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This programme is specially designed for students who would like to:

  • start studying the Russian language
  • improve the Russian language
  • prepare to study in Russia
  • know more about Russian history, culture and traditions.

With 20 lessons per week, our intensive Russian language programme enables our students to achieve a working command of the Russian language in a fast and efficient manner. The class size is limited to four students and lessons are normally Monday through Friday.

Summer Russian Language Programme consists of three main parts:

  • Study programme
  • Home stay programme
  • Cultural programme

There are courses of different levels and duration.

Terms 2019:

4 - week programme

June, 03 - June, 28
July, 01 - July, 26
July, 29 - August, 23

8 - week programme
June, 03 - July, 26
July, 01 - August, 23

12 - week programme
June, 03 - August, 23

Summer University Russian language courses Summer University Welcome to Summer Petrozavodsk

Levels: We offer 4 levels of instruction from complete beginners to advanced.

  1. Russian for beginners: For those with no previous knowledge of Russian (taught in English, German, or Finnish). Emphasis is laid on pronunciation, basic grammar, the understanding of simple texts (oral and written), and conversation on everyday themes.  
  2. Russian Main Course (Elementary Level): For those with a minimal level of knowledge (taught in English, German, or Finnish). Emphasis is laid on pronunciation, grammar, and the improvement of both listening and speaking skills.
  3. Russian Main Course (Intermediate Level): For those with a good, practical knowledge of Russia. Students will get the necessary training to improve their command in oral and written language. Emphasis is laid on the improvement of reading and speaking skills, the understanding of radio, TV programs, and films, and conversation on different social and cultural themes.
  4. Russian Main Course (Advanced Level): For those proficient in Russian. Emphasis is laid on the improvement of speaking skills, reading modern and classic Russian literature, and enlarging special vocabulary.

There are also courses for advanced students who major in the Russian language, literature, and culture.

  1. Russian for philologists: For students majoring in Russian language and literature. Emphasis is laid on the review of theoretical knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary, the analysis of literary texts, “culturology,” and new methods of teaching Russian.
  2. Specialized courses for teachers, business people, lawyers, and scientists: these courses are designed for professionals seeking special knowledge of language terms in their fields. At least a medium level knowledge of Russian is required to enroll in these special courses. The following subjects are offered: grammar, phonetics/intonation, spoken Russian, conversation, literature, or writing modern Russian. If you need specialized courses, please let us know your preferences so our professors can design a course for you.
  3. Special courses for advanced students: Advanced students are welcome to choose any of the following courses. The courses are taught in organized groups of at least 5 people:
  • Academic writing: This course will train the skills of writing different kinds of scientific texts (theses, synopses, reviews, articles, and annotations) using Russian academic language.
  • Russian literature from classic to the present: This course will work with biographies of Russian writers and commentary and analysis of their texts.
  • Modern Russian literature: This course will explore works of V. Astafiev, F. Iskander, G. Vladimirov, V. Erofeev, S. Dovlatov, V. Pelevin, L. Petrushevskaya, and V. Sorokin, among others. 
  • History of Russia from the rule of Emperor Nikolai II to the present: This course includes reading, conversation, and videos.
  • Learning Russian through folklore: This course will use fairytales, songs, proverbs, and sayings in order to teach students more about the Russian Language.
  • Russian Government System and Politics (taught in English): This course will introduce the current state of Russian politics and aspects of political development in contemporary Russia. The following issues will be discussed: the current achievements in the sphere of democratic governance in Russia, the latest political shifts in Russia, and perspectives of democracy-building. The main objective of this course is to offer alternative points of view on Russian politics.
  • Business in Russia (taught in English): This course will introduce cross-cultural aspects of doing business in Russia. The following issues will be discussed: marketing in the context of Russian reality, business environment, strategic management in Russian companies, decision making processes in Russian companies, Russian human resource management, legal issues of working in Russia, and the organizational and legal structure of Russian companies.
  • Ethnic Relations: Karelia – a region of tolerance (taught in English): The main objective of this course is to present the ethnic minorities of the Republic of Karelia. Special attention is given to local groups – Karelians, Veps, and Finns. Lectures on local history will make students aware of minorities and their relationships with local government. Students will have the unique opportunity to meet with Karelian “first nations” and representatives of national culture centers. Within the framework of the programme, students will participate in activities dedicated to the question of tolerance. This course is organized by the Interuniversity Club of Intercultural Communication.
  • Contemporary Russian life (taught in English): This course will describe modern Russian families and some of the associated problems.
  • Religion in Russia (taught in English): This course will focus on the following issues: the history of the Russian Orthodox Church from beginning to modern times, the reforms of Patriarch Nikon, and the post-reform church. Special attention will be given to the state of the Church during the Communist Era and contemporary period. Within the framework of the programme you will visit Solovetsky Monastery - one of the biggest monasteries of Northern Russia, founded in the XV century. You will also visit the KIZHI, famous for its Churches – jewels of Russian architecture – which are under the auspices of UNESCO.
  • History of Karelia (taught in English)
  • Communist Era in Russia (taught in English): This course will introduce a multi-faceted overview of the period of communism in Russian through the eyes of the people. The following issues will be highlighted: social structure of Russian society, family life, repressions and their influence on society, culture in the Soviet Union, the ideological curtain, the Soviet view of other countries, and the values, behaviors, and opinions of the Soviet people.
  • Russian cinema: the Soviet and Contemporary Periods (taught in English): This course will focus on the development of the film industry in Russia. The following issues will be covered: the history of the Russian film industry, famous actors and directors, specific features of Russian cinema, and its problems and achievements. This course will include study visits to local TV companies. Additionally, students will be able to see Russian movies of different genres and periods.
  • Gender studies in Karelia (taught in English): This course is specially designed for those interested in studying gender questions in Karelia. The lectures will give essential knowledge on basic gender terms and notions. During various seminars, students will be able to share their ideas with classmates. Students will learn how the Gender Studies Centre of PetrSU works while visiting the center and meeting its active members. A special forum with representatives of Karelian NGOs will be held, and, at the end, students will have a complete picture of gender studies in Karelia.
  • Russian Archives (taught in English)
  • Information Technology in Karelia (taught in English)
  • Applied Arts (taught in English)

Our instructors are university graduates with solid experience teaching Russian as a foreign language. Having spent time in other countries, they possess good knowledge of foreign cultures which helps them to better understand their foreign students.

Home stay programme
Pay particular attention to this point: all families are carefully selected and have been hosting students for many years. The following is included in a homestay: personal room, access to all facilities (kitchen, bathroom, TV set, refrigerator, telephone, etc.), and bedroom clothing. In almost all cases families become good friends to their visiting student. Students need to fill out an application form (on which wishes and preferences should be indicated) and send it to the office 1 month before his/her arrival. If problems arise during a student’s homestay, we will try to find another, more suitable family. However, this happens very rarely.

Cultural programme
We offer the following cultural activities that will help students get acquainted with Russian history, culture, traditions, and social life. Culture programmes are optional and not included in the tuition fee.

  • tour of Petrozavodsk, capital of Karelia, which was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great (2 hours)
  • excursions to the local history museum, Museum of Fine Arts, the Puppet Museum, the aquarium museum
  • excursion to Kizhi island - open air museum of wooden architecture, famous for its Churches - Russian wooden architecture jewel, which are under the auspices of UNESCO
  • excursion to the first Russian spa, Martial Waters, and to the famous waterfall Kivach 
  • visit to the city of Sortavala and the monastery on the island of Valaam
  • visiting the most rapidly developing city of Karelia Kondopoga
  • visiting the Veps village Sheltozero, concert of folklore music group
  • trips to St. Petersburg and Moscow - Russian two capitals
  • visiting of Solovetsky islands and Solovetsky Monastery - one of the biggest monasteries in the North of Russia founded in the XVth century 
  • evening boat trip on Lake Onegо and visiting night club
excursion to the Karelian village The Kizhi Island Kivach Peter the Great
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 The cost of the programme (in RUB) 2019:

Study programme (in RUB)

Duration of the course
(20 h. per week)

4 weeks 8 weeks  12 weeks
Individual 60000 120000 180000
2 people 50400 100800 151200
3-4 people 44000 88000 132000
 5-7 people* 38400 76800 115200





*for organized groups

Accommodation (in RUB)

Type of accommodation
4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
Home stay programme (excl. meals) 11000 22000 33000
Home stay programme (incl. breakfast) 17000 34000 51000
Home stay programme (incl. breakfast and dinner) 23000 46000 69000
Apartment from 15000 30000 45000

Cultural programme:

Full cost of the cultural programme varies depending on the number of excursions. 
You can select what you like and we'll calculate the cost.

To apply:

  • fill in the application form taken from "Apply Now" section of the site;
  • scan your international passport (only the page with your photo is required)
  • send these documents to the coordinator of the Russian language program vie e-mail:

Deadline is 2 months before the beginning of the program.

Linguistic Centre
Petrozavodsk State University
Office 412, Anokhina str., 20,
Petrozavodsk, 185910, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation
tel: +7(8142) 76-58-35;
e-mail: ,




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