Summer School of the Russian Language and Culture at the Financial University, Moscow July 2024

How many languages can you speak, read, write, and understand? When we read scholars’ or historical figures’ biographies or biographies of those who were regarded ordinary noblemen and members of intelligentsia, the overwhelming majority of them spoke several languages at a fairly good level. The question arises, what was so special about the people of the 18th or 19th centuries that having such skills was a usual thing for them? Of course, home lessons taught by foreign tutors, the fact that it was considered comme il faut to use foreign languages in the nobility’s salons, and many other factors made their contributions. For instance, the tutors of the children of the Russian noblemen class were mainly German and French. Nevertheless, there are examples of children of lower class families independently learning foreign languages using books obtained accidentally. They not just learnt foreign languages, they were interested in scientific works on modern languages and studied ancient languages. However, not all of them were trained linguists and philologists. The question remains, how many languages can a person of the 21st century learn in his lifetime?

Today, there are many people who speak two or three foreign languages and there are also rare people who have learnt 20 foreign language or even more.

We are glad to invite you to get immersed in the world of Slavic languages starting by learning Russian. If you already have some basic Russian language skills, you will be able to improve your skills in an authentic cultural and linguistic environment. The Financial University arranges its Summer School of the Russian Language and Culture every year.


This year, the Summer School dates are 10-24 July. You will have a great opportunity to learn Russian and participate in a diverse cultural program. You will be able to see the famous sights of Moscow, the Russian capital, take a walk along its old narrow streets and modern wide avenues.

The student group composition will depend on the level of proficiency in the language. There will be 7 to 10 people in each group. Upon completing the course, The School students will obtain a relevant certificate issued by the Financial University.

The Summer School offers you the following: 

  • Preliminary test
  • Classes of the Russian language (50 hours) that include reading, writing, speaking, listening practice and phonetics and grammar lessons
  • Final test and individual consulting sessions that will depend on the test results 
  • Recommendations for the further independent study of the Russian language
  • A short series of lectures on the history and culture of Russia in English (10 hours)
  • A cultural programme

The students will study, be accommodated and have their meals at the University campus located on Leningradsky Prospekt, the widest street of Moscow. It is a part of the old road leading from Moscow to the town of Tver and Novgorod. It connected Moscow and St-Petersburg in the middle of XVIII century. The main symbols of Russia, the Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theater, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Tretyakov Gallery are all easily accessible from the campus. You can use a subway or ground transport to get there.

The cost of participation in the Summer School is about 650 euros. The amount includes:

  • The tuition fee; 
  • The University Student Residence Hall accommodation expenses; 
  • Meal expenses (breakfast and lunch on weekdays);
  • Cultural programme and tour-related expenses;
  • Visa support expenses.

The application deadline is April 25, 2024.

We also organize the customized Summer School programmes for partner organizations.

If you would like to apply for participation in our Summer School, please download the Application Form on the website: http://www.fa.ru/en/International/Pages/summer.aspx, fill in and send us: interschools@fa.ru

If you have any questions about application procedure and programme realization, please feel free to call us at: +7 (499) 553-13-01 or contact us: interschools@fa.ru

International Relations Department

Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

Leningradsky Prospekt, 49, room 102

125993, Moscow, Russia