Rutgers in Russia: St. Petersburg
May 30 - July 25, 2020
(Departure: May 29)
Rutgers in Russia is an intensive academic program that offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the Russian language and culture in order to achieve rapid language gains. The program is open to Rutgers and non-Rutgers students, Russian majors and non-majors who wish to advance their Russian language and culture proficiency in one of Europe's most enchanting cities—St. Petersburg.
Course of Study
Our eight-credit language immersion program in St. Petersburg is designed to advance students through one full year of university Russian in the course of eight weeks. Through our partnership with the Derzhavin Institute, students will participate in group courses that meet Monday through Friday mornings for a total of 20 academic hours per week. These classes will be in coordination with language support offered by the program director. Course components include grammar, conversation, reading, writing, and literature and culture segments.
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Cities can be more than just a place to study; a city can be a space that holds the story of a nation's culture. St. Petersburg has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the program you will have the chance to attend many organized group activities that will introduce you to St. Petersburg's vibrant culture. Activities include visits to museums, parks, monuments, churches, and important neighborhoods; tours of St. Petersburg's bridges and canals; and group outings to plays, concerts, operas, and ballets. Excursions to the suburban palaces of Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, and Pavlovsk will also be organized. Students may decide to take weekend trips to Moscow or Novgorod. Active involvement in the cultural life of St. Petersburg is highly encouraged throughout the program.
Accommodations & Peer Tutors
Among the highlights of the Rutgers in Russia program is the chance to live with a Russian host family. These arrangements include double room accommodation with breakfast and dinner. Use of host family kitchen varies by host family. In addition to being exposed to the Russian language and culture through host family interaction, you will be paired with a Russian peer tutor who will help introduce you to St. Petersburg.
Program Costs & Scholarships
NJ Residents: TBA
Out-of-state students: TBA
Program costs include: tuition & registration, homestays with breakfast and dinner, two celebratory group meals and several additional shared meals, peer tutor, cell phone activation, several excursions, and health insurance.
Not included: visa, round-trip airfare, some activity costs (plays, concerts, ballets, etc.), local transportation, lunch, books, personal expenses, independent travel.
The Rutgers Russian and East European Languages and Literatures program will offer need- and merit-based funding to Rutgers students until funds have been exhausted. Most students who apply early can expect grants of $1,000 to $1,500 to offset program costs. In addition, all students are encouraged to apply for outside funding. Suggested funding sources include:
The Gilman Fellowship for summer study abroad (for details, contact Study Abroad Program Manager Stephanie Lacava)
The Fund for Education Abroad
and other scholarships listed on https://global.rutgers.edu/study-abroad/scholarships.
Application & Admissions
The program is open to Rutgers and non-Rutgers students of all levels. It is highly recommended that students complete Russian 102 before attending, but students with only 101 or no formal Russian training will be considered. The application includes a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, and transcripts. The application deadline is March 1, 2020.
Passports & Visas
If you are a US citizen and do not have a US Passport that is valid for more than 18 months after your departure from Russia (expires before February 5, 2020), you must apply for one immediately. Study Abroad can provide you with a letter asking the US State Department to issue you a new passport if you have one that is valid, but would expire before the Russian Federation's requirement for visas. Interested students with valid Russian passports should contact Professor Cori Anderson, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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