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 June 4, 2020)

  • Fall 2020: This semester all RUSSA classes are taught on Zoom: in real time • in small groups • never pre-recorded • highly interactive. We did that with great success in March-May 2020 and can have fun doing it again in the fall. We are aware that for students with extremes forms of ADD it might be difficult to concentrate in front of a computer. But it can be done, and besides, online language learning has advantages that work for everyone:
    • with adequate equipment, you can hear the sounds more clearly, and adjust the volume when needed;
    • the teacher can hear you better: no need to shout through a mask at six feet from everyone, fighting the campus lawnmower outside;
    • if you happen to have a soft voice, just move the microphone closer to your mouth, or get a more sensitive one;
    • language classes are small, and with everyone facing their cameras on the same screen, it is easy to feel in touch with all your classmates;
    • you will never be neglected by the teacher just because you happen to be sitting in the corner or be obscured by a bigger fellow;
    • words typed in the chat box are equally readable to everyone; it is like every student getting her own blackboard that’s always visible to all;
    • the entire contents of the chat box are automatically saved for you: no need to copy everything from the blackboard;
    • you can see yourself the way others see you, and can tuck away that stubborn strand of hair, or practice self control;
    • you get to meet the professor’s cat, and can introduce yours!
  • Class scheduling: Some of the information under Rooms and times (see link on the left) is preliminary. For all courses marked TBA, see Organizational meeting below.
  • Placement Test in Russian: Contact Slava Paperno by email,, for an online appointment.
  • Organizational meetings for all Fall 2020 courses that are marked TBA (Time to Be Arranged) in the course roster will be held online (click Rooms and times on the left for Zoom IDs and passwords):
    • RUSSA 1125: 4:00 pm East Coast time on Friday September 4 in Slava's Zoom room;
    • RUSSA 1131: 4:30 pm East Coast time on Friday September 4 in Slava's Zoom room;
    • RUSSA 3305: 5:30 pm East Coast time on Friday September 4 in Slava's Zoom room;
    We'll be looking for online meeting times that suit everyone. We'll do our best to accommodate students from the other hemisphere, too. This meeting might also help if you're not sure which course is right for you.
  • 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 Minor is offered in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (link on the left).
  • Private tutoring: contact Rochelle,, tel. 347-825-1908.
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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 links.
    • 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