We invite international participants to take part in our 2021 Russian language winter school. We value classroom experience, networking opportunities, one-to-one tutoring, academic conversations, good food, and traveling to wonderful destinations during our Russian summer and winter courses. The 4-week Russian language summer school will start on November 28, 2021, and will last till December 24, 2021. Applicants may also choose to participate in a 2 or 3 weeks’ program. We appreciate your time and your commitment to learning Russian and promise to organize an unforgettable Russian language course for you. And this is why we ask and encourage you to apply and participate. Thank you.
ASPIRANTUM - School of languages and cultures invites international participants to participate in the Russian language winter school organized from November 28 till December 24, 2021, in Yerevan, Armenia.
The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Russian language summer and winter school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials
2021 Russian language 28 days’ winter school will help the participants to master skills in written and oral modern Russian, to read and interpret Russian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepen their knowledge in colloquial Russian.
Below, in the application form, you may select also a 2 (14 days, 40 hours) or 3 (21 days, 60 hours) weeks program starting from November 28, 2021
The Russian language winter school offers 80 hours of intensive Russian language classes during 20 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Russian language instruction for 4 hours. The classes start in the mornings or noon, and the schedule is the following:
09:00 (14:00) - 10:00 (15:00) - Russian language class
10:00 (15:00) - 10:10 (15:10) - Coffee Break
10:10 (15:10) - 11:10 (16:10) - Russian language class
11:10 (16:10) - 11:20 (16:20) - Coffee Break
11:20 (16:20) - 12:20 (17:20) - Russian language class
12:20 (17:20) - 12:30 (17:30) - Coffee Break
12:30 (17:30) - 13:30 (18:30) - Russian language class (fourth and final class)
The Russian language winter classes will cover the following components every day to foster the Russian language knowledge of participants at a rapid pace:
Grammar: Every day class will cover the main grammatical concepts of the modern Russian language.
Vocabulary: During the 4 weeks course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 1000 new Russian words from literary language as well as words used in everyday life.
Listening: The classes are scheduled in a way that participants with the guidance of an experienced instructor learn the Russian language through songs and movies as well as watching and listening to news and other short videos about interesting and sometimes funny topics and stories about Russian realities.
Speaking: Every day the Russian language classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations, and interpretations about different texts and topics. As nearly everyone speaks Russian fluently in Yerevan the speaking skills of participants may be advanced during everyday conversations in the streets, shops, and other places of Yerevan.
Writing: Each day the participants of the Russian language class will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day. The homework will primarily involve writing assignments and those will be assessed by the teacher and discussed the next day’s Russian language class.
Reading: Every day students will read and discuss political texts, prose and poetry, conversations, and news. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes comprises different prominent Russian authors, daily conversations as well as news of the day.
This Russian language school is designed for participants, at least 18 years old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Russian language, deepen their knowledge of Russian grammar, colloquial speech, and literary language.
The Russian language winter school 2021 will have 1 group of up to 12 participants (previously the ASPIRANTUM Russian language groups have usually had 2-8 students). The participants must have an upper elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate level of Russian language knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. We do not offer beginner classes or advanced classes in the Russian language. Below are the descriptions of mentioned levels:
1. Upper elementary level (A1-A2) :
You know the alphabet and can read words and expressions sometimes with difficulties; You can write words, expressions, and sentences in Russian; You master certain typical phrases in Russian and know how to write them; You barely understand everyday Russian language
2. Lower intermediate level (A2) :
You have a certain amount of difficulty in understanding the Russian language except in very precise situations; You are capable of having a simple conversation in Russian; You understand a simple written text or isolated words in Russian; You still make a lot of mistakes in expressions, vocabulary, and grammar
3. Intermediate level (A2-B1) :
You manage to enter into a discussion but do not always find the appropriate turns of phrase in Russian; You manage to express your opinion in Russian and to understand the person you're speaking with; You understand voice recordings (radio, telephone, answering machine, skype, etc.); You have difficulty understanding a person who speaks quickly; You still make pronunciation, grammar, and precision mistakes
Our instructor of the Russian language has extensive experience to teach students of mentioned levels in one group in a way, that all students have a rapid growth in their knowledge of the Russian language.
Before the classes start the instructor of Russian will send a written test to all confirmed participants as well as will have a video call with all of them to assess their knowledge of Russian prior to the start of the school. By the end of each week, an interim exam will be organized, and at the end of the school, the students will pass a final exam to assess their advancement during school.
ASPIRANTUM’s Russian language schools are organized in a way that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professors as well as anyone interested in learning Russian benefit from it the most. So everyone with upper elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate levels of Russian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM’s Russian language winter school from November 28 till December 24 in Yerevan.
The deadline to apply to the 2021 Russian language winter school is October 20, 2021.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
Deadline for discounted fee:
September 28, 2021 (see discount details in the “Participation fee” section below).
The participation fee is:
$1590 - 4 weeks. Below, in the application form, you may select also a 2 or 3 weeks program starting from Nov 28
$1290 - 3 weeks
$990 - 2 weeks
If you apply before September 25 and make the payment before September 28 the participation fee will be:
$1390 - 4 weeks. Below, in the application form, you may select also a 2 or 3 weeks program starting from Nov 28
$1190 - 3 weeks
$890 - 2 weeks
This price includes reading and writing materials, coffee breaks, and cultural trips to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavor.
We will not cover Accommodation, insurance, breakfast, lunch, dinner, visa costs, travel costs to Armenia, from Armenia and in Armenia, any costs of accompanying friends or family members.
Each participant of the winter school may find other sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.
ASPIRANTUM will provide applicants with an official letter of invitation to support scholarship and travel grant applications.
To apply, please fill in the application form below.
“My vocabulary increased enormously, grammatical issues were resolved and my pronunciation improved significantly.”
Peter CooperIT specialist, Netherlands
“At my university, I have been participating in taking Russian for a year. A year is a long time, 365 days, and hours and hours of Russian a day. Within three weeks at the ASPIRANTUM school, I have learned more information about the Russian language than I have in an entire year.”
Dinara DunhamUniversity of Oregon, USA
“I am very satisfied both at a personal and a professional level. I have been to many language schools all over the world, and these two weeks in Yerevan have been outstanding.”
Germán Moreno GonzálezEngineer, Spain
“Not only does the ASPIRANTUM Russian language summer course provide high-class teaching, but Yerevan is one of the best places to practice Russian. Due to my ASPIRANTUM experience, I can now confidently speak and read in Russian and carry out my Ph.D. project in the history of soviet science diplomacy.”
Gabriela RadulescuPhD student, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
“I had the opportunity to improve and deepen my knowledge of Russian language, culture and literature with the help of highly qualified teachers in a friendly environment.”
Valentina BernardiMA student, University of Verona, Italy