Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Living Abroad

AIFS in St. Petersburg Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Kathryn Alcock

Phone: (7) 812 534 1152

Здравствуйте! That means "hello!" in Russian. When I first came here from England, I only knew two words in Russian and now St. Petersburg is my home! I have been working for AIFS in St. Petersburg since 2008 but I have lived here for much longer. I first came to this beautiful city in 1991 (when it was still Leningrad!) and studied ballet at the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy. After graduating, I danced in many theaters in St. Petersburg and Europe.

On my return to the U.K. I studied Russian in London. I returned to my beloved St. Petersburg in 2006 and completed an Advanced Russian course at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Studying abroad will be one of the most fantastic experiences of your life. I look forward to welcoming you to St. Petersburg – I'm sure you will fall in love with this city as much as I have!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals

During the first week all students will live in the residence hall to get accustomed to the program. Students who select a homestay will move in after the first week.

Residence hall

Stay in the residence hall for Russian and international students.

  • Shared double room
  • Shared kitchenette and bathroom


Living in a Russian homestay is a great way to become integrated into the culture of the country and learn Russian. All our homestay families are different and many of them have hosted AIFS students for well over 10 years.

  • Single room
  • Double room with another AIFS student may be available on request
  • Shared bathroom
  • Access to kitchen facilities
  • Homestays are limited and subject to availability

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in St. Petersburg


  • AIFS arranges meals for the first three days of the program and a farewell meal

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Russian culture, the AIFS Resident Director organizes cultural events every week. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Guided city tour of the major sights including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospekt and the Neva Embankment with a view of the Hermitage
  • The Hermitage Museum
  • Evening at the theater
  • Midnight White Nights City tour
  • Boat trip along St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals
  • Siege of Leningrad tour
  • Farewell dinner

Please note that students may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some of the activities.

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Russia programs! Offerings!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Russia programs!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Russia, St. Petersburg programs!