FIPSE U.S. - Russia Program Scholarships

Stipends for Undergraduate Engineering Students to Study in Russia at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University

Georgia Tech has won a FIPSE U.S.-Russia Program grant, which provides very generous one-year stipends for undergraduate engineering students to spend the summer doing language preparation in Moscow and then study in their discipline at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University.  Other aspects of the grant include the development of an innovative computer-based small group course in engineering ethics to be introduced into Russian university curriculums.  The interface for the engineering ethics course is a logical argument mapping tool being developed by the grant’s prime mover, Michael Hoffmann (Public Policy).

The program is now being phased out and replaced by the Georgia Tech - St. Petersburg Polytechnical State University Scholoarship.

What will scholarships cover?

These generous scholarships will cover expenses for a summer of intensive language preparation (Georgia Tech LBAT plus bridge program in technical Russian) and ten months of study at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University. 

When will scholarships be available?

Scholarships will be available for summer-fall-spring 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-15.

What are the prerequisites?

Students must be on track to complete at least RUSS 2002 or equivalent by the spring prior to participation in the program. 

What other qualities should the successful applicant possess?

The successful applicant will have strong language aptitude, a record of academic excellence in his/her major, and a strong desire to complete in the program.  Prior experience living or traveling abroad or other evidence of success adapting to new and challenging situations is a plus.

What does the program of study encompass?

During June-July preceding study at BMSTU, students will participate in the Russian LBAT program.

This will be followed by a 3-week bridge program in technical Russian.

During 1st semester, students will take the following courses:

  • Advanced Russian language
  • Engineering Ethics (a small-group problem-solving course taken together with Russian students and utilizing a newly developed web-based interface for collective argument visualization)
  • An elective in social science or humanities
  • A course in the student's major discipline OR additional Russian language and auditing of a course in the major discipline

During 2nd semester the student will be expected to take at least two courses in the major discipline.

What can I expect to get out of the program?

  • Professional quality Russian skills
  • Experience in international team-building/problem-solving
  • Experience learning your discipline as it is taught in Russia at one of the country's top institutions
  • Connections to Russian students and faculty
  • International Plan designator
  • A life-changing experience abroad

What will the living arrangement be for my stay in Russia?

Living arrangement will be in a homestay with a Russian family during the summer (Moscow) and in the dormitory with native-speaker roommates during the academic year (St. Petersburg).

What disciplines are invited to apply?

Most engineering disciplines, as well as computer science.

What is the deadline for application?

The deadline for application for the scholarship is December 15.  The deadline for application for study abroad is February 15.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Complete the scholarship application and return to Dr. Goldberg.  We will give feedback on the viability of your application before step 2.  Step 2: complete the official Georgia Tech application for study abroad.