Russian - 4th Year in St. Petersburg

Russian - 8 weeks in Russia


Fourth-Year Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia

Students entering with Intermediate Mid proficiency expand and solidify their command of Russian vocabulary, grammar and spelling, and develop advanced listening, reading, conversational, and composition skills.  Students will engage in a wide variety of activities, combining textbook material with authentic texts and videos.

By the end of the course, students should expect to reach a proficiency level of Intermediate High.



There are numerous risks inherent in travel during a pandemic; students interested in this program should carefully review the COVID-19 information provided by the U.S. State Department (including the State Department's country-specific information) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including the CDC's country-specific information) to better understand the nature of those risks.

All participants should be aware of the following:

  • The host country, the airline or other transportation providers used, and the specific destinations visited on this program may have requirements regarding being vaccinated, showing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test, or (for the unvaccinated) spending time in a mandatory quarantine upon entry or taking additional precautions (such as wearing masks). 
  • It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy any such requirements, and unvaccinated students who are subject to quarantine on arrival will need to make their own arrangements to arrive early and complete quarantine requirements at their own expense so they are ready to fully participate when the program begins. 
  • Unvaccinated students may be unable to participate if the itinerary involves crossing a national border to a country that requires unvaccinated individuals to quarantine, as the program itinerary does not build in time to satisfy those requirements. 
  • Similarly, unvaccinated individuals may not be able to participate in certain program activities, if those activities require proof of vaccination. 
  • Vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements change regularly; the State Department’s country-specific information may provide more specific information.

ASU is committed to taking all reasonable precautions to minimize our students' exposure to COVID-19 during their Critical Languages Institute program*. Such precautions may include:

  • Carefully monitoring COVID-19 travel restrictions to ensure, as much as possible, that students will be able to enter the program country;
  • Evaluating all program activities to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, compliance with ASU and local protocols for maintaining physical distance and face covering during all program activities**;
  • Providing an international insurance policy, including coverage for housing and meals expenses in case of mandatory quarantine/self-isolation due to direct exposure;
  • Establishing response procedures to support students who receive a positive COVID-19 test during the program, who develop symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

These precautions may change, or additional precautions may be adopted, based on the state of the pandemic at the time of the Program and/or the particular circumstances of the Program location(s).

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to book tickets that allow for flexibility. Most airlines are offering this themselves, but be sure to read all fine print not only for ticket conditions, but also for any possible flight insurance you might purchase.

*Students should understand that it is possible to contract COVID-19 even if they follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines required by ASU and recommended by the CDC and other federal, state and local government health authorities.

**The Critical Languages Institute will enforce ASU’s on-campus protocols to the maximum extent possible on this program, but students should understand that physical distancing requirements may not be enforceable in all program activities or on all modes of program transportation.

All participants in this program will be required to review and sign a COVID-19 Disclosure and a COVID-19 Behavioral Commitment (located in the CLI application). You can find additional information and resources on the COVID-19 FAQs, and we will communicate any updated or program-specific guidelines to you prior to travel.


June 20th - August 12th, 2022

8 credits of SLC 494



  • Open to ASU and Non-ASU students
  • Open to non-U.S. students 
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to working professionals and retirees
  • Placement exam required

CLI-St. Petersburg offers a number of extramural activities, which may include:

  • Conversation practice
  • Cooking classes
  • Handicraft classes
  • Walking tours
  • Hermitage Museum

The second-largest metropolitan area in Russian, St. Petersburg, the "Venice of the North," is considered the country's most European city and its cultural capital. St. Petersburg is home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world, and several universities and research institutes. The city played key roles in the Russian Revolution and in World War II

CLI's program in St. Petersburg is managed by the Derzhavin Institute for Arizona State University.

Housing & Meals

For summer 2022, CLI will not place students with host families. Instead, students will be placed in alternative housing options such as dorms, apartments, or hotels. We are currently working with our providers on this and will update accepted students on the housing and meal options available for their programs.

Students are expected to make their own meal arrangements.



The Department of State's Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study less commonly taught languages.

Title VIII provides fellowships of up to $10,000 for the study of Fourth-Year Russian in CLI-St. Petersburg. Past CLI Title VIII fellows can be awarded the fellowship up to two more times, for a maximum of up to 3 fellowship awards, as long as they maintain their graduate student eligibility.

Apply by January 24, 2022



Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $4,000 for superior applicants to study Fourth-Year Russian in CLI-St. Petersburg.

ASU students, non-ASU students, teachers, and other non-students are eligible to apply for this funding.

Apply by January 24, 2022



The State Department's Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $8,000 for students in financial need to study abroad, including in CLI overseas programs. Gilman applications require certification of the program by your institution's study-abroad office.  If you apply for Gilman support, please contact for assistance in getting the required information to your institution.

Gilman summer study applications are accepted from August to October and January to March. Please apply for the early competition, if possible, since applicants to the later competition will not learn their award status until after the deadline to commit to CLI study. Please contact for details on timing your Gilman application.


The Melikian Center offers a reduction of up to $1,000 of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell-eligible students. This reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs. Please indicate your Pell eligibility on the general application to be considered for this fee reduction.

To learn more about Pell or to see if you are eligible, please visit:



The CLI St. Petersburg program fee of $7,700* includes:

  • 160 hours of instruction
  • 8 academic credits
  • cultural activities and excursions
  • phone and phone card
  • transportation to and from airport
  • textbooks
  • 8 weeks housing
  • insurance

It does not include:

  • international travel
  • meals
  • personal expenses (including excess baggage fees)

*All prices and descriptions on this page are subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.