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 2019?

July 15-August 2, 2019

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 Russia Federation.  We are proud that 55+ Russian cities have sent students to NYI in its 16 years. Student groups have also attended from the US and Croatia. Universities wishing to send group should contact us directly.

NYi is a highly international school. Students from the following countries have attended NYI in tis 16 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, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tadjikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA

Are Russian language classs available?

Interested students should contact NYI directly about this option.

Who can study at NYI?

Anyone! (But you have to apply)    Applications are available!  Deadlien for discount: April 15, 2019.

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.

ECTS credits available for European students. Contact NYI directly for more info.

How much does NYI cost?

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

The 2019 cost sheet is available here: cost sheet

Mini-grants to offset costs will be available.  Please inquire after submitting application

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 2018 seminar descriptions

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

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

Can NYI be found on Facebook?

Yes, we can!   Click here for NYI's Facebook Page


How can I contact NYI with questions?

click on Contact Us above right and send us your message!

How do I apply?

Go here:

click here to go directly to appliction form