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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Overview

Program at a glance

  • Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester
  • Courses Taught in English and Russian (no previous Russian language study required)
  • Open to college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, a meal allowance, excursions and cultural activities, London visit, trips to Moscow and Peterhof, and more. Optional AIFS Flight Package available.
  • Courses include art history, history, literature, political science, Russian language, sociology
  • Visa required before traveling to Russia
  • 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 Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (formerly known as the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University)
  • Due to visa regulations, we recommend you apply early

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

  • Spring semester applications are accepted on a space available basis. Click here for availability.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships available!
The scholarship deadline is April 15 for the Academic Year/Fall Semester and September 15 for the Spring Semester.


Due to visa regulations, we recommend you apply early. The Russian government requires students to hold a valid visa for their period of study. AIFS will apply for your visa on your behalf if you apply to the program by the application deadline and submit all requested visa application materials, including original passports, by the required deadlines. You must possess a passport that will be valid for at least 18 months after your return to the U.S. by May 1 for fall semester, October 1 for spring. Students who do not meet this requirement may be ineligible to join the program.

AIFS pays the visa application fee for students who apply for visas through AIFS. 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. AIFS will send back the students’ passports with their pre-departure packet approximately 5 days prior to departure.

Initially students will have a single entry visa. AIFS will apply for a multi-entry visa for students on arrival in St. Petersburg at no additional cost. The multi-entry visa takes five weeks to process therefore students should not plan to travel outside Russia before the visa is processed.

Meet Your Admissions Officer

Admissions Officer

Erin Craw

1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: (800) 727-2437 ext. 5062

I joined the AIFS team as an Admissions Officer to help students get the most out of their study abroad experience. I am a University of Connecticut graduate with a background in Interpersonal Communication. I have a passion for international education and tourism. I became a travel enthusiast after exploring Southern Ireland. I truly enjoy working with students throughout the admissions process and providing them with the assistance needed to pursue a semester or academic year abroad. When I am not in the office I am spending time with my large Irish family.

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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