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Russia is the largest country in the world and offers something for everyone. From the picturesque landscapes, to the historic architecture in the cities, Russia has it all. From the Want to learn more about this amazing country first hand? You can with our high school study abroad programs!

Overview

We are proud to be one of the only student exchange organizations to offer a high school exchange program in Russia. Our high school exchange program in Russia will enable you to immerse yourself in Russian culture while living with an Russian host family and sharing in their daily life. As a family member, you will participate in activities and adapt to the family rules as if they were your own.

Available Locations

We are proud to offer 3 high school options, all located in St. Petersburg. Learn about each school below.

International Herzen School

The International School of Herzen University offers an international education that is holistic, inquiry-based, and offers each student an individualized learning path.

Within ISHU’s multicultural educational environment, students are encouraged to fulfil their academic, creative, and social potential, on the road to becoming life-long learners. An ISHU education fosters students who are confident and effective communicators, able to appreciate different perspectives and treat others with empathy and respect.

ISHU cultivates a growth mind-set amongst students and staff. Problem solving, flexibility, creativity and innovation combine to produce a school community of responsible and productive global citizens able to adapt to a variety of events and circumstances. At ISHU we empower our students to become positive change-makers in our diverse and ever-changing world.

Diplomat School

School “Diplomat” was establish on February 15th, 1993. Every student enjoys a warm, friendly atmosphere throughout the classrooms and school grounds. Everyone is one big family, and knows everyone by name.

Reed School

The first private school in St. Petersburg, founded in 1992. Our goal is the formation of a comprehensively and harmoniously developed personality, disclosing the talents of each child. High level of education from year to year is confirmed by our medalists and graduates entering prestigious universities both in Russia and abroad.

Program Dates & Deadlines

Apply early and get a discount! Submit your application 45 days before the deadline to receive an Early Bird Discount.

These are the approximate start dates. Exact start dates will be provided closer to your arrival.

Spring

Academic Trimester: Early January – Mid-March

Final Deadline to Apply: November 1st

 

Fall

Academic Trimester: Early September – Late November

Final Deadline to Apply: July 1st

Program Costs

Academic Trimester

Costs

$14,890

Available Discounts

Early Bird Discount

$250 discount if you apply 45 days prior to the application deadline

Host Family Discount

Discount of up to $1000 for families that hosted an inbound student

Area Representative Discount

Discount of up to $500 for children of ISE Area Representatives

Vlogger Discount

Earn a discount for documenting your experience on select programs.

What's Included In The Program

  • Arrival Orientation
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Support and supervision by local representative
  • Host family accommodation including 2 meals a day during the week, and 3 meals a day on the weekends.
  • School tuition and fees
  • Progress reports sent directly to parents
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • ISE Tote bag, luggage tag & lanyard

Additional Expenses You Might Incur

  • Personal Expenses – cell phone bills, personal spending money, travel expenses
  • Transportation to airport at conclusion of program
  • Extra School Fees – Uniform, class trips, extra curricular activities

Eligibility

• Age between 15 and 18 years old.
• Be attending a school in his/her country.
• Basic Russian language experience required
• Have excellent physical and mental health.
• Agree to attend classes and maintain satisfactory standards of work and behavior.
• Be mature and flexible so as to be able to accept the school and host family.
• Be responsible and follow the school, the host family and ISE’s rules and respect the law.
• Be prepared to adapt to a new culture with different values and to live in a family with different life style and/or social economic level that he/she may be used in his/her own country.

Academic Info

The school year in Russia starts on September 1st each year. If that day falls on a weekend, you will start on the following Monday. The school year concludes on May 25th. The Russian school year is broken up into 4 terms, with the following holiday breaks:

  • October 26th – November 4th
  • December 25th – January 11th
  • March 23rd – March 31st

All schools follow the state approved syllabus. These include Russian/English language, Calculus, Chemisty, Physics, Biology, Georgraphy, History, Literature, Social Students, P.E., etc. In addition to these mandated subjects, students can choose from a number of extra classes for their afternoons. These include drama, advanced math, astronomy, Latin, logic, religious studies, etc.

Orientation

Upon arrival in Russia, you will receive an orientation at your school, which will go over your student handbook. In addition, you will also receive an overview about the city and way of life. This includes safety, laws/regulations, transportation, etc.

Application Process

  1. Explore our programs, options and countries to find your best match. 
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program costs, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure. 

Parent FAQs

Moving away from your support network and into a new and unfamiliar environment can be difficult even for the most well-adjusted students. Students with pre-existing mental health conditions may find this adjustment particularly challenging, which could worsen any issues they were previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we conduct a thorough screening of all applicants to ensure they are in the right mindset to participate. While the majority of students are eligible to participate, we may not be able to accept students who have recently struggled with mental illness and/or are reliant on medication to treat mental illness in certain circumstances. Pre-existing mental health conditions include, but are not limited to:
  • Severe anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
For students prepared to take on the challenge, absolutely. It is, however, important to consider a student’s level of maturity prior to the program because it directly impacts their success.  Ideally, our programs will push students beyond their comfort zone and into what is referred to as their stretch zone. It’s in the stretch zone that learning, growth, and development - along with challenges and risk - occur.  If a student is not ready and/or willing to move beyond their comfort zone, plunging into a new and unfamiliar environment could actually have an adverse effect and place them in what is referred to as the panic zone Parents should make an honest assessment of their child’s maturity level and understand that study abroad will not fundamentally change their child’s personality or behavior when considering the program. 
While abroad, your child will be fully supported. First, they will receive a personal Program Manager to assist with everything from the initial request to your child’s departure. Then, they will be supported abroad by a dedicated Local Coordinator who will frequently check in on the student and provide monthly progress reports. Your child will have the contact information of their Local Coordinator and can contact them at any time. There is also a 24/7 emergency line managed out of ISE headquarters.
No. Visits of any kind are not allowed during our programs. If you plan to visit your child, you should plan to do so after the program has ended.
The vast majority of our participants are placed in small to medium-sized towns outside of major cities. They may not be living in the most “touristy” areas, but as long as participants are open-minded they will be treated to a truly immersive and authentic experience.

High School Program FAQs

We can’t offer any guarantees that certain classes will be offered at your host school. We can provide you with general curriculum information, but often students are not able to sign up for specific classes until after they arrive in the host country.
You will not be able to take the SATs while abroad. We highly recommend that you take the SATs prior to or after the program.
Yes! We offer a post-high school Gap Year Program. Visit our Gap Year Program page for more details.

General FAQs

ISE’s Travel & Study Abroad Program will take your academic, career, and life opportunities to new levels! College admissions and employers love compelling personal growth stories, and Travel & Study Abroad will supply you with those stories.  Some of the many benefits of participating in our programs include: Academic & Career Benefits
  • Stand out during the college admissions process
  • Develop new language skills in an immersive environment
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Identify interests to better select academic & career paths
  • Establish cross-cultural skills
  • Improve academic scores
Personal Benefits
  • Improve personal organization and time management skills
  • Develop a sense of adaptability, independence, and self-reliance
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Learn about new lifestyles
  • Experience new cuisines
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain life experience
Since 1982, our nonprofit organization has remained committed to educating future leaders and making a positive, long-lasting impact in communities.   To make cross-cultural experiences accessible to more people, we offer the best pricing available to our participants...and we do so without compromising the quality of the experience or level of support offered   We assign each participant a personal Program Manager, so you’ll receive assistance throughout your entire program experience by someone you know by name. We also provide 24/7 support from our dedicated Student Services Team.   Lastly, the trusted international organizations we partner with have been trained and certified over the course of many years working to provide study abroad programs
The summer abroad experience does lend itself to some very important essays that students write.” Deputy director of admissions for the University of Texas  A lot of schools, including ours, are looking for a diverse perspective, and international experiences lend themselves to that.” - Admissions Advisor, University of California Anything that makes your application stand out is a good thing.” - Admissions officer, University of Chicago Not only does studying outside the United States help build necessary language fluency for all college-bound students, it shows those headed to elite institutions will go outside their comfort zone and expand to meet the challenge. Nothing speaks to the ethics of those institutions quite like a commitment to that kind of excellence and personal achievement.” - Admissions Advisor, New York University
First and foremost, program candidates should be mature, open-minded, and adaptable. Wondering if our Travel & Study Abroad Program is right for you? Check out our article Should You Study Abroad? 8 Signs You’d Make a Great Exchange Student to find out!
During the Academic Year (Visit Our High School Programs Page for Specific Dates)
  • Short Term Option (1-2 months)
  • Trimester and Semester Options
  • Full Year Options
During the Summer (Visit Our Summer Program Page for Specific Dates)
  • Program options from 1-8 weeks
Post-High School Gap Year (Visit Our Gap Year Page for Specific Dates)
  • 12-month program option
For the majority of our programs, you’ll be living with a host family.  A few of our programs offer boarding schools. In those cases, you will be living with other students in a dormitory.
We don’t include airfare in our pricing because we know that allowing people to shop around for the most competitive rates and convenient airport locations is best. Not to mention you might have frequent flyer miles that you could use towards the purchase of a ticket, why take that opportunity away? You may see other programs that include flights, but it should be noted that often these flights will cost more than what participants could find on their own and/or depart from less convenient locations.
Yes, a travel medical insurance policy is included in the program price for all participants.
To attend a high school you must be sufficiently proficient in the native language of the country you would like to visit, but you don’t have to be fluent. Your language skills will improve quickly once you are culturally immersed!  Don’t speak another language? Don’t worry - we offer several programs in English-speaking countries.
We try to make the application process as simple as possible. Here are the steps you should follow if you’d like to apply:
  1. Explore our programs, options, and countries to find your best match.
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program cost, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure.

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