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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Overview

Program at a glance

  • 5-week summer program in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • No previous Russian language study required
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA required
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, meal allowance, excursions and cultural activities, day trips, and more. Optional AIFS Flight package available.
  • Earn up to 7 semester credits
  • Courses offered in art history, history, political science, Russian language, and sociology
  • The local AIFS Resident Director and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies
  • Transcripts issued by St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University

Visas – Very Important!

The Russian government requires students to hold a valid visa for their period of study; AIFS will apply for the visa on behalf of students who apply to the program by the application deadline and submit all requested visa application materials, including original passports, by imposed deadlines. By April 1, applicants must possess a passport that will be valid for at least 18 months after the student’s return to the U.S. Students who do not meet this requirement may be ineligible to attend this program.

Applicants who apply for visas through AIFS will pay the visa application fee directly to AIFS (included in the program fee). Students who submit applications/visa materials after the deadlines may have to pay an expedited visa processing fee (approximately $200), or they may have to apply for the visa on their own if their application holds up the group. If a student is not prepared to have AIFS hold his or her passport from mid-April until receiving his/her airline ticket, the student will need to apply for his/her own visa. Students are strongly encouraged to travel from London to Russia and Russia to London with the AIFS group because of strict visa dates.

Because students will have a single-entry visa, they will not be able to leave Russia for the duration of the program.

Russian visa regulations and requirements are subject to constant change. Students will be given the most up to date information and advice upon acceptance.

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships available! The scholarship deadline is March 1.

Meet Your Admissions Officer

Admissions Officer

Jennifer Rodriguez

1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: (800) 727-2437 ext. 5059

I joined the AIFS team in March 2008 and became an Admissions Officer in 2014. Prior to that, I was the AIFS Alumni Relations Coordinator, and in this role I trained and worked with the AIFS Alumni Ambassadors, as well as organized alumni-related events and collaborated with the entire AIFS alumni network to help promote and market AIFS programs to college students. I enjoy working with AIFS students as an Admissions Officer, as it allows me to relive my international experiences. I have a passion for cultural integration and enjoy traveling whenever possible!

Your Admissions Officer is available to guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about studying abroad on this program.

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