Spend your summer in beautiful St. Petersburg, "The Venice of the North"
Earn 9 credits in 6 weeks
No prior knowledge of Russian required (all levels accommodated)
Numerous field trips within St. Petersburg, as well as a weekend trip to Moscow
With a population of over five million, St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is located on the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Neva Rver. More than 500 bridges span the Neva and its canals flow throughout the city. St. Petersburg is one of Russia's main cultural centers with 19 theaters, 40 museums, and more than 40 institutions of higher learning.
The city itself, which was the capital of Russia under the later czars, was planned and built by renowned architects and is a fascinating blend of Western and Russian architecture. St. Petersburg State University was founded in 1724 by order of Tsar Peter I and is located along the banks of the Neva in a beautiful old part of the city.
All students will be matched with a host family that is located by CIEE Study Center staff. You will be placed with a pre-screened Russian family and provided with a private bedroom. The homestays are located throughout St. Petersburg and are close to either metro stations or other public transport. Host families provide breakfast and dinner every day.
Mid-day meals are taken independently. You can find places to eat near the Smolny Institute or bring a lunch.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Russia and back. The program begins and ends in St. Petersburg. Transportation on program-related field trips outside of St. Petersburg is provided as part of the program fee. During the program you can purchase a student pass to use the St. Petersburg transportation system. It is very inexpensive to get around St. Petersburg on the metro and local trams.
- Courses: RUSS 3601: 3 upper-division credits, and a Russian language course: 6 credits, lower- or upper-division (depending on your background in the language)
- Credits: 9 total credit hours
- Approved for: RUSS 3601 fulfills the Historical Context core requirement. Language courses can be applied towards MAPS language deficiency.
- Grading: RUSS 3601 is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive a letter grade for that course. The Russian language courses are taught by local instructors. You will receive CU Boulder "in residence" credit as if you had completed the work on the Boulder campus. Those language grades will be converted to pass/fail credit on your CU Boulder transcript. A grade of "pass" is equivalent to C- or better. D equates to no credit and F is a fail. The pass/fail credit earned on a CU Boulder study abroad program is exempt from college limits on student-elected pass/fail credit.
- See course descriptions:
The program's two courses are offered in conjunction with St. Petersburg State University.
"Russian Culture Past and Present" (RUSS 3601) is worth 3 credits at CU. It has been approved for historical context in the Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The class introduces you to Russian culture from the 9th century to the present through lectures about Russian literature, folklore, art, architecture, and music. It is taught by the program director, CU Boulder Professor Artemi Romanov. Lectures will be given two hours per day, Monday through Friday. All lectures are in English. A journal and term paper (written after returning from St. Petersburg) are required for the course. A detailed course syllabus is available from the program director.
Field trips include visits to palaces, museums, churches, and other important cultural sites. There will also be several trips to sites outside St. Petersburg, such as the historic city of Novgorod and Valaam Island.
"Russian Language," the second course, is worth 6 hours of credit. This six-week language course serves students at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Russian language classes will be held at the CIEE Study Center at St. Petersburg State University's Smolny Institute. You will be assigned to a small language section (4-12 students per group) according to your level of proficiency in Russian. Credit will be recorded at the appropriate level (first year, second year or upper-division) on your CU transcript.
The program usually begins in mid-May and ends in late June. You can stay in Russia or travel once the program has ended. If you plan to return to Boulder immediately after the program ends, you will have time to enroll in the "B" term of CU Boulder's summer semester.
The program is directed by Professor Artemi Romanov, a faculty member of the CU Boulder Russian department. A native of St. Petersburg who taught at St. Petersburg State University, Professor Romanov will assist in choosing program participants and lead an orientation session before the program begins. He also teaches the Russian Culture course, accompanies the group during excursions and other activities, and is regularly available to provide general assistance. Professor Romanov is aided in his duties by staff at the CIEE Study Center and St. Petersburg State University, who assist with program excursions, classroom arrangements, and other administrative tasks. Both Professor Romanov and members of the CIEE Study Center are available in case of emergency.
See Professor Romanov's Faculty Spotlight.