Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Academics

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

The St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1899 by some of the most prominent Russian scientists of the day, including Dmitri Mendeleev who created the periodic table of elements. It was one of three polytechnic universities founded in the Russian Empire during a time of economic growth and became one of the major universities of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It was raised to the status of state technical university in 1990 in recognition of its importance. More recently, the name of the founder of St. Petersburg, Peter the Great, was added to the name of the University. The University is home to more than 26,000 students and 2,000 professors, lecturers and instructors including the Nobel Prize winning physicist Pyotr Kapitsa.

The academic program is organized by the Russian Language Center at the Preparatory Department for Foreign Students. This department trains students from all over the world who wish to enter higher education at Russian universities and is highly regarded for excellent teaching of Russian as a foreign language.

Academic Overview

All students take a 4-credit Russian language course and may also select one further 2-credit elective course plus a 1-credit course taught in English for a maximum total of 7 credits. Elective courses must be confirmed one month before departure and cannot be changed.

Russian course Language classes are required and taught in Russian for a full immersion experience with native professors. Classes meet for 14 hours a week.

The courses cover phonetics, grammar and everyday language. All levels are accepted, including beginners who are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Cyrillic alphabet before arrival. Classes are taught in small groups of up to 12 students. A placement test after arrival determines the appropriate level of language.

Elective courses Contemporary Life in Russia, History of Russian Art, and St. Petersburgís Role in Russian History and Culture courses are optional and taught in English. A minimum enrollment of 10 students is required for these courses to run.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University issues transcripts. Students should obtain prior approval from their home institution for transfer credit detailing courses, class hours and grades. Transcripts do not indicate the credits recommended in this catalog. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution.

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