At a Glance
City: St. Petersburg, Russia
Topic: Russian Language & Culture
Credit: 2 Brown courses/credits
Approximate Dates: June 10 - July 28, 2018
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 (deadline extended from February 15)
Faculty: Professor Svetlana Evdokimova, Brown University; Associate Professor Michal Oklot, Brown University
Now in its ninth year, Brown’s St. Petersburg program offers an intensive language program coupled with extensive exposure to culture and art. Students spend seven weeks at the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture, 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.
Courses and Excursions
Students must enroll in the following course:
RUSS 1060: St. Petersburg: A Window on Russia
An interdisciplinary exploration of Russian cultural history through its literature, art and architecture, religion, social and political thought, and performing arts. All the important elements of Russian culture will be presented through the prism of the city of St. Petersburg, its history, its urban and cultural landscapes. The course examine a wide range of cultural expressions: religion, civic rituals, values and practices, social customs and popular entertainment. Field trips to museums, theater, and city tours focused on specific themes complement the classroom curriculum. Taught in English. See a sample course syllabus.
Possible excursions and field trips include*:
- St. Petersburg city tour
- Visit St. Isaac Cathedral
- Russian Art Museums
- Iusupovskii Palace
- Novgorod day trip
*Excursions subject to change based on scheduling and academic programming requirements.
Students also enroll in one of the following language courses; course level depends on the student's prior language experience:
RUSS 0250: St. Petersburg: Introductory Russian Language
RUSS 0350: St. Petersburg: Intermediate Russian Language
RUSS 0450: St. Petersburg: Advanced Russian Language
Program Faculty and Staff
Svetlana Evdokimova is Professor of Slavic Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Department of Slavic Studies. With a special interest in 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and culture, she has published the books Alexander Pushkin's Historical Imagination and Pushkin's Little Tragedies: The Poetics of Brevity. She has also published numerous articles on Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov.
Michal Oklot is Associate Professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University. His research interests are in Russian and Polish modernism, and he has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with contributions on Gogol, Chekhov, Rozanov, Shestov, Schulz, and Gombrowicz. His current work specificies a tradition of Russian literature and speculative thought which offers alternative conceptions of materialism and matter. His book, Phantasms of Matter in Gogol (and Gombrowicz), was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2009.
Language courses are taught by language faculty from the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture, located in the heart of St. Petersburg. Founded in 1996, the Institute today is recognized for a dynamic approach to language instruction, teaching and research, offering coursework in Russian language studies and a variety of other subjects. Students receive 90 hours instruction in Russian language from experienced Russian faculty, under the supervision of the Brown program director.
Housing and 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. Participants benefit from traditional Russian hospitality and will be able to develop friendships that will last beyond their 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 students in families that meets their 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.