Duke in Russia

6-week summer program at St. Petersburg University

Study Russian Language & Culture

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Electives in Public Policy or Neuroscience Taught in English

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates of Duke University offer two programs based at the St. Petersburg University in St. Petersburg, Russia. The program is directed by Professor Edna Andrews of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies of Duke University.

St. Petersburg, located near the Gulf of Finland, is the second largest Russian city. Some of the most outstanding features of St. Petersburg are its beautiful palaces and churches and the "White Nights,” which peak at the end of June.

Program Fast Facts

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Term: Summer I

Dates: May 14 - June 25, 2022

Application Deadline: February 1st

Academic Theme(s): Russian language and culture with track options for Public Policy Studies or Neuroscience

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: The Russian language and culture courses are taught in Russian. Previous Russian language experience is therefore strongly suggested. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program.

Duke Affiliation: Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies

Housing: Students reside in university housing in St. Petersburg and in hotels on excursions

GEO Advising: Request an appointment

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  • Gods of the Baltic

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Duke in Russia offers three different options. Each option consists of two courses and has a different focus, according to student interest. Options 2 and 3 do not require any previous knowledge of the Russian language. Option 1 requires some previous language knowledge, depending on which level of instruction is desired.

Option 1: Russian Language & Culture

For Options 1-3, students at all levels of Russian may participate.

  • Each student registers for two Duke Russian language courses appropriate to the student's level. Course placements are based on previous coursework and a placement examination. All students are required to take a test at the end of the program. Grades are based on performance in class and all written examinations (including the final). Examinations in the program are developed and graded by the Department of Slavic Languages and Eurasian Studies of Duke University.
  • Course numbers are based on the student placement testing and/or proficiency testing. The most common courses that students take are 112AS, 207AS/208AS, 307AS/308AS, 401A/402A, and 493A/494A which are Russian Language and Culture courses at different levels.

Option 2: Neuroscience AND Multilingualism

For Options 1-3, students at all levels of Russian may participate.

  • COURSE 1: NEUROSCI 438AS / LINGUIST 473AS / RUSSIAN 438AS (NS, STS, R) Neuroscience and Multilingualism: In-depth analysis of PET, fMRI, MEG, EEG/ERP studies of multilingualism and their implications for linguistic theory.  A close examination of the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological aspects of imaging studies and the importance of neuro-functional explanations play a central role in building new theoretical paradigms of language acquisition, maintenance, and loss.
  • COURSE 2: One of the following – RUSSIAN 112AS, 207AS, 208AS, 307AS, 308AS, 401A, 402A, 493A, or 494A Russian Language and Culture: Intensive study of contemporary Russian language and important elements of Russian culture. Outcomes include measurable Common European Framework (CEFR) proficiency standards in speaking, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and grammar.

Option 3: Global Russia

For Options 1-3, students at all levels of Russian may participate.

  • COURSE 1: PUBPOL 399A / CULANTH 399A / ICS 399A / RUSSIAN 399A (CZ, SS, CCI, EI)  Global Russia: This course focuses on the globalization of Russian culture as manifested in popular and academic cultural forms, including political ideologies, media and artistic texts, film, theatre and television, markets, educational and legal institutions, historical and contemporary social movements and ethical issues
  • COURSE 2: One of the following – RUSSIAN 112AS, 207AS, 208AS, 307AS, 308AS, 401A, 402A, 493A, or 494A Russian Language and Culture: Intensive study of contemporary Russian language and important elements of Russian culture. Outcomes include measurable Common European Framework (CEFR) proficiency standards in speaking, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and grammar. 


Each summer, program participants enjoy a full complement of excursions, both day trips and extended trips, all included in the cost of the program. Excursions include transportation, guided tours, most meals, and lodging for overnight trips. Below are some possible group excursions with Duke in Russia. Excursion destinations are subject to change each summer.

An excursion of several days to some area in the Russian Federation is being arranged, and will be announced later this fall. During the last week of the program, the group will be "on tour" in Moscow.

In each of the Russian cities, the program will include visits to major sights as well as to cultural performances in the evenings (ballet, opera, theater, etc.). The program then returns to St. Petersburg for departure. Weekends and afternoons will be used for films, concerts, and excursions to local sites and other cities near St. Petersburg.


Summer 2022

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $5,200 $5,200
Program Fee $3,000 $3,000
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $12,750 $12,870


Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.


This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

  • Mac Anderson Scholarship
  • Limited funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Russia on the Duke in Russia program to study language and culture. Priority is given to students who wish to continue language study after finishing Duke University's language requirement of three semesters and are majoring or minoring in Russian. Contact the faculty director for details.



Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: May 15, 2022
  • Departure: June 25, 2022


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

Program Faculty & Staff

Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Edna Andrews

Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Amy Bowes

Operations Director


Deadline: February 1st

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.

Russian Language Placement Exam: After acceptance, all students must take a Russian Language placement exam. Duke students should consult with Professor Andrews regarding the time and place of this examination. Non-Duke students should indicate on their application the name and address of the faculty member who will proctor their examination. Exams must be returned to Professor Andrews before the stated deadline.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.


Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)


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