Your year abroad

Study abroad at Liden & Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages-St Petersburg

As part of your BSc Language, Culture and Society programme

Life at Liden & Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages-St Petersburg

Liden & Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages offers a variety of award-winning Russian language programmes for academic purposes.

The Liden & Denz campus is located in the very heart of the historical centre of St. Petersburg in a lively area, one block away from Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of the city. The neighbourhood is known for its bookshops, little cafes, and endless dining out options. The closest metro station, Ploshad Vosstania/Mayakovskaya, is within 10 minutes walk.

St. Petersburg is a vibrant and alluring city – the cultural capital of Russia, famous for its celebrated museums, monuments and magnificent cathedrals. In the vast historical centre, you will find yourself completely surrounded by history, beautiful architecture, culture, and fine art.

The temperature in St. Petersburg ranges between -10 and +25 ºC. So, it is important to be well dressed in winter. One of the most exciting times to be in St. Petersburg is during the white nights (starting in mid-May) when the sun never sets and the city is alive 24 hours a day with festivals, concerts and longer opening hours for museums, restaurants and shops.

Whilst in St. Petersburg you will stay with a host family (half-board: breakfast and dinner). All these families are very sociable; they like to meet new people and offer a very warm welcome to our students. 

Dr Olga Sobolev has produced a short presentation with useful tips for your time in St Petersburg.

Study during your year abroad

Students will take 2 core modules at Liden & Denz Institute of Languages.

  • Russian Language and Society. An intensive Russian language course (20 hours a week), bringing students to B2 (or above) level of proficiency in Russian.
  • Lectures in Humanities (up to 4 hours a week) at the partner university Russian Christian Academy for Humanities, including the study of history, philosophy, sociology and literature, media and cultural studies.
  • Students will also conduct data collection for a research project on socio-cultural issues in the target language society.

Each module runs for 22 weeks. This is across two semesters and exclusive of an examination period.

Please remember this important information from your programme regulations:

Students must pass the Russian Language Course of B2 (or above) level at Liden & Denz in order to be eligible for the award of the degree.

Where a student fails an assessment, they will be provided a resit either in Fudan at the end of the year abroad or when they are back in London at the start of the final year of the programme.