The St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) is an advanced study program organized every July in St. Petersburg, Russia, by the Herzen Pedogogical and Stony Brook Universities.

NYI 19 will be held in the virtual sky, as V-NYI, January 18-29, 2021, our first ever Winter Session.
Participants take mini-courses with international scholars in a range of fields, especially those that do not fall neatly into traditional discipline areas. 2021 will be the 19th year of NYI. Since 2003, over 1200 participants from 58 countries and over 60 Russian Federation cities have received certificates for completing the NYI Seminar Programs.

Participants create a program design unique to their own interests, choosing 4 - 6 seminars from among the following fields
Theoretical Linguistics (Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Phonology)
Race and Gender Studies
Literature & Visual Arts
Critical Cultural Studies
Cognitive Psychology

V-NYI General Information:
• students select 4-6 seminars
• seminars meet 2-3 times weekly for 2 weeks (M/W/F or T/Th)
• all classes synchronous, live on Zoom
• $75 Registration Fee
• NYI Certificate upon completion

Daily schedule:

    8:45 (NY); 4:45 pm (St. P): Seminars and Special Events
    10 am (NY); 6 pm (St. P): Seminars
    11:15 am (NY); 7:15 pm (St. P): Seminars
    12:30 pm (NY); 8:30 pm (St. P): General Lectures

15 V-NYI mini-grants availablе to Herzen University students. Inquire at

NYI believes that traditional academic boundaries inadvertently prevent young intellectuals from engaging many important areas of modern inquiry which do not fall neatly into disciplinary frames, including the cognitive sciences, which study the workings of the human mind, and critical cultural studies, which concentrate on comparative aspects of human societies. NYI is proud to have gathered an international group of faculty who are not only specialists in their fields, but also have experience working in intercultural environments.

NYI is a joint project of Stony Brook University (NY), and The Herzen State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg). In summer 2019, the Herzen University first hosted the 18 year old NYI summer program at its campus on the banks of the Moika Canal. in 2020, NYI was organizaed jointly by the two univesrities in the Virtual Sky, as V-NYI, and was especially supported by the the Unesco Department of the Herzen University and the Linguistics Department of Stony Brook University.  247 students in 43 countries participated.

In January, 2021, V-NYI will hold its first ever Winter Session, Jan. 18-29, 2021. The Herzen State Pedagogical and Stony Brook Universities will again partner in the development of the Winter Session.