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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: General Studies, International Security and Conflict Resolution
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
International Security and Culture in Estonia and Russia

"[The program had] really excellent field trips and instructors."
-Anonymous, Winter 2017

"It was a very unique place to be to begin with so everything seemed so interesting. I loved being able to study abroad about subjects so closely related to my major."
-Shannon C., Winter 2016

Winter 2019
Course Dates: TBA
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA

**For upcoming information sessions click here**


This two-week program explores the societies, culture, economies, and foreign policies of the beautiful Baltic State of Estonia and its much larger neighbor, Russia. You will spend one week in St. Petersburg, Russia, the City of Czars and birthplace of the Russian Revolution, and one week in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. We'll celebrate New Year in the border city of Narva. We will be hosted by the "Harvards" of both countries: the University of Tartu in Estonia; and the School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University in Russia. As a student in this program you will participate in interesting academic, cultural, and excursions in each city.


Tallinn is the charming yet modern capital city of Estonia, a small Baltic State with German, Danish, Swedish, and Russian influences from the past. A former republic of the Soviet Union, today Estonia is a member of both the European Union and NATO, so well-connected by technology that it is popularly known as "e-Stonia." Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as his "Window on Europe," St. Petersburg is Russia's second city and the country's cultural capital. Criss-crossed with numerous canals and waterways, the city is also known as the "Venice of the North."


Established in 1632 (by Swedish King Gustavas Adolphus), the University of Tartu is the largest and most prestigious university in Estonia. It offers international degrees and programs with instruction in English, and each year attracts a growing number of students from around the world.
St. Petersburg State University is the leading research university in Russia. The university's School of International Relations has a diverse and highly trained faculty to interact with program participants. The School cooperates with more than 20 universities in Europe and North America and participates in many international projects.


The course consists of intensive study of international security, border issues, and global concerns through class time with Estonian and Russian scholars/officials and required excursions.

All participants are required register for ONE of the following SDSU course(s), offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • ISCOR 450: Study Abroad in Estonia/Russia: International Security and Culture (3 units)
  • GEN S 450 Advancing Global Engagement (3 units)
  • HSEC 797: Research (3 units)
  • Walking tour of Tartu
  • Estonian National Museum
  • New Year welcome event
  • Guided tours of Catherine Palace in Pushkin and Pavlovsk Palace
  • Museum of Russian Contemporary
  • Hermitage State Museum
  • Russian Museum of Ethnography
  • Ballet performance at Mariinsky II Theatre
  • Guided tour of the Museum of Occupation
  • Guided walking tour of the Old-Town Tallinn
  • Visit to US Embassy with press and cultural vice attaché
  • Estonian History Museum
  • Farewell dinner


Allen_GrebSince 2002, Dr. Greb has been the undergraduate advisor and coordinator of the International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Program at San Diego State University. He also teaches courses for the Program and Political Science. Prior to coming to SDSU, he served as the American coordinator of the international Nuclear History Program, with US headquarters at the University of Maryland and offices in Britain, France, and Germany; a research associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and associate director of the University of California system wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), centered at the University of California at San Diego.

His research and teaching interests are in the areas of nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and science and public policy. He has published articles in such journals as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, and Pacific Historical Review. He is the coauthor of Toward a Livable World: Leo Szilard and the Crusade for Nuclear Arms Control. He has coordinated and managed international research projects on nuclear issues, organized a major workshop on the history of the American nuclear weapon design laboratories, and helped plan and carry out global security teaching seminars in both the United States and Europe.


Payment Schedule:

Included in Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tuition
  • Transfer Between Cities
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Activites as listed above
  • Onsite Service from University of Tartu
  • Medical and repatriation Insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare to Estonia
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.

*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Winter Break 2019: Application Coming Soon!

This application is not yet open for Winter 2019.  If you would like updates about the application and program details please add your name to the inquiry list below.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.