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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Partner
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Art History, History, Politics, Sociology
Credits: 6 On-Site Language Course Required: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:
Golden statues at the Peterhof

AIFS Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Summer


Students will have the opportunity to spend a summer in the thriving, artistic city of St. Petersburg, Russia with AIFS! Students will choose from a wide range of course options offered at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. The university is home to more than 26,000 students and 2,000 professors, including Nobel Prize winning physicist Pyotr Kapitsa. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 7 credits over 5 weeks as a student abroad in St. Petersburg. No previous Russian language study is required. Students will enjoy cultural and social activities such as visits to museums and palaces, concerts, excursions to nearby points of interest and more. Numerous excursions are included such as a 3-day tour of Moscow and day trips to Peterhof, Catherine Palace at Pushkin and Novgorod. A 2-day tour of London, England, is included for students on the AIFS Flight Package (strongly recommended due to strict visa dates).


All students take a 4-credit Russian language course and may also select one further 2-credit elective course plus a 1-credit course taught in English for a maximum total of 7 credits. Elective courses must be confirmed one month before departure and cannot be changed.

For more information, see their list of available courses.

Housing Accommodation & Meals

During the first week all students will live in the residence hall to get accustomed to the program. Students who select a homestay will move in after the first week.

Residence Hall
Stay in the residence hall for Russian and international students. These include 2-bedroom suites with two students per room. They also include a shared kitchenette and bathroom. 

Living in a Russian homestay is a great way to become integrated into the culture of the country and learn Russian. All our homestay families are different and many of them have hosted AIFS students for well over 10 years. These include a single room. A double room with another AIFS student may be available on request. Homestay is limited and subject to availability. Internet access is included in both the residence hall and homestay.

Meal allowance is provided to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. AIFS arranges meals for the first three days of the program and a farewell meal. 


AIFS recognizes the challenges today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support you can access, will help make study abroad attainable.

For more information, visit their website.:

Additional scholarship options are listed on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarships website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/17/2022 07/23/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.