Summer Study in St. Petersburg

  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Our classes are held at St. Petersburg University, shown here across the Neva River from St. Isaac's Cathedral.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Cultural events include organized historic walks around the city. Here we are at the Admiralty.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Everyone is always excited to visit the Hermitage Museum on Palace Square.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg's St. Basil's look-alike, the Church on the Spilt Blood, is a favorite trip.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Our students mugging for the camera outside the Russian Museum. The Russian Museum holds the best and most extensive collection of Russian art in the city.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    We take several excursions outside of St. Petersburg every summer. We had the rare opportunity to visit this wooden architecture museum on the island of Kizhi.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    The island of Kizhi is in the middle of Lake Onega in the Russian north. We took a cruise to visit this beautiful area.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    One of the highlights of our program is the opportunity to visit the beautiful churches and monasteries in the Russian countryside.
  • Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Summer Study in St. Petersburg
    Our students are given private tours by local experts whenever possible. Here a monk exhibits his monastery for the group.
  • 2010 Summer Group Picture
    2010 Summer Group Picture
    Some of our students from the 2010 Study Abroad Group posing by the Neva River in St. Petersburg.
    Maggie Burke

petersburg blogLocated on the banks of the Neva River, at the very center of the 18th-century historic district, St. Petersburg State University is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Russia, as well as the site of William and Mary's six-week intensive Russian language summer program in Russia.

The William and Mary summer program at St. Petersburg State University combines a six-week intensive course in Russian for students at all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced, with a course on the literature and culture of St. Petersburg taught by a William and Mary faculty member who also serves as the program director. Students also participate in a multimedia research project of their own design. Students' study of Russian language and culture is supplemented by faculty-led tours of historical and cultural sites (e.g., The Hermitage and Winter Palace, Russian Museum, Summer Palaces of the Tsars, Pushkin and Dostoevsky apartment-museums, etc.) in and around the city, excursions to the ancient Russian city of Novgorod, and several days in Moscow. Students live near the university in Russian student dormitories or with Russian families.

The comprehensive fee for the program includes tuition, room and board (2 meals a day), city and suburban excursions, and hotel accomodations in Moscow. For more information about study opportunities in Russia, including application deadlines, costs, financial aid, etc., please speak to a faculty member in Russian and visit the Reves Center webpage.