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About the Program

2017 Russian Cultural Studies Program with Internship

Experience SBU’s Russian Cultural Studies Program with Internship in St. Petersburg - Russia’s cultural center since its creation by Peter the Great in the early 18th Century. This program, founded by SBU Professor of Linguistics John Bailyn, is housed at St. Petersburg State University, Russia’s oldest university. The Explore St. Petersburg! program features an extensive cultural program and students become familiar with the city through excursions, films, lectures, and other events. Participants attend courses in cultural and media studies at an international summer school where they interact with students from throughout Russia and Europe. Participants will additionally complete an internship where they will participate in volunteer activities or assist Russian students in conversational English practice. Students on this program earn 3 or 6 credits; they can fulfill general education as well as some upper-division and major/minor requirements.

Program Highlight

  • Extensive, interactive cultural program
  • Dedicated course which compares U.S. and Russian Culture and Politics
  • Internship/Experiential Learning Opportunities
    • Teaching English
    • Volunteering in the Community
    • Medical Field Shadowing
    • Journalism Shadowing
    • Curriculum-specific internships
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum designed to accommodate a wide range of academic needs and interests
  • Study and live with students from overseas who are also participating in the international summer school

Course of Study

All participants will take 3 credits of HUR which will compare Russian and U.S. relations.

Students can also take another 3 credits from the list below:
CCS 201 - Writing About Cinema & Cultural Studies (ESI)
CLT 221 - Cross-Cultural Encounters (DEC G, HUM)
LIN 101 - Human Language (DEC F, SBS, SNW)
LIN 425 - Speical Topics in Linguistics
LIN 426 - Special Topics in Linguistics
SLV 578 - Directed Independent Studies I
WST 103 - Women, Culture, and Differences (DEC G, CER, HUM)
These courses are subject to change. Additional courses may be available.

All students will also be matched with an internship/experiential learning experience for 4-6 hours/week based on their personal and academic interests.

All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

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Course Information


St. Petersburg, Russia

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

July 1 - July 30, 2017

Living Arrangements

Residence hall housing



2.0 GPA and above

Other Requirements

All undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing may apply.
Applicants MUST have a current passport that has two blank adjacent visa pages and that is valid through at least Jan 2019. 

Application Deadline

April 1, 2017

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$270 per credit for NY residents


$988 per credit for non-residents

Program Fee

$1,950 Program Fee:(includes housing, one meal per day, metro pass, group excursions, internship placement, and international health insurance)

Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

Included in the Program Fee

Other Fees

Visa Fee: $250 (additional fees may apply).

Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: $900-$1,200.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site. 

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

Graduate students will be charged tuition at the current graduate tuition rate

Application Checklist

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*Note: Applications will only be reviewed once all materials are received!

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Contact Information

Jessica Zuniga
International Programs Coordinator
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Prof. John F. Bailyn
Program Director
Department of Linguistics
Stony Brook University
S-217 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-4376
Tel: (631) 632- 7777
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