Society, Business, and the Arts
Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

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St. Petersburg is Russia's "cultural capital" – a grand city bursting with both classical and contemporary culture and art. St. Petersburg is also Russia's "window on Europe" – a strategically placed city meant to open Russia, including the Russian economy, to Europe.

Home to many of Russia's most noted authors, world famous museums and collections, and numerous theaters and concert halls, St. Petersburg is an excellent place to study the arts. This concentration of culture and history is also responsible for a significant part of the local economy in the form of tourism, both domestic and foreign. It also helps draw and retain an educated workforce, making the city very attractive to business. The very visible nature of the arts and business in St. Petersburg make it an excellent location in which to study each as well as their interactions together and with society at large.  

Society, Business, and the Arts is hosted at St. Petersburg State University of Economics, one of Russia's leading institutions, and located in the very heart of the city. This program offers a range of electives taught in English on culture, history, politics, economics, finance, marketing, and more. Several courses focus on the intersection of these subjects: how the economy affects the arts and the role of cultural movements within society. It includes a wide cultural excusion package and a weekend trip to Moscow. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academia.


- Dates and Costs -

Semester: $9 950*
     Spring: Feb 4 - May 24, 2018  (Apply by Oct 15, 2018)
     Fall: Sept 2 - Dec 20, 2019  (Apply by May 15, 2019)

Full Year: $17 700
     Sept 3, 2018 - May 25, 2019  (Apply by May 15, 2019)

Summer: N/A Check our program guide for other options.


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Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Those students who lack basic Russian skills are required to take survival Russian seminars as part of this lab. Includes weekend trip to Moscow. (More Info
Contact SRAS about requirements for receiving credit. Prerequisites: none

Full-time study is considered 30 ECTS (15 US semester credits). Most courses are 2-3 ECTS (with the exception of Russian Language). The following list of courses is indicative of a standard semester offerings. As this list varies somewhat semester to semester, contact us for the list of courses planned for the upcoming semester.

  Art and Humanities
Russian Language 10
 2. Modern Russian Culture and Society Through Cinema and Music 3
 3. Literary St. Petersburg 3
Interactions of Art and Economy. From patronage to the creative industries. 3
 5. Introduction to the Russian Civilization 3
 6. Theory and Practice of Translation 2
 7. Modern Russian Youth Subcultures 3
 8. Overcoming Stereotypes in Cross-cultural Business Communications and Negotiations 3


  Finance and Markets
Financial Institutions and Markets 3
 2. Sustainable Finance 3
 3. Private Equity & Venture Capital 3
 4. Stock Market Learning 3
 5. International Corporate Finance 3
 6. Financial Management of Enterprise Business Processes 3
 7. International Monetary System 3


  Business and Economy
 1. International Marketing 3
Modern Marketing in a World Gone Digital 3
 3. Competitive Strategies in Russia 3
 4. Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development 3
 5. Complex Development of Tourism Industry 3
 6. Doing Business in Russia: Tourism Outlook 3
 7. Project Management in Tourism 3
 8. Hospitality Management 2
 9. International Human Resource Management 3
10. Management in Small and Medium-Size Enterprises 3
11. Development and Marketing of Services 3
12. Five Forces of a Leader 3
13. International Trade Logistics 3
14. Cooperation and Networking in International Business 3
15. Introduction to E-Commerce, E-Business & E-Banking 3


  Society and Government
Russian Political System 3
 2. Russia and the World: Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation 3
 3. International Energy Security: Key Elements 3
Green Economics and Policy 3
 5. Labor Market Policy from a Socio-Economic Perspective 3
 6. Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development 2
 7. International Labor Standards and Russian Labor Law 3
 8. Environmental Issues in Russia 3


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*Cost Includes: tuition for study as outlined, dorm stay, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, admission to all included venues,  health and accident insurance, arrival transfer from airport, SRAS in-country support, and use of a mobile telephone for the duration of the program.

Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in major courses. No prior knowledge of Russian required.

About the Classes: All courses are taught in English and designed to fulfill credit requirements in multiple areas. Your classmates will be mostly North Americans and West Europeans. When you arrive for your program, you will be placed in a group according to your language level, as determined by a short written or oral exam. 

Program Objectives: Two semesters of RS-100/200/300/400 is the equivalent of two to three years of college-level Russian at home. You will gain the language skills to be a strong candidate in many career opportunities in and related to Russia. After this program, we recommend continued studies in specific courses or internships related to your academic and professional objectives.

Credit Transfer and Transcripts: How many credits your home university may award depends entirely on your home university. SRAS recommends discussing this with your advisor and SRAS before you apply. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info. The program is hosted by St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON). Transcripts are by default issued by UNECON, an accredited and well-known Russian university.  Stetson University (USA) also acts as the School of Record and will issue an official transcript reflecting academic work through this program. As an accredited institution, this academic credit is easily transferrable to any other accredited institution in the United States. This is optional, must be specified in advance, and is NOT included in the program cost. Effective Fall 2017. Cost - $350.


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