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

  • Monday March 16, 2015, 4:30 pm, Statler Auditorium. Michael Anthony McFaul, the former United States Ambassador to Russia (now professor at Stanford University). 2015 Bartels World Affairs Lecture entitled, “A New Cold War? Explaining Russia's New Confrontation with the West.”
  • Here is why Russian studies are back: "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
  • This is the first year we are offering a Russian Minor in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (on the left).
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  • Deadline for applying for Michael Harum award (see under Study in Russia in the navgation bar to your left): February 15.
  • 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.
    • Click Study in Russia for some links that may be of interest. No pending deadlines at the moment.
    • 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 • 226 Morrill Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA
tel. 607/255-4155 • fax 607/255-8177 • email