2015 PROGRAM DATES: May 24 – June 21
Please visit the Forms page for application forms and other resources.
White Nights! Golden Onion Domes! Royal Palaces! In June, the sun doesn't set in St. Petersburg until well after midnight and the pearl of Russian Imperial architecture glows most brightly. Known as the "Venice of the North" because of its many canals and rivers, St. Petersburg is liveliest during the four weeks of our program, when the streets are bustling and opportunities for cultural contact are the greatest.
Established in 1989, the UR Summer Program in Russia began in the provincial city of Tver before moving to Moscow in 1992 and to St. Petersburg in 1994. Each year, approximately a dozen students from the University of Rochester and elsewhere make the trip. For many, it is a life-changing experience. According to students on the 1999 trip:
Students stay with host families who provide two meals a day, private rooms, as much Russian as you want, and the chance to see Russia though Russian eyes. Placement is supervised by the University of St. Petersburg and most families are repeat hosts. The homestays are one of the most rewarding features of the program for our students:
There are no prerequisites! Begin Russian now! While we recommend one year of college Russian, the program is open to beginners as well. Come start learning Russian in Russia!
Students receive 6 credits for either RUS 107 or RUS 157 or RUS 207, all of which count toward a humanities cluster in Russian, or toward a Major or Minor in Russian or Russian Studies.
The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund helps defray costs for UR undergraduates studying language abroad in the summer. All students will be considered for aid through the Burton Fund unless they request otherwise on their application.
A typical excursion itinerary looks like this:
Week One: City tour; Peter & Paul Fortress; river and canal trip; day trip to Novgorod or overnight boat trip to island monastery of Valaam.
Week Two: Hermitage Peterhof Summer Palace; a weekend trip to Moscow (includes city tour, Red Square, Kremlin, performance at the Bolshoi Theater).
Week Three: Russian museum; opera and/or ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theater; Catherine's Palace.
Week Four: St. Isaac's Cathedral & other famous churches; Summer Garden; farewell party.
The program fee (approximately $4,000) includes tuition, homestay, 6 UR credits, and all excursions. Airfare is separate. We fly group rate on Finnair from JFK Airport in New York City, although participants are free to make their own arrangements.
Please visit the Forms page for application forms and other resources. Completed applications should be submitted to Tyler Brogan in Lattimore 408, Box 270082, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0082. The deadline for applications is January 23, 2015, though late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, contact:
Professor Nikita Maslennikov
St. Petersburg Program Director
Senior Lecturer, Russian
Phone: (585) 275-4261
Phone: (585) 275-4253
Information about this program is tentative and subject to change. Please check with program director for most recent information.