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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Columbia applicants only
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
10/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/01/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Russian Language Requirement: 4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Program Type: Supported Direct Enrollment Program Advisor: Jill Burya: jb3412@columbia
Eligibility - Home School: Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS Discipline: Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Description:


RThe 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.

Academic Programs

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. 

Program Features

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.

Application Instructions

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.