Summer School of Mari Language and Culture

Yoshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, Russian Federation. July 2–22, 2012.

Mari State University is happy to announce the annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies and the International Office of Mari State University. The Summer School will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, capital of the Republic of Mari El, on July 02-July 22, 2012. As we have a long teaching experience our students will take benefit from studying in cozy and secure environment where the language study process is combined with learning the cultural aspects of life and the ancient traditions of the Mari.

Feel free to apply and learn more about Mari language, a kin language to many other Finno-Ugric / Uralic languages: Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Komi, Udmurt, Erzya and Moksha Mordovian. Come to study a unique Mari culture which has its roots in the pre-Christian pagan beliefs. You will be taught to speak, write and understand Mari speech, learn the traditional life of the Mari, see the Volga river and feel the spirit of this Finno-Ugric minority in the middle of the Russian mainland.

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

To download the Summer School Schedule please click here (program_2012.doc)

Download the Curriculum – Beginners Level (curriculum2012_begin.doc)
Download the Curriculum – Intermediate Level (curriculum2012_intermediate.doc)
Download the Curriculum – Advanced Level(curriculum2012_advanced.doc)

How to apply

The very first step is to fill and send the application form, and pay a registration fee.
Download the application form (Visa appl.doc)

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

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 ( “Summer School of Mari Language”) in the payment documents. Downloadthe banking requisites (requisites.doc)

Deadline for application and payment of the registration fee: May 16, 2012.

The application form should be submitted to the International Office of Mari State University. You may also send a copy of the receipt from the bank as the confirmation of your payment.

Invitations and visas

The International Office of Mari State University provides assistance in preparing invitations needed for the Russian entry visa to all non-Russian citizens applying for participation.

The citizens of the EU-member states can apply for the Russian short-term visa on a simplified procedure; so they will receive Letters of Invitation from the Mari State University. The non-EU citizens (e.g. American, Canadian, etc.) will receive official invitation forms. Both kinds of invitations will be sent to the applicants far in advance by regular air mail, or (in case of urgency) by courier mail.

Citizens of the CIS countries (e.g. Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc.) who will not need the Russian visa, should send their application form and pay the registration anyway.


The total cost of participation is 695 US Dollars. It includes: tuition fees, accomodation in the student dormitory, meals at the student caffeteria (twice a day: breakfast and lunch), cultural program and local transportation for the whole period of the School.

The fees should be paid in Russian roubles upon arrival to the cashiers of Mari State University. The sum is counted on the USD exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.


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. We can give you advise and instruction if you choose the route through the cities of Kazan or Cheboksary.

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

Информация для граждан РФ (на русском языке)

Source: Mari State University

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