St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Language

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Information for term Russian Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 31 – Dec 16, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 15, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 1 – May 18, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Russian is a challenging language to learn, but if there’s a place to master it, it’s glorious St. Petersburg. With inspiring sites everywhere, plus coursework, homestays, language partners, excursions, and more, you’re sure to get the upper hand. Join 270 million others who speak Russian, with support from Russia’s longest running study-abroad program.

Unique experiences

  • Live and learn

    in a magnificent 300-year-old city whose entire center is part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Travel to Moscow

    and other Russian cities to get the bigger picture of Russian culture.

  • Live and volunteer

    in a smaller Russian town during the Alternative Break trip.

  • million residents

    5.2
  • bridges

    400
  • sub-sites contribute to St. Petersburg’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    36

Location & Culture

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Peter the Great’s vision of St. Petersburg as a “Window to the West” was captured by French and Italian architects with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. With World War II and Stalinist repression in its rearview mirror, St. Petersburg is the cultural capital and most westernized city of Russia, and easy to navigate by foot and public transportation. The city’s many nicknames include City of the Tsars, City of Three Revolutions, and Venice of the North, but we’re quite sure you’ll call it simply fabulous.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore city highlights like the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Museum, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, Baltika Brewery, and more.
  • Attend a concert, a hockey or soccer game, get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
  • See a ballet or opera performance in the city where Mikhail Baryshnikov started his celebrated dance career.
  • Travel to Moscow for an overnight stay, and take-in the grandeur of the ancient Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and unique historic metro stations.
  • Take a second overnight trip to the Pskov region or Veliky Novgorod to see Russian life outside of St. Petersburg.
  • Explore Russia on your own during Independent Russian Travel Week. Students have relaxed on the shores of the Black Sea, camped near Lake Baikal, visited the Olympic city of Sochi, and more. (Expenses not covered by program fee.)
  • Lend your voice to the CIEE choir, or audition for the world-class St. Petersburg State University choir or orchestra.

PROJECTS

  • Meet up with a sobesednik - a conversation partner and peer who will help you adjust to St. Petersburg, practice Russian, and discover local lifestyle.
  • Volunteer regularly, and you’ll get back as much as you gain! Help organize donated clothing at a shelter, pitch in at the Hermitage Museum’s archeological department, support the SKA hockey club and more.
  • Volunteer during Alternative Break program, and get a different slice of Russian culture. Students lend a hand with community service in smaller Russian towns, such as Arkhangelsk, Kirov, and Tula.
  • Help organize a cultural event while you explore a slice of Russian history. Past events include Stilyagi, a project starring the retro-hipster style of the 1960s Soviet Union; Russian Rock of the 1980s; and a Russian Imperial Spring Ball. 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Live with a Russian-speaking family and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. Each student has his/her own room in the family's private apartment.

    Hostels. A limited number of single rooms are available at a downtown hostel, 30 minutes by bus to the CIEE Study Center, and 5 minutes on foot to Nevskiy Prospekt.

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Homestay families provide breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and three meals on weekends. Students must buy lunch on weekdays - the university cafeteria has reasonable prices. Hostels: Students are responsible for all meals.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE SITE

    Conveniently located at St. Petersburg State University.

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    ST. PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

    CIEE students use the Smolny campus on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

What People are Saying

  • Because it is a once in a lifetime chance to do something unique with your life, to make friends, and to go out of your comfort zone.

    Ryan, Hope College, Spring 17
  • I think it is a great academic center as well as a great program for those who want their freedom to enjoy their city.

    India, University of Mississippi Main Campus, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Russian Language Program first began in cooperation with St. Petersburg State University in 1967. It’s designed for students who want to increase their command of the Russian language, and includes rigorous language coursework, your choice of electives at St. Petersburg State, and excursions and field trips in the city and beyond. A lecture series adds further cultural color, with topics ranging from Russian rock to Soviet space dogs.

St. Petersburg State University. Founded in the 18th century, the University is one of Russia’s leading institutions of higher education. The campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River, and now includes more than 400 buildings around the city center and beyond. CIEE students attend class at the stunning Smolny campus, where the renowned school for noble ladies was founded in 1764. It’s in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

All courses are taught by faculty from St. Petersburg State University.

Language assessment and support.

Students agree to speak only Russian.

Students take the ACTFL oral proficiency interview at the start and end of each semester and receive a score to help gauge progress.

The CIEE Study Center staff offers tutoring by experienced instructors to help students review challenging grammar or classwork.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    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 a week. Classes are 90 minutes long. All courses are taught in Russian. Students are grouped by language level based on the results of a placement test. Core language classes include seven to 10 students; textbooks are published in Russian. Students take classes only with other CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    Professors use the U.S. grading scale of A-F. Grades are determined by results on short quizzes, written assignments, and exams. Participation is also often a large factor.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Russian teaching emphasizes in-class learning. Participation is important; attendance is mandatory.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level Russian (or equivalent) A valid U.S. passport at time of application. Russian immigration requires that passports are valid for 18 months beyond the program end-date.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 17 semester/25.5 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 31 semester/46.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Area studies courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course
  • Grammar and conversation courses: 65; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter hours per course
  • Phonetics courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course.

Students take five courses per semester:

  • 3 Russian language courses – grammar, phonetics, and conversation
  • 2 elective courses taught in Russian

Participants are placed based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. In their second semester, academic-year students take courses in grammar, conversation, and advanced translation, and one elective.

With special approval, students can audit other course taught in Russian at the School of Political Science, St. Petersburg State University.

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.

Fall 2018

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Spring 2018

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Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Russian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Aug 31, 2018 Dec 16, 2018
$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,768 **

Housing = $3,350 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,650

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $5,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 750 for weekday lunches

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

Academic year 2018-2019 15 weeks Aug 31, 2018 TBD
$36,385
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $28,953 **

Housing = $6,700 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $36,385

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,300

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $4,400

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $10,900

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 750 for weekday lunches

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

Spring 2019 15 weeks Nov 15, 2018 Feb 1, 2019* May 18, 2019*
$19,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,368 **

Housing = $3,350 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $19,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,600

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $5,350

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day and three on weekends for homestay students. No meals are included for students in the hostel.

Fall 2019 15 weeks May 15, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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