St. Petersburg, Russia, city of the czars...Created by Peter the Great as his "Window on Europe," St. Petersburg is a showcase of Russian heritage that reflects a distinctly European outlook. It is one of the world's architectural treasures combining gold-domed cathedrals and Baroque places, museums, and public buildings with an exciting night life, art, music, literature, entertainment, and white nights. Studying Abroad offers students a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a foreign country, earn college credits, and bring back a lifetime of memories. The European Council of the University System of Georgia offers students of all ages a unique program in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The program allows students to earn up to eight credit hours during the four weeks of class. Students can choose from classes in most disciplines including art, business, history, political science, literature, language, and Russian culture.
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Program at a Glance
||St. Petersburg Russia
||June 28, 2013- July 26, 2013
||Wide range of undergraduate classes including Art, History, Literature, International Relations, Russian Language, and Russian Culture.
||Friday, March 1, 2013
Program Location: St. Petersburg
Considered the cultural heart of modern Russia, St. Petersburg, also known as the "Venice of the North" is one of the architectural treasures of Europe. The city is quickly gaining a reputation around the world as a city known for its culture and exciting night life. From classical ballet and opera to modern rock and traditional Russian folk music, and sports, the city offers something for everyone. Few cities can boast as many museums as St. Petersburg. From the Hermitage to the Russian Museum, the Natural Science Museum, the state Museum of Ethnography, culture abounds in St. Petersburg. There's even a vodka Museum, Bread Museum, and Chocolate Museum. In June and July the city's nightlife is enhanced by "White Nights," twenty-four hours of daylight where the people of the city seem to shop, eat, and party all night. The palaces and stately homes provide a glimpse into a time when tsars ruled the county. In the post-Soviet period, St. Petersburg has regained its reputation as a city of Soviet period, St. Petersburg has regained its reputation as a city of sophisticated, urban people with a taste for the good things in life.
Program Dates and Structure
Students depart for St. Petersburg from Atlanta on June 28th, 2013 and return July 26th, 2013. Each course meets for lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays in morning and afternoon sessions with Monday and Wednesdays reserved for class fieldtrips. Monday evenings offer a required Russian Culture class that gives insight into the language and alphabet, and into cultural differences. Weekends offer planned group excursions to important cultural and historical sites in the St. Petersburg area including palaces and the surrounding countryside. A special feature of the program is an optional, three-day excursion to Russia's capital city of Moscow. Guided tours of the city and of the Kremlin and its museums and churches, a visit to Red Square, a walking tour of old Moscow, and a visit to the world-famous Yuri Nikulin Circus are included in the excursion.
Health Matters and Insurance
Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. The policy has a $50 deductible for doctors' visits and a $250 deductible for hospitalization. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs. Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. Current recommendations on any special immunizations for travel in Russia will be provided to prospective participants at the time of application to the program.
Passports and Visas
Students taking part in the program will be required to obtain a visa in addition to having a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least six months into the future after the end of the program. Non US citizens should contact the program director for information regarding obtaining a visa. The EC will provide complete details on how to obtain a visa to all participants. Participants are required to e-mail a scan of the information page from their passport to the European Council no later than March 8, 2013 . Passport scans received after that date will be subject to a $100 late fee.
In order to obtain an invitation, which is the first step toward obtaining a visa, you must send a scanned copy of the information page of your passport to Irina McClellan at
by March 1, 2013. Once students supply the European Council with their passports, the European Council will provide you with instructions on how to obtain a Visa for travel to Russia.
Please note that the group will be traveling to Russia on a 30-day Tourist Visa. If you plan to extend your stay in Russia beyond the length of the program (June 28 – July 26, 2013), you will need to notify the program director and apply for a 90-day Student Visa, which will have additional requirements, including an HIV-test (the test results are valid for three months prior to visa application thus the test should be taken in April or May 2013 and the results should be available by the time of the mandatory student orientation on May 18, 2013).
You can find more information about US passports at the following website: State Department - Passport Services and Information
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