Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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 and sociology. The Russian language course meets for 12 hours per week for a recommended 9 semester credits. The language course is taught in the target language Russian and is available from Beginner through Advanced level. The appropriate language level is determined by a placement test upon arrival in St. Petersburg. Students are advised to gain approval for several different levels of Russian from their academic advisor in the U.S. prior to departure in order to ensure that they are eligible to receive credit for the course that they place into once in St. Petersburg. Elective classes each meet for three 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 grade. Pass/Fail options are not available. Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University issues transcripts. Students should obtain prior approval from their home institution for transfer credit detailing courses, class hours and grades. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution.

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 Higher School of International Educational Programs. 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.

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