Educational process

Training period for standard program: one academic year (two semesters).

Fall semester: September – January.

Spring semester: February – June.

Holidays: all Russian public holidays, two weeks in December-January, nine weeks in July-August.

Studies start from the second week in September. Students are kindly asked to arrive before September 10th of the current academic year.

  • In the fall semester, the students are doing the Russian Course only.

  • The spring semester includes the Russian Course as well as short-term courses in major subjects depending on your interests and the degree you would like to move on to. You can choose from one of our four profiles:

Pedagogics and Humanities

Technical and Engineering

Natural Sciences


  • In the fall semester, students of the Foundation Program have classes 5 five days a week (Mon-Fri) from 10 a.m. and till 15 p.m. (30 contact hours per week over an18-week semester). In the spring semester, the time schedules may vary according to the selected student profile, but will not exceed 30 contact hours per week.

  • Every student has full access to all university resources (the University library, the gym, computer classes, free Wi-Fi, etc).  

  • The language of instruction is Russian. Our teaching staff are qualified teachers of Russian as a Foreign Language and subjects, and have vast experience of working with international students.

At the end of the academic year, students will take examinations in the Russian language and other subjects. Those students, who have completed the foundation program successfully, will be granted certificates of completion.

The completion of the foundation program allows you to apply for NArFU degree programs (bachelor, specialist, master, and postgraduate studies).


For all questions regarding the foundation program, please contact our International Student Recruitment Office by phone or by e-mail, Facebook, VK

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Arkhangelsk, Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny 17, office 1326a

Office hours:

9:00 – 17:00 (except Saturday and Sunday)

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