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|Program Type:||University Exchange||Language of Instruction:||Russian|
|Non-English Language Prerequisite:||4 Semesters||Housing Type:||Host Family|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Non-English Language Learning Option(s):||Russian|
|Study Abroad Adviser:||Jennifer Grover||University Name:||Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture|
|Language Category:||Language Category D||Study Level:||Undergraduate|
The Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture is a private, non-government educational institution. The Institute has four departments: Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Public Relations, Economics, and Russian Studies. It is located in the center of St. Petersburg and is a five-minute walk from the nearest subway station. Most of the professors speak English and have experience teaching Russian as a second language in western universities.
The Nevsky Institute of Russian Language and Culture is located in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg. Known as Leningrad for much of the twentieth century, St. Petersburg is situated on the Neva River, by the shore of the Baltic Sea. The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and served as the capital of The Russian Empire until 1918. Because of its many canals and islands, St. Petersburg has often been referred to as the Venice of the North. It was and still is Russia's biggest seaport with easy access to Finland, Sweden and Denmark. St. Petersburg is one of Russia's most beautiful cities. Its architectural splendors have often been celebrated in literature, music, and painting. Peter the Great referred to St. Petersburg as his 'Window to Europe,' and its inhabitants pride themselves in being more 'westernized' than the rest of Russia. The Russian spoken there is considered to be particularly cultivated and beautiful.
Due to St. Petersburg's extreme northern location, summer days called "white nights" never really end, while winter nights are very long. Winters in St. Petersburg are relatively mild by Russian standards and summers are fairly warm.
About the Program
Exchange students can study for a single semester or a full academic year.
Fall Semester: September – December
Spring Semester: January - May
Eligibility and Availability
Students must have four semesters of Russian at the university level prior to beginning this program.
What could I study?
All exchange students take one 4-hour Russian language course. Each student is paired with a Russian student from Nevsky for weekly tutoring sessions. Students choose three other courses which they take with Russian students. The courses could be from any of the three Nevsky departments: Public Relations, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, or Economics. Popular courses are: Russian History, Russian Literature, Politics and Intercultural Communication. Instructors provide exchange students with additional assistance and course materials. Students are allowed to take Arts, Theater, Dance and Music courses which are part of the Nevsky Certificate Program and are usually offered in the afternoon. A complete list of non-language courses can be found here.
To see courses previously taken by OU students at Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture and their OU equivalents, click the following link: Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture - Course Equivalency Information.
Students stay with host families. Students are provided with a single room, two meals per day during the week and three meals per day on the weekend.
Costs at OU: All students participating on semester or academic year reciprocal exchange programs are enrolled at OU for 12 credits each semester abroad. Tuition and fees are billed through and paid directly to OU at the appropriate resident or non-resident rate. Fees are charged at the Arts and Sciences College rate, even if the student's major is in a different college. Please note that students on reciprocal exchange programs pay all fees as if they were on campus in Norman for the semester. In addition, all participants pay a $10/credit hour study abroad fee, for a total of $120/semester.
Costs not Billed through The University of Oklahoma: Students pay passport and visa fees, room and board abroad, any fees charged to exchange students by the host university, travel, and miscellaneous personal expenses.
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