Russian Studies in Real Russia: Track2

22nd July-18th August
4 weeks
850 euros
Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg

School Description

The Summer School “Russian Studies in Real Russia: Track2” is a combination of a 3-week Russian language course in Ekaterinburg and a week guided trip to Saint-Petersburg. First, concentrate on mastering your Russian and exploring the Urals. Then, start your “journey inside the journey” and cross the whole country by train!

It is a prefect track for you if you want to MAXIMIZE your time in Russia by having an intensive language course, visiting glorious Northern Capital of Russia and exploring Russian province in ONE trip! And, of course, if you are curious and courageous enough to experience peculiarities and traditions of the legendary Trans-Siberian Russian railway journey – 35-hour “train-training” accompanied by communication with locals and picturesque Russian villages, forest and fields passing by.

City of arrival
Ekaterinburg, recommended days of arrival* – July 19-21, 2019 * Whether you are coming by plane or by train, in the early morning or at the deepest night – no worries, you will be picked up by volunteers from the support staff in a comfortable University taxi.
City of departure

Saint Petersburg, recommended days of departure – August 18-19, 2019.

Application deadline

20th of June 2019

WHAT AND HOW DO YOU STUDY

You will have 60 hours of clear, well-planned and useful for each student lessons. For beginners: Russian alphabet, working on pronunciation, understanding basic grammar structures and essential vocabulary. For A2-B1-level students: developing language skills for formulating statements, reading and creating more complex texts and successful performance in a significantly wider range of everyday situations. For students with B2-C1 proficiency level: reading and understanding modern media and literary texts on sociocultural and official topics, creating monologues and dialogues using different linguistic means and implementing various speaking strategies.

ITINERARY

After 3 weeks in Real Russia – Ekaterinburg and the Urals, you will dive into the heartwarming and particular world of Russian long train journey going from Ekaterinburg to Saint-Petersburg. Be ready to drink a lot of tea, get acquainted with Russian fellow travelers in the car and contemplate old picturesque villages and forests from the window. Then admire the beauty and touristic attractions of Saint-Petersburg, explore its cultural and historical heritage with the guided tours we arrange for you.

what exactly do you get

PHOTOS

REVIEWS

Jana, Czech Republic
Jana, Czech Republic
Summer-2015

I am from Czech Republic and that’s why it’s so important for me to know Russian: Russian is very wide-spread language among Czech citizens and nowadays it’s an absolutely essential skill for my work. I liked the Summer School provided by “Russian Studies in Real Russia” a lot! We had a very well-organized, precise and clear program of our studies and cultural activities. And the practicing and mastering of our Russian was truly intense and useful. Teachers were really great with us, and I have learned a plenty of new words here. The Summer School was a valuable experience for me, and I am sure it will help me in my future career.

Mostapha, Spain
Mostapha, Spain
Summer

I have joined the Summer School already 3 times: in 2013, 2014 and 2015! I keep coming back, because Russian culture impresses me and I am doing my best in learning it, it’s my hobby. Due to the summer camp I always find a nice multicultural company and a variety of amusing cultural events that enriches my knowledge of the country, and the Urals, in particular. Moreover, I love Ekaterinburg and know it pretty well already. People here are so kind! As soon as they find out that you are a foreigner, they become very polite and gentle with you, and try to help you with everything.

Iulian, Romania
Iulian, Romania
Summer-2015

I got from this program even more than I expected to have! Our language teachers were very friendly, patient (!) and creative, and they gave us all the attention and support we deserve. The language course was really well-organized: we have never been bored and we challenged ourselves a lot! Cannot miss the staff of the school. Its living core, the manager Kseniia, was a best friend and even a mother to each and every student! From the first letter to her till the good-buy party she was very caring, attentive and professional. I was not nervous at all before my trip because of her assistance, and I deeply enjoyed my 3 weeks in Russia. I totally recommend the Summer School to everyone! Do Scorova!

Paola, Italy
Paola, Italy
Summer-2015

The experience at the Summer School of the Ural Federal University was very positive for me. The school in general is organized extremely well, with its awesome lessons and excursions. This 3-week trip permitted me to discover another country in a real way and to significantly improve my Russian language.

Jarmila, Slovakia
Jarmila, Slovakia
Summer-2013

This journey was my first visit of Russian and I really enjoyed it. We had the program for all the day, so we were never got bored. We were discovering the city every day, also at night and we had a lot of trips. The time spent with other students (now they are my good friends) and our tutor Julia was absolutely amazing. If you haven’t decided whether you want to go to this Language School or not, do not hesitate! It was worth and I will never forget it.

Patrick, Switzerland
Patrick, Switzerland
Summer-2016, 2017, Winter-2018

It was my 8th time in Russia already, I really love this country and I am certainly coming back! Despite the fact that I wasn’t a newcomer here, I need to say, that I did enjoy the Summer School and its activities very much and discovered a lot of new places and facts I didn’t know before. The Track-2 was absolutely great! Ekaterinburg, train journey, Saint-Petersburg, all the trips and excursions, organizational moments and everyday issues, fun and leisure time – all was perfectly arranged for us. Kseniia, a manager of the school, made a really enormous job and let us to have the best time in Russia.

Elena, Italy
Elena, Italy
Summer-2013

It was my first time in Russia and I’m really happy to have chosen Ekaterinburg because it’s an example of the “real Russia style”. I enjoyed the School and the excursion and above all, I love people – they are really kind and nice.

Csaba, Hungary
Csaba, Hungary
Summer-2013

The people of UrFU organized this course with the perfect combination or balance of professionalism and friendly atmosphere in organization! Everything was well organized, the organizers treated us as friends, and during the course we really became good friends, with participants and organizers as well. This was something what I have never experienced before, and for what it was far the best of the four summer universities in my life so far.

COSTS

850 euro for 4 weeks

which consist from Track-1 Educational Program Fees + about 500 euro travel expenses for accommodation in Saint Petersburg, excursion and cultural program, train tickets

Included:

  • Russian language tuition
  • Workshops on Russian traditional toy, song and dance;
  • Staying in the comfortable Hostel in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Train tickets to the branded train “Demidov Express” (SpB-Ekb);
  • Support during the train journey and staying in Saint-Petersburg;
  • Learning materials;
  • Visa and registration support;
  • Pick-up from the airport Koltsovo (Ekaterinburg) to the UrFU Hostel;
  • Free Internet access, printing service;
  • UrFU's certificate upon the completion.

Excursions and activities included into the Program:

In Ekaterinburg:

  • Driving City-tour
  • A visit of Europe-Asia borderline
  • Welcome-party
  • The Romanov's Monastery
  • Day trip to Koptelovo village

In Saint-Petersburg:

  • Driving City-tour
  • Guided tour to the State Hermitage Museum
  • Guided tour to the State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Sightseeing motorship tour
  • Visit of the State Peterhof Museum

NOT included in the basic cost of the program:

  • airplane tickets/train tickets to/from Russia;
  • meals;
  • visa costs;
  • optional excursions;
  • souvenirs;
  • accommodation fees in Ekaterinburg.

*However, we are doing our best trying to make your stay in Russia more comfortable and enjoyable. Therefore, we are glad to offer you the accommodation and meals in Ekaterinburg (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 3 weeks - from 22nd July till 11th August - for 31000RUB.