Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Choose one of the housing options below:

Student Residence Hall

The student residence hall houses both Russian and international students at the university and staying here is a great way to make new friends.

  • Shared double room
  • Shared bathroom and kitchenette


Living in a Russian homestay is a great way to become integrated into the culture of the country and learn Russian. Please note that homestays are limited and subject to availability.

  • Single room (shared room with another AIFS student may be available upon request)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Access to kitchen facilities

During the first month in St. Petersburg all students live in the student residence hall to facilitate the adjustment to the Russian way of life. After the first month you can then choose to stay in the residence hall or to live in a homestay.


  • Meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can opt out for a reduced program fee.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in St. Petersburg.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Russian life and history. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Guided city tour of the major sights including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Smolny Cathedral and Neva Embankment with a view of the Hermitage
  • The Russian, Dostoevsky, Political History and Hermitage Museums
  • Yusupov Palace
  • Classical concert at Philharmonic Hall
  • Evening at the theater
  • Siege of Leningrad tour
  • Ice hockey match
  • Baltika Beer Brewery tour
  • Conversation Club with Russian students as well as Russian conversation partners
  • A boat trip along St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals
  • AIFS students have also joined local sports teams (including lacrosse, frisbee, American football, basketball and soccer) during their semester abroad which has helped them to integrate with the local community

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events

Volunteering Program

We can assist you if you are looking to volunteer and build your résumé while in St. Petersburg. Past placements have included volunteering at museums, working as an English tutor, assisting NGOs, and working on blogging, social media and journalism platforms.

There are more opportunities out there, just tell us what you are interested in and we will do our best to make it happen. Placements are made after arrival.

AIFS in St. Petersburg Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Kathryn Alcock

Phone: 7 812 534 1152

Здравствуйте! That means "hello!" in Russian. When I first came here from England, I only knew two words in Russian and now St. Petersburg is my home!

I have been working for AIFS in St. Petersburg since 2008 but I have lived here for much longer. I first came to this beautiful city in 1991 (when it was still Leningrad!) and studied ballet at the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy. After graduating, I danced in many theaters in St. Petersburg and Europe. On my return to the U.K. I studied Russian in London. I returned to my beloved St. Petersburg in 2006 and completed an Advanced Russian course at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Studying abroad will be one of the most fantastic experiences of your life. I look forward to welcoming you to St. Petersburg–I'm sure you will fall in love with this city as much as I have!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.