Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

AIFS Program at a Glance - Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

  • 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 (lower GPAs considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, a meal allowance, excursions and cultural activities, London visit (Fall semester only), 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
  • Due to visa regulations, we recommend you apply early
  • 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)
  • Comprehensive Insurance and assistance package

Volunteer opportunities available

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

  • Fall Semester is full. Click here for available programs.
  • Spring Semester is full. Click here for available programs.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships available!
The scholarship deadline is April 15 for the Academic Year/Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester.


The Russian government requires students to hold a valid student visa for their period of study. You must have an up to date passport (one which will be valid for at least 18 months after your return to the U.S.) and submit a scanned copy of it to your Admissions Officer by May 1, 2019 for the fall semester and October 1, 2019 for the spring semester. 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 detailed information on how to apply for your visa. Students who submit applications/visa materials after the deadline may have to pay an expedited visa processing fee.

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-six 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 to the AIFS program.

Meet Your Admissions Officer

Admissions Officer

Rebecca Heinz

1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: (800) 727-2437 ext. 5059

I believe that international education is of great importance to the way that we interact with both our global and local communities, and I have had the privilege of seeing students experience this firsthand through multiple settings in the field. After obtaining my BA in Spanish and Economics from Manhattanville College in Westchester County, New York, I worked for an English language school for international students and then for a study abroad office at a university. In 2016, I graduated with my MS in International and Intercultural Education from Florida International University. Today, I am very excited to help students with the application and pre-departure process so that they have an enriching and overall great experience abroad!

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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