Program Details

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS. Spend a semester or academic year abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia!
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS.

We provide all-inclusive, flexible program options to customize your gap year adventure around the world. Mix and match destinations and academic terms for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn college credits, immerse yourself in a different culture, acquire global skills and expand your life experience.

AIFS Gap Year Programs are available to high school graduates 18 and over. 

Spend a semester or year in the cosmopolitan and culturally rich city of St. Petersburg with AIFS and earn up to 18 credits. Live in a homestay or a student residence hall. Enjoy cultural activities like guided city tours, visits to museums and cultural sites, a boat trip along the canals and classical music, opera and ballet performances. A 3-day visit to Moscow is included in the program along with day trips to Pushkin, Peterhof, Novgorod and Pavlovsk. AIFS offers a 4-day optional excursion to Helsinski, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia.

AIFS in St. Petersburg offers a unique academic program through the Russian Language Center at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, which is highly regarded for teaching Russian as a foreign language. Volunteer opportunities are also available, and students have done a wide array of projects from working with animals to volunteering at the Hermitage, one of the most prestigious museums in the world.

AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive fees include tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Coordinated round-trip flight packages are available.

Setting Description:
St. Petersburg is known as Russia’s “window to the West,” and “Venice of the North,” for its open attitude and stunning canals, respectively. The city certainly has a European flair with boulevards, canals and baroque architecture, yet offers students a distinctively Russian experience.

Additional Program Information

Open to high school graduates. Minimum 2.5 GPA. No previous Russian language study required. Visa required before traveling to Russia. Recommend early application due to visa regulations.
Scholarships Description:

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