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Study Abroad: Yale Summer Session in St. Petersburg: Third Year Russian Language & Culture (S150-S151 & S242)
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Program Terms: Summer
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Website: Click to visit
Program Budget: Summer
Quick Facts:
 Type of Activity:
Study Abroad
 Class Standing at Time of Enrollment:
1 first semester freshman, 1.5 second semester freshman, 2 first semester sophomore, 2.5 second semester sophomore, 3 first semester junior, 3.5 second semester junior, 4 first semester senior, 4.5 second semester senior, graduate or professional student, other
 Fields of Study:
Language study (program is exclusively language study)
 Program Language(s):
Program Description:

No longer accepting applications for the 2014 summer.

YSS in St. Petersburg, Russia
RUSS S150-S151: Third Year Russian (Group I, L5)
RUSS S242: Russian Culture (Group I, Hu)

Program Dates: Monday, June 2 – Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Students should arrive in St. Petersburg on Saturday, June 21.

Prerequisite: RUSS 140 or equivalent

Expenses: Participants are responsible for all costs of the program.  A breakdown of the program budget can be found by clicking on the "Program Budget" link here or at the top of the page.

Funding: Yale students on financial aid are eligible for the International Summer Award (ISA).
(Please be aware the ISA has a cap of $10,000.) Students from other universities should consult their financial aid offices.

Course Description: 3 weeks in New Haven (Monday, June 2 to Thursday, June 19), five weeks in
St. Petersburg (Saturday, June 21 to Monay, July 28).
RUSS S150-S151: An intensive "at-home-and-abroad" course featuring language study at the third year level of Russian. Students receive language training during the three weeks in New Haven, developing skills that are then applied during the 5 weeks in Russia.
RUSS S242: This course explores the cultural history of the imperial Russian capital, founded by Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century as a window on Europe.  Since then, the city has been seen to embody all of the contradictions of Russia: East vs. West, imperial grandeur vs. the pathos of the little man, nature vs. civilization, free will vs. fate. The course considers the semiotics of Petersburg through a careful reading of selected literary texts, both prose and poetry, including Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Blok, Bely, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Khlebnikov, Mayakovsky, Kharms, and others, as well as some works of literary and cultural criticism. The classroom sessions are complimented with a rich selection of excursions and tours in and around St.Petersburg. 
Students must take both courses.
RUSS S150-S151: 3 Credits, RUSS S242: 1 Credit, Total: 4 credits

Instructors: Constantine Muravnik, - Language
                    Nikolai Firtich, - Culture

Housing Abroad: Students will live with carefully selected host families in the center of St. Petersburg. Homestays includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Students must leave housing on the last day of the program.

Trips & Activities*:  Trips to all major museums and exhibitions, theater, ballet, opera, concerts and shows, a boat trip on the rivers and canals of the city, a hydrofoil trip to the Grand Peterhoff, as well as a trip to Moscow. *Subject to change.

Application Process: Apply through the Center for International Experience website.
Application fee: $55 Application opens: December 15, 2013 Application deadline: February 15, 2014

Airfare: Students are responsible for booking their own airfare to the program location.  The departure date for St. Petersburg is Friday, June 20 (to arrive in St. Petersburg the following day, Saturday, June 21).  The last day of class is Monday, July 28, 2013; travel arrangements back home should be made for no earlier than Tuesday, July 29. 

Passport/Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining or renewing a passport, which must be valid through December 2015. Students admitted into the program must provide an electronic color scan of the passport they will use for travel no later than March 9, 2014, in order to begin the process of obtaining a visa, which is required for entry into Russia. The YSS office will assist students in obtaining a visa and all deadlines must be strictly followed since the document must be obtained before classes begin.

Pre-departure Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held for this program.

Questions: For course content questions contact instructor:  For general program questions contact the YSS – Study Abroad staff:

Click here to view the list of CIPE Residential College Peers: students in your college who have already participated in an international experience.

Link to the Program's Department page: Slavic Language Department Program webpage


Dates and Deadlines:
Read the program description to learn more about the application process.
Read the program description to learn more about the application process.