ST. PETERSBURG: CIEE
St. Petersburgh, Russia
- Fall Semester - Late August - Mid December
- Spring Semester - Mid February - Late June
- Summer 2 Semester - mid-June to mid-August, exact dates TBD
- Fall Semester - March 1, 2011
- Spring Semester - October 1
- Summer 2 Semester - February 1
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Russian Area Studies program is designed for students who have an interest in Russia. The program can accommodate different levels of language proficiency, especially beginning and intermediate Russian language students. Students can improve their Russian language proficiency with intensive training; live in the 300-year old St. Petersburg and experience the relationship between traditional and modern elements influencing Russian society; participate in optional volunteer projects organized through a well-developed network of contacts that facilitate integration into Russian society; and experience a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions, visits to museums and historical sites, and interaction with locals.
The Russian Area Studies program is for students who are interested in an academic program in Russia with an English component. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, and civilization as well as a rigorous language program.
- Fall/Spring Semester: Students must take the Russian language component at the elementary or intermediate level. It consists of two courses-grammar and conversation. In addition, students take three area studies courses taught in English. The program is designed for students with zero to four semesters of Russian. Students at a higher level (having taken at least one Russian class beyond intermediate) enroll in the Russian Language Program. The RAS program cannot accommodate advanced learners and cross-registration between RAS and RLP is not possible. Oral Proficiency Interviews: A digitally recorded oral interview is conducted with interested students at the beginning and end of each semester. The interviews are conducted by the Resident Director and follow American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) guidelines. These interviews provide students with easily accessible language "snapshots" of their pre- and post-program language proficiency.
- Summer Semester: Students enroll in 2 courses for 8 NU credits. Students may choose to take 2 area studies courses; or one area studies course and one language course.
Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits. Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.
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Founded in the 18th century, St. Petersburg State University is one of Russia's leading institutions of higher learning. The University's 16 departments provide instruction for more than 20,000 students. The campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River, and now includes over 400 buildings around the city center and the suburb of Peterhoff. CIEE students study at the University's Smolny campus, in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.
- 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
- GPA of at least 2.75
- Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
- 0-4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent: at least one semester is recommended, but motivated students with no previous Russian have been very successful
- Completed online OISP application
- Completed online CIEE application
- Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
- One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
- Photocopy of Passport ID Page
- Official transcript
Fall 2013 or Spring 2014: $20,490
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($20,390), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.
Summer 2 2013: $9,930
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($9,830), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.
All students live in Russian homestays. Housing and most meals are the responsibility of the student. Participants have their own room with a Russian family in a private apartment. Two meals daily are included with the family (three on weekends), and meals and food are the student's responsibility. Students are responsible for weekday lunches except during the first two weeks of the program when CIEE arranges group lunches at the campus cafe.
Envisioned by Peter the Great as his "Window to the West," French and Italian architects created a testimony to opulence with palaces, mansions, landscaped parks and gardens, canals, and vibrant colors. Having endured bombardment, famine, the horrors of Stalinist repression, and the city's near total devastation in World War II, the people now cope with an emerging new political and economic reality. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.