Foundation Program

Planning to enroll at ITMO University?

This special Foundation Program by ITMO University's International Students Learning and Support Center will help you integrate smoothly into the Russian education system.

This program provides students who have little or no knowledge of the Russian language with the necessary skills to enter into Russian-taught Bachelor's and Master's programs.

Over a period of 9 months, students will receive an intensive Russian language course designed to achieve the proficiency required to study in Russian-taught academic programs and specific technical subjects depending on the field they intend to pursue a degree in.

Graduates of the Foundation Program will receive certificates required for entering ITMO University or other Russian universities.

Benefits of the program

  • Intensive Russian language course combines a variety of teaching methods to improve students’ speaking, writing, and reading skills for academic studies and professional development
  • Better understanding of Russia, Russians and Russian culture
  • More opportunities to expand your career horizons
  • Networking with  Russian and international students
  • More chances to travel within the host country and the region


  • Intensive Russian language for beginners course;
  • Field-specific Russian preparatory course (Three tracks: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences);
  • Onsite and online modes of study.

Important dates

  • Application deadline: September 15, 2020
  • Classes start: October 1, 2020
  • Duration: 9 months (till June 30, 2021)

How to apply?

  • On the basis of international agreements between the Russian Federation and your country. For application details, please contact the Ministry of Education of your country or Office of Rossotrudnichestvo
  • On the basis of an individual contract with ITMO University

Contact us

For all application details, please contact ITMO University's International Students Learning and Support Center.

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