Summer School in the Russian Language and Culture 2021

Place of Study: online/on-campus

Language: Russian/English

Duration: 1–4 weeks (July 1-28, 2021)

Outcome: 1 week – 2 ECTS, ITMO Official Certificate

Deadline: on-campus – June 10, 2021; online – July 15, 2021

Fees: 9,000 RUB (~100 euro) per week*

* Fees for online mode  9,000 RUB (~100 euro), for on-campus mode  13,500 RUB (~150 euro) per week.

For online mode

  • Online training is conducted in Zoom.
  • Classes are four academic hours long (one academic hour is equal to 45 minutes) and are held on business days.
  • Each course lasts for one week (20 academic hours), and worth 2 ECTS. The course includes project work and extracurricular activities.
  • The online format of the school allows students to choose the most convenient time for classes from 9 am to 6 pm (GMT+3). The latest class can be held from 6 to 9 pm (GMT+3).
  • Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an official ITMO certificate.

For on-campus mode

  • Classes are held on business days from 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Each course lasts for one week (20 academic hours), and worth 2 ECTS. The course includes project work and extracurricular activities.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an official ITMO certificate.


Choose your Russian level:​

Russian Language Course for Beginners (0)

July 1-7/July 8-14/July 15-21/July 22-28

This course will help you acquire basic knowledge of the Russian language, learn to read and write, start speaking Russian, and master basic grammar. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Russian Language Course for Elementary Learners (A1)

July 1-7/July 8-14/July 15-21/July 22-28

This course is designed to help you improve your knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills simultaneously. It naturally combines reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Here, special attention is paid to grammar and vocabulary.

Russian Language and Culture Course for Pre-intermediate Learners (A2)

July 1-7/July 8-14/July 15-21/July 22-28

You will continue to study the main grammatical topics, expand your vocabulary, and thus improve your communication skills. You will also learn more about Russian culture and will be able to discuss many exciting topics in Russian.

Russian Language Modules for Intermediate Learners (B1)

July 1-7

Russian culture (B1)

The course focuses on the study of Russian culture from the perspective of key concepts and language. By performing creative tasks, you will virtually travel to Russia, learn more about the mentality of Russians, as well as their traditions and popular artworks. 

July 8-14

Russian cinema (B1)

It’s a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the way Russians speak and at the same time learn more about Russian history, culture, and daily life while watching modern Russian movies. During classes, you will share your thoughts on the collapse of the USSR, the 90s and 2000s, observe the differences between generations, and talk about people of various cultural and social backgrounds.

July 15-21

Cases of Russian Language (B1)

Practice shows that cases are among the most difficult aspects of Russian grammar for foreigners to master while learning the Russian language. This course will help you quickly grasp the grammatical forms of certain cases and their meanings. You will finally figure out the special cases for their use. In just one week, the most complicated field of Russian grammar will become simple and understandable for you!

July 22-28

Conversational Russian (B1)

The conversational course is designed to help you improve your speaking and listening skills while experiencing modern Russian colloquial speech. As part of the course, you will get acquainted with Russian slang and discuss its position within the literary norms and explore current trends in the Russian language.

Russian Language Modules for Experienced Learners (B2-C1)

July 1-7

Russian history (B2-C1)

This course on Russian history is a fascinating journey through the centuries and political regimes. You will see how historical changes affected the language and how the language forms our mentality, as well as virtually visit the sights of St. Petersburg, which played an important role in the history of the country.

July 8-14

Politics and diplomacy of the Russian Federation (B2-C1)

This course is dedicated to modern Russian statehood and such aspects as the evolution of its political structure, the formation of civil society institutes, interaction with international organizations such as the UN, BRICS, WTO, and the EU. The course is adapted for students learning Russian as a foreign language. It is aimed to educate students about the political history of Russia and improve their Russian language skills as the Russian language is one of the six official languages of the UN, UNESCO, and other international organizations.

July 15-21

Discussions (B2-C1)

This course will help you develop your skills in speaking, persuasion, agreement, and disagreement. Classes are held in the Karl Popper debate format. During classes, you will discuss economic, political, environmental, and other problems that humanity faces in the 21st century. 

July 22-28

Russian culture (B2-C1)

During the Russian culture course, you will be able to immerse yourself in Russian culture by studying its literature, history, religion, and art. The teachers will help you trace the composition and content of Russian culture over the centuries. The course is centered on the discussions of problems: the key focus lies on the turning points which determine the further development of Russian culture.

Read our article about ITMO’s Russian Language and Culture School!

Can I have on-campus classes in summer 2021?

  • Yes, you can if you reside and at the same time hold either a citizenship or residence permit in one of the following countries

I can enter Russia, what do I do?

  • Submit your passport copy to
  • Receive confirmation of admission and personal learning agreement from an ITMO coordinator.
  • Pay the tuition fee at the official payment website.
  • Receive a visa invitation letter.
  • Get a Russian visa in your country.
  • Book your own accommodation or indicate your accommodation preferences from options offered by ITMO.
  • Purchase your tickets to St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Get assigned to a buddy (ITMO University student) who will pick you up at the airport, help you with accommodation, course registration and any other questions.