The educational program “Russian for Beginners” is for those with zero Russian level or insufficient Russian language skills preparing to study bachelor, specialist, master or doctoral programs.

The program enables students learn the Russian language at the level required for studying Undergraduate (bachelor), Postgraduate (master) or Doctorate programs and to acquire the vocabulary which is necessary for everyday and professional communication and for self-development.

Usually Russian for beginners is combined with one or several basic courses of future bachelor, master or doctorate program depending on interest of student.

Russian for beginners / Russian for beginners and basic courses of future bachelor, master or doctorate program are implemented by Center of International Education

Terms of study – 10 months.

Academic calendar:

– the beginning of education – September, 1st;

– the end of education –June, 30th;

– winter vacation – from January, 25 to February, 7th;

– 5-day academic week (24 hours).

Special features of the program:

– during the first semester students learn elementary vocabulary and the elements of grammar;

– during the second semester they improve their vocabulary and learn the main grammar rules and improve speech skills

The program prepares students for a successful passing of the entrance tests that are necessary for admission to the bachelormaster or doctorate programs. At all the stages of the program students are offered to take classes in a corrective phonetic course which is necessary for forming correct Russian speech. Each student has an opportunity for individual consultations with a teacher.

The program structure

The program consists of the several interconnected sections that are studied at the same time:

  • vocabulary and grammar
  • speaking
  • reading
  • listening
  • writing
  • country studies
  • linguocultural studies

The system of knowledge evaluation

– current tests every month;

– tests and exams every semester;

– final test.

Basic skills

The program helps to develop the main language skills:

  • Communicative skills – the ability to speak Russian
  • Sociolinguistic skills – adjusting to social and cultural environment in Russia, getting to know the basics of Russian culture including the speech norms;
  • Professional skills – learning the basic profession-oriented vocabulary.

A graduate from the pre-university preparation course in Russian as a Foreign Language is ready for further training at any educational program.


A student can continue his studies at: