North-Eastern Federal University is located in Yakutsk, the capital and the largest city of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
Yakutia has much in common with Alaska, Canada and other northern countries: vast, sparsely populated lands rich in unspoiled beauty, abundant wildlife, natural resources, and ethnic and cultural diversity. The city of Yakutsk is on the Lena River. Summer weather is warm (30 – 35 C or 70's and 80's F) and dry.

Terms: June 11– August 05, 2012

Program Courses:
1. Elementary Russian
2. Intermediate Russian
3. Yakutia: Land and People
4. Applied Arts of Sakha people

Program credits– 15 ECTS

Program description

1. Option 1
Elementary Russian
Introduction course of the Russian language. Immersion in the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of the Russian language. Emphasis on conversational Russian, with additional reading and writing.

2.Option 2
Intermediate Russian
Immersion in the Russian language for students having intermediate level of Russian. Emphasis on reading, translation, textual analysis and composition. Includes discussion of advanced topics in Russian grammar and language structure illustrated through various writing styles. Prerequisite: one - two years of Russian.

3. Yakutia: Land and People

An interdisciplinary course introducing various aspects of life in Yakutia: history, geography, political situation of contemporary Yakutia, culture, environment and people. Some of the classes will be taught in museums and ethnographic complexes. The course includes also a trip to a traditional Sakha village and immersion in rural life.
4. Applied Arts (Traditional sewing and embroidery of the peoples of Yakutia )
The course introduces the history of indigenous clothes, traditions of sewing and embroidery, contemporary tendencies, ways of translating cultural information in clothes as well as practical skills in needle work, bead work, etc.
Accommodation: North-Eastern Federal University campus
Arrivals: June 11-13, departures: August 4-6
The invitation will be issued for the period from June 5 until August 10

Program cost
• Tuition fee – 800 $US
• Accommodation in double room – 380 $US
• Cultural Activities – 110$ US
(Excursions to museums, theaters, concerts, social and cultural events. Sakha traditional summer feast Ysyakh. Trip to the open - air museum “Druzhba”).

Trip to Sakha village (includes travel expenses, meals, accommodation) – 250$ US
Total: 1540 $US

Students coming within North2North program or exchange program are exempted from paying tuition fee but are responsible for accommodation and cultural activities expenses.

Program supervisor
Tatiana I. Olesova, Andrei Ivanov, Victor Potapov, Office of International programs, North-Eastern Federal University

Registration deadline: March 26, 2012
How to apply:
Students need to complete the application form and send it to the Office of International programs of North-Eastern Federal University by email:, or fax: + 7 (4112) 36 14 53 before the deadline.