Seth Farkas CC'17

St. Petersburg

Bard in St Petersburg: Smolny Summer Language Intensive

Language of Instruction: Russian
St. Petersburg,
Term: Summer

Advance your language skills in an intensive summer language program in Russia

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Attend the Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) Program if you are interested in an immersive experience at the intermediate or advanced level of Russian. You can choose to study for four or eight weeks on the program while living in a homestay.


You attend 22 hours of class per week and regularly complete quizzes, written assignments, and tests. Class sizes are small (typically 8 to 10 students) with course work that emphasizes vocabulary acquisition, grammar comprehension, reading improvement, and writing achievement, as well as verbal and aural precision.

Program Features

You are expected to sign a language pledge and only speak Russian throughout the experience. You live in a homestay throughout the experience which is a great way to continue developing your language skills. If interested, you have the opportunity to participate in a Russian theater or choir. The program provides tutors and language partners to ensure the most progress in the language possible. Cultural excursions round out the experience.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters of language, or equivalent
St. Petersburg,

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020