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Program Overview

Program Overview

Did you know that about 170 million people speak Russian as a first language, and it’s the second language of another 100 million? It’s a challenging language to learn, but CIEE’s Russian Language program will get you there – fast. Via rigorous coursework, homestays with local families, peer language partners, field trips and excursions, other extracurricular activities, and volunteering, you’ll improve your command of Russian in and around one of the world’s most culturally and historically rich cities.

Study abroad in St. Petersburg and you’ll:

  • Take part in the longest-running study abroad program in Russia in magnificent St. Petersburg where the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. This UNESCO site doesn’t simply include one building; it encompasses a whole central area of the city (totaling 10,000 acres), with its palaces, monuments, museums, cathedrals, and everything’s in the vicinity of the above: bookstores, business centers, shops and even the residential areas
  • Live with a local Russian host family for maximum linguistic and cultural immersion
  • Participate in optional volunteering projects and have the option to participate in the CIEE Alternative Break volunteer trip, all organized through a well-developed network of contacts St. Petersburg and other Russian cities that facilitate integration into Russian society
  • Participate in local excursions, field trips to Moscow and various other Russian cities, and participate in exclusive tours and performances
  • 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

Improve your grammar, phonetics, and conversational skills through intensive language study. Plus, choose from a variety of electives in engaging subjects such as Russian literature, comparative cultural studies, visual and performing arts, politics, and representations of Russia.

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’ll 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’ll experience the grandeur and beauty of the ancient Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and even Moscow’s unique historic metro stations. An Independent Russian Travel Week each semester allows you to explore areas beyond St. Petersburg.

Student to Student

You’ll 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, who are our regular volunteers, will organize additional activities, such as day-long trips to St. Petersburg historical suburbs (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, cultural, and social 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.
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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

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
  • 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 semester/25.5 quarter hours and 31 semester/46.5 quarter hours for the academic year.

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 Russian Grammar and Conversation courses are 84 hours and credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, and the Phonetics coures are 52 hours and credits are 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All Russian Language program students take the Russian language courses grammar, phonetics, and conversation, and two elective courses taught strictly in Russian. Participants are placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. In their second semester, academic year-long students take courses in grammar, conversation, and advanced translation, and one elective.

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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 Tzars, 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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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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It seems that St. Petersburg is a perfect locale to comprehend Russia. Unlike Moscow, famous for its overwhelming pace of an urban conglomerate, the Northern capital of Russia allows its guests more time and freedom for an individually-paced investigation. The three hundred year old city and its startling architecture is saturated with Russia’s turbulent past and the lives of its historical (Peter the Great and Catherine the Great) and literary (Alexander Pushkin and Fedor Dostoevskii) giants. Your frequent interaction with the young people at St. Petersburg State University and outside it, group visits to the intense games of St. Petersburg’s favorite hockey (SKA) and soccer (Zenit) teams, and the concerts of today’s talented musicians at the city’s numerous venues will allow you to experience St. Petersburg and Russia as a whole, surmounting a potential gap between the old and the new, as well as between the high and the popular culture. Finally, your stay with a Russian family will add the last, but not the least, stroke to a colorful canvas you will want to name your Russian Adventure.

— Irina Makoveeva, Resident Director

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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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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

You'll begin your study abroad experience in St. Petersburg even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director 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, limited, but 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.

study abroad in Russia

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 a night 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.

The program offers two overnight field trips that take place each semester. The trip to Russia’s capital, Moscow is a must for all CIEE semesters, but the second excursion destinations often vary. Previous semesters have included overnight trips to the Pskov region, Veliky Novgorod, and 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 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. You'll 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, you can help categorize donated clothing to give to the homeless. At the State Hermitage museum, will 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 will enjoy volunteering as translators at the Russia’s oldest film studio, Lenfilm. Last but not least, volunteering for the SKA hockey club will give you the insight glimpse into the wonderful world of the Russian hockey!

Immersion

Sobesedniki—Peer Language Partners

If you choose to take part in the Sobesedniki program you'll be paired with local students 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 perfect 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 Language program (RLP) was established in 1970.

The Russian Language program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters and includes in-class language study at St. Petersburg State University, and excursions and field trips conducted in Russian to other Russian cities. 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.

Academic Culture

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 each week. 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. Class size ranges from seven to 10 students for core language courses. Language instructors use language textbooks published in Russia. In-class participation often accounts for a large percentage of students’ grades as Russian teaching methodology emphasizes in-class learning.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only and not with Russian students. Upon approval from CIEE resident staff and local faculty members, students may audit additional classes (taught in Russian) at the School of Political Science, St. Petersburg State University.

Tutoring and Oral Proficiency Interview

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

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Study abroad students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Russian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Russian language proficiency and understanding of Russian society.

Grading System

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Grades are determined by a combination of short quizzes, written assignments, presentations, 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

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 Semester Courses

RUSI 3011 RLPR

Grammar, Advanced I

RUSI 3012 RLPR

Grammar, Advanced II

RUSI 3013 RLPR

Grammar, Advanced III

These courses activate students’ knowledge of modern Russian. This is accomplished through oral and written exercises in class, written homework assignments, and short compositions. Topics of study include verbs of existence and motion, the imperative, reflexive verbs, verbal aspect, impersonal and passive constructions, and participles. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

RUSI 3021 RLPR

Phonetics, Advanced I

RUSI 3022 RLPR

Phonetics, Advanced II

RUSI 3023 RLPR

Phonetics, Advanced III

These courses are a systematic exploration and analysis of the Russian sound system including separate phonemes, sound combinations, modifications in normal speech, and intonation patterns. Introductory discussions of pronunciation norms prepare the student for practical reading exercises, which comprise the bulk of class work. Contact hours: 52. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3031 RLPR

Conversation, Advanced I

RUSI 3032 RLPR

Conversation, Advanced II

RUSI 3033 RLPR

Conversation, Advanced III

These courses are designed to increase active vocabulary, further the students’ control of idiomatic Russian, and develop all the basic skills of oral expression. The focus is directed conversation organized thematically, with attention given to speech situations of special practical use to the foreigner in Russia. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Elective CIEE Courses

LITT 3001 RLPR

Analytical Readings: 19th Century Russian Literature
(Fall only)
With the focus on 19th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Pushkin, Iurii Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Fedor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy. While examining their characteristic stylistic peculiarities, students learn about 19th century Russia, its problems and concerns, as well as penetrate the contradictory essence of the Russian mentality. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3102 RLPR

Analytical Readings: 20th Century Russian Literature
(Spring only)
With the focus on 20th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Maiakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandelshtam, Ivan Bunin, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Tragically trapped in the turmoil of the first decades of the 20th century, they express their visions, feelings, and delusions in a new poetic language that powerfully captures the era’s complex nature. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3008 RLPR

Russian Traditional Visual and Performing Arts
(Fall only)
This class explores traditional Russian performing, visual, and applied arts in an historical and geographical context. Students are introduced to Russian folk arts and traditions (especially vocal and visual) and the regional differences in Russia’s vast territory. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Part of the course is devoted to learning Russian songs to further their understanding of Russian. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3040 RLPR

Agitation for Happiness: The Mass Culture of the Soviet: Period in Tales, Poems, Songs and Movies
(Fall only)
This course analyzes the ability of the Soviet mass culture to infuse the old genres, such as serial adventure novels, detective stories, movie melodramas, and street ballads, with the revolutionary ideals of the 1920s – 1960s. Topics covered include the concepts of Soviet avant-guard art, Soviet Empire style, and socialist realism; the revolution and Soviet patriotism; Soviet childhood and physical culture movement; the Soviet attitude to God and death. Being focused on unrelenting optimism of the Soviet mass culture, the course does not ignore the cultural intolerance, hate-filling nature and aggressive promotion of the Soviet Art. Equal attention is given to both the “smaller genres” (posters, poems, stories, newspaper reports, poetic couplets, guitar songs, short movies) and “big forms” (novel, feature films). Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3001 RLPR/RAST 3001 RLPR

Comparative Cultural Studies: The United States and Russia
Through the introduction of key cultural, social, and political issues, and discussions based on texts and documentaries this course gives CIEE students the opportunity to learn more about the contemporary Russian political sphere. Topics include citizen and state, values and norms, political and social processes, and cultural aspects of political life. Texts are primarily by Russian authors and include both academic secondary sources and articles from the mass media. Classes are conducted in Russian, though English is used for explanatory purposes and discussions, which are bilingual. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3006 RLPR

Russian Social and Political Life
(Fall only)
This course explores Russian civilization through analysis of assigned readings in the Russian press, and a lecture series on topical current events oriented toward the social and political life in Russian society. Topics such as the Soviet/Russian family, people and politics in Russia, and institutions and organizations are covered. Class discussion of the assigned reading acquaints participants with specialized language and Russian journalistic style. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3009 RLPR

Petersburg and the ‘New’ in Russian Culture
(Spring only)
This class explores post-Petrine Russian performing, visual, and applied arts. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Russian architectural movements, the visual arts, especially ‘academic’ painting, and classical musical traditions are given particular attention. The various architectural styles represented in the city, the multitude of museums, and the wealth of cultural/musical events make St. Petersburg itself an integral part of the course material. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3010 RLPR

Mentality, Social Behavior, and the Representation of Russia
(Spring only)
This course analyzes issues of intellectual background and social behavior as they emerge in the representation of contemporary Russia. The course introduces an overview of the popular concepts which shaped the mentality of the Russians. Topics covered include intellectual life, religion, gender, Russian youth, living conditions, work, and employment. Texts discussed in class are related to current events and help students to explore the language of the press. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3106 RLPR

Advanced Translation
(Spring only)
This course attempts to systemize previously acquired knowledge of Russian grammar (morphology and syntax), lexis, and stylistics. The emphasis falls on the grammatical phenomena that rarely have absolute equivalents in Russian and English languages (gerund, indefinite pronouns, and adverbs). Special attention is given to the structure of Russian sentence and mobility of its components’ order, which is governed by the variety of its communicative functions. The ample corpus of sentences, paragraphs, and unabridged texts in English constitutes the core of a thorough study of the specifics of translation from English into Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

RUSI 3101 RLPR

Contemporary Business Russian
(Spring only)
This course presents the materials for learning Russian by introducing students to the vocabulary and structural elements required for business. The course gives students the linguistic tools for performing typical business transactions in actual business contexts. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3901 RLPR

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. Total contact hours: 120. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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