Moscow Summer School 2017
June 14 - August 9
The program's team was welcoming, caring, and always helpful, especially for those of us who arrived without any Russian language knowledge, and taught us to navigate everything from the basics of Russian grammar to public transportation. Studying in Moscow introduced me to international human rights law and rule of law issues and in many ways shaped my subsequent career, including researching related issues on a Fulbright grant in Ukraine and later attending law school. (Carolyn.
Stanford U.)
In the summer of 2016 I travelled to Moscow, Russia to take part in the summer international language school and internship program. I took private language lessons which allowed me to develop my language skills and read full texts of Pushkin in the original Russian. Apart from classes, excursions across Moscow, and weekends at the dacha, the most memorable part of my experience was my internship teaching English to young Russian children. (Dzenela. Colgate U.)
I owe my success to my participation in the program run by Abashkin and his team. The program in Moscow enabled me to develop useful skills, such as the ability to communicate with people from different cultures, to work in diverse teams, and, of course to understand, speak, read, and write in Russian. My time in Russia with Sasha's program also helped me to see the world from a unique perspective. (Grant. Previously BYU student, currently JD Candidate at Harvard Law School.)
Language Program
Russian for beginners. 160 contact hours. 10 weeks.This introductory course is meant to develop functional competence in four basic skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. It will give students a basic knowledge of Russian grammar and communication skills, and will enable them to take part in simple conversations. By the end of this class, students are able to:
· Understand simple conversations about daily routines, family, school, work, announcements, etc.
· Express immediate needs and interests and hold simple conversations
· Read and understand articles on familiar topics and brief literary texts
· Write simple compositions about daily routines, family, school, and work, postcards and short letters
· This course is equivalent to one year of University-level Russian.
Intermediate Russian. 128 contact hours. 8 weeks. Requires a minimum of one year of prior Russian study at the university level. This course is intended for students who are continuing to learn Russian and want to increase their proficiency level significantly. It provides focused instruction to help students expand their proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Russian. Classes focus on developing everyday Russian conversational skills that are appropriate in casual and business situations. It aims to:
· Increase students' linguistic confidence by giving them an opportunity to talk on a variety of subjects;
· Improve their knowledge and use of proper grammar by emphasizing some of the most common problems that intermediate speakers face;
· Enhance their understanding of contemporary Russian language through a study of everyday news.
Advanced Russian. 128 contact hours. 8 weeks. Requires a minimum of two years of prior Russian study at the university level. This course is aimed at developing students' communication skills, including advanced reading and writing skills. By capitalizing on the immersive Russian language environment, students can make considerable progress in their speaking and writing abilities. Students will work to develop more sophisticated syntax and grammar, which have a higher frequency of usage in written texts. Learning materials correspond to the students' proficiency level and include texts from the areas of current affairs, culture, business, and politics. The course concentrates on discussing topics relevant to problems of contemporary society with a special focus on discussing cultural differences. By the end of this class students will be able to communicate on a wide variety of subjects with native speakers.
Russian for Heritage Speakers. 128 contact hours. 8 weeks. This course aims to help speakers with a native knowledge of Russian to proceed to the level of competency that typically exceeds that of the students in their third or fourth year of Russian. They will master basic reading and writing skills (e.g. script and sound-to-letter fit, including reduced vowels and voicing/devoicing issues), they will review and reinforce Russian grammar, filling in gaps in difficult issues from noun declensions and verbal conjugations to the use of verbals.

This course will help them to expand their vocabulary.They will learn how to avoid word-for-word translation and will be able to compare the original text and translated texts for differences between the Russian and English word order. They will develop listening comprehension and will be challenged to transform communication into connected discourse, working on proficient language performance as well as competency.
We offer our students the opportunity for immersion in the language through academic (non-paid) internships in Russian and international organizations and companies that work in Moscow. Working with native Russian-speaking colleagues gives students the opportunity to acquire professional vocabulary, thus improving Russian business communication skills, e.g., business correspondence skills.
These internships also allow students to gain invaluable professional experience, which often becomes their ticket to a prestigious company, and certainly allow them to stand out among the competition in the eyes of HR managers and admissions officers at graduate schools (see testimonials). We do not guarantee automatic placement at any of the organisations in the right column, but we do our best to find our students internship placements that match their academic majors and/or professional interests.
Our current internship providers include:

  • Center for Strategic Research (Think-tank)
  • Center for Creative Industries (CCI)
  • Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (think-tank)
  • Garage Art Gallery
  • Groupon (Recommendation service)
  • Hilti (Construction products and services)
  • Kaspersky Lab (IT)
  • Kidsave International (Charity)
  • Central Children's Hospital
  • Maria's Children (Charity)
  • Moscow State University Choir
  • Moscow Rowing Club
  • Gulag Museum
  • Olympic Star Fitness Center
  • PIR-Center for Political Studies (think-tank)
  • PR Partner (PR Agency)
  • PwC
  • Slavic Center for Law and Justice (Law firm)
  • SOVA Center for Information and Analysis (NGO)
  • The Cultural Fund "Yekaterina"
  • The Institute for European Studies (Think-tank)
  • The Moscow Times (Newspaper)
  • The State Museum of Literature
  • Tsaritsyno Museum and Park
  • Vegas Lex Law Firm
  • WCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center)
About Our School
The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES), also known as Shaninka, after its founder, the eminent British sociologist, Teodor Shanin, is an accredited non-governmental institution of higher education. It was established more than 22 years ago by Shanin with support from Professors Abel Aganbegyan and Tatyana Zaslavskaya. The main aim of its founders was to create a globally competitive Russian university.

MSSES offers the following Master's programs in Russian:
  • Law (LLM)
  • Sociology
  • Public History: Historical Knowledge in Modern Society
  • International Politics
  • Media Management
  • Urban Studies
  • Socio-cultural Project Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Education Management

Shaninka also offers Language & Interships Programs for international students.

Our team has taught students from the U.S. and other countries for more than 23 years. In 1993 we welcomed the first group of students from Stanford University to Moscow. Since then students from many American universities, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, SUNY, Georgia Tech, USC, BYU, etc. have enjoyed learning Russian with our language instructors. We are located at the Academy of National Economy and its successor, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), but we operate independently as the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

In addition to courses in the Russian language, we also provide foreign students with opportunities to live and volunteer in career-related activities that cannot easily be found at other Russian institutions, including internships and direct-enrollment opportunities.
Our partner in Riga (Latvia)
Our Summer School's participants have an option to spend half of the program with our partner program in Riga at the Baltic Center for Educational and Academic Development. To learn more please visit its site
Contact us:
Skype: dvinskiy
MSSES, 82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo,
Moscow, Russia

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