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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer Terms I & II
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer Terms I & II
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay, Shared Apt. Language Pre-requisite: 4 semesters of Russian (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Advisor: Mark Hayes
Minimum GPA: 3.2 Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Advising Required:
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

St Petersburg
This program is for students with at least two years of college level Russian and an interest in immersing themselves in a Russian academic environment.  Students have the option of taking content courses in Russian or English along side Russian students at Smolny College at St. Petersburg State University.

For the intensive summer language program, students need to have at least 2 semesters of college level Russian.


Students receive between 12 and 17 credits per semester, nine of which are normally completed in the Russian as a Second Language program.  Heritage and other high proficiency speakers may have the RSL requirement reduced or waived, and can they can replace these credits with academic courses. 

With the help of an academic advisor at Smolny, students choose from a mixture of course offerings the majority of which are taught in Russian. Each semester, a handful of courses are offered in English; Russian students also enroll in these courses.

Those students who opt to spend the entire academic year at Smolny often report that their second semester is especially rewarding, and their Russian language will usually reach a level that enables them to take a full academic course load in Russian.  These students will sometimes conduct independent research in Russian, if they are so interested.

In addition to traditional classroom learning, many Bard-Smolny students gain knowledge, experience and further insight through an extracurricular internship or volunteer program. Please see Recent Course Listings and Internship Opportunities for a list of organizations that have hosted Bard-Smolny interns and volunteers.

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Smolny Academics

Student Life

Students may live in a hostel or with a Russian host family. The vast majority of the students choose the Russian homestay as it allow for maximum cultural and linguistic immersion.

The program also offers students a cultural program designed to introduce students to Russian history and culture.  The program begins with an introduction to the city and  continues throughout the semester, with an average of one excursion every two weeks to an area museum, opera, ballet, theater, or palace; social activities, including bowling and dinners; and several weekend excursions outside of St. Petersburg.  All events are conducted in Russian, and Smolny classmates are invited along on excursions.

Summer Intensive Language Program (SLI)

In the summer, students can choose to enroll for four or eight weeks for intensive language study. The program consists of 22 hours per week of language instruction. Course work is supported by a cultural program, which integrates academic experience with a feel for the city of St. Petersburg. Course work for upper-level students includes a thematic workshop that focuses on language learning through content-specific instruction, such as Russian history and literature.  Past workshops have included Russian politics, literature, and art history. For housing, students live in homestays.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/27/2016
Varies by program 01/26/2017 06/04/2017
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Refer to materials received from the partner university for exact dates before making final travel arrangements.
Summer Terms I & II 2017 02/15/2017
Varies by program 06/09/2017 08/06/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Summer I 2017 02/15/2017
Varies by program 06/09/2017 07/09/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/10/2017
Varies by program 08/17/2017 06/01/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 08/17/2017 12/22/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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