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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall/Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: RUSS 201 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior
Type of Program: Free Standing Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lisa Shen
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Language Focused
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Russia: CIEE St. Petersburg

Peterhof Palace Picture

Program Overview

Envisioned by Peter the Great as the “Window to the West” in 1703 and created by French and Italian architects, St. Petersburg became a testimony to opulence with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. Other nicknames share the spirit of electrifying city: Paris of the East, City of the Tzars, and City of Three Revolutions.
Having endured the horrors of World War II and Stalinist repression, the people now cope with a new political and economic reality. St. Petersburg is considered the cultural capital and most westernized city of Russia. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by foot, bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.
Students study at St. Petersburg State University’s stunning Smolny campus on the very territory on which the renowned school for noble ladies was founded in 1764. It’s in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of downtown St. Petersburg. Founded in the 18th century, the campus has expanded from its original site on the Neva River, and now includes over 400 buildings around the city center. More information can be found on the CIEE program page.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • RUSS 201
  • Sophomore, Pre-Junior, or Juniors. (Seniors may participate in this program with special permission)


Course Availability
Course descriptions can be found on the CIEE Syllabi Site. All study abroad students take the Russian language courses grammar, phonetics, and conversation, and two elective courses taught strictly in Russian. Participants are placed at the appropriate language level based on language testing conducted at the beginning of the program.

Upon approval from CIEE resident staff and local faculty members, students may audit additional classes (taught in Russian) at the School of Political Science, St. Petersburg State University.

Course Equivalencies
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take while abroad.  For example, if you want to take an Art History course for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Art History Department at Drexel.

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only. Russian language courses are taught and graded by St. Petersburg State University faculty or the CIEE language director and CIEE assigns U.S. letter grade equivalents. Students earn Drexel grades and credit and for the courses taken through the CIEE Program.

Program Calendar

Fall Semester Calendar
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date Mid December
This program may begin before the end of Drexel’s summer term. Students in classes for summer term must request to leave early from all of their courses at Drexel. Students on co-op must leave their co-op early to go on this program  


All study abroad students have the option to live in Russian homestays. Participants have their own room with a Russian family in a private apartment. Housing and most meals (two meals daily and three on weekends) are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. The university cafeteria offers very reasonably priced meals.
CIEE also offers a limited number of rooms at a hostel in downtown St. Petersburg. The hostel is located within a 5-minute walk of Nevskiy Prospekt and a 10-minute bus to the CIEE Study Center or a 20-minute walk. Students are placed in a single room with a double bed.


Most students will need to apply for a Russian visa to participate in this program. CIEE will assist with visa applications.

Cost and Financial Aid

Fall 2017: $3,782

Included in the Program Fee: Not included in the Program Fee:
  • On-site airport meet and greet
  • On-site staff
  • Housing
  • Orientation
  • Cultural & social activities
  • A week-long academic field trip
  • Peer language tutors
  • Russian Language Clinic
  • Mandatory Drexel emergency medical & evacuation insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Local transportation costs
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall/Winter 2020-2021 02/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA