Russian Express: Russian Woman - Russian Politics

17th August – 6th September 2020
3 weeks
90000 rub
Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg

School Description

From the ancient times to the present day, a Woman in Russia has been holding the most significant roles in terms of influencing Russia’s political reality. The focus of the Summer School “Russian Woman – Russian Politics” is an analysis of the political role and position of a Russian woman, now and then, accompanied with travelling to Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg, and a deep dive into the realms of Russian language.

The school participants will look at Russian women who represent Russia’s female political history, starting from X century, when country was ruled by Duchess Olga, the first Russian female-political leader. Ekaterinburg, named after Catherine, the wife of Peter the Great, is a place where the history of a plain woman, a daughter of a Lithuanian peasant, turning into a queen, can be traced. One of the most powerful female political leaders was Empress Catherine the Great, under whose rule Russia thrived and became one of the Great powers of Europe. Catherine the Great was a daughter of a German Duke, who came to power after a palace coup to become the most powerful Empress of Russia. The times of her rule can be studied in Saint Petersburg.

During the Russian Revolution times, there were famous Russian Marxist women-activists such as Nadejda Krupskaya, the wife of Vladimir Lenin, who was one of the establishers of pioneer movement in the USSR. Life story of Krupskaya is connected to Saint Petersburg, where she was born. Honor is also given to another female Marxist Inessa Armand, who emigrated from France and founded a Women’s Department in the Central Committee of the Communist Party.  Soviet political system in the mid of XX century was sustained by women, too. The brightest examples are Ekaterina Furtseva who held the position of the Minister of culture for 14 years, and Maria Kovrighina – the Minister of health care of the USSR. Regardless of the Communist Party, there were also women-dissidents: Elena Bonner, Yuliya Vishnevskay etc.

During the contemporary times in Russia, women's position has been strong and independent. Women’s role in the political sphere of the Russian Federation are examined through personalities such as Naina Yeltsina, the wife of the first President of Russia; Irina Khakamada – vice-Chairman of the State Duma of Russia; Irina Yarovaya, known for “Yarovaya law” on public safety measures; Maria Zaharova – the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Summer School “Russian Woman – Russian Politics” combines and presents intensive Russian language courses, lectures, Russian linguistic games and quests, Russian Soviet cartoons and animations, cultural events, workshops on songs and folklore dances, experiencing Russian summer activities and excursion programs from the Eastern to Western cities of Russia, Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg. After the 3-week Summer course, school participants will achieve a remarkable linguistic competence and performance in Russian as a foreign language, and obtain a rich and practical knowledge of political position and roles of women in Russia.

City of arrival
Saint Petersburg, recommended days of arrival – August 16, 2020
City of departure

Ekaterinburg, recommended days of departure – September 6, 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!


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

The schedule for the Program Russian Woman - Russian Politics (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

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.


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 airport Koltsovo / Train Station;
  • Transsiberian train tickets from Ekaterinburg to Saint Petersburg
  • Printing service;
  • Souvenirs of the Summer School;
  • UrFU's certificate upon completion the course

The Excursion 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 Saint Petersburg

  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Kazan Cathedral
  • The Hermitage
  • The museum of Anna Akhamatova
  • The Russian Museum
  • Museum of Political History of Russia
  • Small City of contemporary young hipsters “Etaji”

NOT included in the basic cost of the program:

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