The Smolny College program at St. Petersburg State University
is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students with at least 4 semesters of Russian
. Smolny College is the only program in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of liberal arts courses along with Russian as a Second Language (RSL). Students live in either homestays or dormitories.
The purpose of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program is to provide North American students with a rigorous and rewarding academic, linguistic, and cultural experience that will advance their level of competency in the Russian language and give them the unique opportunity to take a diverse set of courses in the liberal arts. Strictly speaking, Smolny is not a "study abroad program." It is a four-year college with a diverse curriculum, faculty, and student body. Smolny's unique character allows students from North America to be immersed in classes with Russian students. International students can take Russian as well as other academic courses in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts.
Since the program is housed in a college, it also creates innumerable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and dialogue. Students from North America sit side-by-side with Russian students in the classroom, participate in student clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities with their fellow Smolny classmates, and interact directly with the permanent faculty of Smolny College.
All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.