St. Petersburg: Language and Society
In St. Petersburg, you will find an exceptionally intensive and supportive study environment.
Semester terms offer a range of topical seminars delivered in English and on topics as diverse as the arts, finance, economics, and governance. An innovative capstone project rounds out the semester.
Summer and Semester terms include a broad cultural program that introduces you to the city and its legendary concentration of culture. You'll also meet many local peers and other foreign students. Being cultured and friendly is part of the proud local identity and English is relatively common, making the city easy to navigate no matter what your current level of Russian.
St. Petersburg is especially recommended for beginner students and for those on their first study abroad experience who would like extra support in advancing their language skills and jumping into local life.
- Curriculum (summer) -
RS-100/200/300/400 Russian as a Second Language
Summer: Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics for 20 hours per week. Peer tutoring additionally supports the program.
Summer I (10 weeks): 200 hours; Summer I (8 weeks): 160 hours; Summer II (6 weeks): 120 hours. Summer III (4 weeks): 80 hours
- Curriculum (spring/fall) -
Russian as a Second Language
This is an intensive Russian language program incorporating the following features:
240 academic hours of group language study
40 academic hours of individual/paired language study
20 academic hours Capstone Project
Up to 30 full hours of peer tutoring
Students focused primarily on intensive language study will take all of the above and two electives from the list below. Students primarily interested in elective credits may reduce language study by foregoing one or more of the components listed above, but are required to maintain a minimum load of 180 hours of group language study over the course of the semester.
Unless otherwise noted, each course below is 3 ECTS (28 academic hours). All students must take a minimum of two 3-ECTS electives. Students focused primarily on electives can potentially take up to 8 electives maximum. The list below is indicative of standard semester offerings. Changes may still occur. Contact us for the upcoming course list.
Art and Humanities
Introduction to the Russian Civilization (Fall/Spring)
Modern Russian Youth Subcultures (Fall)
Literary St. Petersburg (Fall)
Modern Russian Culture and Society Through Cinema and Music (Spring)
Interactions of Art and Economy. From patronage to the creative industries. (Spring)
Overcoming Stereotypes in Cross-cultural Business Communications and Negotiations (Spring)
Theory and Practice of Translation (Spring)
Finance and Markets
Financial Institutions and Markets (Fall/Spring)
Stock Exchange Learning (Fall)
Valuation of Common Stock, Investment Styles, and Value Investing (Fall)
Financial Management of Enterprise Business Processes (Spring)
Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives (Spring)
Private Equity & Venture Capital (Spring)
Competitive Marketing Strategies in Russia (Fall/Spring)
International Marketing (Fall)
Marketing and Marketing Communications in Russia (Fall)
Modern Marketing in a World Gone Digital (Spring)
Sales and Operations Planning (Spring)
Complex Development of Tourism Industry (Fall/Spring)
Event Management (Fall)
International Hospitality Management (Fall)
Doing Business in Russia: Tourism Outlook (Spring)
Project Management in Tourism (Spring)
International Human Resource Management (Spring)
Management in Small and Medium-Size Enterprises (Spring)
International Trade Logistics (Fall)
Introduction to E-Commerce, E-Business & E-Banking (Fall)
Global Energy Market: Long-Term Trends And Corporate Analysis (Fall)
Reducing Gaps in Business Communication Skills (Fall)
Cooperation and Networking in International Business (Spring)
Interactions of Art and Economy. From patronage to the creative industries (Spring)
Society and Government
Russian Political System (Fall/Spring)
Russia and the World: Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (Fall/Spring)
Russian Media Landscape (Fall)
Russian Media in Current Business and Political Situation (Spring)
Sustainable Governance of Arctic Spaces (Spring)
Environmental Management (Spring)
Environmental Issues in Russia (Spring)
Labor Market Policy from a Socio-Economic Perspective (Fall)
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (Fall)
International Labor Standards and Russian Labor Law (Fall)
Sustainable Governance of Arctic Spaces (Spring)
Environmental Management (Spring)
Environmental Issues in Russia (Spring)
For more information, and to apply, click here.
The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) is a team of consultants and advisers dedicated to education and educational opportunities offered by Russia and Eurasia. Our team has studied within the Russian educational system and worked closely with institutions for many years to identify and develop programs of interest and value to international students.
The Russian as a Second Language (RSL) summer program is an intensive exposure to Russian grammar, conversation, writing, and phonetics. Classes are conducted mostly in Russian and course materials will focus on practical elements of everyday Russian life, Russian culture and history, as well as Russian customs and traditions.
St. Petersburg is Russia's cultural capital, an economic capital, and Russia's "Window on Europe." For students interested in the arts, literature, or international business and politics, studying at St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) is an easy choice.
Many international companies, both European and American, are represented in St. Petersburg. Together with its surrounding region, it produces 10% of Russia's GDP, second only to Moscow. St. Petersburg also boasts one of Russia's most innovative business atmospheres with the highest concentration of small and medium businesses in Russia.
You’ll also be surrounded by beauty and culture: canals weave through the city’s impressive mix of architectural styles, the largest art collection in the world can be seen at the Hermitage, respected conservatories and theatres abound, the settings and inspiration for countless Russian literary classics can be experienced, and some of the most cutting-edge music clubs in Europe call St. Petersburg home.
The UNECON campus is located on Griboedova Canal, just behind Kazansky Cathedral and about 5 minutes' walk from Nevsky Prospect. There is plenty of shopping, cafes, and attractions nearby and it is a very easy walk or metro ride to many of St. Petersburg’s most famous museums. The University is truly in the very heart of the city center.
Students may choose to live either in a dorm or in a homestay. Interested students may explore SRAS' Housing:Rules and Choices guide for more information.
Ohio State Program Contact
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
Courses and Credits
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 prior
to 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.
This program features approximately 20 contact hours per week of in-class Russian-language instruction. Students are placed according to proficiency level in groups of 3-5 for core Russian language classes. Students will also take part in a Culture Lab, which includes excursions, seminars, and cultural activities relevant to the program's location. Interested students can find sample descriptions for St. Petersburg
on the SRAS website.
Undergraduate students can expect to earn approximately 10 credits on this 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.
This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester. While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s). The SRAS Russian as a Second Language: Moscow program offers the following options:
- Early Summer 8 weeks (May 20-July 19): 10 credits
- Full Summer 10 weeks (May 20 - Aug 3): ~ 13 credits
Please refer to the SRAS website
for more detailed information.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. 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. 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.
Application instructions: Applicants are reminded to apply only for the Eight Week Early Session or the Ten Week Full Summer Session in either Moscow or St. Petersburg.
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. SRAS 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 SRAS 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 SRAS program fee includes tuition, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, in-country orientation, housing, in-country airport transfers, in-country support, and use of a mobile phone for the duration of the program.
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 should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please review the SRAS-specific Scholarships and Aid page
for additional funding opportunities.
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(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.