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St. Petersburg State University

About the Program

Students study at Russia's oldest University located in one of the world's most famous, beautiful, and cultured cities. Coursework includes intensive Russian language courses at all levels. For beginning and intermediate language students, courses offered in English include Russian Politics, Russian History, and International Relations. For advanced Russian speakers courses are also available in Linguistics, Russian Literature and Culture, Eastern Studies, Journalism, History, International Relations, Psychology, Computer Science, and other fields. Explore the Russian language and culture within the city walls of St. Petersburg!


Course of Study

  • Beginning to Intermediate language students may elect to pursue 20 weekly hours of Russian language coursework. OR, they may pursue 8 hours of weekly coursework in Russian language and 12 hours of weekly coursework with a Faculty that offers coursework in English (pending availability and placement).
  • Intermediate to Advanced language students, pending language evaluation and placement, may elect to pursue 8 hours of weekly coursework in Russian language and 12 hours of weekly coursework with a Faculty of their choice. OR, in rare cases, advanced students may elect to pursue 20 hours of coursework in the Faculty of their choice (all coursework in Russian).
  • More detailed information about Faculty coursework options can be viewed here:

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Course Information


St. Petersburg, Russia

Language of Instruction

Russian, English

Language Proficiency

Language Proficiency required for some courses of study

Program Type

Exchange: Students select courses offered by partner institution

Program Dates

Fall, Spring, Academic year

Living Arrangements

Dormitory style accommodations




Other Requirements Students must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program.

For placement purposes, Stony Brook faculty may assess applicants’ Russian language proficiency, utilizing oral and/or written evaluations

Application Deadline

Fall/academic year admission: February 15 
Spring admission: September 1 DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1

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

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$ 3,335 per semester for NY residents


$12,090 per semester for non-residents

Program Fee $2,100 per semester


Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

$55 per month approximately. Note: The host university may also require a domestic health plan, and will send details regarding costs to students directly.

Other Fees
Travel Costs

$2,000 (approximately; Students are responsible for their travel arrangements including airfare, visa costs)

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

Housing arrangements are coordinated directly with the partner university. Cost will vary depending on accommodation types and personal preference.

Cost Comparison: The average cost for a full time Stony Brook Student including tuition, insurance, housing, and meal plan is approximately $10,445 in-state and $15,735 out-of-state.

More Information

Grades earned in an exchange program WILL NOT calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.

Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.

Links and Resources

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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
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