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Study art history, history, political science, sociology, Russian language and more during a summer, semester or year abroad with AIFS in St. Petersburg, Russia. En route to St. Petersburg, all students visit the exciting city of London. AIFS offers excursions to the Russian capital of Moscow as well as Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia.

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The Grint Center for Education is located in Moscow, a treasure house of Russian culture, featuring many art museums, theaters, concert halls, and public libraries. Located on a 150-acre site in the Vykhino district, the center is known for its parks and gardens, with easy access from downtown Moscow by bus and subway. Numerous shops, a movie theater, a museum, and an open-air market are all wi...

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Since 1990, the Center for Study Abroad has been catering to the interest of prospective participants worldwide through comprehensive international academic studies program. Study at St. Peterburg Language Institute and learn the Russian language while specializing in Slavic Studies. The intensive language program is open throughout the year.

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The Council on International Educational Exchange has been providing services to young professionals seeking abroad experience since 1947. Travel to Russia and help CIEE to achieve its mission. Live with a host family in St. Petersburg and explore the city through excursions, cultural activities, and become immersed with the local communities. The study abroad program welcomes students worldwid...

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The beauty of Russia lies in the unique harmony of its classic and sophisticated architecture and art nouveau style. With Eurocentres, individuals from around the globe get a chance to experience Russian culture while taking intense Russian language courses. Developing programs since 1932, Eurocentres provides thousands of participants each year with the opportunity to learn priceless foreign l...

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Moscow is the heart of Russia and the center of commerce, religion, science, education, and culture. Travel, live, and study in Russia with the Knowledge Exchange Institute. Courses such as Applied Science, Humanities, Mathematics, and many more are available in summer, fall, and spring terms or choose to stay an entire academic year.

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Explore the culturally-rich city of St. Petersburg while studying the Russian language and the people's way of life. This learning program is developed by Languages Abroad, providing students with study programs around the world. Students may choose from two distinct programs in Russia, either 20 or 25 lessons weekly with a maximum class size of 12 students.

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Get to know Russia through a study abroad program provided by AmeriSpan Study Abroad. Participants can take Spanish and Intensive Language courses in the city of St. Petersburg as they discover the culture and traditions of the country. Students will have the opportunity to stay with a host family as well as learn more about the language while they attend a four-hour intensive class each day.

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The Russian Language School attached to Derzhavin Institute offers interesting and highly organized all-year-round training and cultural programmes. It can be a summer course of Russian language for those who would like to combine vacation and study, a course of Russian language for business people, or a whole academic year of studies in Russia. There is also a unique course "Russian and Pushki...

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Go on a study abroad program in Russia with Language Link and earn academic credits. Participants can take culture and language courses like literature, Russian and Slavic studies, and conversational Russian. Specialized business or academic Russian courses are also available. Program offers accommodations at a homestay, apartment, or hotel.

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Immerse yourself in the Russian language and explore the diversity of Russophone culture in Moscow and beyond – from St. Petersburg to Siberia. Beginning in the spring of 2018, undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States are invited to apply to Language and Culture in Global Russia, Carleton College’s program in Russia that has, since 1988, introduced stude...

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Students on this program will be fascinated by the diversity in Moscow. It is a contemporary international city with a strong connection to its history through collections of world-renowned art, technological wonders at the KGB Museum, and the multicolored cupolas of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Students attend classes at Moscow State University, one of the world’s most respected universities.

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Earn college credits when you enroll in a language study program in Russia with International Programs. Students attend Russian lessons at Liden & Denz, the oldest private Russian language institute. Program participants can opt to receive transferable credit from Brookhaven College. The program includes a course certificate, guided city tours, and free Internet access.

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The University at Albany works with Moscow State University in providing Russian language courses and Russian Studies courses to international students. They also partner with Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI). The Russian Studies courses are taught in English. This study abroad program is ideal for students interested in pursuing in-depth study of subjects related to Russia and improving ...

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The Higher School of Economics is the biggest research and educational center in the social sciences and economics in Eastern Europe. The HSE is ranked among the top-three most popular and prestigious universities in Russia.

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Studying Abroad in Russia

From the snowy peaks of the Uralsto the depths of Lake Baikal to the intricate splendor of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia has something for everyone. Though many have tried to conquer it, this tenacious land has always pulled through and is a place of many cultures, languages, histories, and traditions. It is an old country that also offers the many perks of an emerging nation. Life in Russia brings to life tales of tzars, Faberge eggs, and interesting traditions such as never shaking hands over a threshold or giving flowers in even numbers. Time spent in this vast land is sure to create an unforgettable international education.

Geography & Demographics

As the largest country in the world, Russia has many neighbors. Ukraine and Belarus lie to the west, Georgia and Armenia to the southwest, Kazakhstan to the south, and Mongolia and China to the east. 

The land is mountainous in the central and southern regions. The northern area is covered in thick forest known as taiga that is predominantly made of trees like spruces, pines, and birches. Expansive steppe, an arid, level, and treeless landscape, covers the south. 

The country also includes almost 23,000 miles of coastlines. It is made up of many bodies of water including the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea which is classified as the largest lake in the world although it is salt water. Others are the shallow Sea of Azov, the Baltic Sea, the Arctic Sea, the White Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. 

Russia’s climate offers extreme changes in temperature. It is generally a pleasant place to visit in the summer, with its endless daylight hours and white nights in the northern half, though the winters can be quite harsh and dark. 

Food & Culture

Nearly all of Russia’s 142 million plus population speaks Russian, an East Slavic language. However, there are over 100 languages spoken throughout the country. The second most popular language is Tatar, which is spoken by the 5.3 million descendants of Batu Khan and the Mongol Golden Horde. Though many people find Russian harsh and are intimidated by the Cyrillic Alphabet, it is certainly a manageable language to learn for adventurous students. 

Russian culture is a hybrid of the many cultures that exist or have historically existed within its borders. For instance, borshch, a popular soup of a beets, potatoes, and cabbage, is actually a Ukrainian dish. Additionally, the famous and colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was likely influenced by Italian Renaissance architects. 

Russian culture incorporates many aspects of Byzantium, the area currently known as Istanbul, with its Orthodox religion, and Germanic architectural influences. The city is known as Peter the Great’s “Window to the West,” which is representative of his goal to make Russia a more modern country. 

Russian food, like its culture, includes tastes from the many regions of its former empire. Pelmeni, Siberian in origin, are dumplings usually filled with meat, mushrooms, or a mix. Other favorites are shashlik, which are Georgian shish kebabs. Students should be sure to try uzbek plov, a staple dish which originated in Uzbekistan. The hearty rice dish has many variations but usually includes carrots, onions, coriander, cumin, and lamb.

The Russian currency is the ruble whose exchange rate is favorable for students from the United States. It consists of both paper bills and coins and has no official symbol.

Russia is generally a safe place to visit but having street smarts is always helpful. Try not to speak very loudly in public, especially if you are speaking English. Most Russians don’t speak very loudly in public and if you are, it may draw unwanted attention from pickpockets. Additionally, St. Petersburg is well-known for more than its grandeur and cultural riches. There are also neo-Nazi elements that you need to be aware of, especially if you do not look like a white European. Though they don’t normally frequent tourist hot spots, it’s important to be aware of their presence. They typically wear either track suits or military-esque clothes and New Balance sneakers.

Things to Do

There are many activities and holidays, new and old, that take place in Russia annually. Maslenitsa is a pre Lenten festival with pagan roots that is comparable to Mardi Gras. At this festival, visitors gorge themselves on plenty of bliny, big crepes, and burn large hay figures to ward off the winter. Orthodox Easter is another interesting holiday in Russia. After the lengthy night church service, people bring baskets filled with meat, cheese, salt, cucumbers, eggs, and kulichi, a type of Easter bread, which the priests bless. Some Soviet holidays have survived to the present day such as International Women’s Day on March 8th. Most of these holidays are big events for families that include plenty of food, drink, and frivolity.

Studying in Russia

St. Petersburg is the most popular city for study abroad. Most programs offer students the choice between living with a host family or living in a dorm. This is almost without exception, unless you study in smaller cities like Vladimir or Yaroslavl, where dorms are not an option. 

The decision to live in a dorm versus a family is entirely up to you but living with a family usually allows for more exposure to culture and history. On the other hand, living in a dorm can allow more personal freedom and space, because Russian host families incorporate students as a member of the family, for better or for worse. Whichever is chosen, you will acquire more language skills and cultural experiences than you ever could while studying Russian in your home country.

The visa system in Russia applies to most foreigners, including citizens of the US, Canada, and most of Europe. To get a visa, contact your local Russian consulate in your home country or in the foreign country in which you are registered. Once you arrive in Russia, you will also be required to register within three days of arriving in any city. Usually, your hotel, hostel, or study abroad program will do this for you. Additionally, it is important to carry your passport and registration papers at all times. Policemen are known for stopping random people and asking for their documents. Travel within Russia is normally done by train. When buying tickets or traveling this way, you will need to present your passport to the conductor or ticket salesperson. 

Several masters programs are offered through St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University. The institute has earned a stellar reputation in the fields of engineering and economics. Programs typically last two years and the school often finds quality internships for their students so they can find a job after graduation. Students can earn international masters degrees in fields such as business development and energy technology while being immersed in Russian culture.

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