Princeton in St. Petersburg

About the Program

Established in 2004, the Princeton in St. Petersburg Program offers Princeton undergraduates a unique chance to improve their knowledge of Russian language and culture during a two-month summer course in St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia.

The Program is organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures with financial support from the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

The Program is designed for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have successfully completed RUS 101-102.

Admission to the Program


In order to be eligible for the program, students must take the entire sequence of RUS 101-102 and have a B+ grade or higher in RUS 101. In addition, they should have demonstrated seriousness of purpose through excellent class participation and attendance.

Required Information

Information from other offices at Princeton, e.g. residential colleges, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, University Health Services (with student’s consent) or others, may be requested as part of the application review process to ensure that all students can have a safe and productive international experience. Decisions on individual applications are made on a case by case basis.


Students who accept a place on a program and then, before the program begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

Princeton Faculty

KsanaKsana Blank has a B.A. in French language and literature from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University and a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University. In 2000 she joined the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, where she teaches upper-level language courses, Russian Stylistics, and other undergraduate and graduate courses. She has published a book on Dostoevsky and a number of articles on other Russian writers.

Prior to joining Princeton University she taught courses in Russian language and literature at Columbia University, Middlebury College, and Hunter College. 

To learn more about Ksana Blank, please visit her Princeton University faculty profile.

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Mark Pettus has a B.A. in German and History from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. Having spent approximately five years altogether studying and working in Russia, he returned to Princeton in 2011 as a Lecturer, and has taught language courses for Russian, Czech and Polish, Russian literature courses, and a course on Russian rock music. His research has focused on Dostoevsky, Gothic literature, and chronotope in the 19th-century European novel, but he remains broadly interested in Russian prose, poetry, and philosophy, and especially in sharing the riches of Slavic literature with students.

Our graduate student Lidia Tripiccione will be on site in June-July, 2019 to help students with practical questions and to guide them through any difficulties they may encounter. Visit her profile by clicking here.

Program Calendar 2019

  • PiP Application Deadline: December 1st
  • Acceptance Notification: February 7th
  • Deadline for a nonrefundable $300 deposit: February 22nd
  • Deadline for financial aid applications: March 1st
  • Orientation Meetings:
    • First: December 5th, 2018
    • Second: April 12th, 2019 at 12PM
    • Third: April 14th, 2019 at 4PM
  • Arrival in St. Petersburg: June 1st
  • First day of classes: June 3rd
  • Midterm break - trip to Novgorod: June 29th
  • Last day of classes: July 26th
  • Departure from St. Petersburg: July 27th


For additional information contact the program director Ksana Blank.