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CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Homestay, Rental Housing
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art, Culture, Film Studies, History, Literature, Russian
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Russian
Language Requirement:
Four 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:
View of the Neva River from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

Program Overview     


Enjoy St. Petersburg in the summer - the best time to see this beautiful city! This program offers courses in intensive Russian language, including grammar, phonetics, and conversation, as well as content courses in history, art, literature, and culture. You will take 10 credits on this program. Field trips are also offered as part of this program including an overnight trip to a nearby city. 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.


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Education Abroad Credits


Penn Stater in Red SquareYou 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.

Students will be required to take three required language courses (Russian grammer, phonetics and conversation) and two required content courses.

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 that 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.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact educationabroad@psu.edu

Pre-requisites


Four semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent is required. 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 can live in a homestay, where some meals may be provided; other meals may be purchased at local cafes or restaurants. CIEE also offers a limited number of rooms in a hostel in downtown St. Petersburg. No meals are provided as part of this option.


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the summer budget sheet. The budget sheet includes 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



Church of the Spilled Blood in St. PetersburgPenn 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
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/27/2015 06/12/2015 08/09/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Please consult CIEE information for confirmed dates.

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