- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Students will choose from one of two program tracks on the CIEE St. Petersburg program:
With this summer program, students choose one, two, or three four-week sessions with CIEE at the School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University. No Russian language experience is required, and course offerings typically include Russian culture, business, politics, art and architecture, and Russian language. Come with little or no Russian language, and return with new skills, fresh perspective, and memories to last a lifetime.
Give yourself a challenge and a reward this summer – and invigorate your Russian language studies in glorious St. Petersburg. This program is designed to advance Russian language skills with seven weeks of language study at the School of Political Science, Saint Petersburg State University. Students improve grammar, phonetic, and conversational skills through language study, as they explore Russian culture through close analysis of verbal and visual texts, and attend lectures on history, literature, art, and contemporary life.
Students agree to speak only Russian on the Russian Language program track to encourage language and cultural acquisition.
Russian Area Studies Program:
Russian Language Program:
- Sessions range from late May - mid August (please refer to the program page for more information on the different sessions)
Peter the Great’s vision of St. Petersburg as a “Window to the West” was captured by French and Italian architects with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. With World War II and Stalinist repression in its rearview mirror, St. Petersburg became the cultural capital and most westernized city of Russia - easy to navigate by foot and public transportation. The city’s many nicknames include: Paris of the East, City of the Tsars, City of Three Revolutions, and Venice of the North, but we’re quite sure you’ll call it fabulous.
Warm weather and white nights make St. Petersburg extra special in summer, and with a heritage filled with larger-than-life figures like Peter the Great, George Balanchine, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, there’s no shortage of fascinating topics to explore.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.
Students will choose from the following housing options on both program tracks (Russian Area Studies and Russian Language):
Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions.
- Homestays: Live with a Russian-speaking family and immerse yourself in the Russian language and culture. Each student has his/her own room in the family’s private apartment.
- Hostels: A limited number of double rooms are available for CIEE students to share at a downtown hostel. Semester students have single rooms. The hostel is a 25- to 30-minute commute to the CIEE center, and 5 minutes on foot to Nevskiy Prospek.
- Homestays: Homestay families provide breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and three meals on weekends. Students must buy lunch on weekdays – the university cafeteria has reasonable prices.
- Hostels: Students are responsible for all meals.