Overview

The Biomedical and Humanities, Social Science, and Communication Department offers a 15-day trip to St. Petersburg, Russia for an incredible historical and cultural experience. The trip and lab work in Russia transfer to 3 credits as HU443.

Key Features:

  • The program is open to all majors
  • Students earn three elective humanities credits toward graduation
  • Travel dates: June 1 – 16, 2019
  • Trip cost: $3,550 (tuition, airfare, accommodations, breakfast/lunch, excursions, social events, student visa, and insurance)

Russian History Topics & Tours

  • Reforms of Peter the Great at the beginning of the 18th century. Peter’s baroque, Saints Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Summer Gardens
  • Followers of Peter the Great. Architectural ensembles in styles of Russian baroque and Catherine the Great neoclassicism
    • Palace Square, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Nickolas Marine Cathedral, Smolnyi Cathedral and Smolnyi Institute, Taurida Palace, Peterhof Palace, Tsarskoye Selo
  • St. Petersburg as the capital of Russian Empire in the 19th century and highlights of Russian Empire style
    • The Square of Arts (the Russian Museum), Senate Square, the Admiralty, the Spit of Vasilievskyi Island, Saint Isaac’s Square, (Saint Isaac’s Cathedral)
  • Emancipation of peasants and other liberal reforms of Alexander the Second
    • The Theater Square, the Big Choral Synagogue, the Church of the Savior on Blood
  • Three Russian revolutions of the 20th century, the Field of Mars, the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944), Saint Petersburg today
    • Victory Square memorial

Additional Experiences

  • Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Petergof Palace
  • Boat tour on Neva river and canals
  • Raising of the bridges
  • Walking city tours
  • Industry tour
  • Free or reduced-rate entrance to selected cultural landmarks

Accommodations and Transportation

MSOE faculty will accompany the student group to St. Petersburg. For all excursions and social events, students are accompanied by MSOE faculty and Bonch-Bruevich St. Petersburg State University staff. The group will travel via public transportation- the metro. While in St. Petersburg, students will stay in a youth hostel with their MSOE peers and accompanying leader. Students are asked to bring $200 to cover additional meals beyond breakfast and lunch, and any other expenses. American dollars can be exchanged at various locations, and most debit cards can be used in Russian ATMs.

Contact Information

Students interested in the study abroad opportunity should contact Dr. Olga Imas or goglobal@msoe.edu.