St. Petersburg, Russia

Summer Russian Area Studies

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Information for term Summer Russian Area Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 21 – Jun 18, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Jul 16, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 16 – Aug 12, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 21 – Jul 16, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Aug 12, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 21 – Aug 12, 2018 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Warm weather and white nights make St. Petersburg extra special in summer, and with a heritage filled with larger-than-life figures like Peter the Great, George Balanchine, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, there’s no shortage of fascinating topics to explore. Come with little or no Russian language, and return with new skills, fresh perspective, and memories to last a lifetime.

Unique experiences

  • Live in a 300-year-old city

    where traditional and modern forces converge.

  • Increase your understanding

    of Russian history, culture, business, and politics - with your choice of courses taught in English.

  • Study Russian language

    in a city so spectacular that its entire downtown is a UNESCO heritage site.

  • 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. It’s also easy to navigate by foot and public transportation. The city’s many nicknames include: Paris of the East, City of the Czars, City of Three Revolutions, and Venice of the North, but we’re quite sure you’ll call it fabulous.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore city highlights like the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Russian Museum, and take a walking tour based on Dostoevsky’s book, Crime and Punishment.
  • Attend a ballet, concert, hockey or soccer game, and get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
  • Travel overnight to explore beyond St. Petersburg.
  • Get to know Russian peers during day-trips, sports events, cinema club meetings, Pub Quiz trivia nights, and more.

PROJECTS

  • Join the alumni network of remarkable individuals who have studied in St. Petersburg with CIEE since 1967.

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, 20 minutes by bus to CIEE, and 5 minutes on foot to Nevsky 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.

  • Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation to get from their lodgings to class.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE ST. PETERSBURG

    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

  • CIEE study abroad has been easily one of the most important events of my life. It was well-balanced and eye-opening. My classes were in-depth, and every CIEE councillor was a huge resource and a genuinely decent person. The experience was financially reasonable, and everyone who helped me prepare for the trip was so, so patient, gentle, prompt, and helpful. I love CIEE!

    Piper, Summer 16
  • It was a great experience. At times it could be a bit tiring with the amount of excursions but at the same time it was wonderful to be see all the different sites.

    Natasha, Oregon State University, Summer 16

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE has a long tradition of study in Russia – our first program began in partnership with St. Petersburg State University in 1967. With this summer program, students choose one, two, or three four-week sessions with CIEE at the School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University. No Russian language experience is required, and course offerings typically includes Russian culture, business, politics, art and architecture, and Russian language.

St. Petersburg State University. Founded in the 18th century, the campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River to include more than 400 buildings around the city center and beyond. CIEE students attend class at the stunning Smolny campus, in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

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

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students attend classes three days a week and participate in cultural activities, extracurricular excursions, and class field trips two days a week. Classes are 90 minutes in length. All of the area studies courses are taught in English. Participants take classes only with other CIEE study abroad students.

  • GRADING

    Instructors use the U.S. grading scale of A-F. Grades are determined by results on short quizzes, written assignments, and exams.

  • 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

    A valid U.S. passport at time of application. Russian immigration requires that passports are valid for 18 months beyond the program end-date.

  • PROGRAM CREDIT

    • Total credit, semester: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
    • Optional: Communicative Russian Language: 15 contact hours; 1 semester/1.5 quarter credit hours

Curriculum

Students take one course each four-week block, and can also enroll in the optional Communicative Russian Language course.

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.

 

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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
  • On-site airport meet-and-greet
  • 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

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.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks Summer Session I and II 2018 8 weeks Summer Sessions I, II and III 2018 12 weeks Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Summer Session II and III 2018 8 weeks Summer Session III 2018 4 weeks

Application Due

Mar 1, 2018 Mar 1, 2018 Mar 1, 2018 Mar 1, 2018 Mar 1, 2018 May 1, 2018

Start Date

May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Jul 16, 2018

End Date

Jun 18, 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Aug 12, 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Aug 12, 2018 Aug 12, 2018

Fees & Housing

$4,850
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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 = $3,268 **

Housing = $850 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $4,850

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 = $600

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $120

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $575

Total Estimated Costs = $2,370

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

$8,730
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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 = $6,298 **

Housing = $1,700 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $8,730

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $240

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,150

Total Estimated Costs = $3,740

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

$12,610
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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 = $9,328 **

Housing = $2,550 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $12,610

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 = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $360

Books & Supplies = $225

Personal expenses = $1,725

Total Estimated Costs = $5,110

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 250 for weekday lunches

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

$4,850
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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 = $3,268

Housing = $850

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $4,850

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 = $600

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $120

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $575

Total Estimated Costs = $2,370

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.

for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 250 for weekday lunches

$8,730
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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 = $6,298

Housing = $1,700

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $8,730

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $240

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,150

Total Estimated Costs = $3,740

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.

for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 250 for weekday lunches

$4,850
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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 = $3,268

Housing = $850

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $4,850

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 = $600

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $120

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $575

Total Estimated Costs = $2,370

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.

for students staying in the hostel; students in homestays should budget 250 for weekday lunches

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