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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
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Location(s): St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Language(s) of Instruction: Russian Language Prerequisite(s) - details: Two years of college-level study of Russian
Program Prerequisite(s): Good academic and disciplinary standing Additional application requirements: In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Language Program Housing Options: Homestay
OGE Advisor: Susan Hochreiter Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support)
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Fields of Study: Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Literature, Russian
Application Deadlines: February, October Engagement Opportunities: Buddy/Peer Program, Research: Credit, Service: Non-Credit
Program Description:

Bird's-eye view of St PetersburgRussian Language Studies (CIEE): Semester

St. Petersburg, Russia



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Language prerequisite: Two years of college-level study of Russian
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 Language 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.

This program has both required excursions and optional trips for students. Some examples of cultural activities have been a night at the ballet, group cooking classes in Russian and Georgian cuisine, visits to the Russian bathhouse (banya), and group tickets to hockey and soccer games. There are also 2 overnight field trips each semester. Students have the option of being paired with a language partner and also can participate in one of many volunteer opportunities.

Program participants take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Russian at all times.


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

Fields of study include: Education, History, Literature, Russian

The language of instruction is Russian.


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

Coursework for the semester program includes phonetics, conversation, advanced composition and syntax, translation, and analytical readings. You will take three language courses and two area studies courses. 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 Language 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.

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Open Application Deadlines & Dates

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