What is NYI?

NYI is a unique interdisciplinary summer school bringing faculty and students together from many countries for 3 weeks in July to study the human mind and human cultures in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia.

What are the dates for NYI in 2020?

July 13-31, 2020

Who teaches at NYI?

Our faculty come from many different institutions in the US, the Russian Federation and Europe.  Past faculty have come from Stony Brook University and 8 other campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, from Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, as well as from MIT, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the University of Novi Sad (Serbia), the City University of New York, and many other institutions.

faculty profiles

What language are the NYI seminars in?


Where are most NYI students from?

Over half are from the Russian Federation. We are proud that 60+ Russian cities have sent students to NYI in its 17 years. Universities wishing to send groups should contact us directly.

NYi is a highly international school. Students from the following countries have attended NYI in its 17 years: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Basque Country, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tadjikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA

Who can study at NYI?

Anyone! (But you have to apply)  Applications are available here

What do students receive upon completion of the program?

Students who successfully complete all seminars receive a Certificate of Completion issued jointly by The Herzen State Pedagogical University and Stony Brook University (SUNY).

US and Canadian students can can receive 3-7 credits for the program.  Contact Stony Brook Study Abroad for more info.

How much does NYI cost?

NYI is a non-profit project. Costs are kept to a minimum.

The 2020 cost sheet is available here: cost sheet

15 Merit-based full tuition fellowships are available for applications received by March 15. 

Where do I stay if I am not from St. Petersburg?

The NYI staff will arrange dormitory stays for all students from outside of St. Petersburg, subject to availability. Prices may vary. When you apply, just indicate your request for a dormitory space on your application. Please contact NYI directly if you have any questions.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held at the Herzen State Pedagogical University, 3 Kazanskaya St., St. Petersburg.

What seminars are offered at NYI?

Faculty offer Seminars in interdisciplinary fields across the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Click here to read 2020 seminar descriptions

Is it possible to attend only part of the NYI program?

No, all students must enroll for the entire 3-week program

How do I apply?
click here to go directly to appliction form
How can I contact NYI with questions?