Office of International Programs

St. Petersburg Language & Culture - Summer 2013


At a Glance
City: St. Petersburg
Topic: Language & Culture
Credit: 2 Brown courses
*UPDATED* Dates: June 2 - July 20
Application Deadline: February 15
Faculty: Professor Alexander Levitsky


Now in its sixth year, Brown’s St. Petersburg program offers an intensive language program coupled with extensive exposure to culture and art.  Whether you are interested in beginning Russian and expanding your coursework in a global context or you are an intermediate or advanced Russian student intent on furthering your language proficiency, this program will meet your needs. Students will also take a course, taught in English by a Brown faculty member, focused on  art, architecture, literature, and culture of St. Petersburg. Participants spend seven weeks with Brown at the Nevsky institute, enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in the world, living with local families, and taking advantage of the local museums and historic landmarks. Language classes are complemented by afternoon field visits, guest speakers, and lectures.  Weekend excursions and activities center around famous palaces and parks in St. Petersburg's suburbs. 

Course Details

RUSS 0250: St. Petersburg: Introductory Russian Language
RUSS 0350: St. Petersburg: Intermediate Russian Language
RUSS 1060: St. Petersburg: A Window on Russia

St. Petersburg is a Summer Program designed for American students seeking an immersion experience in Russian language and culture. Students receive 90 hours instruction in Russian language from experienced Russian faculty and 42 hours instruction in art, architecture, literature, and culture of St. Petersburg from Brown faculty.

Students enroll in one language and one culture course while in St. Petersburg. Students may choose between Elementary, Intermediate or Advanced Intensive Russian language, depending on the student's prior experience. Students will also take "A Window on Russia", focused on the art and culture of St. Petersburg. "A Window on Russia" will be taught in English.


Students will participate in a number of excursions as part of the "A Window on Russia" course.  Currently, activities include:

  • St. Petersburg city tour
  • Visit St. Issac Cathedral
  • Russian Art Museums
  • Iusupovskii Palace
  • Evening boat trip
  • Novgorod day trip
  • Pushkin
  • Petergof

Housing & Meals

The program features homestays with Russian families. Living with a Russian family is a unique cultural experience that will enhance the students’ language acquisition, provide a support network, and create a safe, enjoyable, and friendly environment for a newly arrived international student. You will benefit from traditional Russian hospitality and will be able to develop friendships that will last beyond your stay in Russia. All the host families are carefully screened for security and appropriate living conditions. In collaboration with Nevsky Institute, Brown will make every effort to place you in a family that meets your needs and expectations. We cannot arrange for housing arrangements prior to or after the program dates.

Students will have access to breakfast and one larger meal with their host family, daily. 

*Excursions subject to change based on scheduling and academic programming requirements

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