Siberian Summer school in Yakutsk "Nature. People. Culture."
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.
DATES: July 24-August 11, 2017
Arrival: July 22-23, 2017
Departure: August 12-13, 2017
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
REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 15, 2017
Thematic issues of the Summer School:
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.
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?
- How has the life of local peoples changed over the years and centuries? In such aspects as social, political (communism vs. post-communism), economic (extraction of resources then and now), linguistic-cultural (preservation of northern languages), geographic (climate change) and others?
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.
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
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
ActivitiesYakut 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.
Participation fee:Standard Participation Fee 900 Euro / 980 USD
Partner rate 750 Euro / 817 USD (students of NEFU partner universities)
The participation fee includes tuition, Summer School certificate, Transcript, lunches, accommodation, classes with field trips, tours and cultural activities.
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