Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, is situated on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Between 1713 and 1728 and again from 1732–1918, Saint Petersburg served as the capital of Imperial Russia. Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities in Russia, as well as its cultural capital. Saint Petersburg is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world, along with countless other architectural monuments. Students will participate in lectures on Russian language and culture and participate in excursions to palaces, monuments, religious sites, and the like.