Free online courses in Russian

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Have you heard about Открытое образование yet?

They offer free online courses from big Russian universities. Tons and tons and tons of courses- 140 are available as I write this post! Click on the picture below to visit the site.


If you’re not sure where to get started, may I recommend some courses?


To improve your Russian, try:

Русский как иностранный (starts Feb 15th)

Культура русской деловой речи (starts Feb 15th)

История русской письменности (starts April 1st)

Функционирование русского языка в странах СНГ и национальных республиках РФ (starts April 1st)

Русский язык как государственный язык РФ (starts April 1st)

Язык современной рекламы и СМИ (starts April 1st)

Живые процессы русской разговорной речи (starts April 1st)

Академическое русское письмо (starts April 1st)


Just for fun, there’s also:

Персональная эффективность: тайм-менеджмент (starts Feb 13th)

Самоменеджмент (starts Feb 15th)

Китайский язык для начинающих (starts Feb 15th)

Ядерная физика (starts Feb 15th)

Живая земля (starts Feb 22nd) This guy looks like the coolest professor ever!!


What do you think? Will you try one? Have you ever taken a MOOC before?

10 Responses

  1. Tiia
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    Hmmm! I’ve been wondering if my Russian level is B1 or B2, so the first course on the list seems like an interesting chance to test that… Wondering if I could find the time. Hmm. 😀

    • Katherine
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      Hope you decided to give it a go, Tiia. 🙂 We can be classmates!

  2. Natalie K.
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    Oh wow, this is great! Thanks for posting it!

    • Katherine
      | Reply

      Я рада, что тебе понравилось, Наталья!

  3. Jasilyn Albert
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    This is awesome! Too bad I’m still at the A1/A2 level. 🙁

  4. J.T.
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    I would totally sign up for one of these if I wasn’t already enrolled in college courses. For now, it’s just Duolingo, Memrise, Morpheem, YouTube videos and flashcards!

    • Katherine
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      You definitely have your hands full, J.T.! I applaud you! 🙂 What level courses are you taking this semester (like, 200, 300, etc)? Does your school offer a lot of courses in Russian? Mine actually just dropped Russian Studies entirely, although you can still get a degree in Russian Language there.

      • J.T.

        Thanks! I forgot to mention translation as well. 🙂
        I’m taking a 204 and a 490 Russian course simultaneously. The keyed virus unit’s Russian department is small compared to other regional studies departments (or other big university Russian departments nationwide) but it’s tight-knit and has all the courses it needs. There’s even *secret* 500 and 600-level Russian classes for students who leap forward a year or so. I’m not there yet, but I will be soon. The independent research and study abroad opportunities are good too. 6 weeks abroad in the summer puts you a year ahead in your language studies; it’s that intensive.

        H-how can a school drop RAS completely?! In this day and age? Did your school suffer from lack of funding?

      • Katherine

        They said enrollment was too low to continue that specific program. Makes sense, I guess, as it is primarily a science university… although it’s in Alaska, so you’d think there would be some historical basis for that subject there.

        Your current and future studies sound cool. Hope you’ll share some of the interesting things you learn on your blog!

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