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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2, Summer Session 3
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  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 1 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies 05/28/2020 08/09/2020
Summer Session 2 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies 05/28/2020 07/26/2020
Summer Session 3 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies 06/25/2020 08/09/2020

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Regine John Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: East European Studies, Economics, Finance, History, Management, Political Science, Russian and East European Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Russian Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
Program Description:
St. Petersburg: Language and Society
In St. Petersburg, you will find an exceptionally intensive and supportive study environment.

Semester terms offer a range of topical seminars delivered in English and on topics as diverse as the arts, finance, economics, and governance. An innovative capstone project rounds out the semester.

Summer and Semester terms include a broad cultural program that introduces you to the city and its legendary concentration of culture. You'll also meet many local peers and other foreign students. Being cultured and friendly is part of the proud local identity and English is relatively common, making the city easy to navigate no matter what your current level of Russian.

St. Petersburg is especially recommended for beginner students and for those on their first study abroad experience who would like extra support in advancing their language skills and jumping into local life.

- Curriculum (summer) -

RS-100/200/300/400 Russian as a Second Language
Summer: Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics for 20 hours per week. Peer tutoring additionally supports the program.
Summer I (10 weeks): 200 hours; Summer I (8 weeks): 160 hours; Summer II (6 weeks): 120 hours. Summer III (4 weeks): 80 hours

- Curriculum (spring/fall) -

Russian as a Second Language

This is an intensive Russian language program incorporating the following features:

240 academic hours of group language study
40 academic hours of individual/paired language study
20 academic hours Capstone Project
Up to 30 full hours of peer tutoring
Students focused primarily on intensive language study will take all of the above and two electives from the list below. Students primarily interested in elective credits may reduce language study by foregoing one or more of the components listed above, but are required to maintain a minimum load of 180 hours of group language study over the course of the semester.


Unless otherwise noted, each course below is 3 ECTS (28 academic hours). All students must take a minimum of two 3-ECTS electives. Students focused primarily on electives can potentially take up to 8 electives maximum. The list below is indicative of standard semester offerings. Changes may still occur. Contact us for the upcoming course list.

Art and Humanities

Introduction to the Russian Civilization (Fall/Spring)
Modern Russian Youth Subcultures (Fall)
Literary St. Petersburg (Fall)
Modern Russian Culture and Society Through Cinema and Music (Spring)
Interactions of Art and Economy. From patronage to the creative industries. (Spring)
Overcoming Stereotypes in Cross-cultural Business Communications and Negotiations (Spring)
Theory and Practice of Translation (Spring)
Finance and Markets

Financial Institutions and Markets (Fall/Spring)
Stock Exchange Learning (Fall)
Valuation of Common Stock, Investment Styles, and Value Investing (Fall)
Financial Management of Enterprise Business Processes (Spring)
Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives (Spring)
Private Equity & Venture Capital (Spring)

Competitive Marketing Strategies in Russia (Fall/Spring)
International Marketing (Fall)
Marketing and Marketing Communications in Russia (Fall)
Modern Marketing in a World Gone Digital (Spring)
Sales and Operations Planning (Spring)
Complex Development of Tourism Industry (Fall/Spring)
Event Management (Fall)
International Hospitality Management (Fall)
Doing Business in Russia: Tourism Outlook (Spring)
Project Management in Tourism (Spring)
International Human Resource Management (Spring)
Management in Small and Medium-Size Enterprises (Spring)
International Trade Logistics (Fall)
Introduction to E-Commerce, E-Business & E-Banking (Fall)
Global Energy Market: Long-Term Trends And Corporate Analysis (Fall)
Reducing Gaps in Business Communication Skills (Fall)
Cooperation and Networking in International Business (Spring)
Interactions of Art and Economy. From patronage to the creative industries (Spring)
Society and Government

Russian Political System (Fall/Spring)
Russia and the World: Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (Fall/Spring)
Russian Media Landscape (Fall)
Russian Media in Current Business and Political Situation (Spring)
Sustainable Governance of Arctic Spaces (Spring)
Environmental Management (Spring)
Environmental Issues in Russia (Spring)
Labor Market Policy from a Socio-Economic Perspective (Fall)
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (Fall)
International Labor Standards and Russian Labor Law (Fall)
Sustainable Governance of Arctic Spaces (Spring)
Environmental Management (Spring)
Environmental Issues in Russia (Spring)

For more information, and to apply, click here.

St. Petersburg's legendary concentration of culture contributes to its local economy by drawing tourists as well as an educated workforce attractive to international business. The very visible nature of the arts and business make the city an excellent location to study each as well as their interactions together and with society at large.
You will choose from 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. You can also choose to study Russian intensively as part of your program. You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academia.
This program is hosted by St Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON).