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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Russia St. Petersburg

Semester: Fall or Spring (with prior approval from Russian department).
Date(s): Fall: early September to late December. Spring: late January to mid-May.
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Level I: Language and General Culture
Level II: Intensive Language and Culture Study


Level I: Russian 102 with a 2.75 GPA
Level II: Russian 202 with a 3.0 GPA

Campus Contacts:

Rebecca Pyatkevich

Assistant Professor of Russian
ext. 7442


Maria Hristova

Assistant Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head

ext. 7442


Program Design:
In cooperation with Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this program at St. Petersburg State University. In addition to intensive language study, the program introduces students to the history, culture and contemporary issues of Russia.  Post-arrival orientation initiates near St. Petersburg where students begin their study program.   Housing is with Russian host families. 

Requirements Fulfilled:
Level I and Level II fulfill the two-course international studies requirement and the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with Russian as the primary language.  Level I fulfills the general education world language requirement.

Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.) 

Level I: Two Russian language courses (Russ 201-202) and three Russian history/culture courses in translation (OS 325). A sampling of the courses and course descriptions are available on the CIEE Courses webpage for the program.

Level II: all courses are taught in Russian (Russ 215-216 and OS 325): Russian conversation, grammar, phonetics, culture and civilization. A sampling of the courses and course descriptions are available on the CIEE Courses webpage for the program.

Application Process:
This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CIEE and will receive a separate notification letter of admittance.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to CIEE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

Russia, St. Petersburg

59.940263; 30.30019