Program Dates, Costs, and Scholarships

Program Dates

The Bard-Smolny Program generally coincides with academic semesters at North American colleges. Fall semester courses usually begin in the first week of September and continue for 15 weeks. The 15-week semester is followed by a week of zachyoti (oral exams).

Spring semester starts in early-mid February, covers 15 weeks and usually ends in the last week of May. This is followed by a week of zachyoti and an exam period, usually lasting until early June.

Both semesters are preceded by the RSL intensive, which begins two weeks prior.  (Students enrolling for the academic year take the RSL intensive in the fall semester only.)

Spring 2014 Program Dates*

January 22                Group Flight from New York to St. Petersburg
January 24-25 Orientation and Move-in with Host Families
January 27        2-Week Russian Language Intensive Begins
February 10   Academic Semester Begins
February 25 Add/Drop Period Ends
March 25 Midterm Exams
March 29 Final Drop Period
May 24 Last Day of Classes
May 27 Examination Period Begins
June 8 Group Flight Returns to New York

Summer 2014 Program Dates*

June 12                        Group Flight from New York to St. Petersburg
June 13 Arrival in St. Petersburg
June 14                  Orientation and Move-in with Host Families
June 16 Russian Language Classes Begin
July 13 4-Week Students Depart
August 10 8-Week Students Depart


Fall 2014 Program Dates*

August 13                    Group Flight from New York to St. Petersburg
August 14 Arrive in St. Petersburg
August 15-16 Orientation and Move-in with Host Families
August 18 2-Week Russian Language Intensive Begins
September 1 Academic Semester Begins
December 28 Group Flight Returns to New York



*All program dates are subject to change. 

Bard-Smolny Program Scholarships

Bard staff work closely with study abroad staff at students' home institutions to ensure that, whenever possible, financial aid packages (including federal and state scholarships) will transfer. 

Additionally, there are many instances in which students may be eligible for financial assistance from the Bard-Smolny Program through Bard's Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE). Each year, the IILE awards approximately $300,000 in need-based scholarship aid to students participating in our study abroad programs. Approximately 70% of participants receive scholarship support from Bard. The IILE offers four different kinds of scholarships, as described below:

IILE Scholarships
Typical scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000

IILE scholarships are available to any student demonstrating financial need. Applications are particularly encouraged from students who meet the following criteria:
• Tuition at home institution is significantly lower than Bard’s tuition rate; and/or
• Financial aid and/or institutional scholarships cannot be transferred towards participation in the program.

Heritage Scholarships
$10,000 scholarships, up to 2 scholarships awarded each semester


Heritage scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating financial need who are of Russian heritage applying for a semester or year of study at Smolny College.

Diversity Scholarships
$10,000 scholarships, up to 2 scholarships awarded each semester

Diversity scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating financial need who are traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to the following:
• Economically disadvantaged students
• African-American/Black students
• Asian students
• Hispanic/Latino students
• Multi-racial/ethnic students
• Indigenous/Native-American students
• Students with disabilities
• First-generation college students

Civic Engagement Scholarships
Up to $3,000 per scholarship, up to 2 scholarships awarded each semester

Civic engagement scholarships are awarded to students whose participation in the program will enable them to further a related civic engagement project, including but not limited to student-led initiatives, community action projects, and/or-in-depth research for a thesis or intended for publication.


Applications for these scholarships can be found within the general Bard-Smolny application on studio abroad. Students must apply for a scholarship from Bard at the same time as applying for admission to the Bard-Smolny program. If there is additional financial need, we also encourage you to explore funding and scholarship options outlined in our Bard Smolny Scolarship Guide.