COVID-19 has affected our lives for the time being: quarantine, restrictions, closed borders… Therefore, ITMO University is here to encourage students to devote this time to self-improvement! Confirming the origin of the word ‘university’ (latin ‘universum’ – ‘universe’, ‘infinity’), ITMO expands its horizons, introducing a new world of Russian culture: all you need is Internet access from the comfort of your own home – and you will find yourself studying Russian with experienced lecturers, taking the most interesting tours in St. Petersburg, viewing exhibits from one of the best museums in the world, enjoying ballet in magnificent theatres and even honing your culinary skills, learning the secrets of Russian cuisine!

The benefits of online education are obvious:

  • saving money on flights, accommodation, and teaching material (everything needed for the lessons, including audio and video files, is sent to the students via email in advance)
  • excellent quality and great value (experienced teachers  with Master’s degree or PhD qualification)
  • simultaneous training of all basic skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking (the communicative approach is used)

Online training is conducted in Zoom. Classes are four academic hours long (one academic hour is equal to 45 minutes) and are held from Monday to Friday. Each module lasts for one week (20 academic hours), and worth 2 ECTS each. The course includes project work and extracurricular activities. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an official ITMO certificate.

An example of building up your own school:

Please use the "Tell Me More" button to request more information or contact our International Admission Office,

Application deadline :
Depends on the school
You can read about our international students' feedbacks and stories on ITMO.NEWS.

Which school course is right for you?

Place of Study: Online!

Language: Russian/English

Duration: 1-4 weeks (January 11 - February 5, 2021)

Outcome: 2 ECTS per week, ITMO Official Certificate

Deadline: December 15, 2020; January 10, 2021; January 17, 2021; January 24, 2021

8,900 RUB (~ 100 euro) per week

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Place of Study: ITMO University

Language: English

Duration: 1 week (19-25 April 2021)

Outcome: ITMO official certificate (2 ECTS)

Deadline: March 1, 2021

8,900 RUB (~100 euro)

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Place of Study: ITMO University

Language: Russian/English

Duration: 1–4 weeks (July 5-31, 2021)

Outcome: 1 week – 2 ECTS, ITMO official certificate

Deadline: May 15, 2021

12,000 RUB (~150 euro) per week

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What is included in the Fees?

  •  Registration
  •  VR sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg
  •  VR guided museum and theatre tours
  •  Certificate awarded by ITMO University (ECTS)
  •  Tuition
  •  Visa invitation letter (for offline schools)
  • Orientation tour on Campus (for offline schools)
  • All taxes
  • VR Russian Cuisine Workshop

How to apply

Select your course

Application deadline depends on school. Make sure you send us your APPLICATION FORM by this date

Important application tips:

  • You can apply for our Schools if you are aged 18 or more (14 or more for Russian Language and Culture course participants). We will ask you to provide a copy of your passport.
  • In order to apply, you will need to fill in an online application form and prepare your passport or national ID
  • For offline schools, please make sure you have a valid travel and health insurance, and passport valid at least 6 months after the day you leave Russia.

Reviews from our students:

Zhou Zhi (China)

Camp in Programming

ITMO was right for us, and we had the most powerful team of teachers to organize training. I learned a lot of knowledge and technology, felt the foreign learning atmosphere and the system, enriched my own experience. All of these can help me in the future study and life to get more inspiration.

Steffi Caroline (Indonesia)

Russian Language and Culture

St. Petersburg is a beautiful place with good people. I made new friends and witnessed breathtaking architecture. I was impressed with professionalism of the lecturers. What remained in our hearts was not what we learned, but impression towards Russian literature and deeper understanding of richness of Russian culture.

Frederique Lambert (Belgium)

Russian Language and Culture

It was better than my expectations. The summer school was perfect, the teachers were the best I ever had, and I truly want to come back. The program could not be more effective to me, except if I can stay a year in St Petersburg!

Du Xiaoxue (China)

Camp in Optical System Design

A summer program at ITMO was totally an unforgettable experience. The teachers were always kind and patient. The atmosphere was relaxed and suitable for your abilities’ promotion. What’s more, making friends with classmates from other countries is memorable experience.

Marta-Teodora Boboc (Romania)

Summer School in the Russian Language and Culture

Even though I have a PhD in Philological Sciences and at the moment I teach Russian as Foreign Language at the University of Bucharest, I gladly joined an online-course at Summer School in Russian Language and Culture. I’ve noticed that professors are very loyal and friendly with international students. I enjoyed everything about the School – materials, organization of the course, and atmosphere. I have greatly expanded my vocabulary in Russian and would love to take the winter course, too.

Samuel Innes (the UK)

Summer School in the Russian Language and Culture

I would definitely come for a course to St Petersburg when it’s possible. But now I found an online-school through the Internet and it was really good - I really enjoyed it. It’s cool to meet people who also learn Russian. I have been really impressed by the quality of teaching. The teachers’ enthusiasm has really motivated me to study harder and has made the course very enjoyable and engaging. I hope to be able to take another ITMO Summer/Winter School soon!

Laura Ponzo (France)

Summer School in the Russian Language and Culture

I’m from France and currently, I teach English at school in Vietnam. I jumped at the opportunity to study Russian in Saint Petersburg. It’s amazing how online learning can expand our horizons! I think the Russian language course was really cool and intensive thanks to the qualified professors. It’d be great to join the winter school, and of course, I would love to come to Russia for the summer, too.