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.
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.
Students earn up to 10 credits through courses in Russian language and culture.
RUSN 300: Russian Language, Culture, and History (3 credits)
RUSN 309: Myth & Memory: The City of Petersburg in Print & On Screen (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 the Spring prior to departure, 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.
One semester of college level-Russian is required. We recommend that applicants complete at least two semesters of college–level Russian by the time the summer program starts.