Siberian Summer school in Yakutsk "Nature. People. Culture."


The 2019 Summer School will be organized if number of participants exceeds 10 people.
Early bird registration is now open.

Apply now online!  Deadline - June 10 
Russian visa assistance and inquiries:

School dates:

July 27th - 28th - Arrival in Yakutsk

July 29th - Opening and lectures  

July 29th - August 18th - Summer school 

August 19th - Departure 

Participation fee:

950 Euro


750 Euro

Partner rate

The participation fee includes tuition, Summer School certificate, Transcript,  lunch, accommodation, Russian as a Second Language courses (60 hours it total), classes with field trips, tours and cultural activities.


Yakutia is a unique region known for its severe northern nature with recording low temperatures in winter, the cold pole and the permafrost, rich in natural and mineral resources, with a vast territory and low population density. On the other hand, the  history of the peoples  inhabiting the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), their culture, traditions and customs are of great interest and value to humanity and science.

A three-week summer school program includes several major themes that let you become familiar with the unique region, its geography, history and culture. 

Сredits: 4 ECTS

Number of participants (min-max): 10–20

Thematic issues of the Summer School:

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Module 1: Northern Nature

  • How do the Yakutians live at -50 C in winter and at +40 C in summer? What are the coldest towns and villages in the world?
  • Is it possible to revive the mammoth? Lectures and a tour at the NEFU Mammoth Museum.
  • What does the permafrost hold: danger or basis for life? The impact of ecosystem changes on the permafrost. Lectures and a tour at the Kingdom of Permafrost (tourist complex).
  • What is the “Power of Siberia”? How does the extraction of natural resources in Yakutia affect the sustainable socio-economic development of the region?
  • How to mine and produce the Yakutian diamond? Lectures from the Diamonds Studies course and a tour to a lapidary plant.
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Module 2: Population, indigenous peoples

  • The culture and ethnography of the peoples of Yakutia, the multi-ethnicity of the population.
  • How do small indigenous peoples of Yakutia preserve their languages and cultures?
  • What is the northern shamanism? What are the traditional beliefs of the indigenous peoples of the North?
  • Why was Yakutia called a prison without bars? What is the role of political exiles in the development of Yakutia?
  • Why was Yakutia called a prison without bars? What is the role of political exiles in the development of Yakutia?
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Module 3: Languages of Yakutia

  • What is the language situation in Yakutia?
  • Intensive language courses to choose from: Elementary Intensive Russian, Intermediate Russian, Elementary Sakha Language, Elementary Evenki Language (small indigenous people of Siberia), Elementary Yukagir Language (small indigenous people of Siberia)

Other interesting facts about Yakutia for consideration within the Summer School:

  • Yakutia is at the same time #Siberia, the #North and the #Arctic 
  • Yakutia is the largest administrative-territorial unit in the world, equal in its area to five Frances, with three time zones
  • Lena is the largest river in Eastern Siberia, the 11th longest river in the world and has the 9th largest watershed. It is also the 3rd largest river in Asia, the Yakutians call her a “foster– grandmother”
  • Yakutian village Oymyakon is the coldest locality in the world
  • Yakutsk is the biggest city built on continuous permafrost and the majority of buildings are constructed on concrete piles
  • The unique Lena Pillars Nature Park is in the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Olonkho is a heroic epic tale of the Sakha people included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity 
  • Yakut language (Sakha) belongs to the Turkic group of languages
  • There are unique, one of a kind institutions in Yakutsk: Permafrost Institute, Mammoth Museum, the International Center for Jaw Harp Music, and others.
  • Yakutia is Russia’s main diamond mining territory, and includes the largest deposit of diamonds, it accounts for 80% of total Russian reserves.

Field trips

Lena River Trip to the Lena Pillars Nature Park UNESCO World Heritage
Trip to the Friendship outdoor museum in Sottintsy village
Trip to the typical Sakha village


Optional tours

Jew's Harp Music international center 
«Archy» house of yakut spirituality 
Museum of Political Exile 
Treasury of Yakutia - Diamond Museum 
Museum of traditional music and folklore 
Geological Museum 
Permafrost Museum 


Yakut Movie Night
Northern national sport games 
Yakut traditional cooking, etc. 

Changes may apply 



Shared rooms with shower and rest room at the NEFU dormitory with Wi-Fi, gym, dining room, kitchen, reading room, washing machines. 

We kindly ask to respect the University policy: NEFU campus is alcohol- and smoking-free. 

It is strictly prohibited to keep, distribute or consume alcoholic beverages, including beer on campus and in dormitories. 

Target group: 

undergraduate and graduate students interested in Natural sciences and Arts 

(issues of geography, biology, ecology, tourism, history, ethnography, anthropology, etc.) 

Language of instruction: English

Lectures and seminars are in English or in Russian with English interpretation


"Nature.People.Culture" Siberian Summer School in Yakutsk  is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a multicultural society of Yakutia in the North-Eastern Siberia. Witness the historic, social, economic and cultural changes, which occur in Yakutia at present.


Tel. / Fax +7.4112.361453

International Relations Office

Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University

58 Belinsky St Yakutsk 677000 Russian Federation