Study Abroad in St. Petersburg

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Explore St. Petersburg, Russia

Once the capital of imperial Russia, St. Petersburg retains its status as the cultural capital, hosting the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. The City of the Tsars is also one of the most accessible and westernized cities in Russia.

Study abroad student playing chess in St Petersburg
Study abroad in in St Petersburg
Study abroad students together in St Petersburg in front of landmark

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In St. Petersburg, past study tours and excursions have included: 

  • Exploring city highlights like the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Museum, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, Baltika Brewery, and more
  • Going to the ballet or opera in the city where Mikhail Baryshnikov started his celebrated dance career
  • Getaways to Moscow to witness the grandeur of the ancient Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and more
  • Trips to the Pskov region or Veliky Novgorod to see Russian life outside of St. Petersburg
Study abroad students at study center taking a group picture  in St Petersburg

Where Students Study

CIEE St. Petersburg
CIEE St. Petersburg is conveniently located on the campus of St. Petersburg State University.

St. Petersburg State University
Founded in the 18th century, the university is one of Russia’s leading institutions of higher education. The campus includes more than 400 buildings around the city center and beyond. CIEE students attend class at the stunning Smolny campus, where the renowned school for noble ladies was founded in 1764. 

Study abroad students dancing in St Petersburg

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. 

Study abroad in St. Petersburg

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What People are Saying

  • "It’s a super well-thought-out program with a lot of opportunities to get to know the city outside of the classroom!"

    Vanessa D., Pennsylvania State University
  • "The program is really organized, the excursions are insightful and knowledgeable. The staff of polite and professional, CIEE is a great program for study abroad."

    Tyler G., Howard University
  • "The program was well structured with a lot of opportunities for engagement."

    Abigail H., Macalester College