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

Course level is determined by a placement test once in St. Petersburg. Students are advised to obtain approval for several different levels of Russian from their academic advisors in the U.S. before traveling to Russia in order to ensure that they can receive credit for the level that they test into.

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

The St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute 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 was one of three polytechnic universities founded in the Russian Empire during a time of economic growth and became one of the major universities of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It was raised to the status of state technical university in 1990 in recognition of its importance. More recently, the name of the founder of St. Petersburg, Peter the Great, was added to the name of the University. The University is home to more than 26,000 students and 2,000 professors, lecturers and instructors including the Nobel Prize winning physicist Pyotr Kapitsa.

The academic program is organized by the Russian Language Center at the Preparatory Department for Foreign Students. 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.