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W&M Summer- St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Sarah Mullen (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Summer
 Language of Instruction:
English, Russian
 Language Requirements:
One Semester of College Russian
 Host Institution:
St. Petersburg State University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
WM Credit Prerequisites: One-credit course taken at W&M
 Housing Options:
Local Family Homestay
Program Description:
St. Petersburg Collage

St. Petersburg is the second largest city and cultural capitol of Russia.The city is a trove of art and architecture, ranging from cathedrals such as the colorful Church of the Savior on Blood to the State Hermatige Museum and Winter Palace, which contains over 3 million pieces of art. St. Petersburg is also famous for its turbulent history, arts district, and expansive markets.

Program Description:
The College of William & Mary’s six-week summer program in St Petersburg, Russia offers participants an immersion experience to explore Russian language and culture. 
Students on the St Petersburg summer program will have the opportunity to participate in excursions to areas such as Moscow, Novgorod, Peterhof, and Pavlovsk.  Evenings are filled with trips to the theatres, ballets, and operas, including the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre of Ballet and Opera. 

Students will live with Russian families and are provided breakfasts and dinners as part of the homestay arrangement. This offers students ample opportunity to practice their language skills and learn more about Russian culture through daily, interpersonal interactions.

Course Information:
Students earn up to 10 credits through courses in Russian language and culture.

  • RUSN 300: Russian Language, Culture, and History (3 credits)
  • HIST 212: Sites of Memory in Modern Russia (3 credits)
  • RUSN 350: Topics in Russian Literature (3 credits)
  • RUSN 393: Optional Movie Theatre Project (1 credit)

There is a required 1-credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of St. Petersburg and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at St. Petersburg State University. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

W&M Faculty:
Frederick Corney
Associate Professor, History

Arrival date: June 21, 2016
Departure date: August 2, 2016

Application ($75*):  February 1
Deposit ($500):  March 4
Final payment:  April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Language Requirements:
One semester of college level-Russian is required.  We strongly recommend the applicants to complete at least two semesters of college–level Russian by the time the summer program starts. 

Program Fees:

2015 program fee: $5,950

Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are  available for this program. 

Additional scholarship funds for this program are available:
Tepper Scholarships for Study in Russia and Eastern Europe: The Russian and Post-Soviet Program (RPSS) is delighted to announce new merit-based scholarships for students who are applying to study abroad through a College of William & Mary program in Russia or Eastern Europe next summer.  The Tepper Scholarships are competitive grants of up to $2000 for students who have exceptional academic ability and a demonstrated interest in their chosen field.

All College students in good academic standing.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.