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Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, Russia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Russian Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • Bard application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
Designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Russian or more (including heritage speakers), the Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg offers a rich academic environment for students from North American colleges and universities who wish to study in Russia for a semester, summer, or full academic year. 

The University

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Smonly College) is a part of St. Petersburg State University, which was founded in 1724 by Peter the Great. Smonly College was actually founded in 1994 in collaboration with Bard College, and they announced the new program to accept both Bard and SPSU students in 1997. Students on the Bard in St. Petersburg program will take courses taught at Smonly College, in addition to Russian language courses. 

The Setting

St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great on the edge of the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for two centuries and remains Russia's cultural center. Its history, art, and architecture all reflect the European influence from which it was founded, and students will have the opportunity to explore activities such as opera, ballet, and Russian art. 



Students are required to enroll in a total of 17 credits on the program (5-6 courses), which is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Eleven of the credits are completed in the "Russian Second Language" program (RSL), and then students will enroll in two content courses at three credits each. Students with a high level of Russian may waive the RSL program and take a full load of content courses. Courses can be found in the areas of Art History, Computer Science, Politics, Literature, and much more. All courses must be taken in Russian. More information about academics can be found on the Bard website. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Russian language at Princeton. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: mid August to late December 
Spring Semester: late January to early June

Please refer to the Bard website for updated calendars


Students are given the option to live either with a host family or in a youth hostel. 

Through a homestay, students have the opportunity to further strengthen their foreign language skills, and they are provided with a strong network of support in addition to the program staff. Students have a private room, with access to a washing machine, and are provided two meals a day on weekdays and full board on weekends. The host family also provides clean linens.  

Students may also opt to live in a youth hostel near the Smolny main building. Students will have access to a kitchen area where they can prepare their own meals. Students have a private room and supply their own towels and bed linens.

More information about housing can be found on the Smonly website.

Student Life

From the Bard website:
"Smolny has a student-run Social Committee, which organizes student get-togethers and parties throughout the semester. Past events have included a fall party, a New Year’s Eve party, Cosmonaut Day, and end-of-semester events. Students are also invited to participate in the numerous lectures, seminars, and conferences that take place at Smolny College. Visiting students can also start new clubs and organizations. In the past, students have created a collaborative journal, a student newspaper, and various sports clubs. In recent years, Smolny has seen clubs centered around intramural soccer; KVN, a sketch-comedy team that represents Smolny in competitions against other institutions; a discussion group on globalization; a human rights–awareness group; a film club; and SmArt, a student art and literary journal founded by Russian and American students."

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Russia. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Russia requires both entry and exit visas for US citizens and most other foreign nationals. You must register for the proper visa in order to enter and study in Russia. Visit the Bard website for more information about visas

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Bard program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton's. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/28/2021 06/06/2021
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