The Center for International Programs

Provides students with courses in Russian History, Culture, Politics (available in Russian and English). If necessary the students may be provided with Russian Language Studies led by the professional instructors from Philological Department of St. Petersburg State University.

Extra-curricular activities: special classes and excursions around St. Petersburg museums and sights.

Accommodation: host families

Length of the courses: one semester (from May till July short-term courses are possible).

The Center for International Programs has a cooperative program with the CIEE Study Center, which has been effectively in place at SPSU for over 40 years. Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is one of the leading American organizations for promoting international education throughout the world. It includes more than 100 universities.

The CIEE Study Center at St. Petersburg State University offers 3 semesters of courses in political science, history, cultural studies, and Russian language taught by the University faculty. In addition to intensive courses taught in Russian and English, CIEE students explore Russian life through living with a local family and taking part in various extra-curricular activities which enable interaction with Russian students and instructors.



phone: +7 (812) 2741485



The first St. Petersburg summer school in contemporary Russian politics

“Modern Russia’s Policy and Society”

 June 23 - July 4, 2014

We are delighted to inform you that St. Petersburg State University Department of Political Science is now accepting applications for the annual summer school in contemporary Russian politics to be held June 23 - July 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg.

This educational program aims mainly professors, undergraduate and graduate students in Political Science, International Relations, International Law, Eurasian Studies, East European Studies and Global Issues. We also hope to foster academic exchange and create a circle of engaged specialists from Russia and other countries.

Summer School program focuses on topics that refer to contemporary Russian political development with an emphasis on North-Western Russian Region (St. Petersburg and other Russian territories to the north, including such centers as Archangel, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk). Such issues as Russia’s disintegration problem, Eurasian Union, Russia’s election campaigns 2011-1012, Human Rights and Social Obligations in Russia are new and vital for a better understanding of contemporary Russia and latest trends of its political development.

The Summer School will feature some exciting lectures and seminars, including “Political Power Elites and Business in the Russian Federation: anti-corruption policy as a political factor”, “Friends or Foes: overview of the Russo-American relationship”, “Russia: if a new Afghan war is possible. The withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and the future of the Central Asian region “, “Post-Soviet Integration Problem: from “Mineral Resources Imperialism” to Euro-Asian Union”, “Demography, Migration and Identity Crisis in Russia”, “Russian Civil Society resurgent: NGOs, Foreign Agents, Religious Feelings violation and other trends”, “City-Management in Russia: challenges and social unrest”, “New Faces of Russian politics (Volodin, Navalny, Sobyanin, Roizman and others)”, and others.

 For Summer School 2014, we have attracted a stellar group of faculty representing leading

St. Petersburg Universities and Institutes. We create exciting and informal intellectual atmosphere through lecture series, miniconferences and lively debates and discussions.

The working language of the program is English.

We are ready to offer you a full package of forwarding services including visa support, pick up service (from/to airport or train station), Russian host family accommodation (breakfast included), 8 excursions as a part of educational program.

Program price includes the following services: tuition, accommodation, excursions, visa support, transfers.

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions, phone +7 (812)274-14-85.

Contact person: Liuba Marchenko

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