“Explore St. Petersburg!” Linguistics / Cultural Studies Program with Internship

Dates: JULY 8 – AUGUST 5, 2018

Location: St.Petersburg, Russia 

About the Program

The Explore St.Petersburg! program with extensive cultural studies component and experiential learning through internship is specifically designed for those who want to explore Russian culture and experience living and participating in local life in St.Petersburg. Unique feature of the program is that you don’t have to speak Russian to participate. This program, founded by SBU Professor of Linguistics John Bailyn, is housed at St. Petersburg State University, Russia’s oldest university in St. Petersburg – Russia’s cultural center since its creation by Peter the Great in the early 18th Century.

The Explore St. Petersburg! program features an extensive cultural program and students become familiar with the city through excursions, films, lectures, and other events. Participants attend courses in cultural and media studies at an international summer school where they interact with students from throughout Russia and Europe. Participants additionally complete an internship where they participate in volunteer activities in the community or with a local company. An organized weekend trip to Moscow is an option for those who are interested in visiting the capital. Participants live in student residence hall sharing a room with a peer.

Program Highlights:


    • Language of instruction and internship – English
    • Extensive, interactive cultural program
    • Dedicated course which compares U.S. and Russian Culture and Politics
    • Internship/Experiential Learning Opportunities
      • Teaching English
      • Volunteering in the Community
      • Medical Field Shadowing
      • Journalism Shadowing
      • Creative writing/Blog
      • Film and Photography
      • Curriculum-specific internships
    • Interdisciplinary curriculum designed to accommodate a wide range of academic needs and interests
    • Study and live with students from overseas who are also participating in the international summer school

Credits and Course of Study:

Students on this program earn 3 or 6 credits; they can fulfill general education as well as some upper-division and major/minor requirements.

All participants will take 3 credits of HUR which will compare Russian and U.S. relations. 

Students can also take another 3 credits from the list below:

CCS 201 – Writing About Cinema & Cultural Studies (ESI)

CLT 221 – Cross-Cultural Encounters (DEC G, HUM)

LIN 101 – Human Language (DEC F, SBS, SNW)

LIN 425 – Speical Topics in Linguistics

LIN 426 – Special Topics in Linguistics

SLV 578 – Directed Independent Studies I

WST 103 – Women, Culture, and Differences (DEC G, CER, HUM)

These courses are subject to change. Additional courses may be available.

All students will also be matched with an internship/experiential learning experience for 4-6 hours/week based on their personal and academic interests.

All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.


  • GPA 2.0
  • All undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing may apply
  • Applicants MUST have a current passport that has two blank adjacent visa pages and that is valid through at least Jan 2019
  • Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad

Additional Information

Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student’s GPA at Stony Brook University.  Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

Application deadline:

March 1, 2018


“The program made my first time out of the country not only full of intellectual growth, but also cultural. It also helped me see that I can do the job I want to do in the future, which involves traveling, cinematography and photography.”

“The best part of the program was an opportunity to become immersed in the city and in daily life there”

“My internship was very interesting. I got to experience and do things I have never done before.”

“It was a great opportunity to come to Russia, get an internship experience of working with Russians, and

also study at the university. Never thought I would come to Russia in my lifetime.” 

“Internship experience was very interesting and very useful. The fact that working at the English club and 

doing proofreading coincided with my major was an added bonus.”

“I’ve met people from all over the world and I got to learn more about different spheres of linguistics. All professors were so passionate about their work, I feel like I rediscovered my love for linguistics”