PiP Resources

Accommodations & Costs

Homestay Program

Students in P-i-P stay with Russian families through a homestay program run by the Derzhavin Institute. The Program provides our students with a single room and two meals per day from hosts who generally do not speak English.

One advantage of the homestay program is that it reinforces students' learning by putting them in an environment where they must communicate in Russian.


  • The program fee, which covers all tuition, room and board (a home stay with two meals a day), and excursions, is heavily subsidized by the University for Princeton undergraduates.
  • Students are expected to contribute $3120 toward the program fee in addition to covering the cost of their plane tickets ($1500-$2000), visa costs ($123), and spending money.
  • The estimated total cost per student is $5,019. Those with demonstrable financial need can apply for financial support from various University funds and are eligible for loans from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students on financial aid may also apply for loans through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • For a list of funding sources, click here.


Funding Questions

Questions about available funds through OIP should be directed to https://www.princeton.edu/oip/


Practical Information


Sending regular mail to/from Russia is not as complicated as it once used to be. The national mail system is gradually becoming more reliable and delivery times shorter. On average, a letter to/from USA takes about 3 weeks to be delivered, to/from UK - 10 to 14 days. If you need faster communications you will have to rely on express-mail, speedy mail arrangements or electronic communications (fax or e-mail).


The international access code for Russia is +7. When calling Russia from the US, dial 8-10-7 + city/area code (495 for Moscow and 812 for St. Petersburg).

Public phones are good for local and international calls; phonecards can be bought at newspaper kiosks and post offices. Phone booths in airports and major hotels usually take credit cards but are generally much more expensive than street phones.

Mobile phones work in most large towns and cities. Please note that the majority of mobile phones in Russia operate on a GSM 900 band network. If you intend to use your existing phone and SIM card first check that your provider has an international roaming agreement with one of the local providers, and ensure you have international roaming enabled. For longer term it may be more cost effective to purchase a phone and SIM card package.

    Before You Go

    Health care

    The students should check if their medical insurance is valid overseas (those who are on the Princeton Health Plan are covered overseas in the summer).

    Visas and Passports

    Passports must be valid for 18 months beyond the anticipated return date. The Russian visa stamp is the size of one passport page, please make sure you have a blank visa page in your passport. For information from U.S. Government agencies about political, cultural, and personal security issues relevant for travelers to Russia, see the consular information here.

    Program Calendar 2021

    • PiP Application Deadline: February 12th
    • Acceptance Notification: February 19th
    • Deadline for a nonrefundable deposit ($500): February 22nd
    • Deadline for financial aid applications: February 7th (first round), February 28th (second round), April 4th (third round)
    • Orientation Meetings:
      • First: TBA
    • First day of classes: May 31st
    • Last day of classes: July 23rd


    St. Petersburg's metro is the most reliable city transport (particularly convenient for long-distance journeys).

    • Normally trains run every 2-3 minutes. Usually, the stations open at about 5:45 am and close between midnight and 0:30 am.
    • The first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955. Today there are four lines and 55 stations. It is the deepest subway in the world.
    • Along with metro, the city also has an extensive system of trams, buses, and trolleybuses. There are several taxi companies, too.
    • The easiest way to get a cab is to call 089.