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 (last updated July 7, 2022)

  • Class scheduling: Some of the information under Rooms and times (link on the left) is preliminary. For all courses marked TBA, see Organizational meeting below.
  • Placement Test in Russian: Read Heritage/native speakers under Courses. If you find a course that is clearly right for you, go ahead and enroll in it. If you are not sure, or if you want credit for knowing or learning Russian before Cornell, contact Slava Paperno,, to schedule a Placement Test (aka CASE).
  • Russian Language Club at Cornell: Join the Facebook group (run by students) to stay updated. Join the listserv by sending an empty message with subject "Join" to The club's e-mail is
  • Russian Conversation Hour at LRC: Cornell's Language Resource Center organizes informal meetings for students of various languages to get together and speak the language with no particular curriculum (and no homework!). If you cannot find what you are looking for at the website, write to Emma Britton.
  • Russian Minor is offered in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (link on the left).
  • Free on-campus tutoring at LSC (also LRC)
  • Ukrainian at Cornell. This semester, Spring '23, for the first time in many years, you can enroll in an overview course UKRAN 1100 Introduction to Ukraine, 1 credit, one 50-minute class a week, see Full-length Ukrainian language courses on campus are being planned, but even now any Cornell student is welcome to take distance-learning courses in elementary, intermediate, and advanced Ukrainian at Columbia University, see UKRAN in the Class Roster. These are not taught over Zoom. Our Language Resource Center in Stimson Hall has specially equipped video classrooms with multiple cameras and large monitors that serve the so-called Shared Course Initiative for teaching several languages remotely. The program predates online Zoom classes and has a very different look and feel. Questions? Please write to Krystyna Golovakova at and Emma Britton at
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  • 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 more.
    • 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 critical dates and the academic calendar, see Important Cornell links.
You will find contact information under Faculty. If you are new to the program and have a question, write to Slava Paperno.
From our 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