CIEE: Russian Language in St. Petersburg

Language Requirement: 2 years
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 Fall 2021 Semester 

The Russian Language Program (RLP) is offered for both the semester and academic year. The goal of the Russian Language program is to offer intermediate and advanced students of Russian a well-balanced program of language study in an immersion setting. This is achieved by combining intensive language courses with an enriching cultural program of lectures and local excursions in and around one of the world’s most culturally and historically interesting cities. You will be encouraged to further immerse yourself in Russian cultural and social life by living with a Russian host family and by participating in various volunteer activities.

You will take Russian Grammar, Phonetics, and Conversation, along with two elective courses. You will be placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program. If you stay for the academic year, you will take Russian Grammar, Conversation, and two electives in their second semester. RLP students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Russian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Russian language proficiency and understanding of Russian society.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Russian Language Program 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
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2021-22n/an/an/a
Fall Semester2021n/an/an/a
Spring Semester202210/1/2021Late JanuaryMid-May

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