Summer School in Mari Language and Culture

Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation
July 6-26, 2009.

Mari State University is happy to announce annual Summer School in Mari Language and Culture organized by the Department of Mari Language and Literature – Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies, and International Office of Mari State University. The event will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, capital of the Republic of Mari El, on July 6-26, 2009. We use our advantages of long teaching experience, cozy and secure environment, and exploration of the Mari culture incorporated in the study process.

Feel free to apply and learn more about Mari language, a kin language to the Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian, and the unique Mari culture, which has its roots in the pagan (pre-Christian) religious beliefs. You will be taught to speak, write and understand Mari speech, learn the traditional life of Mari, see the Volga river and feel the spirit of the unique Finno-Ugric minority culture that survives in the middle of Russia.

This year the Summer School program will consist of two parallel modules: for beginners and for advanced students (those who continue studying Mari). The classes and workshops will be delivered by experienced professors of Mari State University.

To download the Summer School Program please click here (DOC)

Download the Curriculum – Beginners Level (DOC)
Do wnload the Curriculum – Advanced Level (DOC)

How to apply. The very first step is to fill and send the application form. The International Office of Mari State University provides assistance in making letters of invitation needed for the Russian entry visa to all non-Russian citizens applying for participation. The application form should be submitted to the International Office of Mari State University until the deadline (June 1, 2009). Download the application form (DOC)

If you have specific needs and requirements (diet, living conditions, medical treatments, etc.) feel free to contact our International Office (preferably by e-mail).

Cost: 520 US Dolars (includes: tuition fees, accomodation in the student dormitory, meals in the student caffeteria, cultural programme and local transportation for the whole period of the School).

The non-refundable advance payment of 100 USD must be paid by international banking transfer to the account of Mari State University. Please indicate your last name (names) and purpose of payment (e.g. “Summer School in Mari Language”) in the payment documents.

The rest sum of 420 US Dollars should be paid in Russian roubles (exchange rate on the day of payment) to the cashiers of Mari State University, upon arrival.
Download the banking requisites (DOC)

Deadline for applications and the advance payment: June 1, 2009.

Logistics. Daily direct train goes every evening from Moscow to Yoshkar-Ola, departure from Kazansky railway terminal (Kazansky vokzal). Time in the way: approx. 16 hours (arrival next morning). MarSU International Office staff will provide meeting and transportation from the railway station in Yoshkar-Ola.

Contacts. Please send your applications, along with the notifications on money transfer of the registration fees to the International Office of Mari State University by e-mail:,
or fax (+7-8362) 720 705
(+7-8362) 426 583

Информация для граждан РФ (на русском языке)

Source: Mari State University


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