Intensive Russian Language
in St. Petersburg, Russia
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
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).
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.
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.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
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.
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:
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:
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.