Update December 8th

The deadline for Study Abroad St. Petersburg has been extended to Tuesday, December 13, 2016 noon.

  • Bring your passport, forms, and total payment of $2950 by December 13th to the International Education Center to secure you spot on this fabulous trip!

Spring Break 2017 (April 7 – 16)

Join professors Carol Davis and James Martin to learn about St. Petersburg, one of the world’s greatest cities known as the center of Russia’s cultural expression, through its rich literature, music and history. The arts have always served as symbols of the culture and as forums for the conscience of its people.

Learn about the father of Russian Literature, Alexander Pushkin, who lived and died in St. Petersburg, where there are statues of him all over the city and where schools are named after him. Visit the locations where his poetry, plays, and stories took place.

See the story “The Overcoat” come to life in the scene where the ghost of Nikolai Gogol’s protagonist haunts Nevskii Prospekt, St. Pete’s major thoroughfare. We’ll read this story, walk along Nevskii and the canals that intersect it to understand why this story is integral to how Russia views itself as a country.

Visit the building where the hero of Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment killed the old woman in the Sadovaya neighborhood. The scene is so vivid to readers that tourists knock on the apartment door, as if the character had been a real person. And visit the prison where the author Dostoevsky himself was imprisoned in the Peter and Paul Fortress.

St. Petersburg (Leningrad) was the setting of 20th century Russian history from Lenin’s return to Russia at Finland Station, Tsar Nicholas’ abdication, through WWII and the Blockade of Leningrad. All of these historical events are explored through literature. Tour the house of the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, who chronicled the triumphs and defeats in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Program Excursions


Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad – St Petersburg Russia – 1 unit

Students will study the works of some of the greatest Russian writers: Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Akhmatova and Nabokov and tour the city that was the setting for many of these great works of literature. Students will also listen to and learn about the music of some of Russia’s greatest composers such as Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich as well the Finish composer Sibelius. A reading list will be supplied prior to the trip and there will be one class session on campus prior to departure.

Faculty Biographies

St. Petersburg Program Details

  • Participants will be housed in double occupancy accommodation.

  • PDF FileTrip itinerary.

Program Costs

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Program Fee

Includes round-trip airfare from LAX to St. Petersburg, in country ground transportation, accommodation, cultural excursions per itinerary, and mandatory iNext medical insurance.


Program fee: First deposit of $1000 due Friday November 14, 2016

Balance due Tuesday Dec 13, 2016

Registration Fee

$46 resident tuition

$335 non-resident tuition

International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.

Russian Visa


Wednesday February 1, 2017


Breakfast included daily

Budget for $40 per day ($320) for lunch and dinner

Total Estimated Costs


Additional Costs

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Personal spending money


Course Materials


Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)


Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport

Scholarship-Update: Scholarships are closed.

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships available up to $1,000.

US Citizens/Permanent Residents need to apply for FAFSA to determine eligibility. F-1 students also eligible (no FAFSA).

Payment Options

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)

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Dates to Remember

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Informational Sessions

Thursday Nov 10th 11-15 -12:30 

HSS 105

Monday Nov 14th 11:15-12:a5 BUS 256

Tuesday October 18th 11:15 – 12: 30 Drescher Hall


Tuesday October 25th 11:15 – 12: 30 HSS 153

Friday October 28th 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm HSS 154


Application Deadlines and Payments

Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Initial Deposit to reserve space – $1000 due Friday November 4, 2016

Balance due Thursday Dec 13, 2016

Complete online application

Apply early to reserve your space!

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship

Last day to meet with Financial Aid Manager Stacy Neal Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Notification of scholarship amount by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scholarship may not be used toward initial deposit

Mandatory Forms

Friday, November 4, 2016

Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SMC student and take the offered course. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online

  • All participants must be 18 years old by December 8, 2016.

  • Have a valid passport by Friday, November 4, 2016.

  • All participants regardless of nationality will need a visa to visit Russia. Details on the process to secure a visa will be provided once final deposits are collected. The cost of the visa will be $278. This cost is in addition to program fee of $2950 as described above.

  • Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.