St. Petersburg: Comparative Media Studies - Photojournalism

Study Abroad

St. Petersburg is Russia’s “Gateway to Europe” as well as a cultural and educational hub. It draws around 7 million tourists each year, and due to its tourism infrastructure, plays host to many large international events. In late June, Midsummer Night festivities bring the masses out to the streets for events and strolling until very late at night. St. Petersburg is also Russia’s more liberal city, a city of students, artists, subcultures, and more. It is a fascinating environment in which to look closely at the opportunities and challenges facing global media.

Through engaging discussion and workshops we look at media literacy, media environment, and global trends. We examine how journalists and media consumers alike must adapt to a changing environment. Russian and American media will be the primary focus in this comparative study.

As a practical component of our studies, we will engage in a photojournalism project, which will take advantage of all that St. Petersburg has to offer, allowing for application of our studies and exploration of the city, people, and culture.

This program is aimed at students of journalism, media, communication, international relations, and Russian language or area studies.


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St. Petersburg, Russia
International Relations, Journalism, Russian Language


Overall GPA of 2.5, 3.0 in major. No Russian language prerequisite.

Dates & Costs

  • Summer 2020 (3 weeks)
    Year: 2020 Summer
    Dates: 19 June 2020 - 12 July 2020
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2020
    Cost: $4,495
  • Summer 2020 (7 weeks)
    Year: 2020 Summer
    Dates: 19 June 2020 - 09 August 2020
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2020
    Cost: $6,195

Program Inclusions

Tuition, dormitory accommodation, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers, cultural programming, travel as specified, health and emergency insurance, use of a mobile telephone for duration of program, and SRAS in-country support.