Give yourself a challenge and a reward this summer – and invigorate your Russian language studies in glorious St. Petersburg. With inspiring sites, rigorous coursework, homestays, and the help of Russian peers, you’re sure to make rapid progress. Warm weather, white nights, and support from Russia’s longest running study-abroad centers, ensure a fun and valuable international experience.
MOVE YOUR BEGINNING,
intermediate, or advanced Russian skills ahead in a city so spectacular that its entire downtown is a UNESCO heritage site.
to Moscow and Novgorod for a broader view of Russian culture.
Travel overnight to cosmopolitan Moscow, and Russian’s oldest city, Novgorod to explore highlights and enjoy time on your own.
Explore St. Petersburg highlights like the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, the Russian Museum, and the Russian bathhouse, and take a walking tour based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
Attend a ballet, concert, a hockey or soccer game, and get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
Get to know Russian peers with celebrations, sports events, cinema club meetings, Pub Quiz trivia nights, and more.
Join the alumni network of remarkable individuals who have studied in St. Petersburg with CIEE since 1967.
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Three-day orientation – an introduction to Russian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Field trips and cultural activities
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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CIEE's summer program in Russia is the longest-running study abroad program within the country and is designed for students wishing to advance their Russian through intensive language training. The eight-week program is geared towards intermediate through advanced students and offers courses in Russian language and culture. All coursework, including content classes, will be taught in Russian. Students also participate in a rich cultural immersion program that offers homestays, extracurricular activities and excursions to places of historical and cultural significance in and around St. Petersburg.
Envisioned by Peter the Great as the "Window to the West" 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. The city of nearly five million, with its entire center designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, is easily navigated by foot, bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.
CIEE students will conduct their studies at the stunning Smolny campus of St. Petersburg State University, in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg. The university, founded in the 18th century, 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.
Students will live in homestays with a Russian family in a private apartment and have their own room. On weekdays, breakfast and dinner are provided by the family as well as lunches on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekday lunches.
Students will take intensive coursework in Russian language as well as coursework in culture. See CIEE for more details. Undergraduate students can expect to earn 10 credits on the program. Graduate and undergraduate students will be evaluated based on the program transcript and on a case-by-case basis. All students are assigned based on the results of a placement exam taken upon arrival in-country. All returning students should expect to take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and/or placement test through the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures to help verify the appropriate credits. Failure to pass satisfactorily will prohibit the student from taking the next language course in the sequence. To learn more about these credits or the credit evaluation process for Russian language programs, interested students should contact Dr. Jenny Suchland, Undergraduate Studies Chair, or Dr. Larysa Stepanova, Language Program Coordinator.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
Be approved via the credit evaluation process (non-language courses only); students are strongly encouraged to do this priorto submitting their applications.
Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher. Students are strongly recommended to have completed two years of college-level Russian prior to departure, but students with two or three completed semesters will be considered. Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. CIEE application.
IMPORTANT: Both applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the CIEE program fee and GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on a university-approved, third-party provider or direct enroll program is in effect until June 30, 2021. The CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, tuition, housing, and most meals, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, visa fees, most course materials, and a CIEE iNext travel card. If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
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U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.