The Center of Russian As a Foreign Language, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 1 month
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Credit)
    Tuition (Credit)
  • English (take IELTS)


The Summer University at the HSE is a new initiative designed to provide students, PhD candidates, postdocs and professionals from around the world with unique opportunities to enhance their knowledge in area studies and beyond. Offering a broad interdisciplinary selection of courses, the Summer University is open to all students and will be of particular interest to those who study International Relations, History, Political Science and other social sciences and the Humanities. Many of the courses, taught in English, focus on politics, history, economics and culture of Russia and Eurasia. This year we also introducing a new selection of Computer Science and Math courses.

If you always dream to learn one of the most complicated languages, but was afraid to start, this course for beginners is for you. After completion of the course, you will be able to communicate on everyday themes, you also be able to read and write short texts, and will know the bases of the grammar. It will help you toexpress your own thoughts, make purchases in a shop, use the local public transport, discuss the weather with people around, etc. If you are got acquainted with the basic grammar of the Russian language and you can support a dialogue in some routine situations, and you want to enrich your active and passive vocabulary and refine your knowledge in grammar, this course of medium level is for you.

You will get the necessary training to improve your command in both oral and written form. You will feel free to communicate with native speakers and cope up with a significant number of problems and tasks you encounter in the everyday life. After completion of the course for advanced students, you can satisfy your main communicative needs in all areas of communication and pursue professional activities in Russian language. You will be able to speak fluently, understand and appreciate Russian culture.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 1 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    4 ECTS
    • 32 academic hours, 2 ECTS credits
    • 64 academic hours, 4 ECTS credits
    Please note that 16 academic hours are required to receive 1 ECTS credit for the Russian language course.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included

Russian Studies

• Russia in the Changing World

• Understanding Russian Economy: Problems of Transition or Transition to Problems

• Russian Space and Russian State

• Mastering Russian through Global Debate

Politics and International Relations

• EU–Russia Relations and the Future of Europe

• Rising Powers in World Politics

• US-Russia Relations between the Cold Wars

For more information, please visit the program website.


Prof. Andrei Melville

Prof. Vladimir Zuev

Prof. M.Bratersky

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission requirementsStep by step
  • Decide whether you want to take Russian language classes and if you want to take a one-week course at HSE’s St. Petersburg/Nizhny Novgorod campuses. Design your preliminary study plan. Please contact SU Team with questions if any.
  • Complete and submit the Summer University application form (either online or emailed to programme managers). Please be sure to note in the form whether you will need a student visa. Please refer to the letter of recommendation sample.
  • You will receive a Summer University acceptance letter from the SU Team.
  • Pay the online registration fee (3000 RUB, non-refundable) and send confirmation of the payment to the SU Team.
  • If you need a visa, please follow the instructions:
1) check the study visa requirements at the Russian consulate in your country of residence
2) check the steps of the initial visa procedure
3) complete visa invitation application form
4) apply for a study visa at the Russian consulate or visa center
  • Print out HSE’s medical certificate form, complete and sign it, and bring it to your doctor or local medical office for them to stamp or sign. Hold onto this – you will need this to register at the dormitory.
  • Please provide the SU Team with your itinerary details (for both: way to Moscow and way back home). This information is for the buddy who will contact you about meeting you in Moscow.

Tuition Fee Per Credit

  • USD 150 International
  • USD 150 EU/EEA
  • $150 USD per credit
  • $177 USD per credit (if participant takes less than 3 ECTS credits total)
  • Online processing fee: 3000 RUB (non-refundable; registration fee will be waived for HSE students)

Programme fee covers:

- tuition,
- accommodation support*,
- visa support,
- at least one sight-seeing tour and social events.
*Accommodation support involves help with booking a place in one of HSE dormitories. The cost of accommodation (5 400 RUB/month) is not included in the programme fee.


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