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The Colby in St. Petersburg semester program was established in 1992 to enable a small group of intermediate or upper-intermediate Russian language students to study in a small group or individual tutorial setting in Russia. In 1999 JanPlan options were added to the Colby in St. Petersburg program, whereby students with no exposure to the Russian language may enroll in one of four month-long courses for the month of January: Russian Art and Literature; Russia's Transition Economy; Russian Ethnography; or elementary Russian language. The JanPlan program is open to all students from Colby (and other institutions). Students are encouraged to speak to the faculty in the Russian program at Colby about JanPlan options, which are not described here in full.
Program dates vary from semester to semester, and the Off-Campus Study Office will inform participants about dates well in advance of the semester. The fall semester program typically begins in early September and concludes in the third week of December. The spring semester program begins in early February and concludes in the third week in May. It may be possible for some students, after consultation with the Colby Russian staff, to add a JanPlan in St. Petersburg to the spring semester program.
Some participants in the Colby in St. Petersburg Program decide to teach English at the St. Petersburg Classical Gimnazium a few hours per week. If students are interested in seeing a middle school on the inside, trying their hand at teaching, and meeting Russian children, this is an interesting and challenging part of the program. In consultation with the English language instructors at the Gimnazium, Colby students select the grade level at which they want to work and corresponding materials. The Gimnazium also welcomes students' ideas for after-school programs; Colby students have coached basketball teams and have run a photography club.
A special feature of Colby in St. Petersburg is the opportunity to live with Russian host families, carefully selected by the Gimnazium staff. Host families take very seriously their responsibilities for the well-being and security of their guests. Students will take their meals with their families and are encouraged to enter into the life of their families totally and actively. Family residence is the single best way to get beneath the surface of Russian life, to be a resident of the city and not merely a tourist or visiting student. The sizes and ages of the families differ widely, so students must be prepared to fit in to a family with young children or a family whose children are already grown and away from home.
Cultural Events: Theater and concert tickets are purchased for the students throughout the semester. Students should make specific requests to the coordinator of the cultural program if there are certain tickets they would like to have. Colby recommends that each student see an opera, a ballet, orchestra, popular movie, folk music/dance performance, drama and comedy theater, puppet theater, and circus in order to get acquainted with the cultural riches of Russia.
During the first month of the semester students have guided excursions to museums and historical landmarks in St. Petersburg including: the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Ethnographic Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, several memorials to the victims of the German blockade of Leningrad during World War II, and the summer residences of the tsars. In addition literary tours to the apartment-museums of Pushkin or Dostoevsky will complement readings in the literature course.
The fees for Colby programs abroad are equivalent to the comprehensive fees for Colby College: $20,885 per semester in 2005-2006. (Please note that program fees are also subject to any annual comprehensive fee increases.) Students are billed by Colby, and are exempt from the $1000 study abroad fee. The fee covers: tuition, room, board or a board allowance, excursions, and roundtrip airfare and, in some cases, transfers to program sites. Books, meals during vacation periods, laundry expenses, and personal travel are not included. A forfeitable deposit of $500 is due at the time of acceptance.
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