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Mari State University

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education



Summer School of Russian Language


Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation

August 5–18, 2013

Mari State University is happy to announce the Summer School of Russian Language and Culture organized by the Faculty of History and Philology and the International Office of Mari State University. The Summer School will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, the capital of the Mari El Republic, on August 5-18, 2013.

We invite students, postgraduates, lectors, professors, scientists and everybody who are interested in Russian language and culture.

The Summer School program includes three parallel modules: for beginners, for intermediate students and for advanced students. Studying will be in groups, 20 academic hours per week, Monday through Friday (1 academic hour = 45 minutes). Each group consists of 8-12 persons. Students will be divided into groups in accordance to the results of the Entrance test.

The classes and workshops will be delivered by the experienced professors of Mari State University, who has a long teaching experience with students from different parts of the world: the USA, France, China, Jordan. The Summer school language is English/Russian.

The classes will give each student the opportunity to get enough practice during the lessons. The language study process will be closely combined with learning the cultural aspects of life and the ancient traditions of Russian people. Besides students will be able to get acquainted to traditions and culture of Mari people who originally lived on the territory of the Mari El Republic.

The cultural part of studying program will include:

· Excursion around the town and visits to the museums of Yoshkar-Ola which gives the students opportunity to get acquainted to the history, geography and culture of the region;

A journey to Kozmodemyansk, the oldest town of the republic, with excursion to the following museums: Open Air Ethnographic Museum with an exposition that demonstrates the way of life and culture of the Mari people, A.V. Grigoryev Art and History Museum with canvasses by Kustodiyev, Vrubel, Shishkin, Golovin, and Malyavin, Museum of Merchant Household with interiors, furniture, and household items of a merchant’s house;

Various workshops: “Russian traditional quisine”, Traditional Russian folkgames, Various forms of Russian gingerbread, Traditional tee from the samowar;

Video club: films in Russian. Viewing and discussion.

Language classes accompanied with cultural program will give the students opportunity to see Russia with their own eyes and to form their own opinion about Russia and Russian people today.

At the end of the Summer School all students will get the official Certificate of the Mari State University with the results of their studying.

All information about the Summer School program and schedule you will find on the links below.

To download the Summer School Schedule please click here(program_2013.doc)

Download the Curriculum Beginners Level(curriculum2013_begin.doc)

Download the Curriculum Intermediate Level(curriculum2013_intermediate.doc)

Download the Curriculum Advanced Level(curriculum2013_advanced.doc)

How to apply

If you are interested in learning Russian language and culture please fill out and send the Application form with the scanned copy of your pass to the e-mail of our International Office. The Application form you can download from the link below.

Download the application form(Applicationform.doc)

NOTICE: If you have specific needs and requirements (diet, living conditions, medical treatments, etc.) please notice about them in the Application form or contact our International Office (preferably by e-mail).

Deadline for application is June 5, 2013.

After the application deadline you should pay the Registration fee. Its a non-refundable advance payment of 100 USD that must be paid by international banking transfer to the account of Mari State University. Please indicate your last name (names) and purpose of payment (Summer School of Russian Language and Culture) in the payment documents. Please download the banking requisites from the link below.

Download the banking requisites(requisites.doc)

Deadline for payment of the registration fee is July 5, 2013.

Remember that when you pay from abroad, all banking costs are to paid by the applicant. After the registration fee has been paid please send us a copy of the receipt from the bank as the confirmation of your payment.

Invitations and visas

The International Office of Mari State University provides assistance in preparing invitations needed for the Russian entry visa to the participants.

The citizens of the EU-member states can apply for the Russian short-term visa on a simplified procedure; so they will receive Letters of Invitation from the Mari State University.

The non-EU citizens (e.g. American, Canadian, etc.) will receive official invitation forms. Both kinds of invitations will be sent to the applicants far in advance by regular air mail, or (in case of urgency) by courier mail.

Citizens of the CIS countries (e.g. Armenia, Kazakhstan, etc.) who will not need the Russian visa, should send their application form and pay the registration anyway.


The total cost of participation is 550 US Dollars. It includes: tuition fees, accommodation in the student dormitory, meals at the student caffeteria (twice a day: breakfast and lunch), cultural program and local transportation for the whole period of the School.

The fees should be paid in Russian roubles upon arrival to the cashiers of Mari State University. The sum is counted on the USD exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.


Daily direct train goes every evening from Moscow to Yoshkar-Ola, departure from Kazansky railway terminal (Kazansky vokzal). Time in the way: approx. 16 hours (arrival next morning). University International Office staff will provide meeting and transportation from the railway station in Yoshkar-Ola. We can give you advise and instruction if you choose the route through the cities of Kazan or Cheboksary.


Please send your applications, along with the notifications on money transfer of the registration fees to the International Office of Mari State University by e-mail:natalia-kova@marsu.ru

Come to study Russian language, the third main language of the world, to the Mari State University. Summer School of Russian Language and Culture will be the right choice for you!

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