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Education Abroad Office

St. Petersburg State University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: St. Petersburg
Country: Russia
Term: Spring


USC's International Business exchange program in Russia is designed to help students build business competence in a Russian environment and gain firsthand knowledge of Russian culture. The program is located in St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city. International Business students will take courses in St. Petersburg University's Graduate School of Management.

Russia is currently on the Higher Risk Travel List and requires a petition found here

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to St. Petersburg State University. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in St. Petersburg. Cost for accommodation in the student housing facility is approximately $75 per 31 days. Other expenses including meals, books, and independent travel can range from $3,700 to $5,000 depending on the individual student.

Students typically earn 15 credit hours per semester. Courses taught in English can be found here.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. 
UofSC students studying at St. Petersburg State University are required to live in on-campus residence halls. Students pay in-state tuition and fees to USC. Room and board costs are paid to the host institution. The rooms are shared between 2-3 students.  
In the spring, classes begin in February and end in July. 
Students are strongly recommended to participate in the "Introduction Period." During the Introduction Period, students will participate in a tour around the university and participate in a Russian language crash course. There is also a concurrent social and cultural program.
It is mandatory to have a student visa while studying St. Petersburg State University. An official invitation from St. Petersburg State University is required to apply for a visa. The process of issuing an invitation takes four weeks. Students may only request a 90-day Russian student visa with a single entry. Upon arriving in Russiaa, students are officially enrolled in courses, after whhich students can apply for a multiple-entry visa. This extension process can take 5 weeks. Students should not plan to travel during this period.


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