CIEE-St. Petersburg

Program Details

Program Location St. Petersburg, Russia
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31014
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
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

The iconic St. Petersburg Cathedral

Students interested in studying Russian language abroad should refer to the CIEE-Tallinn program in Estonia.

Built by Peter the Great using architects from France and Italy, St. Petersburg contains palaces filled with art collections, landscaped parks and numerous venues for concerts, opera, theatre and ballet. Today the city's five million people are coping with the challenges of a new political and economic system.

The CIEE study center is located at the Center for Russian Language and Culture of St. Petersburg State University. Founded in the 18th century, St. Petersburg State University is one of Russia’s leading institutions of higher learning. The University’s 16 departments provide instruction for more than 20,000 students. The campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River, and now includes over 400 buildings around the city center and the suburb of Peterhoff. CIEE students study at the University''s Smolny campus, in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg.

CIEE offers two program options in St. Petersburg:

  1. Russian Area Studies
  2. Russian Language
For more program information, please visit the program sponsor's website (CIEE).


CIEE-St. Petersburg

Peterhof Palace Fountains

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.

Russian Area Studies: 0–4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent is required.
Russian Language Program: 4 semesters of college-level Russian or equivalent is required.

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

On the Russian Language program, students will take:

  • 3 Russian language courses: grammar, phonetics and conversation
  • 2 CIEE elective courses, taught in Russian

 On the Russian Area Studies program, students will take:

  • 2 Russian language courses: conversation and grammar
  • 3 CIEE elective courses, taught in Russian or English

Please see CIEE website for more details on available courses, methods of instruction, and what to expect from classes.


CIEE programs feature a variety of activities and excursions to add to your experience. Exact activities are subject to change, but a sampling of what you may expect is below:
  • Explore city highlights like the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Museum, Pushkin’s Apartment Museum, Baltika Brewery, and more.
  • Attend a concert, a hockey or soccer game, get a taste of Russian and Georgian cuisine with cooking classes.
  • See a ballet or opera performance
  • Travel to Moscow for an overnight stay
  • Take a second overnight trip to the Pskov region or Veliky Novgorod
  • Explore Russia on your own during Independent Russian Travel Week. Students have relaxed on the shores of the Black Sea, camped near Lake Baikal, visited the Olympic city of Sochi, and more. (Expenses not covered by program fee.)
  • Lend your voice to the CIEE choir, or audition for the world-class St. Petersburg State University choir or orchestra.


All study abroad students have the option to live in Russian homestays. 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 single room with a double bed.

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.

Please note the following

1)  The housing costs listed below include most meals.

2)  The program fee includes the cost of procuring a visa.

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

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,641.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00
Housing $3,350.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Visa $265.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,025.00
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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-St. Petersburg

Inside the Hermitage

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