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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Full Year, Full Year Back-Up, Split Year Spring, SpltYr Spring BackUp, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English, Russian Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
Fields of Study: Art/Art History, Government/Political Science, History, Literature, Russian OGE Advisor: Susan Hochreiter
Engagement Opportunities: Buddy/Peer Program, Research: Credit, Service: Non-Credit
Program Description:

Bird's-eye view of St Petersburg
Russian Area Studies (CIEE)

St. Petersburg, Russia



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Advanced Russian students cannot participate in this program. They should apply to the Russian Language Program.
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

CIEE's Russian Area Studies program in St. Petersburg takes place at St. Petersburg State University which houses 16 departments and provides instruction for over 20,000 students. It has 400 buildings located around the city center. The main university building is located on the banks of the river Neva, directly across from the bronze statue of Peter the Great and St. Isaac's Cathedral, two of St. Petersburg's most famous landmarks. CIEE students study at the Smolny campus located in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

Cultural outings are an important part of this program. Excursions take place to Moscow and other Russian regions that include visits to museums, historical sites, group cooking classes in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse, concerts, sporting events, and more. In Moscow, the group will experience the grandeur and beauty of the ancient Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and Moscow's unique historic metro stations.

CIEE has organized a Russian Buddy system where host university volunteers organize additional activities, such as day-long trips to locations such as Gatchina, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, as well as Russian winter sport events, and poetry/book clubs.


Known as the "Paris of the East," St. Petersburg is a city of 5 million people constructed on a series of islands. It is the second largest city in Russia, and served as the capital from its completion in 1712 until the Russian Revolution. It has a rich historical and literary heritage, and its museums house some of the greatest art treasures in the world. The city's unique offerings are marked by golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens and canals.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: late August to mid-May
  • Fall: late August to mid-December
  • Spring: late January to mid-May

Fields of Study

Languages of instruction are Russian and English.

Fields of study include: Art/Art History, Government/Political Science, History, Literature, Russian

This list may not be exhaustive. Please make an appointment to speak with the OGE Regional Advisor to further discuss available coursework on this program/at this university. 


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: 17 credits and 5 classes

You are required to take two Russian language courses (each worth 4 credits) at the beginning or intermediate level - Russian Conversation and Russian Grammar. No previous knowledge of Russian is required as language courses are offered on elementary and intermediate levels. You will complement your language study with three 3-credit area studies courses. These courses, taught in English, focus on history, politics, and art. In addition, you will participate in a number of excursions, field trips and lectures on contemporary Russian life and literature. 

Course information can be found on the CIEE website.

The minimum passing grade for this program is: C

You are required to live in program housing.

You have two housing options:
  • Most students live in homestays with Russian families. They have their own room and most meals (two meals daily and three on weekends) are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for weekday lunches.
  • Some students may opt for a room at a hostel in downtown St. Petersburg. The hostel is located within a 5-minute walk of Nevskiy Prospekt and a 20-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center. Students are placed in single-occupancy rooms.

Program Budget

Russian Area Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia (CIEE) Program Budget


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA