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

  • Next Placement Test in Russian: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:30pm in Room 110 Morrill Hall. You may also come at this time if you have questions about our courses. If you grew up in a Russian family or studied Russian elsewhere, read Advanced Placement and Russian for Russians under Courses.
  • Organizational meeting for all Fall 2018 courses that are marked TBA (Time to Be Arranged) in the course roster: Friday August 24 at 4:30, room KG42 Klarman Hall. We'll be looking for meeting times that suit everyone. This meeting might also help if you're not sure which course is right for you. Come on time and bring your schedule!
  • International Fair: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 11:30-2pm on the First Floor Terrace of Uris Hall. This event showcases the many different options for students to internationalize their Cornell experience. One of the Russian teachers will be there to talk to you.
  • A group of IT professionals in Moscow is offering free language exchange over the Internet at
  • The student-run Cornell Russian-Jewish Club aims to create a forum on Russian life at Cornell and is dedicated to being a hub for Russian-language culture here on campus. Whether you are an expat from Russia or the former Soviet Union, someone who can trace their ancestry to the motherland, or simply interested in the culture and language, you are welcome to join. Please write to Rebecca Burd at
  • Three reasons why Russian studies are back: in The Washington Post (also published in The OR Register with a great photo) and The New York 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
  • Russian Minor is offered in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (on the left).
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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.
  • 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