Educational programs (taught in English)

Russian Studies

1 semester (30 ECTS)


The program has been developed in cooperation between academicians and administrative staff of the northern universities and started in 2007 aiming at stimulation of exchange programs. One semester course is offered to the international students, as well as to the students of the Northern Arctic Federal University. The joint work is administrated within the Bologna project.


(1) University of Tromso (professor Jens Petter Nielsen, professor Tore Nesset, associate professor Yngvar Steinholt, associate professor Sander Goes);

(2) NArFU (professor Vladislav Goldin, associate professor Tatiana Teterevleva, associate professor Natalia Kukarenko, senior lecturer Tatiana Peckisheva, senior lecturer Elena Gryaznova).

Aims and Work Prospects

The Russian Studies course aims to stimulate the exchange program between the universities of the Nordic countries, to enable the students from abroad to get knowledge about Russian history, culture, language and society by offering them a full one-semester program at the Russian university. It is supposed that the students will get progress in studying Russia while staying in Russia and in their later work in the learning Russian subjects, the students will be in a position to work on a self-sufficient basis.

There is a possibility open to continue studies at the master’s degree level at one of the partner universities.


The Russian Studies course consists of 3 modules: 1. History: The Voices of Twentieth Century Russia. 2. Language: Soviet and contemporary Russian (i.e.1970 up to date). 3. Contemporary issues: Russian politics.

Autumn semester - compulsory courses:

1. The Voices of Twentieth Century Russia.

2. Soviet and contemporary Russian (i.e. 1970 up to date).

Russian politics.

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"Diverse Arctic: Local Challenges — Global Changes"


Northern (Arctic) Federal University invites international students to take part in the spring semester programme “Diverse Arctic: Local Challenges – Global Changes” starting from February 2013. This interdisciplinary English-taught programme is constituted of three compulsory courses which give insights into societies, politics, history and cultures of the Arctic with special focus on the Russian North.


1. Crossing the Borders: Changes and Challenges of the Russian Politics in the Arctic (1990s-2000s), 10 ECTS.

The course provides students with knowledge and understanding of changes and challenges of the Russian Politics from the prospect of society and culture, the environment and security. It explores how the political issues and institutions impact people’s life in the Arctic.

2. Society, Diversity and Human Development in the High North, 10 ECTS.

The course will address the issues of human development in Nordic communities and potentials embedded in the in the High North policies for different groups of populations living in the Arctic. Emphasizing the critical role of context and culture, special attention will be given to intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, age, living conditions, mobility patterns and High North policies in the Arctic region.

3. The Arctic as an Art object, 10 ECTS.

The basic aim of the course is to shape and analyze the representation of the Arctic from the inside and the outside by means of looking into various forms of art and knowledge which reflect geographical cultural and social uniqueness of the region. Students will explore and analyze different types of text: written (author’s and folklore), visual texts (paintings, graphic, photography and films), accompanied by and reflecting other expressive cultural forms such as dance, art, song, various forms of traditional knowledge and material culture of the High North societies.

Studies consist of different forms of work: lectures, seminars, presentations, group or individual (research) projects, workshops and screening sessions. The programme includes excursions to the most picturesque sights of Arkhangelsk region such as open-air museum of northern wooden architecture Malye Korely, Lomonosovo Village – the place where multitalented Russian scientist and researcher of the North Mikhail Lomonosov was born.

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Updated 11.05.2013