Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, history, literature, political science, Russian language, sociology

Program Options

This program is designed for students wishing to begin or enhance their skills in Russian language while taking elective courses taught in English in subjects including art history, history, literature, political science, sociology and more. The Russian language course meets for 12 hours per week for 14 weeks for a recommended 9 semester credits. The language course is taught in the target language Russian and is available from beginner through to advanced level. Language level is determined by a placement test on arrival. The results of the test determine the appropriate language level. Elective classes meet for 3 hours per week for a recommended 3 semester credits. You can take a minimum of 12 credits (Russian language plus one elective course) and a maximum of 18 credits (Russian language plus 3 electives).

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

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 2.5 GPA

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (formerly known as the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University) 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 became one of the major universities of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It is home to more than 20,000 students and 2,000 professors, lecturers and instructors including Nobel Prize winner the physicist Pyotr Kapitsa.

The academic program is organized by the Russian Language Center at the Preparatory Department for Foreign Students, one mile from the main campus. 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.