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CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Homestay, Rental Housing
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art, Art History, Culture, Film Studies, History, Language, Literature, Political Science, Russian, Social Sciences/Sociology
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - 4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

Program Overview     


This program offers a wide variety of courses in Russian language, Russian culture, history, and politics. You will take 4 courses, all taught in English; intensive Russian courses are also offered. Courses typically meet twice per week. Field trips are also offered as part of this program and may include excursions to sites in St. Petersburg like the Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress as well as overnight excursions to Moscow, Novgorod and other regional destinations. Interested participants have the opportunity to teach English at St. Petersburg State University, if desired. Further information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the CIEE website.

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. It is the most westernized city in Russia and its cultural capital, too. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by foot, bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


Cathedral in the KremlinYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

You will take one Russian language course and can choose additional area studies courses to complete.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE St. Petersburg Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.

Pre-requisites


At least one semester of Russian is recommended but motivated students with no previous Russian have been very successful in this program. 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.


Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in a homestay, where most meals will be provided, or in a hostel, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
 

Financial Aid & Scholarships



Penn Stater in Red SquarePenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
 

For More Information



For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
 

How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/30/2015 05/17/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Dates are tentative. Please consult CIEE information for confirmed dates.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 09/04/2015 12/20/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed