Russian Language Courses

Russian Summer Pre-Session Intensive

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Inherent to international travel and extended stays in other countries is the constant possibility of changing circumstances. Circumstances may change as a result of changing conditions in the United States, in Russia and/or the host institution. As a result, ISS reserves the right to change the program’s requirements, activities, and educational and non-educational programs offered. ISS RANEPA further reserves the right to make any changes to the program to ensure the safety of its participants and staff. In the event of any changes, no reimbursements will be made after June 20.

All students will take a Russian Written and Oral Communication Course, for a total of 3 ECTS. Students will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced level courses. Syllabi are available for transferring credits to home institutions. Our programs are taught by outstanding local professors from the Contemporary Russian Language Center of the Institute for Social Sciences.
Weekly co-curricular activities to enrich cultural immersion in Russia and to better understand the culture in the context of coursework. Students will have the opportunity to visit many influential sites, learn about the country's unique history, and become immersed in Russian culture.
We offer a unique Program that helps students greatly improve their oral and written communicative abilities in Russian in just five weeks. Students will study at RANEPA main campus, located 20 minutes from Moscow City Center.

Application deadline: June 1, 2019 
Duration: July, 23 — August 26, 2019
Arrival: July 22, 2019 
Departure: August 26, 2019

Program fee: $1900
The fee Includes twin accommodation, the transfer from and to the airport, tuition (128 hours), cultural program, Certificate.


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Pre-Session Russian course for beginners (Elementary Russian. Level A1) is meant to provide students with basic communicative tools in Russian and highly recommended for prospective students who will start their education at the English-taught degree programs in September - October 2019.  This course will be also suitable as an intensive course for beginners who want to get Russian speaking skills at the shortest time - 5 weeks.

The students will learn to understand spoken and written language and to express themselves orally and in writing.  They will also learn about the life and culture of Russians today. In learning a new language,  they will also become familiar with the structure of Russian and the system that allows Russians to communicate.

Pre-Session Russian Language for Beginners is a course that focuses on the development of four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as an expansion of cultural knowledge.

The class meets for 20 hours per week over 5 weeks in late July - August.
Prospective degree students will have the opportunity to pass interview and exams on campus.

Requirements and expectations:

We require that students attend each class session, that they actively participate in discussions, and regularly and satisfactorily complete assignments.


The final grade will consist of the following components:

Class performance                                       30%

Daily homework                                          30%

Midterm examination                                  20%

Final examination                                        20%







Разговорная практика


                      Units 1-3

1.      The Russian Alphabet (print, italic, and cursive) and Sound System (Vowel reduction. Palatalization. Devoicing of consonants in the final position. Consonant assimilation). 

2.      Russian Names. Formal and informal speech situations.

3.      Grammatical Gender and Case (Introduction).

4.      Nominative case of nouns and pronouns.

5.      Personal and Possessive pronouns.    

6.      The Prepositional Case (Introduction).  Prepositional for location.

7.      Accusative case (Introduction).  Accusative case for direct objects.

8.      Absence of the verb to be in the Russian present tense.

9.       Russian verb (Introduction).

10. Verb conjugation (Type I and II conjugations)

11. Учиться , заниматься vs. изучать, учить


1.      Getting acquainted.

2.      Russian forms of address. Forms of greeting and farewell. Forms of courtesy.

3.      Providing information about oneself. Asking information about someone else.

4.      Talking about professions; explaining where you work or study, asking others about their professions.

5.      Numerals 1-20



Week 2

Units 4-5

1. Personal and Possessive pronouns.    

           2.   Nominative plural of nouns.

            3. Languages:  русский язык vs.  по-русски.

1.      Indicating possession: у меня, у тебя, у него есть….

3.      Adjectives.  Какой vs. что vs. как

4.      Adverbial modifiers. Position of adverbial modifiers.

5.      В + Accusative case for telling time and days of the week

6.      Verbs: хотеть, любить, мочь + infinitive    

7.      Conjunctions: а, и, но.      




1.      Naming and describing common objects.

2.      Talking about friends.

3.      Talking about languages. Reading ads about language programs.

4.      Talking about where people live.

5.      Talking about where and what people study.

6.      Discussing ethnic and national background.

7.      Talking about Geography.

8.      Talking about family

9.      Talking about daily activities. Asking and telling time on the hour

10. Numbers 20-100. 


Units 6-8

1.      Nominative plural of nouns.

2.      Prepositional case of singular and plural modifies and nouns. Uses of the Prepositional case.

3.       Past tense был,  past tense of есть and нет

4.      Verbs: интересовать, интересоваться; танцевать; беседовать

5.      Past and Future tenses of verbs (Imperfective)

6.      Accusative case of animate and inanimate nouns and modifiers. 

7.      The Genitive case (Introduction)

8.      Non-prefixed verbs of motion.

9.      Going: Идти \ ходить;  ехать \ ездить;

10. Prefixed verbs of motion: пойти, поехать

11.  Questions with где and куда

12. Genitive for non-existence and absence нет чего


Midterm Examination

1.      Presentation about yourself. Talking about friends. Describing people.

2.      Getting around the city; Giving directions; reading maps.

3.      Talking about holidays (New Year).

4.      Talking on the phone

5.      Talking about books and reading.

6.      Talking about daily activities and schedules


7.      Numbers 200 - 900 Reading Russian telephone numbers






Units 9-11

1.      Expressing necessity and possibility:

2.      Должен, должна, должны + infinitive

3.      Prepositional for time:  в каком месяце? В каком году?

4.      Verbs родился,  вырос


5.      The Dative case of modifies and nouns for indirect object

6.      Dative case of modifiers and nouns. Uses of Dative case (expressing age; the preposition по )

7.      Genitive for  numbers

8.      Specifying quantity: год – года – лет





1.   Talking about going to the  theatre, gallery etc.,  Inviting people, discussing shows, paintings etc.

2.   Talking about Russian stores and shopping.  Shopping etiquette. Making purchases.

3.   Talking about where people are from (where they were born and grew up).

3 Talking about age. Birthday greetings


4.    Talking about the weather and favorite seasons


5.    Numbers  1000 – 10,000


Units 12-13

1.       Instrumental Case. Uses of Instrumental case.


1.      Subjectless expressions нельзя,  невозможно,  трудно etc.

2.      Verbs of motion (Review)

3.      Prefixed verbs of motion:

приходить \ прийти;


4.      Accusative case for destination; где vs.  куда (Review)

5.      Russian verbs.  Introduction to verbal aspect.

6.       Imperfective future vs. perfective future



1. Talking about hobbies and interests.

2.  Talking about health. Description of well-being and sickness. Indicating simple symptoms of illness. Giving health advice.

3.  Talking more about people, writing and reading short  biographies.

4. Naming family members. Talking more about families.

5. Review of numbers 1 – 100,000.


Units 14-15

1.      Genitive Case (Review);

2.      Genitive plural of modifiers and nouns

3.      Specifying quantity: год – года – лет;  Сколько детей, братьев, сестёр; Comparing ages: моложе\старше кого на сколько лет

4.      Ходил vs пошёл

5.      Review of question words and pronouns

6.      Complex sentences with conjunctions: и, а, но, тоже, когда, если, потому что, поэтому, что, где, как.

7.      Verbal aspect (past tense)

8.      Review of grammar


Final Examination


1.         Talking about homes, apartments, dachas.

2.        Talking about traveling, excursions, trip

3.        Russian restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias. Making plans to go to a restaurant; reading menus; ordering meals in restaurants. Making plans to cook dinner. Interview about food stores.





Program fee: $1900
The fee Includes twin accommodation, the transfer from and to the airport, tuition (128 hours), cultural program, Certificate. 

Please note that the program fee does not include the cost of travel to and from Moscow and medical insurance. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.


Accommodation provided in a twin room on campus. Each room includes 2 single size beds, a television, desk, small refrigerator and a bathroom with a shower. The dormitory contains kitchens, common areas. 


Students will be responsible for additional costs not specifically mentioned above including airfare,  meals, and personal expenses. These additional expenses are estimated to total approximately $600 to $1,500: (airfare) plus ($200-400 additional expenses for meals, etc

Elizaveta Kurganova

Zemfira Iskhakova
Ph.D. in Philology

Alla Zhukovska

Natalia Perova

Galina Asonova
Visiting Lecturer

Yuliia Vashyokina
Visiting Lecturer


1900 USD Per year

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