Russian Express: Future of Russian Cities

24th August – 13th September
3 weeks
90000 rub
Kazan, Ekaterinburg

School Description

Nowadays cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges and absence of effective urban planning. The issues of urban development is under the control of the Organization of United Nations, represented by the program UN-Habitat which supports countries to implement the urban dimensions of the sustainable development agenda to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Known as the largest country in the world, Russia has one of the biggest number of cities and human settlements and struggles

 on making those places cleaner, greener, safer and healthier. Kazan and Ekaterinburg develop the Smart cities projects and try to embrace the principles of urban development. These two cities will be experienced by participants during the program “Russian Express: Future of Russian Cities”

Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan, one of the oldest and most developed cities of Russia. It is a land with a thousand-year history, full of natural resources and possessing a unique cultural heritage. The pearl of the city is the Kazan Kremlin that is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Moreover, Tatarstan is implementing a large-scale project to restore historical and cultural monuments and sacred places of the Republic.

Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest metropolis in Russia; it is also a city on the border of Europe and Asia. The unique character and diverse appearance of the Ural capital combine innovation and historical heritage. Ekaterinburg is the only Russian city that was recognized by UNESCO as one of the 12 ideal cities of the world. Participants will not only see the urban life of city, but also experience the lifestyle of the Siberian villages with its picturesque landscape and ecological life style.

In 2006 Kazan was holding World Habitat Day. Ekaterinburg organized World Cities Day 2019. Both cities Kazan and Ekaterinburg expand their international profile hosting the so-called mega-events. While struggling with inequality of center-suburbs development, often disparity of local life, and ecological issues, followed by active protests of city inhabitants.

Summer School “Russia – between Europe and Asia” combines intensive Russian language courses, linguistic games and quests, Russian cartoons and animations, scientific lectures, cultural events, workshops and excursions. After a 3-week summer course, participants will celebrate their linguistic achievements in conquering Russian language, enjoying the unique experience by traveling to Kazan and Ekaterinburg to be exposed to the urban contexts of Russia through of nowadays.

City of arrival
Ekaterinburg, recommended days of arrival – August 22-23, 2020
City of departure

Kazan, recommended days of departure – September 13, 2020.

Application deadline

15th of June 2020


Being split into a few groups according to your proficiency level, you and other students will have language classes everyday except weekends. You will be studying in small groups of 7-12 students for 4-6 academic hours per day. We will focus on practical aspects of the Russian language: proper use of tricky Russian grammar, vocabulary for everyday life and subtleties of pronunciation. You will never get bored: fluency-based activities, pair and group work, interviews, role-plays. 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. Make fast progress and develop your confidence in Russian!


Begin your exploration of a linkage of Russian urban history and its modern cultural images. After you will escape the megacity and visit the capital of Tatarstan you will head to the "capital" of Urals - city Ekaterinburg.

The schedule for the Program Future of Russian Cities (please, pay attention that the manager reserves the right to introduce changes in the excursions and lectures program)



Jana, Czech Republic
Jana, Czech Republic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


90000 rub


  • Accommodation in the comfortable hostels in Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg during the period of the program;
  • Breakfast in Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg during the period of the program;
  • Russian language tuition in Ekaterinburg at Ural Federal University;
  • Learning materials;
  • Workshops on Russian traditional toy, song and dance;
  • Linguistic games and quest;
  • Visa and registration support;
  • Transfer in Ekaterinburg from the Train Station to the hostel;
  • Transsiberian train tickets from Kazan to Ekaterinburg
  • Printing service;
  • Souvenirs of the Summer School;
  • UrFU's certificate upon completion the course

Cultural Program includes:

In Ekaterinburg

  • Square of 1905
  • Lenin’s monuments
  • The Church-on-Blood
  • Boris Yeltsin Centre
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Ural Opera Ballet Theatre
  • Soviet Lifestyle Museum
  • Border between Europe and Asia
  • Real Russian thermal springs

In Kazan

  • Kazan Kremlin
  • Volga river
  • Suyumbike Tower
  • Kul Sharif Mosque
  • Temple of All Religions
  • Kazan Arena
  • Bauman Street
  • Kazan Family Centre
  • Ministry for Agriculture and Food
  • The Cathedral of Peter and Paul
  • Chak-Chak museum
  • Annunciation Cathedral
  • Old Tatar Settlement

NOT included in the basic cost of the program:

  • airplane tickets/train tickets to/from Russia;
  • visa costs;
  • optional excursions;
  • souvenirs.