Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Launch of the Smolny Beyond Borders Project

We are proud to launch a new educational project, Smolny Beyond Borders, which provides the opportunity for students from Smolny College and for everyone else whose education was disrupted by the war in Ukraine to continue their studies though on a small scale (see About the project). On October 14, St. Petersburg University revealed that it was dismantling the Liberal Arts and Sciences program (known as Smolny College), and the faculty itself would face a similar sad fate. However, we are still committed to education. Smolny, which was founded in 1997, is the oldest liberal education program in Russia and, in spite of the current situation, maintains a large, active, and international community of students, faculty, and alumni. We intend to continue its tradition of innovative teaching and critical thinking. The first step to support and develop this community will be this initiative.