An Incredible Time in Russia Past Review

By (Diplomacy/Global Politics, Miami University of Ohio) for

AIFS: St. Petersburg - Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. Enjoyed every moment of every day in Russia. Met lots of lifelong friends too.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Excellent faculty and interesting classes

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Weakness: Far from the city center (though accessible using the metro) Strength: Everything else

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

In the dorms, everything is included (linens, pillows, etc.) except for an ethernet cable. There is no wireless internet in the dorms and only one person can use the internet at a time in your room.

* Food:

Not a good country for vegetarians, but for non-vegetarians the food is incredible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Trips to Helsinki (BY CRUISE!), Tallinn, Moscow, and Veliki Novgorod. Also many weekly trips throughout St. Petersburg. All were extremely interesting, fun, and memorable.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It's a big city. You need to have common sense. Healthcare also is not very good, but the program provides information to hospitals and clinics that are more Western in quality. Did not need any vaccines prior (though you do need an HIV test to enter the country)

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Could practice with other students, locals, professors, etc. Only some language professors did not speak English (only in the high level language classesO

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students