"Each person who comes to St. Petersburg finds himself repeatedly uttering the word 'Unbelievable!'" - Frédéric Beigbeder, French writer

ST. PETERSBURG is the second largest city in Russia and the cultural capital of the country. Founded on May 27, 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great as Russia's "Window to Europe," the city's beautiful architecture and tragic history have inspired works by Russian writers like Pushkin and Dostoevsky. Composers such as Petr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky strolled the streets of this so-called Venice of the North, which incorporates a series of canals that, with the Neva River, channel water into the Gulf of Finland. The city was home to artists such as Ilya Repin, Marc Chagall, and Kazimir Malevich, and boasts two of the world's greatest museums, the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. The Russian Revolution, led by Vladimir Lenin, took place here in 1917, ushering in the Soviet period of Russian history. During WWII the city earned "hero" status after being besieged by the Germans for 900 days. Both the current president and vice-president, Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev, hail from St. Petersburg, which was known as Leningrad when they were born. Today St. Petersburg is the destination of many tourists and students who want to visit a city rich in culture and history. 

The WSU Russian Study Abroad program is a four-week trip in June to St. Petersburg through SRAS. Students receive 20 hours of language instruction a week at St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) right off Nevsky Prospekt in the heart of St. Petersburg. The trip includes extensive cultural excursions in the city of St. Petersburg and its environs, as well as a weekend in the Russian capital, Moscow. There are a variety of sources of funding for study abroad in Russia, but remember to apply early! (See http://www.langlab.wayne.edu/slavicprogram/funding.pdf). To apply, click here: http://www.sras.org/login.php. Students interested in the program should contact Laura Kline at af7585@wayne.edu for more information.

 

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Photo: Cathedral of the Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg. The onion domes, a distinguishing feature of Russian churches, are often associated with candles or flames reaching up toward heaven, carrying the prayers of the faithful. 

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