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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


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."

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)
  • HIST 212: Sites of Memory in Modern Russia ( 3 Credits)- taught by W&M faculty
  • RUSN 350: Topics in Russian Literature (3 credits)
  • RUSN 393: Optional Movie Theatre Project (1 credit)
W&M PD Course Description HIST 212: : Historical memory is crucial to the construction of national identity. This is true for all countries, but particularly for Russia – a nation that underwent momentous changes throughout the twentieth century and that is still working on the construction of a usable historical memory. First, the Russian Revolutions of 1917 transformed the lives of millions and ushered in a decades-long contest between socialism and capitalism. Then, in the 1930s, the Soviet experiment was defined by the repression of millions of citizens and their incarceration in a nationwide network of labor camps -- the Gulag. Finally, in the second half of the century, the victory of the Soviet Union in the Second World War became symbolic of the internal robustness of the Soviet state. But this war also became a lesson for much of the West of the immanent danger the USSR presented to the outside world. As late as 2009, President Vladimir Putin championed a commission to counter “falsifications” about Soviet history, notably what he sees as efforts to rewrite the narrative of the “Great Patriotic War.”  
The present course continues discussions about Russia’s national history, memory, and identity begun in a separate one-credit course (Spring 2022). It employs Pierre Nora’s notion of "sites of memory" to describe the sites at which a nation‛s collective memory can be examined, interrogated, and perhaps problematized. Throughout the course, students will experience St. Petersburg and Moscow “with open eyes” and consider what we know about Modern Russia, and why and how we know what we know. By the end of the course, students will not only have a strong grounding in Russian history, but also become aware of the constructed and contested nature of any national history and memory.

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:
Professor Maria Galmarini-Kabala

Arrival date: June 22, 2022
Departure date: August 3, 2022


New for Summer 2022, the GEO is announcing an earlier December 1 priority deadline for summer programs and Reves Summer Scholarships.  
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.   

Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.  

Priority Deadlines 
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021
                With a deposit due deadline:  February 21, 2022  
                And a balance due deadline:   March 11, 2022 
Regular Deadlines   
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
                With a deposit due deadline:  March 11, 2022 (Friday prior to Spring break)
                And a balance due deadline:  April 1, 2022  

Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees:
2022 Program fee: $6500

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.