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Russia: Novgorod Summer Program
Novgorod, Russian Federation (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Name: Russia: Novgorod Summer Program Country: Russia
Program Type: Faculty-led Region: Europe
Term: Summer City: Novgorod
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Language of Instruction: English Academic Fields Available: Humanities, Interdisciplinary/ Open to all majors, Language and Cultural Studies
Program Description:

About the Novgorod Summer Program

***This program will next run in Summer 2015***

The program site is Novgorod State University, located in Rochester's sister city of Novgorod, The Great, Russia. Having been founded in A.D. 859, Novgorod is one of the most ancient of Russian cities. It is located approximately 130 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, on the way to Moscow. In the summer, you will be able to enjoy mild climate and the pleasure of "white Russian nights."This program is worth 6 credits (language and culture only) or 9 credits (language and culture + internship). Coursework will focus on Russian Language and Culture.

The Russia, Novgorod Summer Program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Live and study in Russia,
  • Receive instruction and hands-on experience with a small, personalized group of students,
  • Improve your language, writing and research skills,
  • Help prepare you for a semester/year abroad.

Your experience on the Russia, Novgorod Summer Program will:

  • Integrate you into Russian society and the Russian educational system,
  • Make you a better student,
  • Expand your outlook on the world,
  • Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
  • Increase your Russian language skills,
  • Greatly enhance your career prospects.

On the Russia, Novgorod Summer Program, you will:

  • Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation to the Russia, Novgorod Summer program,
  • Benefit from a program of field trips and social events, organized specifically for Brockport program participants by the Program Director.
  • Enjoy the security of a complete package of academic and non-academic support services provided by the International Office at Brockport.

Housing & Orientation


Homestays will be arranged for the time spent in Novgorod. You will live with a family, eat meals with them, share your impressions with them, and experience daily life in Russia. Perhaps you will spend time at a dacha and enjoy a visit to a banya with your family. Host families will have at least one member who speaks English, but they will make you practice your Russian!

During the St. Petersburg field trip, you will stay in a hotel with a roommate. You will be responsible for the costs of your own meals while in Petersburg.


Summer 2013: $5,950 (est.)

Novgorod Sum 13 EST.pdf


  • Tuition
  • Program Acceptance Fee
  • Pre-departure Orientation Materials
  • Roundtrip airfare from New York City to St. Petersburg
  • Home stay housing
  • Most meals
  • In country program transportation
  • Various trips and excursions
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services

Not Included:

  • Health Insurance*
  • Various campus specific fees ** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
  • Transportation to/from New York City
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.

Financial aid applies towards fees.

*SUNY regulations require that participants in Overseas Academic Programs have "adequate" insurance coverage.  Students whose current health insurance is not "adequate" may purchase appropriate coverage for $95.50 per month (this is the current cost and is subject to change).
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.

The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.



The program for the language and culture component includes the following classes:

  • Beginning Russian /Intermediate Russian/Advanced Russian (depending upon your language ability)
  • History of Russia
  • Russian Traditional Art

Instructors for Russian language courses and the course on the history of Russia will be professors from the University of Novgorod.

  • The Russian language class will be taught by Dr. Tamara Kuznetsova, professor of Russian from Novgorod State University and by Dr. Alexandra Kostina, instructor of Russian from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • The History of Russia will be taught by Stanislav Shapiro, professor of history from Novgorod Pedagogical Lycee.  
  • The Russian Society and Culture course will be three lecturers from the Novgorod Folk Arts Center will enrich the class lectures. The lectures and hands on workshops on birch bark basket weaving, styles of Russian folk paintings from different areas of Russia, role of puppets in the life of a traditional peasant family, and traditional Russian costumes will be given by instructors from Novgorod Folk Arts Center: Olga Olontseva, instructor of the Novgorod Folk Arts Center and Member of the Union of Artists of Russia; Vladimir Yarosh, instructor of the Novgorod Folk Arts Center and Member of the Union of Artists of Russia; and Tatiana Shangurova, the president of the association of women artists of Novgorod.

Books and Materials:

Books and materials are chosen by Russian professors. You will be able to purchase them in Novgorod. The price usually stays under $15. We recommend that you bring one or two notebooks and a small bilingual dictionary: English-Russian/ Russian-English.

In Novgorod, you will be in class for four hours a day during the week, with homework assignments to complete. Classes will generally meet in the morning from 9 am to 1 pm with a snack break. Afternoons will include trips to museums, historical sites, and other Novgorod attractions and activities.

  • Pskov field trip: one day, meal included. Pskov is one of the oldest border cities and the trip will include visits to the border fortress, an ancient monastery, and the Kremlin of Pskov itself.
  • Staraya Russa field trip:  one day, meal included. Staraya Russa is a typical small Russian city--except that it may be older than even Novgorod!! This trip includes a visit to the only house Dostoevsky owned, and a local fountain/health spa.
  • St. Petersburg trip: four days and will include a tour of the city, a tour of the Hermitage State Museum, a visit to a suburban palace, and tours of Peter and Paul Fortress and the major cathedrals. There will also be individual free time for personal exploration.


In addition to the homework assignments and tests for your courses, you will have two other  assignments:

  • keep and share a journal of your experiences
  • create a presentation on a topic of your choice.


6/28/13 - 7/28/13

Students who choose the 6 credit option (language and culture only) will leave on July 28, 2013.

This program is currently not accepting applications.