Viktoria Tsimberov, Slava Paperno, Raissa Krivitsky
Our main sequence of courses is team-taught by (left to right) Viktoria Tsimberov, Slava Paperno, and Raissa Krivitsky. Each of us also teaches his or her own courses. If we were to describe our program in three words, it would be "challenging, fulfilling, and fun." And very friendly!

Current Announcements

  • See the Final exam schedule. Regardless of which class or section you are taking this semester, feel free to come at any of the times showed for any of the RUSSA final exams. No advance notice necessary.
  • Next Placement Test in Russian: Saturday, August 20, at 3:00pm in 102 Morrill Hall. You may also come at this time if you have questions about our courses. (Most students won't need to take the test. If you grew up in a Russian family or studied Russian elsewhere, read Advanced Placement and Russian for Russians under Courses, then write to Slava Paperno at if you have questions.)
  • International Fair:
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 11:30-2pm on the First Floor Terrace of Uris Hall. Thos event showcases the many different options for students to internationalize their Cornell experience.
  • Three reasons why Russian studies are back: in The Washington Post (also published in The OR Register with a great photo) and The New Yourk Times. It all boils down to this: "Now the Russia experts hope that a global crisis some believe is a result of American naïveté and unsophistication about Russia may serve as the catalyst for a new generation of Russia experts." ~NYT
  • We are offering a Russian Minor in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (on the left).
  • For private tutoring by a professional language teacher, please write to Ksenia Ionova,
  • The University of Arizona offers opportunities for graduate support leading to the Masters, including fellowships and teaching years, tuition, and health insurance. Basic information at,,
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  • We are often asked about online courses in Russian. Some day Cornell may offer those, but we don't do that now.
  • The Jewish-Russian Club, a campus-wide student organization of speakers of Russian (regardless of their ethnicity) holds regularly scheduled events on and off-campus. All students of Russian (including beginners) are welcome. To join the mailing list, write to Salim Bure at or Michelle Markovich at
  • Scholarships, study abroad, etc.:
    • February 15 is the application deadline for our Michael Harum Award. If you plan to study in Russia, click Study in Russia for the link.
    • Applications to various programs for study in Russia are generally due in early-to-mid-February, click Study in Russia for links.
    • Dont miss our own Eralash in Moscow under Study in Russia!
    • The AATSEEL site under Outside resources always has relevant information on internships, graduate studies, and such.
See Rooms and times for class meeting times and places; our office hours; and links to campus maps and building names.
Click Courses if you are looking for information on all our courses.
If you learned Russian at home or studied it in high school, see Russian for Russians under Courses.
For important dates, see Academic Calendar.
You will find contact information under Faculty. If you are new to the program and have a question, write to Slava Paperno.
From our first-year students:
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Dept. of Comparative literature • Russian Language Program • 240 Goldwin Smith Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA
tel. 607/255-4155 • fax 607/255-8177 • email