Russian Studies: Russian language, Politics & Art

05 – 30 AUGUST, 2019

Are you looking for a perfect Language & Culture immersion program in August offering transferable credits? Join this Summer School!

This summer school offers intensive Russian language study combined with the English-taught courses on Politics & Art and diverse cultural activities providing our students with unforgettable international experience.

Focus on Russia: Language, Art and Politics
Focus on Russia: Language, Art and Politics
Focus on Russia: Language, Art and Politics

St.Petersburg with its rich cultural heritage is a city that inspires, a city you will fall in love with once you visit it.

This summer module focuses on providing profound speaking practice, building up your vocabulary, improving your grammar, breaking the communication barrier and increasing your confidence using Russian language in real-life situations. The program also involves the English-taught courses on Politics and History of the Russian Art covering the main stages, events and reforms of the Russian political system and providing an overview of the Russian art in a historical context.

Apart from obtaining an impressive number of transferrable credits, you will participate in diverse excursions and explore the great city of St.Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia.

Program dates:

Arrival: August 3 – August 4, 2019
Classes: August 5 – August 30, 2019
Departure: August 31– September 1, 2019

ECTS credits(total): 6.0


Russian language: 4 ECTS (20 contact hours per week). Levels available: A0-C1

The course is aimed at improving the main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It helps to break the communication barrier and facilitates better understanding of the Russian language. The students are divided into small groups according to their levels.

Our goal is to make you use the Russian language in real life situations , and we know how to do it. Apart from the classroom study, each week we arrange speaking clubs and social activities helping you to start talking in Russian with confidence.

Politics of Modern Russia: 1 ECTS

The course focuses on analyzing the main features of the Russian political system of the recent decades, covering the reforms, events and political measures taken during the tenure of M.Gorbachev, B.Yeltsin, V. Putin and D.Medvedev.

History of the Russian Art: 1 ECTS

The course provides an overview of the progress of Russian art from XI up to XXI century in a historical context, acquaints the students with principal trends of Russian art and architecture, the formation of different styles and the creations of the most remarkable Russian artists.

Participation fee:

Early bird participation fees:

  • 4 weeks - 600 Euro
  • 3 weeks - 480 Euro

Regular participation fees:

  • 4 weeks - 650 Euro
  • 3 weeks - 530 Euro

Participation fee includes: tuition fees, cultural activities, field trips, study materials, visa support (Invitation letter issuance).

Application deadline:

Early bird application deadlines:

  • for non-EU citizens: April 10, 2019
  • for EU citizens and citizens of visa-free countries: May 05, 2019

Standard application deadlines:

  • for non-EU citizens: May 15 , 2019
  • for EU citizens and citizens of visa-free countries: June 15, 2019

Cultural program

The cultural program includes:

  • Full-day guided bus trip to Peterhof, the former imperial residence, world-famous for its amazing fountain and museum ensemble. Along with visiting the Grand Palace you will enjoy the walk in the Upper- and Lower parks and see numerous fountains, including the Grand Cascade and the Samson Fountain. 
  • Boat City Tour. This tour provides a great opportunity to see the picturesque city views from the water
  • Excursion to the Hermitage, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums of fine art.
  • A picnic at the seashore of the Gulf of Finland

All the trips listed above are included in the participation fee and are available to the students of this module at no extra charge.

Tutors' support and intercultural experience

To make your experience as safe and rich in impressions as possible, our team of tutors will provide you with constant support and friendly assistance, be it airport pick-up or additional speaking practice or a company for exploring the most breathtaking places of St.Petersburg.


Our students are provided with accommodation in the University dormitories on campus. All dormitories are located in a walking distance from the University.

Application procedure

Please request the application form and submit the application package via e-mail:

Program director:

Head of International Short-term Programs Dept.
Russian Language & Russian Studies
Higher School of International Educational Programs