"Russian Express-2019" is supported by DAAD!

26th August – 15th September 2019
3 weeks
100800 rub
Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Saint Petersburg

School Description

If consider the February and October Revolutions to be the most fateful political events of the 20th century for Russia, then Lenin must for good or ill be called the century’s most momentous political leader. Inspirer of the Russian Communist Party and the builder and the first head of the Soviet State, Lenin introduced many new policies which impact on Russia and its citizens cannot be overemphasized. 

“Russian Express-2019” will take you on a journey around Kazan – where in autumn 1887 Lenin enrolled the Imperial Kazan University, Ekaterinburg – where the Romanovs were killed and Lenin’s involvement still remains a mystery, Saint Petersburg – the cradle of the Russian Revolutions and the main scene of Lenin’s actions. Bring the Russian Revolution and Lenin’s personal story off the page and into life!

!IMPORTANT! Russian Express-2019 is supported by DAAD "Go East-2019", take your chance and apply for the DAAD Scholarships!

City of arrival
Ekaterinburg, recommended days of arrival – August 24-25, 2019
City of departure

Saint Petersburg, recommended days of departure – September 15-16, 2019.

Application deadline

15th of June, 2019


You’ll join 60-hours crash course on Russian language with professional, amicable, open, and energetic teachers of Ural Federal University that will travel with you and become your good companions and reliable assistants, extending classroom learning through lectures, programs, and events. After completing the course, every beginner will “survive” in a Russian supermarket, railway station, bar, museum, etc. A2-B1-level students will be able to keep up a conversation with a typical Russian student, understand some Russian media texts and send a postcard to their mother-country by themselves. And every student with B2-C1 proficiency level will be ready to perform in the unprepared speech situation and enjoy long conversations with locals.


You’ll start your acquaintance with Russia from Ekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals and the fourth largest city of Russia. Then conquer Kazan – where Lenin enrolled the University in 1887. And, finally, head to Saint Petersburg - the cradle of the Russian Revolutions! While travelling you will dive into the heartwarming and particular world of Russian long train journey. Be engaged in the dynamic student life, full of exciting extracurricular activities, including sightseeing, participation in day trips around the Ural region, Kazan and Saint Petersburg and other events related to the Russian language and culture.



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

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.

Jarmila, Slovakia
Jarmila, Slovakia

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.

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

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.

Elena, Italy
Elena, 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.

Csaba, Hungary
Csaba, Hungary

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.


Fee: 100800 rub


  • Russian language tuition;
  • Staying in the comfortable Hostels in Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Saint Petersburg during the Summer Program.
  • Learning materials;
  • Visa and registration support;
  • Transfer;
  • Train tickets to the branded trains for destinations “Ekaterinburg – Kazan-Ekaterinburg” and "Ekaterinburg - Saint Petersburg"
  • Free Internet access, printing service;
  • UrFU's certificate upon the completion.

Cultural Program includes visit of:

  • Driving city tours of Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Saint Petersburg;
  • Kazan Univeristy;
  • Lenin House-Museum;
  • Kazan’s Kremlin;
  • Kul Sharif Mosque;
  • The Hermitage Kazan gallery; 
  • Europe-Asia borderline;
  • The Opera Theater that housed political meetings;
  • The Officers' Club and the KGB servicemen buildings;
  • Church of All Saints;
  • Ganina Yama Monastery;
  • Visit to the State Hermitage Museum;
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress;
  • The Aurora Cruiser etc.

NOT included in the basic cost of the program:

  • airplane tickets/train tickets to/from Russia;
  • meals (lunches and dinners);
  • visa costs;
  • optional excursions;
  • souvenirs.