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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.

With homestays, cultural activities, and excursions that allow you to explore the city and the surrounding areas, studying abroad in Russia offers you an exciting and immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Russia and you will:

  • Begin or continue 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
  • 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:

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

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

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

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

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Moscow
  • Session II: Valaam
  • Session III: Moscow

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

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

study abroad in Russia

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

CIEE provides several events such as board game nights, trivia ‘Pub Quiz’ nights, cinema club meetings, sporting events, and karaoke evenings where you can meet Russians, who are interested in cultural exchange with their peers. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

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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
Summer Session I 2016 (4 wks)
Extended to: 03/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,450

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,182
Housing ***
$850
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

* 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 *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$575

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

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Summer Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
Extended to: 03/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$8,010

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,892
Housing ***
$1,700
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

* 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 *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,150

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2016 (12 wks)
Extended to: 03/15/2016
05/23/2016
08/14/2016
$11,570

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,602
Housing ***
$2,550
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

* 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 *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$1,725

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

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Summer Session II 2016 (4 wks)
04/01/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,450

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation
$300
Educational Costs
$3,182
Housing
$850
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$575

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 250 for weekday lunches

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Summer Session II, III 2016 (8 wks)
04/01/2016
06/20/2016
08/14/2016
$8,010

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation
$300
Educational Costs
$5,892
Housing
$1,700
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare
$1,000
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,150

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 250 for weekday lunches

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Summer Session III 2016 (4 wks)
05/01/2016
07/18/2016
08/14/2016
$4,450

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation
$300
Educational Costs
$3,182
Housing
$850
Insurance
$118

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.

Students studying on this CIEE program will be charged an additional fee of $265 to secure the necessary entry visa.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare
$1,000
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$575

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 250 for weekday lunches

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Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
03/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
03/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
03/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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.

More Information
Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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.

More Information
Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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.

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017

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 $500 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
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 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

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session. Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Russian Language course during any one session for an additional 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit 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 an optional Communicative 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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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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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 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.

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 Nevsky Prospekt and a 20-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center. Students are placed in a double room with another CIEE participant. Students are responsible for all meals.

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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. Meeting with students online, the resident staff 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

At the beginning of the program, upon arrival to the Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, students are taken directly to their homestays (or to the hostel). The following day marks their official introduction to Russia and St. Petersburg during the Orientation Seminar, which is conducted at the CIEE Office on the Moika Embankment in the very center of the city. The Orientation Seminar covers the important topics of health and safety, the academic program, and everyday culture and customs. The seminar is followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant and a city walking tour of the historical center of St. Petersburg.

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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, limited, but 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

study abroad in Russia

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, Peterhof, a walking tour of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Pushkin’s Apartment Museum. Additionally, CIEE staff arrange 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

CULTURAL EVENTS WITH RUSSIAN PEERS

CIEE provides several events such as board game nights, trivia ‘Pub Quiz’ night, sport events, cinema club meetings, and daytrips to the Gulf of Finland, where you can meet Russians who are interested in cultural exchange with their peers. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

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Academics

Academics

CIEE began its close relationship with St. Petersburg State University when the Summer Russian Language Program began there in 1967. 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.

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 such as Moscow or the Island of Valaam (depending on the session of study).

Academic Culture

Study abroad students attend classes three days a week with the other two weekdays reserved for cultural activities and field trips. 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 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.

SESSION ONE

HIST 3002 RASU
Russian History: Perestroikas in Russia from the 9th to 20th Century

This course provides information about the “key” events of the history of Russia, its political institutions, religion and economy with special emphasis on major transformations (“Perestroikas”). Lectures focus on political, intellectual and religious history but attention is also given to economic and military history. Students will be focused on the links between the events of the past and the problems of the present. For better results the classes should be active studies, so discussions and brainstorming are included. Personal attitude to the information given will help students to make a clear view on Russian History.

RAST 3003 RASP / CINE 3001 RASP
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.

RUSI 0001 RASU
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

RUSI 1001 RASU
Elementary Russian I

This course is designed to develop basic skills for everyday communication while studying in Russia. The course introduces students to the Russian alphabet and pronunciation, as well as orients them to Russian culture, beliefs, and traditions. Its selection of vocabulary and grammar embraces high-frequency items that are needed at the elementary level and is thematically oriented. This approach ensures students’ successful stay with local families and productive study while in Russia.

RUSI 1002 RASU
Elementary Russian II

This course is a continuation of Beginning Russian I and will further develop students’ skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Russian while employing real-life situations. The course provides students with numerous opportunities to practice asking and answering questions, as well as to produce short descriptions and narrations essential for living in Russia. This approach prepares students for the intermediate level (in accord with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines), while enabling them to better understand how the language reflects and shapes cultural values in Russia.

SESSION TWO

AHIS 3001 RASU
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.

RUSI 3001 RASU
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.

RUSI 0001 RASU
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

RUSI 1001 RASU
Elementary Russian I

This course is designed to develop basic skills for everyday communication while studying in Russia. The course introduces students to the Russian alphabet and pronunciation, as well as orients them to Russian culture, beliefs, and traditions. Its selection of vocabulary and grammar embraces high-frequency items that are needed at the elementary level and is thematically oriented. This approach ensures students’ successful stay with local families and productive study while in Russia.

RUSI 1002 RASU
Elementary Russian II

This course is a continuation of Beginning Russian I and will further develop students’ skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Russian while employing real-life situations. The course provides students with numerous opportunities to practice asking and answering questions, as well as to produce short descriptions and narrations essential for living in Russia. This approach prepares students for the intermediate level (in accord with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines), while enabling them to better understand how the language reflects and shapes cultural values in Russia.

SESSION THREE

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.

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.

RUSI 0001 RASU
Communicative Russian Language

This 1-credit course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture.

RUSI 1001 RASU
Elementary Russian I

This course is designed to develop basic skills for everyday communication while studying in Russia. The course introduces students to the Russian alphabet and pronunciation, as well as orients them to Russian culture, beliefs, and traditions. Its selection of vocabulary and grammar embraces high-frequency items that are needed at the elementary level and is thematically oriented. This approach ensures students’ successful stay with local families and productive study while in Russia.

RUSI 1002 RASU
Elementary Russian II

This course is a continuation of Beginning Russian I and will further develop students’ skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Russian while employing real-life situations. The course provides students with numerous opportunities to practice asking and answering questions, as well as to produce short descriptions and narrations essential for living in Russia. This approach prepares students for the intermediate level (in accord with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines), while enabling them to better understand how the language reflects and shapes cultural values in Russia.

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