CIEE-St. Petersburg

Program Details

Program Location St. Petersburg, Russia
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31014
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Application Details: Application Currently Closed

This program is suspended for the foreseeable future. Students interested in studying Russian language abroad should refer to the CIEE-Tallinn Program in Estonia.


CIEE-St. Petersburg

This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a 200-university academic consortium. Purdue University has been a member of CIEE since 1972.

Warm weather and white nights make St. Petersburg extra special in summer. Come with little or no Russian language skills, take courses focused in Russian language, art, history, and literature, and return with new skills, fresh perspective, and memories to last a lifetime.

At CIEE St. Petersburg you can improve your Russian through intensive Russian language training, explore Russian culture through excursions in and outside of the city, and participate in a rich program of extracurricular activities.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-St. Petersburg

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.  

Due to the length of the Russian visa process, CIEE requires students to have a valid passport in order to be accepted. Russian immigration requires that this passport is valid for 18 months beyond the end date of the program.

No previous Russian language study is required for the summer programs.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-4 Sem Russian

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The Russian Language program is designed to advance Russian language skills with eight weeks of language study at the School of Political Science, Saint Petersburg State University. Students improve grammar, phonetic, and conversational skills through language study, as they explore Russian culture through close analysis of verbal and visual texts, and attend lectures on history, literature, art, and contemporary life. Students can earn up to 10 credits.

Please see CIEE website for more details on available courses.


The program will include a schedule of events and activities, which may vary year-to-year. Some of the things you may get to do:

  • Explore city highlights like the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Russian Museum, and take a walking tour based on Dostoevsky’s book, Crime and Punishment.
  • Enjoy the fascinating phenomenon called White Nights - stroll along the banks of Neva and the city’s numerous canals in almost broad daylight.
  • Attend a ballet, concert, or soccer game, and get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
  • Walk in the footsteps of famous writers in St. Petersburg, home to Russia’s most celebrated artists of the 20th century: Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Brodsky, and Sergei Dovlatov.
  • Spend a day enjoying summertime open-air concerts, yoga and pilates classes, and film screenings at the New Holland, a man-made island previously used for ship-building.
  • Visit the biggest planetarium in the world: located in a building that housed natural gas used for lighting St. Petersburg streets more than a century ago. Planetarium ?1 hosts interactive exhibits, educational classes, and classical music concerts.
  • Travel overnight to explore beyond St. Petersburg.
  • Get to know Russian peers during day-trips, sports events, cinema club meetings, pub quiz trivia nights, and more.

 Please see CIEE website for more details.


All study abroad students have the option to live in a Russian homestay. Participants have their own room with a Russian family in a private apartment. Housing and most meals (two meals daily and three on weekends) are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. The University cafeteria offers very reasonably priced meals.

CIEE also offers a limited number of rooms at a hostel in downtown St. Petersburg. The hostel is located within a 5-minute walk of Nevskiy Prospekt and a 10-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center or a 20-minute walk. Students are placed in a double room with another CIEE participant. Students are responsible for all meals.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, and excursions.

The housing fee includes housing in a self-catered apartment *or* placement with host family which includes most meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2022

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $7,291.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.00
Housing $1,700.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Local Transportation $230.00
Visa $265.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $1,265.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

CIEE-St. Petersburg

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email