St. Petersburg, Russia

Summer Russian Language

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Information for term Summer Russian Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 13 – Aug 8, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Take your beginner, intermediate, or advanced Russian language skills to a new level while you explore glorious St. Petersburg. With inspiring sites, rigorous coursework, homestays, and the help of Russian peers, you’re sure to make rapid progress. Courses are taught in Russian at CIEE’s partner school, St. Petersburg State University, and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Move your beginning,

    intermediate, or advanced Russian skills ahead in a city so spectacular that its entire downtown is a UNESCO heritage site.

  • Travel overnight

    to Moscow and Novgorod for a broader view of Russian culture.

  • Maximize immersion

    by living with a Russian family.

  • bridges

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

  • museums


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 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.

The Culture


  • Travel overnight to cosmopolitan Moscow, and Russian’s oldest city, Novgorod to explore highlights and enjoy time on your own.
  • Explore St. Petersburg highlights like the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, the Russian Museum, and the Russian bathhouse, and take a walking tour based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
  • Attend a ballet, concert, a hockey or soccer game, and get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
  • Get to know Russian peers with celebrations, sports events, cinema club meetings, Pub Quiz trivia nights, and more.


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

Daily Life

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

    Hostels. A limited number of double rooms are available for CIEE students to share at a downtown hostel. Semester students have single rooms. The hostel is a 25- to 30-minute commute to the CIEE center, and 5 minutes on foot to Nevskiy Prospek.


    Homestays: Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and three meals on weekends.

    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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    Conveniently located at St. Petersburg State University.

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

What People are Saying

  • "It's just the right amount of structured. It lets you have the freedom to explore and decide what you want to do with your time here, but still provides opportunities and suggestions. Very receptive to student feedback."

    Hannah, University of Oregon, Summer 16
  • "My housing was amazing, great family, love them and I would not have been able to have a better experience."

    Alexandra, University of California, Summer 16

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Program Details

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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. This program is designed to advance Russian language skills with eight weeks of language study at the School of Political Science, Saint Petersburg State University. Students improve grammar, phonetic, and conversational skills through language study, as they explore Russian culture through close analysis of verbal and visual texts, and attend lectures on history, literature, art, and contemporary life.

St. Petersburg State University. Founded in the 18th century, 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.

Students agree to speak only Russian to encourage language and cultural acquisition.


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    Students attend classes and program-related cultural excursions and activities five days a week. Classes are typically held four days a week, with Wednesdays reserved for cultural and social activities. Classes are 90 minutes in length. All courses are taught in Russian. Students are grouped by language level based on the results of a placement test. Students take classes only with other CIEE students.


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


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



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    A valid passport at time of application. Russian immigration requires that passports are valid for 18 months beyond the program end-date to acquire a student visa.

    Current Russian passport holders and U.S. passport holders adopted from, or born in, Russia are required to travel on Russian passports. If this applies to you, please contact your nearest Russian consulate to clarify your citizenship status and contact CIEE with questions.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credit

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 15-45 contact hours

Language of Instruction

3 Russian language courses in grammar, phonetics, and conversation
2 CIEE content courses

Course Notes
Students will be placed in the appropriate language level onsite.

Summer 2020 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.


  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 13, 2020 Aug 8, 2020
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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 = $6,818 **

Housing = $1,700 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $9,250

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 = $1,265

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $230

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,150

Total Estimated Costs = $3,745

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, 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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