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|Type of Program:||Faculty-Led Global Seminar||Areas of Study:||Cen/East Euro Studies, Russian/Russian Studies|
|Minimum Required GPA:||2.50||Minimum Class Standing:||1 - second-semester freshman|
|Course Prerequisite(s):||No Program Course Prerequisites||Housing Option(s):||Homestay|
|Open to students from:||All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU-Boulder||Language(s) of Instruction:||English and Russian|
|Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:||9 credits||Length of Summer/Winter Program:||6 Weeks|
|Host Institution(s):||St. Petersburg State University|
Spend your summer in beautiful St. Petersburg, "The Venice of the North"
Earn 9 credits in 6 weeks
No prior knowledge of Russian required (all levels accommodated)
Numerous field trips within St. Petersburg, as well as a weekend trip to Moscow
With a population of over five million, St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is located on the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Neva Rver. More than 500 bridges span the Neva and its canals flow throughout the city. St. Petersburg is one of Russia's main cultural centers with 19 theaters, 40 museums, and more than 40 institutions of higher learning.
The city itself, which was the capital of Russia under the later czars, was planned and built by renowned architects and is a fascinating blend of Western and Russian architecture. St. Petersburg State University was founded in 1724 by order of Tsar Peter I and is located along the banks of the Neva in a beautiful old part of the city.
The program's two courses are offered in conjunction with St. Petersburg State University.
"Russian Culture Past and Present" (RUSS 3601) is worth 3 credits at CU. It has been approved for historical context in the Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The class introduces you to Russian culture from the 9th century to the present through lectures about Russian literature, folklore, art, architecture, and music. It is taught by the program director, CU-Boulder Professor Artemi Romanov. Lectures will be given two hours per day, Monday through Friday. All lectures are in English. A journal and term paper (written after returning from St. Petersburg) are required for the course. A detailed course syllabus is available from the program director.
Field trips include visits to palaces, museums, churches, and other important cultural sites. There will also be several trips to sites outside St. Petersburg, such as the historic city of Novgorod and Valaam Island.
"Russian Language," the second course, is worth 6 hours of credit. This six-week language course serves students at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Russian language classes will be held at the CIEE Study Center at St. Petersburg State University's Smolny Institute. You will be assigned to a small language section (4-12 students per group) according to your level of proficiency in Russian. Credit will be recorded at the appropriate level (first year, second year or upper-division) on your CU transcript.
- The program usually begins in mid-May and ends in late June.
For detailed dates and information about arrival and departure, see the Program Specific Handbook at the bottom of this page. You can stay in Russia or travel once the program has ended. If you plan to return to Boulder immediately after the program ends, you will have time to enroll in the "B" term of CU-Boulder's summer semester.
|University of Colorado|
RUSS 3601: 3 credits, upper-division
Russian language course: 6 credits, lower- or upper-division (depending on your background in the language)
RUSS 3601 fulfills the Historical Context core requirement.
Language courses can be applied towards MAPS language deficiency.
9 University of Colorado credits
The program is directed by Professor Artemi Romanov, a faculty member of the CU-Boulder Russian department. A native of St. Petersburg who taught at St. Petersburg State University, Professor Romanov will assist in choosing program participants and lead an orientation session before the program begins. He also teaches the Russian Culture course, accompanies the group during excursions and other activities, and is regularly available to provide general assistance. Professor Romanov is aided in his duties by staff at the CIEE Study Center and St. Petersburg State University, who assist with program excursions, classroom arrangements, and other administrative tasks. Both Professor Romanov and members of the CIEE Study Center are available in case of emergency.
All students will be matched with a host family that is located by CIEE Study Center staff. You will be placed with a pre-screened Russian family and provided with a private bedroom. The homestays are located throughout St. Petersburg and are close to either metro stations or other public transport. Host families provide breakfast and dinner every day.
Mid-day meals are taken independently. You can find places to eat near the Smolny Institute or bring a lunch.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Russia and back. The program begins and ends in St. Petersburg. Transportation on program-related field trips outside of St. Petersburg is provided as part of the program fee. During the program you can purchase a student pass to use the St. Petersburg transportation system. It is very inexpensive to get around St. Petersburg on the metro and local trams.
Scholarships offered by the Russian Department at CU-Boulder: The Russian department will one or two scholarships each summer to students with financial need. If you apply for the CU-Boulder study abroad scholarship you will automatically be considered for his scholarship.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.
|Summer 2013 Participant|
|The experience was amazing, it was a huge culture blast. The excursions and classes flowed very nicely. The locals never interfered with our experience. The local transportation was incredibly useful. The most reliable source of transportation was walking. I fell in love with St. Petersburg and definitely want to return some time.|
|Summer 2013 Participant|
|Academics were challenging, given how busy we were all the time on the trip. You have to be committed and study on your own if you want to keep up with language classes. St. Petersburg was great and even though my housing situation was not ideal, this is what I expected being in Russia and it added to my experience. Locals are not very patient with foreigners when they don't know the language or are having any sort of trouble. The excursions were great, but there were a lot of them and sleeping and relaxing were things I did not have much time for between classes, commuting, and excursions.|
|Jesse Bay, Summer 2013 Participant|
|St Petersburg is an amazing city and the people there were great.|
|Summer 2013 Participant|
|I liked the kind generosity of my host mother. The program paired me up with a good host and a great roommate. We complimented each other well. As anytime I am in Europe, I loved my time there. Artemi Romanov is a superior instructor whose knowledge, on literally everything, is astounding. The locals of Russia are at times hard to meet, but with a good group this can be overcome.|
|Laura Elizabeth Blome, Summer 2013 Participant|
|The academics were challenging but seriously helped me improve my Russian. The history course was so informative it was actually difficult to keep all of the information straight! I learned a lot, and the on site learning made a huge impact. The homework load was neither overwhelming nor non-existent and the paper was a nice way to finalize the academic experience. My location was wonderful, 20 minutes from a metro and five minutes from school. It was beautiful and convenient, and our apartment was especially nice and comfortable. I know that some students with longer commutes had some difficulty, but I was very happy with my housing. We had roommates though, and I do wish I had been paired with someone who was at the same language level as I was; since my roommate spoke more Russian than I did, our host mom seemed to prefer to speak to her and I found it harder to get up the courage to speak sometimes when it was easier to just defer to my roommate. My interactions were minimal, largely because I didn't engage in the night life enough. That seemed to be the best way to meet people. The Metro was by far the best transportation. It took me everywhere I needed to go, is incredibly efficient, and much cleaner than the New York subway, for example. It was also well labeled and easy to navigate. I took one taxi also, which was well set up and pretty easy to order. The excursions were amazing. We saw half the museums in St. Petersburg, as well as several performances, including ballets. We focused a lot on the arts while we were there, but overall it was spectacular.|
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