July 18 – August 7, 2011. Mari State University is happy to announce annual Summer School of Mari Language and Culture organized by the Institute of Finno-Ugric Studies and the International Office of Mari State University. The Summer School will take place in Yoshkar-Ola, capital of the Republic of Mari El, on July 18-August 7, 2011. We use our advantages of long teaching experience, cozy and secure environment, and exploration of the traditionsl Mari culture incorporated in the study process.
Feel free to apply and learn more about Mari language, a kin language to many other Finno-Ugric / Uralic languages: Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Komi, Udmurt, Erzya and Moksha Mordovian. Come to study a unique Mari culture, which has its roots in the pre-Christian pagan beliefs. You will be taught to speak, write and understand Mari speech, learn the traditional life of Mari, see the Volga river and feel the spirit of this Finno-Ugric minority in the middle of the Russian mainland.
This year the Summer School program will consist of two parallel modules: for beginners and for advanced students (those who continue studying Mari). The classes and workshops will be delivered by experienced professors of Mari State University.
How to apply The very first step is to fill and send the application form, and pay a registration fee.
NOTICE: If you have specific needs and requirements (diet, living conditions, medical treatments, etc.) feel free to contact our International Office (preferably by e-mail).
The non-refundable advance payment of 100 USD must be paid by international banking transfer to the account of Mari State University. Please indicate your last name (names) and purpose of payment ( “Summer School of Mari Language”) in the payment documents.
Deadline for application and payment of the registration fee: May 16, 2011.
The application form should be submitted to the International Office of Mari State University. You may also send a copy of the receipt from the bank as the confirmation of your payment.
Invitations and visas The International Office of Mari State University provides assistance in preparing invitations needed for the Russian entry visa to all non-Russian citizens applying for participation.
The citizens of the EU-member states can apply for the Russian short-term visa on a simplified procedure; so they will receive Letters of Invitation from the Mari State University. The non-EU citizens (e.g. American, Canadian, etc.) will receive official invitation forms. Both kinds of invitations will be sent to the applicants far in advance by regular air mail, or (in case of urgency) by courier mail.
Citizens of the CIS countries (e.g. Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc.) who will not need the Russian visa, should send their application form and pay the registration anyway.
Fees Total cost of participation is 520 US Dolars. It includes: tuition fees, accomodation in the student dormitory, meals n the student caffeteria (two for a day: breakfast and lunch), cultural programme and local transportation for the whole period of the School.
The fees should be paid in Russian roubles upon arriva to the cashiers of Mari State University. The sum is counted on the USD exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the day of payment.
Logistics Daily direct train goes every evening from Moscow to Yoshkar-Ola, departure from Kazansky railway terminal (Kazansky vokzal). Time in the way: approx. 16 hours (arrival next morning). MarSU International Office staff will provide meeting and transportation from the railway station in Yoshkar-Ola. We can give you advise and instruction if you choose the route through the cities of Kazan or Cheboksary.
Contacts.Please send your applications, along with the notifications on money transfer of the registration fees to the International Office of Mari State University by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
or fax (+7 8362) 720705
You can find the information about the program on our site: