Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Courses

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Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

All students must take a Russian language course and can choose elective courses for a further 3 credits. Classes meet for 14 hours a week.

Russian Language Course (Required)

Russian 101 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Elementary Level

This is a first-year college-level course in Russian grammar, conversation, phonetics and writing practice for beginners. 

Russian 201 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Intermediate Level

This course covers grammar, composition, phonetics and techniques of written expression, with further development of vocabulary and pronunciation. 

Russian 301 (4) | Intensive Russian Language – Advanced Level

Structural exercises in grammar, correct use of categories of language (commercial, administrative, journalistic, familiar, colloquial, formal) are stressed with extensive written work. 

Elective Courses taught in English

Art History 203 (1) | History of Russian Art 

Art development is traced starting with the most famous icon painters through the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Many works discussed are seen locally in exhibits at the Russian Museum. Classes meet for 3 hours a week. 

History 221 (2) | St. Petersburg’s Role in Russian History and Culture

Topics include St. Petersburg as the capital of the Russian Empire and home to major architectural and artistic monuments, the city as home to Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Brodsky and Shostakovitch. Students visit some of the city’s more unusual museums such as the State Public Library and Menshikov Palace. Classes meet for 6 hours a week. 

Political Science/Sociology 211 (2)  | Contemporary Life in Russia 

Major elements of contemporary Russian life: politics, law, economics, government, healthcare, art and education. Topics include everyday life and issues, nationality questions, political trends, and international relations of Russia with the world. Content may be changed at the discretion of the university. Classes meet for 6 hours a week.

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