Russian language in the contemporary world


8th spoken language in the world

260 000 000

260 million people in the world speak Russian

Most spoken Slavic language

One of the six working languages at the UN and UNESCO

The language of communication throughout the Post-Soviet space

4th language in the world based on number of translated books


2nd most popular language on the Internet

The language of world-famous Russian culture and literature

The language of science and business

NSU offers programs in Russian as a foreign language

100-120 hours

Minimal communicative competence.

SPEAKING: I can ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics. I can use phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.

LISTENING: I can understand very basic phrases concerning myself, my family, my friends people I know.

READING: I can understand familiar names, words and simple sentences, for example on notices, posters, catalogues.

WRITING: I can write short, simple greeting postcards. I can feel in forms with personal details: name, nationality, address.


200-260 hours

Primary level of communicative competence.

SPEAKING: I can speak on familiar topics about myself, my family, my friends, work or education, my city.

LISTENING: I can understand very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment.

READING: I can read very short advertisements, pamphlets, menus and timetables.

WRITING: I can write short notes, messages and personal letters.


320-380 hours

First level - general level for everyday communication on social and cultural topics. First level Certificate is necessary to enroll in a Russian university.

SPEAKING: I can speak about my family, hobbies, work and travels. I can speak about the plot of a movie or book.

LISTENING: I can understand the main idea of radio or TV programs.

READING: I understand the written description of feelings and events. I understand short texts about life and work.

WRITING: I can write a letter and small texts about my life, travels and my friends.


320-420 hours

Second level - sufficiently high level of communicative competence. The Second level Certificate is necessary for getting Bachelor degree, and for applying to Master programs.

SPEAKING: I can participate in dialogues without preparation; I can participate in discussions actively.

LISTENING: I understand presentations and lectures, almost all news reports; I understand the content of many movies.

READING: I understand articles as well as contemporary fiction.

WRITING: I can write detailed messages on subjects of interest. I can write an argumentative essay or report.


280-320 hours

Third level - high level of communicative competence. The Third level Certificate gives you an opportunity to get Bachelor and Master degrees even in Linguistics

SPEAKING: I can express, almost freely, my thoughts on TV programs, books and movies I read or watched. I can speak about life and abstract notions.

LISTENING: I understand detailed messages; I understand, almost fluently, all TV programs and movies.

READING: I understand large complex nonfiction and fiction texts and their stylistic features. I understand specialized technical instructions and articles.

WRITING: I know how to express my thoughts in writing and to elaborate on my views. I have no difficulties writing essays or reports on complex issues, I know how to use different styles according to the situation of communication.



Fourth level - fluent level, close to the level of a native speaker. The Fourth level Certificate enables a holder to conduct all kinds of teaching and research activities in the field of Russian language


(no exact amount of hours, because this level is close to the level of an educated native speaker)

  1. All our programs are available online
  2. Studying is offered both for small groups of 3-8 students (Russian language courses) and in large groups of 10-15 students (preparatory courses)
  3. We adjust the study program according to the needs of each group
  4. Our teachers are professional language educators
  5. We do TORFL (Test of Russian as a foreign language) preparation programs
  6. We offer accommodation at the dormitory (a 3 minute walk from the University) or in a host family reasonably priced
  7. Low living costs in Novosibirsk
  8. 1600 graduates from 48 countries

1. Republic of Korea - 25%

2. USA - 21%

3. Japan - 12%

4. China - 7%

5. France - 7%

6. UK - 5%

7. Germany - 5%

8. Other countries - 18%

We offer Russian as a foreign language programs from the level zero to advanced levels throughout the year. The education is organized in accordance with the University semester calendar; Russian language Summer school operates from June to August.

Education calendar

From To Academic hours* ECTS Cost
per week total
First semester 01.09.2020 22.12.2020 320 16 1 700 €
Second semester 11.01.2021 31.05.2021 20 (5 days) 380 19 2 000 €
Academic year 01.09.2020 31.05.2021
700 35 3 500 €
You may choose between the following options if you already have intermediate (B1) level
First semester 01.09.2020 22.12.2020 192 10 1 050 €
Second semester 11.01.2021 31.05.2021 12 (3 days) 228 11 1 250 €
Academic year 01.09.2020 31.05.2021      420 21 2 200 €

* 1 academic hour = 45 minutes


You need to register for a course three months before the course begins. If you cannot arrive by the course starting date, please e-mail us and let us know when you want to start studying. We will check whether it is possible for you to join one of the mini-groups within this period. In this case, you need to register 3 months before the planned starting date. 

You receive a certificate indicating the number of credits (ECTS) at the end of your study.


Maier Alyssa

Year: 2019

Program: Russian language courses

Country: USA

Hi, my name is Alyssa, I'm from the United States. I'm studying at Novosibirsk State University (NSU) for the summer in the Russian Summer Language Program. I chose NSU because I wanted an original Russian experience. When searching for universities in Russia, NSU was the best option. It is highly ranked and well known. Programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow are much more expensive and here the Russian language program gives so many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture and befriend Russian students. I love being surrounded by the forest and my time here has been unforgettable

Ferreira Maria

Year: 2019

Program: Russian language courses

Country: Brazil

Living and studying at Akademgorodok was a very good experience. Novosibirsk State University provided us with good classes, excellent teachers and, above all things, a lot of contact with Russian native speakers. I would recommend the experience.

Ballet Thomas

Year: October, 2019

Program: Russian language courses

Country: France

CIEP's (Center for international educational programs) help was useful from the preparation of documents (visa,contract, etc) to the assistance it gave me to get used to life in NSU and Akademgorodok. The Russian language courses were very interesting and helped me improve quickly my proficiency in this language. The teachers are professional and they helped me to be more confident in Russian. The small-group classes were perfect for that purpose. CIEP also organizes interesting events (excursions in Novosibirsk and Akademgorodok) which provide interesting informations for those who want to understand better Siberian's life and History.

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