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. This helps students to settle and makes adjusting to the Russian way of life easier. Students who select a homestay will move in after the first month.


  • 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 may include:

  • Guided city tour of the major sights including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaacs Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospekt and the Neva Embankment with a view of the Hermitage
  • The Hermitage and Russian Museums
  • Yusupov Palace
  • Ice hockey match
  • Tours dedicated to Russia's political history and the siege of Leningrad
  • Visits to sites and museums associated with the most famous Russian authors
  • Evening at the theater or ballet
  • Traditional Russian craft or culinary masterclass, such as Matryoshka doll painting or cooking a meal fit for a Tzar
  • Immersion opportunities with local Russian students
  • A boat trip along St. Petersburgs rivers and canals
  • A group dinner
  • 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 rsum while in St. Petersburg. Past placements have included volunteering at museums, assisting  English language tutors, volunteering at 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. Please note that the opportunities change each semester. Up-to-date information will be given to you during orientation and placements made after classes begin.

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

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

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