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Literature in St. Petersburg
Literature and Language in Russia's Cultural Capital

Literature in St. Petersburg is an intensive summer study abroad program that combines Russian language with literary studies in Russia’s cultural capital. Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, and Akhmatova are just a few of the authors across the ages who found inspiration in St. Petersburg. Even today, the presence of some of Russia’s greatest literary heroes can be felt in the city. One can walk in Raskolnikov’s tortured footsteps, see the home where Pushkin took his last breath and enjoy an evening in the Stray Dog cafe – a basement venue central to the cultural and literary life of St. Petersburg both then and now.  Don’t just read Russian literature, read it in Russian, and live it in St. Petersburg this summer. 

This program is open to students who have previously studied Russian for five semesters or more. Students will complete the equivelent of a three-credit course reading, analyzing, researching, and discussing Russian literature in Russian. To support this, this course will be taught as an integrated part of an intensive program of Russian as a Second Language. Students will also come to understand the literature they read better by visiting significant literary sites throughout St. Petersburg - including settings in which the literature takes place and where the authors lived and places that they frequented.

Literature in St. Petersburg is specially formulated for Russian students seeking to secure credits abroad in literature. However, it should be of interest for anyone who is looking to strengthen their already extensive Russian language study with a practical, intensive immersion into the Russian language and culture.

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Dates and Costs

8 weeks : Cost: $6,395
     May 27 - July 19, 2019 (Apply by: March 15, 2019)

10 weeks: Cost: $7,295
     May 27 - Aug 2, 2019 (Apply by: March 15, 2019)


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SRAS offers a $500 Access Grant for Literature in St. Petersburg. Grant participants will be expected to contribute weekly (a total of 4) write-ups of St. Petersburg excursions for publication to SRAS sites and a 2-3 page end-of-program summation essay describing what the scholarship participant learned on this program and how they plan to use this knowledge and experience in the future. The grant is awarded after all conditions are met.

To apply, just write one paragraph about why you want to study literature in Russia. Submit this paragraph plus two writing samples (e.g. papers written for college-level classes, preferably on Russia- or literature-related subjects) and upload these to the "Application Materials" section of your online application.

- Curriculum -

RS-400: Russian Language Study  
Small, intensive classes focuses on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Upper level options vary by location and can include literature, film, or specialized language training (political/economic, media, translation).
Academic Hours: 10-Week: 180 / 8-Week: 140

RS-101: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Click here for more information. 

RS-402: Literature in St. Petersburg
Students will read and discuss in Russian short works of Russian literature that are particularly relevant to St. Petersburg’s literary and artistic legacy in the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors may include: Golden Age: Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky; Silver Age: Blok, Gippius, Bely, Akhmatova, Khlebnikov; 20th Century: Zamyatin, Nabokov, Babel, Terts, Pelevin. Students will be assessed by their active participation in discussions, weekly journal entries and a final oral assessment discussing/comparing the works. 
Academic Hours: 45

Optional Moscow Trip: Estimated Cost: $350
This three-day tour of the Russian capital includes walking tours of the city and other culture-oriented events. Roundtrip rail tickets and hostel stay are included. The trip usually take place after the main program for Literature in St. Petersburg has ended, meaning that you will have additional time in Russia.


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Students who will have completed five or more semesters of Russian language study prior to arrival in St. Petersburg may apply. Students should express their interest at the time of application. Final acceptance into the literature add-on will be dependent on placement testing in St. Petersburg.


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Note: The Art and Museums of Russia has since been renamed and structured
as The Art and Science of Museums; Literature in St. Petersburg, a new program, is not yet included.


*Costs: Includes tuition as outlined, dormitory accommodation, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, round-trip airport transfers, SRAS in-country support, and use of a cell phone for the duration of the program. Does not include airfare, meals or personal expenses.

*Housing: Participants arriving on a student visa are required to stay in dormitory housing on the campus of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON). This is very centrally located and convenient to many of the sites to be visited. Those arriving on other visa types may opt for apartment, hostel, hotel, or home stay at additional cost.

*Prerequisites: Participants must have studied Russian for at least five semesters prior to thier intended arrival date.   

*Language: All sessions are in Russian; some excursions may be in English or feature an interpreter.

**Credit Transfer and Transcripts: Students requiring documentation of their program participation will be supplied transcripts from St. Petersburg State University of Economics

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