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  • Locations: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Description:
The Program
  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of modern Russia through intensive language studies with the historical city of St. Petersburg as your classroom
  • Explore the contemporary city during its famous “White Nights"
  • Study Russian language at any level from advanced to absolute beginner

Your Host City: St. Petersburg
The storied city of St. Petersburg, historically Russia’s “window to the West,” is your home during this program.  The backdrop to many of the watershed moments in modern Russian history and stronghold of its most heralded literary figures, there is no better place to soak up Russian language through its artistic and literary tradition.  This far north it barely gets dark in summer, which means you’ll get to enjoy St Petersburg’s “White Nights” when darkness never quite falls.  In keeping with the season of light, St Petersburg in summer is a city of festivals, including the famous White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theater.

   Faculty Director Profile:
Cori Anderson

Professor Anderson researches foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition. She teaches courses on Russian language from the elementary to advanced level.

Email Dr. Anderson at

The program's 2019 syllabus is forthcoming.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

Study the Russian language intensively while experiencing St. Petersburg, a city that was the locus of imperial power and revolution in Russia since its inception in 1703.  A central stage of two revolutions and renamed three times over 80 years, St. Petersburg remained symbolically important throughout the years of Soviet power and beyond.

Your Russian language classes (8 credits, an equivalent of a full academic year of studies) will meet five mornings a week, Monday through Friday, 9:30am- 1pm. They will be taught by Instructors of Derzhavin Institute in coordination with Rutgers program director Cori Anderson.

By the end of this 8-week intensive Russian session, students will have received a full year’s worth of Russian language training while gaining a vivid and profound appreciation of the leading role St Petersburg has played, and continues to play, in Russian culture and history.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community.  One day of the weekly academic program will consist of excursions conducted in Russian and English. These excursions are considered part of the curriculum and attendance is mandatory for all students.

Accommodations and Meals
You will live in homestays with breakfast included. Students will have their own bedrooms in the central part of St. Petersburg. You will usually be eating lunch and other meals on your own.

Financial Information
Program finances for Summer 2019 will be updated in late Fall Semester

For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.