FAQs

Am I eligible to participate in the Russian Program Abroad?

The minimum eligibility requirement is that you are a full time student at a Canadian University. We accept students who are Canadian Citizens, Landed Immigrants (permanent resident), and International Students (study permit). 

This program is offered at the second, third and fourth-year level of language study for students who have successfully (mark of "B") completed at least two semesters of Russian or its equivalent.

What do the fees cover?

  • 8 weeks of tuition at St. Petersburg State University
  • Study materials
  • Visa invitations, visa application fees and associated courier fees
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport in Russia
  • Accommodation with a Russian family, including breakfast
  • Organized cultural outings and associated transportation costs
  • Liaison services in Russia

Airfare not included

Where will I stay while in Russia?

You will be living with a Russian family during your study abroad. Homestay families are a wonderful way to improve your language skills and experience an authentic Russian home. 

You will be assigned to a Russian family based on your preferences. Some of the questions we will ask you include:

  • Are you a vegetarian/vegan?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you mind living with cats/dogs?

Money paid for a hotel residence will not be reimbursed and any extra costs incurred (rent, moving) are the responsibility of the student.

How many hours a week will I be studying while at St. Petersburg State University?

20 academic hours per week (except weekends). One academic hour means 45 minutes. This equates to 32 hours per course and a total of 160 hours for the term. 

How many credits will I receive?

Students will be enrolled in 5 courses while on their study abroad in Russia. This equate to a total of 15 credit hours (3 credit hours per course).

St. Petersburg does not issue transcripts. Grades received from Study Abroad courses will be treated as Transfer Credits and a grade of PASS/FAIL will be issued by the Registrar's Office. These credits will count towards degree requirements but will not be considered in GPA calculations - transfer credits have a neutral value in the student's academic record. 

Will I receive a certificate after completing my study abroad?

In Russia you will receive a Certificate of Graduation upon completion of the summer courses.

St. Petersburg does not issue transcripts. Grades received from Study Abroad courses will be treated as Transfer Credits and a grade of PASS/FAIL will be issued by the Registrar's Office. These credits will count towards degree requirements but will not be considered in GPA calculations - transfer credits have a neutral value in the student's academic record. 

What about medical/travel insurance?

For medical insurance, make sure that you have coverage from home, either through your school, your parents, or a travel agency when you purchase your round trip ticket to Russia. "Plan B" insurance is sufficient. 

Is there financial aid?

Financial aid for the Russian Program Abroad is very limited. You are urged to investigate thoroughly scholarship and loan opportunities on your own campus or through civic groups in your home and school communities. Your campus financial administrator and study abroad advisor can assist you with this.

Dalhousie students may be eligible for financial assistance through SWIF – the Study Work International Fund. Contact the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor (Outgoing Students) at the International Centre (902-494-1566), or visit their website.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions:

902-494-1082
rpa@dal.ca