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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring and/or Summer, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

Intensive Russian Language
and Culture
in St. Petersburg, Russia


Street in St. Petersburg

There are two programs offered for students with two years of college-level Russian who wish to improve their proficiency with the Russian language. Both are intensive programs that focus on all language skills and includes Russian culture classes and field trips/excursions. The first option is an eight-week summer program. The second option takes place during either the Fall or Winter term, or the entire year. Both options are located in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition to the courses described below, both the summer and academic year programs offer excursions and cultural activities within St. Petersburg and other locations in Russia. There is also an opportunity to take part in cultural activities while being paired with a local Russian student.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 4 semesters of college-level Russian for Fall or Winter program, with Oral Proficiency score of Intermediate or better
  • No previous Russian language required for Summer program
  • Students must have a valid passport in order to be accepted into the program due to visa application process. Your passport must be valid for 18 months beyond the end date of the program.
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Summer program

Students take specially designed courses administered by the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at the Center for Russian Language and Culture in St. Petersburg. Students will earn 10 semester credits during the eight-week program. The courses consist of three Russian language classes (grammar, phonetics and conversation) and two content courses. To learn more about the academic program and the specific courses, please visit the CIEE website.

Academic Year (Fall and/or Winter) Program

Students take specially designed courses administered by the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at the Center for Russian Language and Culture in St. Petersburg and at the St. Petersburg State University, one of Russia's premier institutions of higher learning. Students will earn 17 credits per semester during their time in St. Petersburg. The courses consist of three Russian language classes (grammar, phonetics and conversation) and a variety of electives in subjects such as Russian literature, comparative cultural studies, visual and performing arts, politics, and representations of Russia. To learn more about the academic program and courses, please visit the CIEE website.

Instruction is in Russian for both the summer and academic year programs.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Summer 2019 Budget Sheet
Winter 2019 Budget Estimate

Fall, Winter, and Academic Year 2017-18 Budget Estimates
Summer 2018 Budget Estimate

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

CIEE Scholarship Opportunities

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • One Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure 
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Partner Institution Application (online form) 
  • Partner Scholarship Application Materials (optional)
  • Passport Photos
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Housing is via homestay

Live with a Russian-speaking family and immerse yourself in the Russian language and culture. Each student has his/her own room in the family’s private apartment. Homestay families provide breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and three meals on weekends. Students must buy lunch on weekdays – the university cafeteria has reasonable prices. 

Student E-Advisor

Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to: 

Brooke Lennox -

Need to Know

Host Institution: CIEE Academic Year, Fall or Winter Russian Language Program
Host Institution: CIEE Summer Russian Language Program
Russian Language Program in St. Petersburg-CGIS Program Supplement

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring and/or Summer 2019 02/01/2019
02/21/2019 06/15/2019 08/10/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Winter 2020 09/15/2019
11/15/2019 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.