Russian language Winter Schools and the New Year Fest in Russia

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About

“Russian Fresh” and “Russian Fresh-PLUS” are the Winter Schools on Russian language and culture organized by the Ural Federal University.
“Russian Fresh” is 12-day practical course on Russian language for students who want to develop their ability to use Russian in a variety of contexts as work, studies and travel. Learning in small groups you can expect to use Russian more effectively at the end of the course. To get a taste for all of the great things Russia has to offer you will take part in rich cultural program, workshops on Russian studies and a grandiose celebration of the New Year Russian-style in a country-side house.

“Russian Fresh-PLUS” Program is an extended variant of “Russian Fresh” including besides the activities named above a week trip to charming winter Moscow and a 28-hour Transsib train ride to the Urals. It is a perfect course for those who would like to maximize their time in Russia by combining education and vacation.

Highlights
  • 97% of our students rate their experience and tuition as “excellent” or “great”;
  • You study in the biggest University of the Ural region with qualified and dynamic teachers;
  • You celebrate unforgettable New Year in Russian-style in a countryside house and experience traditional Russian entertainments - banya, horse riding, skiing in Siberian forest and more;
  • You explore the main touristic highlights of Moscow, Ekaterinburg and the Ural region and participate in a legendary Transsib train journey;
  • You travel with a team-leader and get support from a great team of Russian volunteers while in Russia.

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Reviews

91%
based on 7 reviews
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.4
  • Value 9.1
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Xuan
10/10

A dream full of snow

In the last three days of the project, we left the city to go to the farm to experience Russian forests and icy lakes. Drive away from the city, walk into the quiet forest, live in the hut, we can skate on the outdoor ice rink during the day, play tube on the snowy road, ski on the lake with thick ice and snow. The trail of a jet plane crossed the sky, and I recorded this moment with the camera, quiet and empty. Russia's ice and snow make up for the north without snow in this winter. I breathe here, when tired of skating, drinking cold water like a fighter, and then going back and moving like a fighter. This feeling is really good.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Zhengnan
10/10

Can't wait to go there for the second time!

The program was so wonderful and I would like to go there again if possible!
We studied Russian language in one of the building in the university. The building was traditional and it seemed to have very long history. The teacher --- Kseniia taught us Russian language. Russian language is so difficult but she could make it easy for us to understand. Everyone could learn a lot about the basic of Russian language.
We also took a lot of city tours during the program. The city we stayed in for two weeks was Ekaterinburg. The city is small but delicate. The manager took us to some historic spots like churches and museums. In spared time, my friends and I liked hanging out on the street especially in snowy day. Snowy cityscape was likewise charming both in the morning and at night. Residents there were really hospitable and friendly so that we enjoyed a lot during shopping and eating out. The program also included a country tour which was full of snow. We tried a lot of games and sports related to snow. In addition, we experienced traditional Russian style sauna which made me cold and hot in the same time. The beauty of that country with lakes and forests covered by snow was more than I can describe.
Moreover, during the program, the Russian volunteers were always with us. They were really kind college girls and spoke really good English. They even could speak a third language such as Spanish or Chinese. They helped us a lot during the tour since most residents could not speak good English and the girls would translate for us. I had much fun together with them.
Although I talked a lot about the program, you cannot get the real feeling if you don't go there by yourselves. So don't hesitate to join it.

How can this program be improved?
More Spicy Food~ :D
Yes, I recommend this program
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Xinlin
10/10

It is excellent!!!

The trip to Russia is my first surprise in 2018 which is memorable forever. There are super good teachers, very interesting classmates, beautiful and enthusiastic volunteers. Moreover, the most beautiful snow I have ever seen.
This Russian exchange program is scheduled to be located in Yekaterinburg, Russia's third largest city. We have a half-month exchange at the Federal University of Ural and conducted 40 hours of Russian study. A quite part of us hadn’t study Russian a lot before. Kseniia tirelessly correct our pronunciation over and over again, and push us to learn new content continuously. In 15 days, although there has not been a qualitative change, we have a good idea of Russian pronunciation and grammar. Kseniia often laughs. When she laughs, her eyes are bright, her long eyelashes are sparkling.Sooo cute! She is both the project manager and our teacher, and our “Russian Mama”, every morning “Доброе утро! (Good morning)”, every day "Очень хорошо! (very good)", bringing us happiness and gives us love.
In the last few days, we went to the Russian countryside to share the Russian New Year. Compared to the regular and peaceful study life in Yekaterinburg, we are likely a group of children who are dancing in the snow. We experienced skiing, snowballing, and sliding tires.They were all exactly interesting!When the New Year came, we danced in the music, talking about the most grateful things in 2017, drinking champagne, eating their own hands of Ural dumplings, surrounding of an atmosphere of happiness.
In short, this project is very interesting and worth participating! Don’t be worry, everything will be satisfied.

How can this program be improved?
Perfect teachers
Delicious food
Comfortable accommodation
Beautiful scenery
A wealth of knowledge
Real Russia!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Fang
10/10

It was an amazing experience here

The winter school in UrFU left me an amazing experience.
EKB is an interesting city inside Ural, it's still not so disturbed by the worldwide globalization. So it's certainly a good chance to experience the real Russia in such a special place, especially in the freezing winter))

The Russian language courses they provide were awesome too. They have courses for different levels so everyone from beginner to advanced speakers can improve his language skills.

Also, it's an international school so we had chance to meet friends who are also found of Russian culture from all over the world! I made friends with some local girls and a Brazilian boy, and learned a lot about the outside world.

All the experience the UrFU winter school gave me was so unique. I remember the peaceful beautiful city, the unique Russian food, the passionate friends, the endless snow as well as the wild Siberian forest.
I strongly recommend you to come and experience it by yourself! It's an amazing place worth exploring

How can this program be improved?
the food in school canteen is unique and very russian styled but many students especially Asian students can not get used to it..
Yes, I recommend this program
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Iulian
10/10

I'll Be Back!

I got from this program even more than I expected to have! Our language teachers were very friendly, patient and creative, and they gave us all the attention and support we deserve. The language course was really well-organized: we have never been bored and we challenged ourselves a lot! Cannot miss the staff of the school. Its living core, the manager Kseniia, was a best friend and even a mother to each and every student! From the first letter to her till the good-buy party she was very caring, attentive and professional. I was not nervous at all before my trip because of her assistance, and I deeply enjoyed my 3 weeks in Russia. I totally recommend the Winter School to everyone! Do Scorova!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Zhang
5/10

Unforgetable

It is honoured that I can write some remarks here.Such wonderful trip to Russia that I can't help rejoining it.if I had chances,I would apply for this program again.Due to this journey, not only did I met such hospitable ,kindly and wisdom Russian friends but also we had one extremly rare opportunity to communicate with each other.I stongly recommend this Winter School to you !Hope You can join us .Let's have a good time together.The beautiful Winter School would welcome you a lot.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Qingfeng
9/10

A great experience

Translation: The teachers are especially good, especially Kseniia, who is beautiful and attracted by her dedication, kindness and looks. The entire itinerary is very fulfilling. Every day is very happy from the last day I just landed. In addition to class (the class is very interesting, not boring), you can go skiing with volunteers, go skating, go to the bar, go shopping, and so on. I will expand my international vision first, and this project is no better. This experience also made me understand the passionate Russian friends. Of course, there are also other small partners in the project. In the classroom, we can exchange and learn. Very great! The corresponding volunteers also directly docked with us. I would highly recommended.

Yes, I recommend this program

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The UrFU Winter and Summer Schools on Russian as a foreign language were born in 2010 within the Educational Project“Russian Studies in Real Russia”. During 8 years of our existance we helped 215 students from 27 countries to have safe, engaging and...