Study-abroad Semester: Russian as a Foreign Language at Siberian Federal University

(Krasnoyarsk, Eastern Siberia, Russian Federation)

(a shorter-term program can be negotiated)

The Department of Russian as a foreign language (RFL), School of Philology and Language Communication, Siberian Federal University (SibFU), invites students who study Russian as a foreign language for a study-abroad semester.

The program is aimed at under- and postgraduate students with proficiency levels of Russian from elementary to upper-intermediate (A1 to B2 CEFR levels).

The program may vary between 64 classes (2 ECTS credits) to 96 classes (3 ECTS credits), i.e. 4-6 classes per week (a class lasts 80 minutes).

3 courses are included:

  • Modern Russian Language;
  • Russian Literature;
  • Business Russian.

The Department staff makes sure that in all courses students deal with the modern Russian language.

The maximum length of the semester is 16 weeks, from September to December.

“Modern Russian Language”

Modern Russian Language course is designed for students with various levels of Russian, from elementary to advanced.

  • Elementary-level course focuses on pronunciation and intonation, basic grammar structures and basic vocabulary (survival Russian).
  • Intermediate- and advanced-level courses include reviewing pronunciation and intonation, revision of lower-levels grammar and its further development, building vocabulary and developing fluency in a variety of conversational situations.

The course includes the following subjects:

  • Conversational Russian;
  • Vocabulary in Use;
  • Grammar in Use;
  • Listening;
  • Writing.

“Russian literature”

The course content depends on the level of students’ language proficiency. Both authentic and adapted texts are used for the study.

Students read not only Russian classical works (Alexandr Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Anton Chekhov), but also contemporary writers (Vladimir Sorokin, Eduard Limonov, Yevgueneh Grishkovetz), in a variety of genres.

We are proud that we have managed to integrate the study of Russian poetry into the syllabus; students may be asked to learn a few poems by heart as it is an efficient means of increasing one’s level of language proficiency and improving pronunciation and fluency.

“Business Russian”

This course aims to improve communication skills in business communication with emphasis on:

  • making presentations,
  • negotiating business agreements,
  • carrying out business and commercial correspondence,
  • conducting telephone conversations,
  • arranging exhibitions and
  • advertising.

Students practice their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills within the framework of typical business situations.

Extra classes

Apart from attending the classes included into the syllabus international students are encouraged to attend for free regular University classes alongside with Russian students. The students may choose from Politics, Economy, Literature (for Russian students majoring in Philology), History, Regional studies, Pedagogy etc. A list of extra classes may vary and is subject to pre-arrival negotiations.

Course books

A choice of teaching materials and textbooks depends on a level & learning needs of a class. Our preferences are related to well-known and highly-reputed publishers, specialized in the field of Russian as a foreign language (“Zlatoust Publishing House” St Petersburg, Publishing House “Russian Language” Moscow, etc.). The course books we use provide balanced development of all skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading supported by grammar-vocabulary tasks and exercises.

We use a range of modern hard-copy as well as electronic teaching materials: newspapers, magazines, journals, DVDs, multimedia, etc.

Teaching methods

Classwork is based on a student-centered approach to learning. A range of methods can be used depending on the course objectives and personal preferences of a class. We do not strive to be trendy using only super-modern methods of teaching; our aim is providing a healthy balance between traditional (text/grammar-based) and modern (emotional-semantic, language immersion, simulated verbal behavior and others) teaching methods of Russian as a foreign language.

Every lesson includes elements of interactive teaching:

  • round table discussions,
  • debates,
  • interactive lectures,
  • simulated Talk shows, etc.

Electronic educational resources are offered for extra-curricular work of students.

Most Department members speak English, so in special cases students may get language support in their native language.

Co-supervising

If a student has already started developing their research paper, they can negotiate a possibility to continue it at our university. We can offer them a co-supervisor who will help collect and process data which will contribute to the thesis development. They will have an unlimited access to all resources of the University Library. Its site is available in Russian.

Service Cost (per person)
On-campus accommodation in SibFU dormitories about $ 62 (for 4 months)
Tuition + Two cultural events $ 1,350 (Class of 8 students)
$ 1,240 (Class of 10 students)
$ 1,155 (Class of 12 students)
Course books about $ 65
Total $ 1,447
On condition that there are not less than 8 students on a course. With a smaller number of students the program costs rise accordingly.
Recommended maintenance costs $1,000
Overall $ 2,447
International students are offered on-campus accommodation. Recently renovated residence halls offer fully-equipped 2-share or 3-share ensuite study-bedrooms. The blocks are self-contained having a kitchen and a bathroom. Everything is provided for comfortable living: beds, a duvet and bed linen, wardrobes, desks and shelves; kitchens are equipped with furniture and appliances, such as refrigerators, cookers & microwaves. There’s a convenience store on the ground floor in the dorm. There are a few cafes, canteens and stores selling food the campus. A large supermarket is in the city, in 10-minute bus-ride from the campus.

Single study-bedrooms are not available.

The University International Department may assist in finding suitable host families for home stay.

The cost of renting a place in a dormitory is about £10 per month. The cost of a family stay may vary from £160 to 300, depending on location and comfort.

Internet

Cable Internet is available in dormitories. 512 Kb/s speed service is free of charge. In order to speed up one can sign a contract with a provider.

The current price list:

  • Max bit rate of 1024 Kb/s — 200 Russian rubles per month;
  • Max bit rate of 2048 Kb/s — 300 Russian rubles per month;
  • Max bit rate of 10 Mb/s — 480 Russian rubles per month.
The Department teachers are deeply convinced that studying a language is less productive without familiarizing oneself with a culture which the language represents and the history of study destination. Thus a cultural program of stay is considered an inseparable part of study-abroad experience.

Cultural program:

  • a tour of Krasnoyarsk historical center, wooden architecture of Krasnoyarsk (included);
  • the natural reserve “Rock Pillars” (the area of whimsical rocks) (included);

Upon request, not included into the cost:

  • a short boat trip on the Yenisei river;
  • visits to local places of interest: Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, a Museum-birthplace of Vasiliy Surikov, a famous in Russia artist, who was born and lived in Krasnoyarsk in 19 century, the Plant of Non-Ferrous Metals;
  • visiting a fun park “Bobroviy log” (means “a wet small valley inhabited by beavers”) located in the forest, a short trip by a cable railway;
  • Krasnoyarsk Hydro Electric Power Station (the second biggest in Russia);
  • week-end eco-trip to a village near Krasnoyarsk;
  • trip to lake Baikal.
The Department of Russian as a Foreign Language

International Department

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