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

  • Some of the information under Rooms and times (on the left) is preliminary until the organizational meeting, see below.
  • Next Placement Test in Russian: Contact Slava Paperno by email,, for an appointment.
  • Organizational meeting for all Spring 2020 courses that are marked TBA (Time to Be Arranged) in the course roster: Wednesday January 22 at 4:30, room KG42 Klarman Hall. We'll be looking for meeting times that suit everyone. This meeting might also help if you're not sure which course is right for you. Come on time and bring your schedule!
  • Join the Facebook group Russian Language Club at Cornell (run by students) to stay updated on the schedule of Rusian conversation hours in Stimson Hall, calendar of events, and more. Join the listserv by sending an empty message with subject "Join" to The club's e-mail is
  • Three reasons why Russian studies are back: in The Washington Post (also published in The OR Register with a great photo) and The New York Times. It all boils down to this: "Now the Russia experts hope that a global crisis some believe is a result of American naïveté and unsophistication about Russia may serve as the catalyst for a new generation of Russia experts." ~NYT
  • Russian Minor is offered in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (on the left).
  • For private tutoring in 2018-2019, please contact Rochelle,, tel. 347-825-1908.
  • Like us on Facebook!
  • We are often asked about online courses in Russian. Some day Cornell may offer those, but we don't do that now.
  • 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 important dates, see Academic Calendar.
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