Summer: Rutgers- Russian Language and Culture Studies
Saint Petersburg, Russia (Outgoing Program)
Your Host City: St. Petersburg
The storied city of St. Petersburg, historically Russia’s “window to the West,” is your home during this program. The backdrop to many of the watershed moments in modern Russian history and stronghold of its most heralded literary figures, there is no better place to soak up Russian language through its artistic and literary tradition. This far north it barely gets dark in summer, which means you’ll get to enjoy St Petersburg’s “White Nights” when darkness never quite falls. In keeping with the season of light, St Petersburg in summer is a city of festivals, including the famous White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theater.
The program's 2017 syllabus is forthcoming. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
Study Russian language intensively while experiencing St. Petersburg, a city that was the locus of imperial power and revolution in Russia since its inception in 1703. A central stage of two revolutions and renamed three times over 80 years, St. Petersburg remained symbolically important throughout the years of Soviet power and beyond.
Your Russian language classes (8 credits, an equivalent of a full academic year of studies) will meet five mornings a week, Monday through Friday, 9:30am- 1pm. They will be taught by Instructors of Derzhavin Institute in coordination with Rutgers program director Cori Anderson.
By the end of this 8-week intensive Russian session, students will have received a full year’s worth of Russian language training while gaining a vivid and profound appreciation of the leading role St Petersburg has played, and continues to play, in Russian culture and history.
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The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community. One day of the weekly academic program will consist of excursions conducted in Russian and English. These excursions are considered part of the curriculum and attendance is mandatory for all students.
Accommodations and Meals
You will live in home stays with breakfast included. Students will have their own bedrooms in the central part of St. Petersburg. You will usually be eating lunch and other meals on your own.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
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