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Study Abroad

Summer Program in St. Petersburg, Russia

Spend your summer studying Russian in St. Petersburg! Below is information on:

Please note that all information about this program is tentative and subject to change. Check with the program director for the most recent information.

Program Dates and Deadlines

The program dates for the 2018 Summer Program in St. Petersburg are May 27 to June 24.

The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is February 3, 2018, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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About St. Petersburg

White Nights! Golden Onion Domes! Royal Palaces! In June, the sun doesn't set in St. Petersburg until well after midnight and the pearl of Russian Imperial architecture glows most brightly.

Known as the "Venice of the North" because of its many canals and rivers, St. Petersburg is liveliest during the four weeks of our program, when the streets are bustling and opportunities for cultural contact are the greatest.

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Students receive four credits and should be enrolled in either RUS 107, RUS 157, or RUS 207. All of these courses can be counted toward a humanities cluster in Russian, or toward a major or minor in Russian or Russian Studies.

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There are no prerequisites! While we recommend one year of college Russian, the program is open to beginners as well. Come start learning Russian in Russia!

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Students stay with host families who provide two meals a day, private rooms, as much Russian as you want, and the chance to see Russia though Russian eyes. Placement is supervised by the University of St. Petersburg and most families are repeat hosts. The homestays are one of the most rewarding features of the program for our students.

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Fellowship Aid

The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund helps defray costs for Rochester undergraduates studying language abroad in the summer. All students who apply by the deadline (February 3, 2017) are considered for aid through the Burton Fund unless they request otherwise on their application.

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A typical excursion itinerary looks like this:

  • Week One: City tour; Peter and Paul Fortress; river and canal trip; day trip to Novgorod or overnight boat trip to island monastery of Valaam
  • Week Two: Hermitage Peterhof Summer Palace; a weekend trip to Moscow (includes city tour, Red Square, Kremlin, performance at the Bolshoi Theater)
  • Week Three: Russian museum; opera and/or ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theater; Catherine's Palace
  • Week Four: St. Isaac's Cathedral and other famous churches; Summer Garden; farewell party

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Program Costs and Application

The program fee ($3,300) includes:

  • Tuition (four credits)
  • Homestay
  • Four course credits
  • All excursions

Airfare is separate. Students can fly group rate on Finnair from JFK Airport in New York City, or make their own arrangements.

Starting in Summer 2017, tuition and program costs will be added to your official tuition bill. For information on payments and deadlines, please refer to you official billing statement from the Office of the Bursar.

Interested in our program? Apply online today!

The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is February 3, 2017, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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For more information, contact:

Professor Nikita Maslennikov
St. Petersburg Program Director
Senior Lecturer, Russian
(585) 275-4261

Cathy Tschanz
Academic Program Assistant
(585) 275-4252

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