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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
St. Petersburg Collage

Program Information | Course Information | W&M Faculty | Dates | Deadlines | Program Fees | Eligibility | Handbooks

**Please note this program is not running in Summer 2021. 

St. Petersburg
, formerly known as Petrograd and Leningrad, 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. St. Petersburg has also been coined "The Most European City" and "Venice of the North."

W&M Summer St. Petersburg Faculty-Led Study Abroad Video

Things to Do and See:
The historic district is a UNESCO world heritage site; The Hermitage (international renowned art museum); Peterhof; White Nights Festival (classical ballet, opera, and orchestral performances that take place as part of the summer's White Nights).

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)
  • RUSN 309: Myth and Memory: The City of Petersburg in Print and 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 a Russian University. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Language Requirements:
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. 

W&M Faculty:
Sasha Prokhorov

Arrival date: June 16th, 2021
Departure date: July 28th, 2021

Application ($75*):  February 1

Herzen University application form and a copy of passport due: February 1. Your passport must be valid for at least 18 months after the visa start date.  The Herzen University application form is provided by the Global Education Office. Students must complete this form and return it to the GEO Advisor so Herzen University can process your letter of invitation which is needed for your student visa. 

Deposit ($600):  March 12
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.

Program Fees:
2021 program fee: $6750

Students are responsible for airfare, visa fees, and some meals.

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here. 

Reves Summer Scholarships are  available for this program. 

Program Features: 

Welcome dinner
On-Site Orientation
Ground transportation
Round trip airport pick up 
Farewell dinner
Re-entry Programming
Some excursion admissions tickets

Some day or weekend excursions 
CISI Insurance
On-Site support services
W&M credits
Week in Moscow 
Strong academic partnership with local Russian Universities to offer reputable and rigorous academic coursework 
Breakfast and dinner are included in program fees as well as some meals on excursions. 


***Additional scholarship funds for this program are available through the Tepper Scholarships for Study in Russia and Eastern Europe***

  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Click to view 
St. Petersburg Handbook 2020.pdf
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021

**Students planning to participate in the St. Petersburg Program must have a valid passport by the time of the application deadline. The Russian government requires the following to process your visa: An original signed passport with at least 2 blank pages for your Visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 18 months after the visa start date. You must submit a clear, legible, and signed copy of the information page of your passport

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.