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  • Locations: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg

Smolny College – Russia’s first liberal arts college –- is a joint enterprise of Bard College and St. Petersburg State University. Designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Russian or more (including heritage speakers), the Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg offers a rich academic environment for students from North American colleges and universities who wish to study in Russia for a semester or full academic year. An integral part of the Bard-Smolny experience is the cultural program designed to introduce students to St. Petersburg, Russian history and culture. During the Russian language intensive, excursions typically include walking tours, visits to museums, and an introductory dinner with Smolny classmates. Throughout the semester, there is an average of one excursion every two weeks to an area museum, opera, ballet, theater, or palace; social activities, including bowling and dinners; and several weekend excursions outside of St. Petersburg. All events are conducted in Russian, and Smolny classmates are invited along on excursions. 

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • Language Prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level Russian language
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: mid-August to late December
Spring Semester: late January to early June

Students take a full semester of courses alongside other international students. A typical course load is four courses although it is possible to take five courses. 9 credits are normally completed in the Russian as a Second Language program (RSL). Heritage and other high-proficiency speakers may have the RSL requirement reduced or waived, and can replace these credits with academic courses. Grades from Bard-Smolny will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU. 

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

In St. Petersburg, you will have the option to live with a Russian host family or stay in student dormitories at a youth hostel.

The home stay fosters language acquisition and provides students with a support network outside of Smolny. All families are approved by Smolny and are prepared to spend time with students to assist them in learning the language and answering questions. Students have a private room with clean linens, are provided with 2 meals a day, and have access to a washing machine.

The dormitories are home to a number of four-year Smolny students, all of whom live in a private room in a suite, and have access to a kitchen area. Students must supply their own towels, bed linens, and meals. The campus and city center are easily accessible from the hostel via public transportation.

It is recommended that students take advantage of living with a host family. Living with a Russian family will provide opportunities for immersion in a Russian cultural and linguistic environment.

All U.S. Citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Russia. Bard-Smolny will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
Bard Smolny 2020-2021.pdf.

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and Bard-Smolny application.

Syracuse University
  • Complete Syracuse Abroad application
  • All application material must be submitted by the Syracuse Abroad application deadline
  • Complete the Bard-Smolny study abroad application. Check the Bard-Smolny website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from Bard-Smonly for supplemental documents
Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.