Study abroad opportunities
Boost your language skills with our Intensive Russian Program
The Department of Russian Studies’ Intensive Russian Program – the oldest program of its kind in Canada – is a chance to travel, learn, have fun and practice everything you've learnt in the classroom by studying abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The program takes one year: a half-year at Dalhousie (or another Canadian university) and a second half at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Fees include: visa application fee, airport transfer, 4-months' tuition and accommodation, study materials, and liaison services in Russia.
We also offer a two-month long summer intensive semester running from May to June where you can stay in a dorm or with a Russian family.
“The Intensive Russian Program at Dalhousie offers a truly memorable educational experience,” said student Jane Dauphinee. “As someone who struggles with languages, I decided to enroll in the program because I knew that it would be of significant benefit to my Russian language development to have immersion experience.
“The program was priceless. My Russian, which was very weak when I entered, has improved dramatically.”
“I have learned a tremendous amount about Russian culture, language, and most importantly, the people,” said student Deanna Allan. “Russia truly is a place the captures your imagination and continues to live inside your soul.”
About Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg is a port city of over four million people on the Baltic Sea. Former capital of the Russian Empire, Saint Petersburg is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning neoclassical architecture and natural beauty. The city is home to many canals, parks, fortresses, churches and palaces. The Winter Palace which now houses the Hermitage, one of the world's largest and richest collections of Western European art.
Saint Petersburg State University is located in Peter the Second’s home next to Menshikov Palace. The university has been known by several different names during its 300-year history — Petersburg University, Petrograd University, Leningrad State University and the University of St. Petersburg. Famous alumni include Vladimir Lenin, Vladimir Putin and Ayn Rand.
Requirements for Winter and Summer programs
The program is offered at the advanced second-year or third-year level of language study for students who have successfully completed at least one year of Russian with a mark of B or better. Students must enroll in a third-year fall/winter preparatory session prior to going to Russia.