CIEE: Russian Areas Studies in St. Petersburg

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Russia
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

Note: CIEE has suspended this program due to COVID-19 for the Spring 2022 Semester 

The Russian Area Studies (RAS) program is for students who have a beginner to low intermediate level in Russian language and are interested in taking topic courses taught in English. The program offers a set of courses, taught in English, on Russian history, culture, and civilization as well as a Russian language.

The program is designed for students with zero to four semesters of Russian. If you are at a higher level (having taken at least one Russian class beyond intermediate) you should enroll in the Russian Language Program. The RAS program cannot accommodate advanced learners and cross-registration between RAS and RLP is not possible.You must take the Russian language component at the elementary or intermediate level. It consists of two courses—grammar and conversation. In addition, students take three area studies courses taught in English.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Russian Area Studies in St. Petersburg


** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel.  All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by GEO Staff. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

1.    Completion of the GEO application process.
2.    Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Academic Year 2022-23 4/1/2022 Early September Mid-May
Fall Semester 2022 4/1/2022 Early September Mid-December
Spring Semester 2023 10/1/2022 Late January Mid-May

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