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Summer School on Russian Language and Culture (Russian A1-A2)

During this Summer School the students learn the basics of Russian language. The program is mostly introductory. The students will have some lectures on Russian Economics, Politics, Media and Culture.

 “I’m glad, that I’ got to know Russia. I always wanted to know how people live here, and you never get the real information from the media. I think, this summer school is a wonderful opportunity to see the real Russia and to talk to real Russians. I loved the excursions we had. That was an excellent month! I would like to come again” (Mario Leitner, Austria).

Fee: 850 euro includes
study programme and materials
4 excursions
accommodation with a host family (2 students in one room), breakfast and dinner 
official invitation for a Russian visa


We offer a series of  lectures in Russian Mentality, Russian History, Economics and Politics. All lectures are in English.


We offer you Elementary Intensive Russian or Intermediate Russian language course. Our teachers have many years of experience in teaching foreign students, so you will easily boost your skills. Russian Language Course comprises training in Russian communication and grammar. The most useful topics are covered during 24 lessons of Russian.


On the one hand you will experience the real life of the modern Russian city, on the other hand you will visit old typical Russian towns and monasteries. You will see with your own eyes how the famous Matryoshka is made, paint it with your own hands and take it home as a souvenir. Moreover you will participate in Russian folk games.

 Day Side Trips offered

Located in the very heart of central Russia Nizhny Novgorod enjoys proximity to country’s major historic sites proffering vast opportunities for first-hand cultural experience. HSE Summer School program includes a series of side trips to top historic locations in the vicinity and broader region.


An hour ride from downtown Nizhny, the small town of Semenov is country’s major center of traditional handcrafts, home to  famous Khokhloma wood painting and the oldest site of Russian nesting doll manufacturing. The original, century-old Matryoshka doll factory is  still a living story representing both the  biggest town employer and a popular tourist attraction. The tour to the factory grounds features painting  workshop  where visitors learn to paint their own Matryoshka to take home as a souvenir.


Once a stronghold of Moscow founder Yuri Dolgorukiy, the town of Gorodets is the oldest settlement in the region. Overshadowed now by the neighboring Nizhny, Gorodets is a secluded trove of Russia’s traditional artisanal and merchant culture. Wooden houses notable for their elaborate carving décor and churches soaring over the high Volga river bank constitute a unique architectural ensemble, unmatched in its integrity.


HSE – Nizhny Novgorod provides accommodation in a pre-select host family in downtown Nizhny mostly within HSE Main Hall neighborhood. The university enjoys lasting cooperation with a pool of hospitable families hosting foreign students annually and looking forward to meeting new guests. 

Host families serve breakfast and dinner, vegetarian and diet-specific meal can be discussed with the hostfamily beforehand. 

The fee includes the accommodation in a twin room (2 beds in a room), starting from Sunday before the Summer school begins. Early arrivals and late departures are possible. If you wish to arrive earlier and leave later you may book accommodation for these days additionally. Please, indicate that, when you contact us.

Visa Support & Visa Guidance


HSE-Nizhny Novgorod provides an official letter of invitation for visa application at Russian Consular offices abroad and registration.
Students, participating in the Summer School need a Student visa.  Dates of validity of the visa will correspond with the dates mentioned on your letter of invitation issued by a Russian Federal Migration Service agency or on your official letter of invitation from our University.

HSE – Nizhny Novgorod provides an official letter of invitation for visa application at Russian Consular offices abroad. Please note, that letters of invitation for EU citizens are issued in up to 15 days (by our University) and for nationals of other countries (including USA and Canada) – in 45 days.  

 Please be aware, that your international passport should have at least two blank pages for visas. The passport should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa expiration date. If you do not have a blank page to which a visa can be affixed or your passport is valid for a shorter period of time than 6 months after visa expiration date, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.

A normal application procedure takes at the Russian Consular office approximately 7 calendar days.

 Please bring your passport and the migration card (you will get it upon arrival at the airport) on the first day of the Summer School at the University. We will need these in order to register you with Russian Migration Bureau.

There are 5 ECTS (1ECTS = 38 academic hours) available for this course if you choose to pass the exam at the end of the program. 

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