In the 2019/2020 academic year, as part of the events designed to promote the Russian language, St. Petersburg State University announces the Second Olympiad in Russian as a second language for schoolchildren and students from 13 to 30 years old.

The main purpose of the Olympiad is to develop foreign students’ interest in the Russian language and culture. It also aims to increase creativity and interest in research activities and create additional conditions for the support and development of the Russian language abroad.

Participation is free.

The Olympiad is held in two stages:

  • Qualifying stage (October 21, 2019 – November 26, 2019);
  • Final stage (January 13, 2020 – March 24, 2020).

The Olympiad is held, as last year, in two age categories: “Schoolchildren” (13 – 17 years old) and “Students” (from 18 years old).

The qualifying stage of the Olympiad is held online, with the use of St. Petersburg State University LMS; the final stage is held in person at the territory of foreign countries and in Russian Federation.

The participant should be at least 13 years old.

Prior to the beginning of the qualifying stage, participants must register. Registration starts on October 21 and finishes on November 26, 2019.

More detailed registration instructions see below.

The qualifying stage of the Olympics is an online test that tests the participants’ knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, orthoepic, syntactic, and punctuation norms of the Russian language. The online test also assesses the comprehension of the general content and details of the texts in Russian (in the format of a placement test) and writing (in the format of a questionnaire in Russian).

As part of the final in-person phase of the Olympics, the tasks of the Olympics are carried out in person in writing.

The final round includes four tests: writing, reading, listening and speaking.

The winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad will receive commemorative prizes and gifts, as well as diplomas that allow them to receive a significant bonus when entering the educational programs of St. Petersburg State University, including state-funded places.