Winter School in the Russian Language and Culture 2022

Place of Study: Online!

Language: Russian

Duration: 1-4 weeks (January 10 - February 4, 2022)

Outcome: 2 ECTS per week, ITMO Official Certificate

Deadline: December 14, 2021; January 9; January 16; January 23, 2022*

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


*Application deadlines

  • December 14, 2021 (for students starting from January 10, 2022)
  • January 9, 2022 (for students starting from January 17, 2022) 
  • January 16, 2022 (for students starting from January 24, 2022)
  • January 23, 2022 (for students starting from January 31, 2022)

Online training

  • Online training is conducted via Zoom.
  • Classes are four academic hours long (one academic hour is equal to 45 minutes) and are held on weekdays.
  • Each course lasts for one week (20 academic hours), and is worth 2 ECTS. The course includes project work and extracurricular activities.
  • Students can choose to study from 1 to 4 weeks. 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.

Choose your Russian level

Russian Language Modules for Beginners (0) 

January 10-14 / January 17-21 / January 24-28 / January 31 - February 4

General Course (0)

This course will help you acquire basic knowledge of the Russian language and will provide simultaneous training of all basic skills such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The communicative approach is used during all Russian language classes.

Russian Language Modules for Elementary Learners (A1)

January 10-14 / January 17-21 / January 24-28 / January 31 - February 4 

General Course (А1)

This course will help you acquire basic knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills at the same time. It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary, and cultural aspects. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Russian Language Modules for Pre-intermediate (A2) Learners

January 10-14 / January 17-21 / January 24-28 / January 31 - February 4

General Course (А2)

This course will help you acquire further knowledge on major grammatical topics in the Russian language and significantly expand your vocabulary, which will help you communicate in Russian more freely.

Russian Language Modules for Intermediate Learners (B1)

January 10-14

Northern Russian Culture (B1)

The historical and cultural heritage of the Russian North has always attracted tourists from all over the globe. This course will take you on an unforgettable journey right to the heart of the Arctic Circle where you will explore the history of the Russian North and unleash the mystery of this unique region.

January 17-21

Conversational Russian (B1)

Chat in Russian? With pleasure! This course is designed for students wishing to boost their speaking skills. Its mission is to help you not only master the language but also properly use it in various situations. During the course, you will learn more about Russian culture, lifestyle, and mentality.

January 24-28

Russian Music (В1)

This course will introduce you to the world of Soviet and Russian music. Advance your listening skills with iconic Russian music – and feel free to sing along!

January 31 – February 4

Russian vocabulary (B1)

This course will help you pick up specific words and phrases from various fields, including economics, computer science, marketing, and soft skills, as well as trace their place in modern Russian culture.

Russian Language Modules for Experienced Learners (В2-С2)

January 10-14

The Language of Social Media (В2-С2)

This course сovers key features of social media language and includes a wide range of practical activities such as reviewing Russian press, watching social and political-themed videos, as well as exercising your oral and written skills. It’s an amazing chance to step into the shoes of a reporter: write articles, interview exciting people, and even make a video report from the scene!

January 17-21

Russian History (В2-С2)

This course is an exciting journey through centuries of Russian history and its political regimes. Here, you’ll learn how history influenced the Russian language, and how language shapes our mentality. The participants will also take a VR tour of the crucial historical landmarks of St. Petersburg.

January 24-28

Politics and Diplomacy of the Russian Federation (В2-С2)

This course is dedicated to the modern Russian government and such aspects as the evolution of its political structure, the formation of social institutions, interaction with international organizations like the UN, BRICS, WTO, and the EU. The course is adapted for students learning Russian as a foreign language and is aimed at educating students about the political history of Russia and improving their Russian language skills.

January 31 – February 4

Negotiation Course (Debates - В2-С2)

This course aims to help students boost their skills in speaking, persuasion, as well as expressing agreement and disagreement in Russian. The classes are held in the Karl Popper Debate format. During this course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss political, economic, ecological, and other relevant issues faced by the people of the 21st century.

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