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, 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."
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).
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 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.
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.
Arrival date: June 17th, 2020
Departure date: July 29th, 2020
Application ($75*): February 3
Herzen University application form and a copy of passport due: February 3. 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 6
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.
2020 program fee: $6,675
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.
Round trip airport pick up
Some excursion admissions tickets
Some day or weekend excursions
On-Site support services
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.