Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg (Peter the Great)


    Study at St. Petersburg Polytechnic
    Russian Language & Culture Program
    Cultural Electives Taught in English
    Summer School – Variety of Courses
    Minimum age is 18 yrs – Register Early
    3 wks Summer: 600 / Semester: 1300 Euros

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    Held at the Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg, the Summer Program in Russian Language and Culture, as well as the Semester programs, has gained recognition and prestige due to the participation of many reputed Russian and foreign professors, as well as of distinguished scholars and artists. The Intensive Russian Language and Cultural courses are taught by professors from the Polytechnic University, providing 4 – 6 ECTS credit hours per 3 weeks (Summer), and 25 – 30 ECTS credits for both the Fall and Spring Semester sessions. Lectures on Russian Culture and Civilization, as well as Language Workshops are offered. The Cultural program includes museum visits, performances, a musical evening, walking tours, and sightseeing in St. Petersburg heritage sites.
    Official transcript certificate issued by the University upon completion. Early registration is highly advised.



    St. Petersburg is the second (2nd) largest city in Russia. Population is over 5 million. It was founded by one of the most remarkable emperors ever in Russia – Peter the Great, and is considered the “Cultural capital” of Russia whereby the entire downtown is a protected UNESCO heritage site. Close to European borders (2.5 hrs drive to Finland), it is now considered to be a steady bridge between Russia and Europe. Overall, a fascinating city with a “romantic spirit”, offering a wide array of entertainment, restaurants, cafes, museums, and places of interest: the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of spilled blood, Nevsky Prospekt, Mariinsky Theatre, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, and more.

    Program is held at the Polytechnic University (Peter the Great) in St. Petersburg. Nobel laureates include: P.L. Kapitsa, N.N. Semyonov, Zh.I. Alfyorov, and academicians include A.F. Ioffe, I.V. Kurchatov, A.A. Radtsig, Yu.B> Khariton are just a few prominent names among hundreds of talented scientists and production managers whose activities are connected with the University,and whose achievements served as the foundation for the development of Russian science and engineering. The Historical and Technical Museum of the University is one of the largest museums of its kind in higher education institutions.

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    Russian Language & Culture: Summer Sessions & Semester (Fall & Spring).

    Summer Sessions earn 4 – 6 ECTS credit hours. 3 weeks: June / July / August
    * Can combine sessions for longer stay.

    Russian Language & Culture – earn 5 to 6 ECTS credit hours: June – September.
    Courses taught in English included. Sample: History of Russian Art.

    Other summer programs offered in Business, Engineering, Biomedical, and 3D Design, and all are taught in English.

    Semester Sessions earn: 25 – 30 ECTS credit hours. Fall (September – December) / Spring (February – May).
    Cultural electives included per Semester – taught in English. See list below.

    Students will be divided into 3 – 4 groups according to their language level – which is tested there upon arrival check-in.

    * Cultural Program is also provided, especially during the Summer sessions – sightseeing of historical heritage sites, and modules on modern cultural life.
    Including fun times with new found friends from all over the world – leisure activities and entertainment.

    6 LEVELS: A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

    Level A0 – (Absolute beginner): No previous lessons. Starts with the elementary basics in phonetics, grammar, etc.

    Level A1-A2 (basic): studies the basic phonetic, grammatical, and lexical structures used in everyday conversation (such as “Let’s introduce ourselves”, “What time is it”, ect. Covers the typical daily conversations on the street, at the market, at a restaurant, at the bank exchange office, at the post office, at the hotel, getting a Taxi, talking about your home and family, and daily schedule. By the end of this course, the student will be able to interact in everyday conversations.

    Level B1-B2 (intermediate): aims at improving grammar and extending vocabulary. By studying literary texts of average difficulty, as well as journalistic publications (newspapers & magazines), and also by listening to radio and tv broadcasts. Overall, the student is expected to become an independent speaker, improving their comprehension ability and producing texts.

    Level C1 (advanced): improving and refining vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, special terminology, phraseology, and acquisition of stylistic, contemporary Russian). Student is expected to become an experimented speaker, able to obtain such a high level of proficiency- almost as a native speaker. Using both literary, and non-literary texts, according to what the student is interested in….as well as continued listening to media broadcasts.

    Certificate of Completion (attendance) is awarded to each student, issued by the University.

    SEMESTER PROGRAM (Fall & Spring) – Elective Courses Taught in English:
    * History of Russian Art – 3 ECTS credits per Semester
    * Russian History from Kievan Rus to the Revolution – 3 ECTS credits per Semester
    * Contemporary History of Russia: the Communist Phase – 3 ECTS credits per Semester
    * 19th Century Russian Literature – 3 ECTS credits per Semester
    * Contemporary Russian Literature – 3 ECTS credits per Semester

    * Business electives
    may also be available: Management & Marketing / Int’l Economic Relations / and Business Communication (Russian).
    Can inquire about these other courses after arrival check-in, and register for these if available. Taught in English.

    * Note: You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop.

    * Note: Earn up to 25 – 30 ECTS credits per Semester. Summer sessions up to 6 ECTS credits. Transcript Certificate issued by the University.



    Students are lodged in a campus dormitory (Hostel). 5 minutes walk to st. m. Akademicheskaya.

    All rooms are for 2 people in a double room. Kitchen and bathroom in each room.

    Housing costs $300 USD (approx) per 4 weeks ($75 per wk). Pay there.

    Meals will cost approx $175 USD per month. Pay there.

    Early registration is advised, in order to get a room reserved.

    * Single room is possible. Cost extra. Inquire about single room upon arrival check-in, and pay difference directly there.
    CSA will also request a single room if desired.

    * Check-in on Sunday. Check-out on Sat / Sun.


    Summer Sessions: 3 weeks: June – September

    3 Weeks 2019 & 2020: 5 – 6 ECTS Credits – Electives taught in English
    Russian Studies, Business, Engineering, Biomedical, 3D Design

    Russian Studies:Language, Literature & Business Culture
    July 22nd – August 11th, 2019
    July 20th – August 9th, 2020
    600 Euros
    Electrical Engineering (in English)
    July 22nd – August 11th, 2019
    July 20th – August 9th, 2020
    600 Euros
    Biomedical Engineering (in English)
    July 22nd – August 4th, 2019 (2 weeks)
    July 20th – August 2nd, 2020 (2 weeks)
    450 Euros
    Russian Studies: Language, Politics & Art
    July 29th – August 25th, 2019
    July 27th – August 23rd, 2020
    600 Euros
    Russian Language for Business Communications
    August 5th – 25th, 2019
    August 26th – September 13th, 2019
    August 3rd – 23rd, 2020
    August 24th – September 11th, 2020
    600 Euros
    3D Design & Digital Fabrication (in English)
    August 5th – 25th, 2019
    August 3rd – 23rd, 2020
    600 Euros
    Russian Studies: Language, History & Literature
    August 26th – September 13th, 2019
    August 24th – September 11th, 2020
    600 Euros

    * Check-in on a Sunday. Check-out on Saturday or Sunday.

    * Can combine sessions for longer stay.

    Semester Sessions: Fall & Spring

    Fall Semester: September (mid) – December (mid)
    2019 Dates: September 15th – December 14th, 2019
    2020 Dates: September 13th – December 12th, 2020
    1300 Euros
    Spring Semester: February (mid) – May (mid)
    2020 Dates: February 9th – May 16th, 2020
    2021 Dates: February 7th – May 15th, 2021
    1300 Euros

    * Housing not included (extra). Pay housing there.


    Minimum age is 18 yrs.

    Summer Sessions: Early registration highly advised, prior to April 1st…for June and July sessions. After April 1st, ask CSA about availability.
    For August session….prior to May 15th is advised. After May 15th, ask about availability. Short term tourist type Visa is suggested.

    Semester Sessions: Early registration highly advised, 4 – 6 months prior Semester start date (September / February).
    Student Visa will be required, thus extra time is highly suggested.

    * CSA will send the Admissions (Invitation Letter) with your confirmation documents.


    Plan on check-in the day before (Sun). Program starts on a Monday, ends on Friday.
    Check-out Sat / Sun

    * Early arrivals, arrange own housing (hotel / hostel) until check-in date.


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