Study Abroad

Duke in Russia

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.

Course Options

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates of Duke University now offers three distinct options for course of study in St. Petersburg, Russia:

  • Global Russia
  • Neuroscience and Multilingualism
  • Russian Language & Culture

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Semester Abroad: Duke in St. Petersburg

Based in St. Petersburg, the home of famous scientists and writers like Mendeleev, Pavlov, Dostoevsky, Blok, Zoshchenko, and Zamiatin, you will have the opportunity to come to know the city from a variety of cultural, intellectual, and social perspectives.

The program offers an excellent opportunity to study the rich Russian culture, civilization, and language of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Pushkin. This four-course, accredited program at St. Petersburg State University is available in both fall and spring. A summer program is available, as well.

The academic program consists of four intensive courses in Russian language, culture, history, and media taught by Russian faculty from St. Petersburg State University, one of Russia’s oldest and preeminent universities. Classes are held in the University’s Center for Russian Language and Culture, which is housed in the historic Smolny Institute.

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