Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

AIFS Program at a Glance - Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

  • 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.


The Russian government requires students to hold a valid visa for their period of study. You must possess a passport that will be valid for at least 18 months after you return to the U.S. by May 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring. Students who do not meet this requirement may be ineligible to join the program. AIFS pays the visa application fee on your behalf and your AIFS Admissions Officer will provide the details and information on how to apply for your visa through AIFS. Students who submit applications/visa materials after the deadline may have to pay an expedited visa processing fee of approximately $200.

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

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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