Russian Language Summer School «Your Siberian Holidays»

The School Concept and Programme

Experience geographical and academic diversity. We offer an outstandingly attractive summer programme.

The Department of Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) organizes a SibFU Russian Language Summer School “Your Siberian Holidays”. We give you a-one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn Russian culture and the language in one of the most beautiful and unique places located in the geographical centre of Russia. You will enjoy Eastern Siberian landscapes and culture, see the world-famous Stolby (“Pillars”) State Nature Reserve, familiarise yourself with the life of people inhabiting Siberia, and taste Siberian cuisine. Not only will you be impressed by Siberian stunning architecture but also the unforgettable greatness of the Yenisei River will leave you thrilled.

The programme includes both, academic and cultural education, including excursions and trips.

Target Group The course is available to any applicant, interested in Russian culture, Siberia, and the language.

Language of Instruction German, English

Dates August 17 — September 5, 2020

Application Deadline June 1, 2020

Credits Certificate upon completion stating the amount of study hours (72) and ECTS points (2.5)

Costs Total fee: € 550 (including tuition, coursebooks, welcome and farewell events incl. meals, excursions and trips, on-campus safe accommodation (dormitories) in comfortable rooms for two people for the whole period of the course (August 15 – September 6, 2020)

Financial Support German students can apply for a scholarship as a part of the Go East summer school programme via German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Please, contact DAAD for further information.


To apply for the course, you have to fill in the application form and enclose a letter of motivation to it, as well as scans of your passport and Russian visa (if you have one).

Letter of Motivation should include the following information:

  • Level of Russian, or any experience with the language,
  • Reasons for applying for the programme,
  • Your expectations.

The letter should not exceed one A4 page and should be sent in a doc. or pdf. format.

Apply now

Arrival / Departure

The course starts on August 17 and ends on September 5. The departure should be no later than on September 6. We request that you arrive on August 15 so that you could have enough time to settle in, meet other participants or start exploring the city. Please, inform us about your arrival date. The information is needed to organize a transfer from the airport.

Contact person

Dr Tatiana Verenich,
Head of the Russian as a foreign Language Department
e-mail: rusinyaz [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
tel: +7 (391) 206-27-36

Programme Description

The Summer School has been successfully held since 2011 and has hosted hundreds of students from Germany, Finnland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Brazil, China, etc.

Krasnoyarsk is the administrative capital of Krasnoyarsk Region that is the second largest region of Russia. It is a big industrial and educational centre of Eastern Siberia with a population of more than 1 million people, and is also an important junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city is located on the banks of the great Yenisey River in the valley formed by the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The Krasnoyarsk Stolby (“Pillars”) State Nature Reserve has become the city’s landmark.

The School is organized by School of Philology and Language Communication of Siberian Federal University (SibFU). It is the first Federal University founded in Russia, one of the largest universities in Siberia and one of the most actively developing universities in Russia. Over 35,000 people enrolled in 122 educational programmes in 50 professional fields study here.

Experienced Russian lecturers and tutors with degrees, language experts, and professional simultaneous interpreters are involved into the educational process of the Summer School.

The programme of the School suits for five CEFR levels: А1.1, А1.2, А2, В1, В2

The course is also available for students who have no or very little knowledge of the Russian language. The programme totals 72 study hours (2,5 ECTS), and consists of Speaking, Vocabulary in Use, Grammar in Use, Listening, Writing, Russian Literature and Culture. The classes include lectures, hands-on training, cultural workshops, and educational excursions. The course offers 60 traditional and 12 innovative study hours:

  1. Interactive lesson “Russian Painting” (participants learn about Russian artists and their paintings, including paintings of famous local artists);
  2. Interactive lecture “Russian Classic Literature” (the participants learn about Russian writers, their main ideas, and hieratic characters and themes, important for understanding of the culture and mentality);
  3. Theatre lesson “Russian Fairy Tales” (the participants learn about popular characters of Russian folklore through participating in small performances. The lesson takes place in a wooden izba-like (a peasant’s log hut) house located in the campus);
  4. Russian Language Intellectual Biathlon (short-distance running and “shooting” (answering various questions related to the Russian language);
  5. Seminar “Modern Russian Music” (the participants learn about latest tendencies in Russian music of different genres such as pop music, author (bard) songs, rock, rap, etc.);
  6. Quiz “Russian Culture” (a team quiz that involves answering questions, completing tasks on topics such as Russian geography, history, and culture)

Students have 24 study hours per week, supplemented with an intensive cultural programme. Part of foreign language learning involves learning to understand a different culture, allowing one to communicate with another culture more effectively. It means that in the course of learning the students will live within Russian culture and actively interact with its different aspects. Krasnoyarsk is located in the heart of Central Siberia, which allows students to experience the Siberian culture itself. The excursions include:

  1. Campus tour (.pdf) and Tour around campus surroundings (.pdf).
  2. Tour around Krasnoyarsk (.pdf).
  3. Excursion to the Surikov Museum-Estate (.pdf).
  4. Cooking masterclass “Siberian Pelmeni” (.pdf).
  5. Excursion to the Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum (.pdf).
  6. Picknick “National dishes” (.pdf).
  7. Excursion to the V. Astafyev Literature Museum (.pdf).
  8. Seminar-Excursion “Siberian Wooden Architecture” (.pdf).
  9. Outside-the-city excursion (.pdf).
  10. Excursion to the Museum Centre “Ploshchad Mira” (.pdf).
  11. Excursion to Stolby Nature Reserve (.pdf).
  12. A motor vessel trip around the Krasnoyarsk Reservoir (.pdf).


We provide the course participants with rooms in student dormitories of Siberian Federal University.

The dormitories are all located close to the university. All rooms are comfortable and safe, most of which are apartments for 2 people with a bath and a kitchen equipped with a fridge, a cooker and a washing machine. The participants will be provided with sheets and blankets. Towels and kitchen utensils (cutlery, cups, plates and pots) will not be provided. All participants acquire these items according to their own personal needs.

The accommodation is included in the price for the period of August 15 – September 6, 2020. Participants have to take care of any further accommodation expenses before or after the course.

The Department of Russian as a Foreign Language

  • e-mail: rusinyaz [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru (to Dr Tatiana Verenich, Department Head)
  • tel: +7 391 206-27-36

Romain Tribout (France)

"Je suis satisfait de la qualité de l'enseignement. Les livres sont bien fait et les professeurs compétents".

Gabriel Morales Romero (Spain)

"Este curso ha sido mi puerta a Rusia y al idioma. Estoy interesado en hacer otro curso aquí, de media duración, pronto".

Esperanza Aguilera (Spain)

"El trabajo de la profesora ha sido muy bueno. Todos los días ponía mucha energía en la clase. Las lecciones estaban bien organizadas y estructuradas. Se han hecho una gran variedad de actividades basadas en el enfoque comunicativo".

Francisco Javier Velarde Pedraza (Spain)

"Considero una experiencia totalmente recomendable venir a Krasnoyarsk, de hecho quiero volver y solicitaré de nuevo la beca en convocatorias venideras, llegando incluso a plantearme venir sin beca. Creo que sería una experiencia totalmente única e increíble poder experimentar el auténtico invierno siberiano, por lo que, si se organiza un curso de invierno no dudaría ni un momento en acudir de nuevo a la Universidad Federal de Siberia".

Elena Calistroni (Italy)

"I'm already thinking about coming back to Krasnoyarsk, if not this winter, probably next summer because since I first arrived here I felt at home, despite all the language difficulties".

Nicolo Ferrari (Italy)

"I really appreciated the language course organized for us, especially I liked that it was only in Russian because it helped me to improve my vocabulary which was extremely poor. I've really appreciated the great efforts of our teacher. She is really dedicated to her job and I truly loved her way of teaching and her positive attitude. I am sure to come back because I have enjoyed this experience".

Michal Budinsky (Slovakia)

«Экскурсии мне понравились все: интересные места, музеи. Мне было очень приятно посетить Столбы, можно в будущем ходить в турпоходы. Пикник был прекрасным! Спасибо за отличное лето в Красноярске!»

Lucía Sánchez Conejero (Spain)

“I have found this course extremely useful since I have learnt a lot not only about the Russian language but also about the culture, history and life-style. I am really grateful to have such an opportunity to meet amazing people who organized this course and that helped us. The lessons were great as well as the excursions and visits. I think it was a well-prepared plan. I’d like to express my greatness to my teacher Olga who has supported and helped us in an extraordinary way. Thanks so much for the whole experience, it will be unforgettable.”

Eelis Hyvärinen (Finland)

“Excellent teachers! I learned a lot during the course, both at the lessons and in my free time in a Russian-speaking environment. The excursions were very interesting. All the teachers, other staff and local students have been extremely friendly<…>I’m glad that I chose this course and I hope I can visit Krasnoyarsk again in the future <…> It was also great that the teacher only spoke Russian with us <…>After this experience I will certainly continue studying the Russian Language.”

Valentina Linardi (Italy)

“I really liked the course. It was a great experience and a great way to get better at Russian. The lessons were really interesting and useful because they joined reading, writing, speaking and talking skills <…> In general it was really nice and useful and I’d like to thank everyone who helped with it and the wonderful people we got to know. PS: the teacher is great!“

Claudia Pascual del Pobil (Spain)

“Lessons were well-organized and the materials were very useful and clear. I want to enhance the performance of Natalia (our teacher) who made classes manageable and interesting, we were able to cover almost all the book. <...> Visits to the museums were very interesting and well-organized> I want to thank the flexibility to adopt to our demands …”

Marcelo Costa Choukri (Brazil)

“I learned a lot from them, for sure!!! Specially the way that they talk about the subjects we studied. They do know what they are talking about! So thank you very much for all the classes!”

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