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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Pure gold: it decorates the domes everywhere you look in St. Petersburg and will undoubtedly be your opinion about your experience in the Northern Capital of Russia. This city, which produced “father of American ballet” George Balanchine, where Mikhail Baryshnikov began his illustrious ballet career, and where artist Marc Chagall perfected his craft, is where you will develop your language skills, find adventure and gain a greater appreciation for Russian politics, history, and culture. It’s all waiting for you with CIEE.

Study abroad in St. Petersburg and you will:

  • Improve your Russian language proficiency, and learn about Russian culture in an authentic and stimulating environment in the longest-running U.S. study abroad program in Russia
  • Have the option to live with a Russian family
  • Experience a rich cultural program including local excursions and trips to the city of Moscow and other Russian regions; visits to museums, historical sites, and theaters
  • Dive into extensive interaction with locals through the variety of coordinated cultural events
  • Live in 300-year old St. Petersburg, known as the “Venice of the North,” and experience the relationship between traditional and modern forces impacting Russia today
  • 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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Build a curriculum that suits your needs and abilities. Choose from two levels of Russian language courses, as well as a host of area studies electives taught in English on a variety of subjects from history, politics, and sociology to art, literature, and cinema.

Excursions

study abroad in Russia

In St. Petersburg, a night at the ballet or opera gives you a taste of one of Russia’s favorite cultural pastimes. You will also explore the city through a series of museum visits, group cooking classes in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse, concerts, sporting events, and more. During a trip to Moscow, you will experience the grandeur and beauty of the ancient Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and Moscow’s unique historic metro stations.

Student to student

You will have your very own sobesednik, or conversation partner, who will help you better understand the local culture and adjust to life in a new country. These students provide you with additional language support and a firsthand look at the lifestyle of your Russian peers. In addition, you can join student groups such as debate or choir, and participate in fun social activities with Russian students: sport events, trivia “Pub Quiz” nights, board game nights, cinema club meetings, and karaoke nights.

A team of CIEE Russian Buddies, program volunteers, organize additional activities, such as day-long trips to St. Petersburg sites further afield (Gatchina, Pushkin, Pavlovsk), Russian winter sport events, and poetry/book club.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring 2017 (15 wks)
11/15/2016
02/03/2017
05/21/2017
$18,850

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,768
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$2,200

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 750 for weekday lunches

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

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Fall 2017 (15 wks)
05/15/2017
09/01/2017
12/17/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,768
Housing ***
$3,350
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,000
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$2,200

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 750 for weekday lunches

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

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Spring 2018 (15 wks)
11/15/2017
02/02/2018
05/20/2018

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

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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Academic year 2017-2018 (37 wks)
05/15/2017
09/01/2017
05/20/2018

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

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
  • 0–4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent
  • 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

Credit for the semester is 17–18 semester/25.5–27 quarter hours.

Course contact hours for CIEE area studies courses are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Course contact hours for CIEE language courses are 84 hours and credit is 4 semester/ 6 quarter hours.per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All Russian Area Studies must take the Russian language component at the elementary or intermediate level. Participants are placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. Language study consists of two courses: grammar and conversation. In addition, students take three area studies courses taught in English.

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About the City

About The City

Envisioned by Peter the Great as the “Window to the West” in 1703 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. Other nicknames share the spirit of electrifying city: Paris of the East, City of the Czars, and City of Three Revolutions. Having endured the horrors of World War II and Stalinist repression, the people now cope with a new political and economic reality. St. Petersburg is considered the cultural capital and most westernized city of Russia. Today 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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Natalia Chernyaeva

Academic Coordinator

Natalia Chernyaeva holds a “kandidat nauk” degree in Philosophy from the Ural State University and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa. Before joining the CIEE team in the fall of 2016, she worked at the Ural Federal University, where she taught graduate-level courses in Gender anthropology and Political philosophy and managed an MA program in Political philosophy, taught in English. At CIEE, Natalia is involved in developing and strengthening the academic curriculum and serving the link between CIEE students and Saint Petersburg State University faculty. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of Gender studies, Russian area studies and Feminist anthropology. Her current publications focus on the politics of gender and family in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In her free time, Natalia enjoys traveling, contemporary art and films.

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Katya Kavchenko

Student Services Assistant

Katya is a recent graduate of Saint Petersburg State University’s School of International Relations; she received an undergraduate degree in world politics with a focus on migration studies and a master’s degree in American studies. Katya joined CIEE in the summer of 2016, following her graduation from Saint Petersburg State University. In college, Katya spent two semesters studying in the United States as an exchange student, and this later contributed to her decision of a career path. Being an experienced study abroad student, Katya helps CIEE students adapt to the new environment by engaging them in different extracurricular, cultural and social activities, and by facilitating their interaction with Russian peers. In her free time, Katya enjoys going to the theatre, painting, swimming, and photography.

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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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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 resolving conflicts. 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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Julia Semibratova

Excursions and Activities 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 visa support, 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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Ira 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 developing Russian Buddy program. Ira's true passion is traveling and exploring new cultures. In her free time, Ira also enjoys reading, blogging, and volunteering by 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 and expanding out to the suburbs of the city. CIEE students study at the university’s stunning Smolny campus on the very territory on which the renowned school for noble ladies was founded in 1764. It’s 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 in a Russian family’s 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. The university cafeteria offers very reasonably priced meals.

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 Nevskiy Prospekt and a 20-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center. Students are placed in single-occupancy rooms.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Russia

You will begin your study abroad experience in St. Petersburg even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident staff meets with students online and 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. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, to answer your questions, and identify your goals.

The on-site orientation at one of the city’s hotels lasts three days: additional orientation activities throughout the first two weeks of the program are scheduled to assist in student adaptation to their new home. At the beginning of the program, you will participate in an intensive introduction to Russia, its culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. The orientation is supported by Russian student assistants in order to facilitate your entry into your new surroundings. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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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, 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

The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, tours, and field trips. All excursions for RAS students are conducted in English.

Required program excursions in previous semesters have included a bus city tour, the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and a trip to Peterhof. Optional excursions organized by CIEE include Russian Museum, Yusupov Palace, a walking tour of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, Lenin's Apartment Museum, and the Baltika Brewery. In previous semesters, CIEE arranged an evening at the ballet, group cooking classes in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse (banya), and group tickets to hockey and soccer games. Most of our optional excursions are scheduled for weekends.

study abroad in Russia

The program offers two overnight field trips that take place on the weekend each semester—Moscow and other regional destinations such as the Pskov region, Veliky Novgorod, or Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic. These trips include excursions to places of educational, cultural, and historic significance, while still allowing some time for you to explore the sites on your own. This experience will provide you with the wonderful insight into the diversity and everyday life of modern Russia.

In addition, you will have a chance to explore more new areas during the independent Russian Travel Week. Students travel independently and the cost of this travel is not included in the program fee. In past semesters students have visited the ring of ancient Russian towns surrounding Moscow known as the Golden Ring, camped near Lake Baikal, explored further parts of the country, such as Murmansk or Vladivostok, took in the sites of the Olympic city of Sochi, and relaxed on the shores of the Black Sea. During the Russian Travel Week, another opportunity to discover a new layer of Russian life and culture is CIEE’s Alternative Break program. This program is designed to encourage students to volunteer and make a difference by participating in community service projects based in smaller Russian towns. Alternative Break locations vary every semester, and some of the destinations chosen by CIEE in the past included Arkhangelsk, Cheboksary, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, and Tula.

Volunteering

Volunteering connects you with the local community. At Nochlezhka shelter, help categorize donated clothing to give to the homeless. At the Hermitage Museum, dive into the vibrant everyday life of the world’s largest museum and get a chance to assist the work of the museum’s archaeological department. At the St. Petersburg State University, you will help Russian students improve their English skills and will build long-lasting friendships. Cinema enthusiasts might enjoy volunteering as translators at the Russia’s oldest film studio, Lenfilm. And volunteering for the SKA hockey club will give you an insider’s view into the world of Russian hockey.

Immersion

SOBESEDNIKI—PEER LANGUAGE PARTNERS

If you choose to take part in the Sobesedniki program you will be paired with a local student for a variety of language and cultural activities. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

CIEE ST. PETERSBURG SIGNATURE CULTURAL EVENTS

Each semester, CIEE students with the support of CIEE staff and Russian volunteers organize a cultural event. This event is a chance for you to delve into a specific topic of Russian history and experience that epoch in a unique and engaging way with your fellow students and Russian peers. In past semesters, students have organized Stilyagi, a project featuring the retro hipster style and phenomenon of the Soviet Union in the 1950s; Russian Rock of the 1980s; and the Spring Ball, which highlights the period of Catherine the Great. The CIEE choir, available to all students, has been an indispensable participant of all the semester projects.

FILM AND MUSIC

You can enjoy Russian cinema individually by checking out films from the Study Center DVD library, or collectively in group screenings through the CIEE Cinema Club. In addition, you can participate in the CIEE choir or the CIEE karaoke nights. The CIEE choir has become a tradition in recent years, and the group has been invited to perform on national radio in past semesters. Some students choose to audition for the St. Petersburg State University choir or orchestra, which perform world-class musical concerts for the public, while other students prefer to privately study a musical instrument, such as the balalaika or accordion, or to advance their singing skills.

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Academics

Academics

In 2017, the CIEE Study Center marks its 50th anniversary in St. Petersburg. CIEE began its close relationship with St. Petersburg State University when the Summer Russian Language Program began there in 1967. The CIEE semester Russian Area Studies program (RAS) was established in 2000.

The Russian Area Studies program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, politics, civilization, and cinema, as well as a rigorous language courses.

In addition to the academic program, previous semesters have included a series of enthralling guest lectures on a wide range of topics such as the genesis of Russian rock music to the phenomenon of the Soviet space dogs. Each lecture, brought to us by a well-known specialist, was another unmissable opportunity to learn something new about Russian culture and history.

The Russian Area Studies program is designed for students with zero to four semesters of Russian. Students at a higher level (having taken at least one Russian class beyond intermediate) enroll in the Russian Language Program (RLP). Cross-registration between RAS and RLP is not possible.

Academic Culture

All electives are taught by qualified instructors who have experience teaching American students in Russia and the United States. In-class participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning. Therefore, classroom attendance and participation are monitored carefully and may have a significant impact on final grades. Homework assignments serve to reinforce what is discussed in class. Classes are 90 minutes in length. The area studies classes may include visiting lecturers, topic-specific visits to museums, and other co-curricular activities.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only and not with Russian students.

Tutoring and Oral Proficiency Interview

Our study center offers extra help with language classes in the form of tutoring. Students’ personal needs in language learning are met in sessions conducted with experienced CIEE language instructors. In these sessions, students can go over difficult topics of Russian grammar or classwork. Our program includes OPI testing which is conducted at the beginning and end of each semester, allowing students to receive a quantifiable score of their oral proficiency progress.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Russian, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings, in school and homestays, and on the streets. Students from the Russian Area Studies Program should respect that their peers in the Russian Language Program are expected to speak Russian at all times within the CIEE Study Center.

Grading System

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Grades are determined by a combination of short quizzes, written assignments, and exams. Additionally, participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning. Attendance is mandatory for all CIEE courses.

Language of Instruction

English
Russian

Faculty

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

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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.

Required CIEE Language Courses

RUSI 1003 RASP

Elementary Russian Conversation I

RUSI 1004 RASP

Elementary Russian Conversation II

These courses focus on developing spoken language skills. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 1005 RASP

Elementary Russian Grammar I

RUSI 1006 RASP

Elementary Russian Grammar II
Emphasis is placed on learning basic grammatical structures and their use in conversation with simple sentences, basic vocabulary, and comprehension. Correct pronunciation is also emphasized. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. NOTE: At the elementary level the conversation and grammar classes are taught as an integrated unit with a single syllabus. Contact hours remain the same, and grades are given for the two courses independently. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 2003 RASP

Intermediate Russian Conversation I

RUSI 2004 RASP

Intermediate Russian Conversation II
These courses focus on developing intermediate spoken language skills. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 2005 RASP

Intermediate Russian Grammar I

RUSI 2006 RASP

Intermediate Russian Grammar II
Emphasis is placed on learning intermediate grammatical structures, their use in writing with simple compositions, intermediate vocabulary, and comprehension. Correct pronunciation is also emphasized. There are three 90-minute meetings per week. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

CIEE Area Studies Courses

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. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3001 RASP / RAST 3004 RASP

Russian Fairy Tales
(Fall only)

This course introduces students to a broad variety of Russian fairy tales and different approaches to the study of folklore, including structuralism, psychoanalysis, sociology, and feminism. Such renowned characters as Baba Yaga, Kashchei the Deathless, and Ivan the Fool become objects of our investigation. In addition, we discuss the Soviet narratives that assimilated the fairy tale archetypes to promote Soviet ideology or undermine it. Class meetings consist of question-and-answer sessions, lectures, class discussions, and screenings. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3001 RASP

Russian History: Rise and Progress, Tragedies and Revolutions
This course begins by looking at the introduction of Christianity and failed Russian democracy project. Students are then exposed to the development of Russian authoritarianism through the studies of pre-modern Russia, marked by Ivan the Terrible tyranny. Special emphasis is placed on the Imperial period and Russian expansionism. The course explores 20th century tragedies such as Communism, mass terror, the system of forced labor, and the “Iron Curtain.” The course includes the discussion of Perestroika and a brief overview of postcommunist transition. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3003 RASP

Contemporary Russian Politics and Governance
In accordance with the mission of CIEE, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” this course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about the evolution of the political life in contemporary Russia. This course intends to show Russian politics through the eyes of Russian political scholars and in the broader context of Russian culture. Russian politics will be shown in relation to cultural values and lifestyle, in other words how it is often seen by an average Russian citizen. . Issues addressed in this course include the following: democratization process, electoral and party systems, political decision-making, foreign affairs, and the role of mass media and public opinion. The analysis of current political issues will provide students with the tools of understanding the contemporary Russia and give an outlook of future developments. Class meetings consist of lectures, class discussions, presentations by politicians, political consultants, and political scientists, and field trips. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

RAST 3002 RASP

Ethnic Studies: National and Ethnic Issues in Modern Russia
This course focuses on Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Mobilization in Russian Federation, as well as in nearby Estonia and Georgia. It shows the origin of the widespread surge of anti-Russian nationalist sentiment in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It shifts the study of Ethnic Identity problems from the whys of their emergence to the hows of their development with special attention to Russian nationalism, the Jewish community in Russia, and the Chechen conflict. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CINE 3001 RASP/RAST 3003 RASP

A Century of Russian Cinema
(Spring only)
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 to determine their unique aesthetic value. Class meetings consist of question-and-answer sessions, lectures, student presentations, short quizzes, and class discussion. Taught in English. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3901 RASP

Directed Independent Research

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity towards a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Academic Coordinator and the home institution advisor, and must reflect a topic that is relevant to the location of studies. To be accepted into this course, students must submit a structured proposal with topic of exploration, significance of research topic as it relates to the local culture, methodology, a literature review, and a schedule of research milestones. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics. Contact hours: 120. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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