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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): Russian Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies, Language Program
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: February
Fields of Study: Russian OGE Advisor: Susan Hochreiter
Program Description:

Summer in St. Petersburg (CIEE)

Russian Language at St. Petersburg State University

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At a Glance

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Program Length: 9 weeks
Arrive on: June 15, 2019
Depart on: August 10, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Prerequisite: RUSS 112 or the equivalent*
*Georgetown recommends that you complete RUSS 112 before studying in Russia for the summer.  If you are currently at a lower level, you must meet with the Slavic Studies department chair during the application process in order to discuss how the program may fit into your language sequence and learning goals.

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.

Number of credits: 9 credits

Program Description

CIEE’s Summer Russian Language program, housed in one of St. Petersburg’s longest running study abroad centers, is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their Russian language skills through intensive study. In addition to classroom hours, students experience Russian in daily life by taking a language pledge, living with Russian families, and taking part in cultural activities with American and Russian peers. Classes are typically held four days a week with Wednesdays reserved for cultural and social activities.

Georgetown Faculty Director(s): This program is not led by Georgetown faculty. Interested students should meet with Susan Hochreiter in the Office of Global Education


Students complete three language courses (Russian Grammar, Russian Phonetics, and Russian Conversation) and two content-based courses, both of which are taught in Russian: Discovering Russia: Film, Music, and Current Press and Russian Culture: Lectures and Excursions.

Classes are 90 minutes long; students attend classes four days per week; one day per week is typically reserved for excursions and cultural activities.

Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 9 credits in Russian language. Coursework will count as transfer credit.

CIEE Language Commitment

All students must take the Language Commitment, through which they commit to speaking only Russian at all times for the duration of the program (except in emergencies). The pledge is designed to help students get the most out of this opportunity to be completely immersed in the language, and to help them resist the temptation to fall back on English, utilizing instead the skills they will be continually acquiring throughout the program to communicate.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions and activities have included:
  • Overnight excursions to Moscow and Novgorod, Russia’s oldest city
  • Explore St. Petersburg highlights like the Hermitage and the Russian Museum
  • Attend a ballet, a concert, or a hockey game
  • Take part in Russian cooking class
  • Get to know Russian peers with movie nights, celebrations, and more


Students live with host families selected by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Host families provide students with separate, furnished rooms, two meals per day during the week and three meals per day during the weekends.


Students are provided breakfast and dinner at their homestays during the week. Lunches are provided at an affordable price at the university cafeteria Monday through Friday. Host families provided three meals per day on the weekends.

Program Cost

The program cost for summer 2019 is $9,460. The program price includes tuition, housing, two meals per day during the week and three meals per day during the weekends, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions and field trips, insurance, visa fees, and course books.

The program cost does not include: Airfare to/from Russia, any additional meals, travel to/from the university, and other personal expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

CIEE offers summer scholarships through their web application. Awards are need based. Students interested in applying for a scholarship must also have completed the CIEE St. Petersburg application through CIEE’s website. To be competitive, students are encouraged to apply early.

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

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

Students on this program are also bound by CIEE’s refund policy; students are responsible for all non-recoverable costs if they withdraw after the commitment deadline.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes 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, OGE is 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 the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest 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.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. George Mihaychuk
Department of Slavic Languages
Georgetown University, ICC 307H
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-7140

Useful Links

CIEE’s Summer Russian Language Program
CIEE’s Scholarships and Grants
The State Department’s Travel Page: Russia
The CDC’s Travel Page: Russia

Student Voices

CIEE’s St. Petersburg Study Center Blog

Watch Leonor Morrow's #SummerSnap from her time on the Summer 2017 program:
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Open Application Deadlines & Dates

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