students are placed in an appropriate language level at the beginning of the program. Each course emphasizes basic grammatical structures, conversation with simple sentences, basic vocabulary, and comprehension.

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.

The Cultural Myths and Realities of St. Petersburg
The Mirrored Myth—the splendid yet tragic St. Petersburg is recreated as a cultural “myth.” Architectural landmarks, works of poetry and literature, Russian opera, and famous Soviet movies are transformed into the emblems of the city. The course examines the so-called “Petersburg text,” which consists of the literary works, paintings, and drawings, music and theatrical productions, and philosophical and moral ideas connected with Petersburg’s special place in Russian past and present. Students are encouraged to construct their own vision of the Petersburg mythos through the series of discussions and debates.

Session Three

Optional Survival Russian
Students are placed in an appropriate language level at the beginning of the program. Each course emphasizes basic grammatical structures, conversation with simple sentences, basic vocabulary, and comprehension.

The Politics of the Image and the Image of Politics in Russian Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries
The course examines Russian/Soviet visual art from the prism of political forces that influenced its developments. The renaissance of Russian art known as the Silver Age coincided with the social unrest and political turmoil at the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1910s Russian avant-garde artists introduced new ways of non-objective art (Malevich, Kandinsky, Larionov) through their re-discovery of Russian icons. The Utopian ideas of the 1920s and the Stalinist ideology of the 1930s-1950s brought to life Socialist Realism—the prevalent method of Soviet art. The overall liberalization in culture following Stalin’s death resulted in the artists’ interest in the form of representation rather than its content. The irony of the Sots-Art movement of the 1970s (Komar and Melamid) contributed to the disappearance of totalitarian ideology in the visual art. The cardinal political changes of the 1980s inevitably affected the aesthetics of Russian art: the after-Perestroika art has been accepted as a new avant-garde. This course includes excursions to museums, contemporary art galleries, and artists’ studios in St. Petersburg.

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.

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