Irkutsk State Technical University: International School “EXPLORING SIBERIA ’15. Winter edition”

February 07 – 26, 2015
Irkutsk city and Lake Baikal, Russia

About the program

Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU) offers a high quality academic program in Siberian regional studies accompanied by Russian language course and combined with diverse cultural program. The first “Exploring Siberia” took place in summer 2007 and had 17 participants; in 2010 the winter edition of ES was launched. Since that time we had more than 270 participants from 20 countries of Europe, Asia, North and South America. The School is designed for international individuals with different educational background and aims to introduce the participants to the peculiarities of Siberia from political, social, geographical, ecological etc point of view. The program furthermore provides the participants with understanding of a local life style, opens up opportunities for destroying misconceptions about Siberia. After the program completion students are awarded with certificates of participation issued by ISTU.


ES’15 offers lectures about the “Pearl of Siberia”, Lake Baikal, its origin, geology, ecosystems, climate, ecology etc; the total amount of academic hours held by distinguished faculty of Irkutsk State University is 30. Supporting course of Russian language is delivered by instructors of ISTU department of Russian language and intercultural communication. Total number of contact hours is 50, classes are held on weekday mornings, 4-5 academic hours per day. Working language of the School is English and German.

Extracurricular activities

Academic classes are accompanied by the diverse extracurricular activities. School participants are invited to take part in guided tours, to visit museums, theater, Irkutsk hydroelectric power station etc. The highlight of the cultural program is a 4-day trip to the heart of Lake Baikal, Olkhon island.

Tentative program of the School could be found here.

Course fee:

850 EUR (academic and cultural program, pick-up service, visa support, 4-day tour to lake Baikal with full board)


Application for ES is simple; just send the following documents via e-mail before December 10, 2014 (those applying for DAAD scholarship before November 20, 2014): Motivation letter, CV, academic transcript, completed application form, international passport copy for visa support letter.

Funding opportunities:

Limited number of DAAD scholarships is available for German students (for more information refer to

Accommodation options (subject to availability):

  • ISTU student hostel (single and double rooms within shared two-room flats with a bathroom; kitchen on the floor; residents are provided with bed-linen and basic utensils; as a standard Russian student hostel it is closed from 11 p.m. till 6 a.m.);
  • Homestay (incl. breakfast);
  • Others (Irkutsk hostels, hotels etc)


Irkutsk State Technical University
International Office
Phone: +7 3952 405 200
Fax: +7 3952 405 100

Further Information