Skip Navigation

Explore St. Petersburg!

  • Details and Cost

    About the Program

    Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program with Internship

    Experience SBU’s Linguistics and 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 The Herzen State Pedagogical University of St. Petersburg. Participants attend courses in Linguistics and Critical Cultural Studies at SBU's international summer school where they interact with students from around the world.

    Participants complete an internship where they interact with the local community.

    Students earn 3-7 credits and can fulfill general education as well as some upper-division and major/minor requirements. 

    The "Explore St. Petersburg!" program features an extensive cultural program in which students become familiar with the city through excursions, films, lectures, and other events.

    Program Highlights

    Interdisciplinary Academic Program with faculty from world-renowned institutions. Students choose from a series of mini-seminars, including:

    Linguistics/Cognitive Science

      • Introduction to Generative Syntax (Caroline Heycock, University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
      • Topics in Syntax (Omer Preminger, University of Maryland)
      • Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (Kyle Johnson, UMass Amherst & Clemens Steiner-Mayr, University of Goettingen)
      • Topics in Historical Linguistics (Asya Pereltsvaig, Santa Clara University)
      • Introduction to Morphological Theory (Asia Pietraszko, University of Rochester)
      • Three Puzzles in Syntax and Semantics (Kyle Johnson, UMass Amherst, Isabelle Charnavel, Harvard University &  David Pesetsky, MIT)
      • Controversies in Linguistics (David Pesetsky, MIT)
      • Binding and Control (Dominique Sportiche, UCLA)
      • Neurolinguistics (John Drury, Jiangsu Normal University)
      • The Grammar of Music (Martin Rohrmeier, EPFL Switzerland)
      • View seminar descriptions here

    Critical Cultural Studies

      • Introduction to Intersectional Women and Gender Studies (Masha Godovannaya, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna & Katharina Wiedlack, University of Vienna)
      • The Sociology of Everyday Technologies in a Globalized World (Kristen Karlberg, SUNY Purchase)
      • The Politics of Utopia (Ana Hofman & Tanja Petrovic, Slovenian Academy of Science)
      • The Politics of Migration (Bekeh Ukelina, SUNY Cortland)
      • Radical Materialisms (Nikolay Karkov, SUNY Cortland)
      • Film and Cultural Anxiety (James McFarland, Vanderbilt University)
      • Photography and the Post-Human Image (Yola Monakhov Stockton, SUNY Buffalo State)
      • Making Theater (Leah Lowe, Vanderbilt University)
      • Contested Memories and Holocaust Trauma (Barbara LeSavoy, SUNY Brockport)
      • View seminar descriptions here

    Extensive Cultural Program

    Internship/Experiential Learning  Opportunities


    Follow the program on Instagram @explore_spb_sbu

    Location St. Petersburg, Russia
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates Summer 2021 dates TBD
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Explore students will live in city center residence halls within walking distance to the university.
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 2.0
    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 2021

    Application Deadline March 1 Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Students attending the “Explore St. Petersburg!” earn 3-7 academic credits by selecting 1 or 2 courses from the list below. 

    The coursework will be comprised of participation in various interdisciplinary seminars.

    • HUR 249 - Russia Today
    • CCS 101 – Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies (ARTS, HUM)
    • CCS 202 – Film Genres (ARTS)
    • CCS 301 - Cinema and Media Theory (CER, HFA+)
    • CLT 221 - Cross-Cultural Encounters (HFA+)
    • LIN 101 - Human Language (SBS, SNW)
    • LIN 425 - Special Topics in Linguistics
    • LIN 426 - Special Topics in Linguistics
    • LIN 487 - Directed Research in Linguistics
    • RUS 447 - Directed Readings in Russian (EXP+)
    • EUR 447 - Directed Readings in European Studies
    • WST 103 - Women, Culture, and Difference (CER, HUM)

    All students will also be matched with an internship/experiential learning experience for 4-6 hours/week based on their personal and academic interests. Students have the option to complete their internship for 1 credit. Past internships/experiential learning experiences have included:

    • Teaching English
    • Volunteering in the Community
    • Journalism Shadowing
    • Curriculum-specific internships
    • View more opportunities here


    Academic Policies

    • Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.
    • Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

  • Apply