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Program Description:
School of Russian and Asian Studies: Language and Society in St. Petersburg
Based at St Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) in St. Petersburg, Russia, the core of this dynamic program is Russian language that can be combined with a range of electives taught in English on culture, history, politics, economics, finance, marketing, and more. Several courses focus on the intersection of these subjects: how the economy affects the arts and the role of cultural movements within society. An extensive cultural program and a weekend trip to Moscow is included. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academia. 

St. Petersburg is Russia's "cultural capital" – a grand city bursting with both classical and contemporary culture and art. St. Petersburg is especially recommended for beginner students and for those on their first study abroad experience who would like extra support in advancing their language skills and jumping into local life.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Required course load: 12-15 credits for undergraduate students
  • No previous Russian coursework and/or skills necessary
  • Russian language study is required for SU students
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early February to late May

This is an intensive Russian language program incorporating group language study. individual/paired language study, a Capstone Project, and peer tutoring. Students focused primarily on intensive language study will take all of the above and two electives taught in English. Students primarily interested in elective credits may reduce language study by foregoing one or more of the components listed above, but are required to maintain a minimum load of 180 hours of group language study over the course of the semester.

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.

You will live in a dormitory with other foreign students. UNECON requires that all students live in the dormitory near campus. However, it is relatively spacious and modern, with free WiFi and laundry facilities onsite. Homestay is not available in this location.

The UNECON campus is located on Griboedova Canal, just behind Kazansky Cathedral and about 5 minutes' walk from Nevsky Prospect. There is plenty of shopping, cafes, and attractions nearby and it is a very easy walk or metro ride to many of St. Petersburg’s most famous museums. The University is truly in the very heart of the city center.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Russia. SRAS assists with the process of securing your visa for the program.

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 a sample financial planning budget here: SRAS Russian Studies Abroad Budget 2016-2017.pdf

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SRAS applications. 

Syracuse University
  • Complete the Syracuse Abroad application.
  • In your Personal Statement, please specify which location/program you are applying for.
  • All application material must be submitted by the Syracuse Abroad application deadline. 
School of Russian and Asian Studies
  • Complete SRAS application, specifying which program you are interested in.
  • Follow instructions from SRAS for supplemental documents.
Follow this link for more information and the SRAS application:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 09/01/2021
NOTE: Program dates are not available at this time. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.