Geology and Paleontology of the Volga Region

Educational program is an integrated course of classes and field training supported by a diverse culture and entertaining program, introducing the history and culture of the Volga region. Classes consist of lectures and lab exercises on geology, including lots of visual information in the form of illustrative materials, presentations, samples, special equipment, where students learn the basics of geology and the geological composition throughout the region and the world. After-school classes will be held in the form of visits to historically and geologically interesting places on the banks of the Volga, where students will be able to apply their knowledge.

During summer school students participate in a small expedition to the territory of the Undorovsky Reserve, which is the largest whereabouts of the fossil Mesozoic marine reptiles in Russia. The uniqueness of the Reserve lies in the fact that precipitous shore of the Volga reservoirs (50 m high) in this place is a section of Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments in border periods the Mesozoic era and contains a huge number of petrified remnants of the ancient animals of millions years ago. During the expedition participants learn geological structure, fossil fauna, as well as the methods of preparation of fossils and take part in site work.

Russian language and culture courses are provided within the course. Classes for beginners and advanced courses (provided upon request). Teachers of Russian as a Foreign Language Department run the classes. Upon completion students receive a certificate of a taken course, indicating the number of academic hours and credit points recommended, as well as study materials of a taken course.

Entertaining part of the program combines sports activities, workshops, cultural museums, guided tours, bicycle rides, open-air movie theater and many other events.

Participants of the Summer school are accommodated in a student dormitory on campus within walking distance from all educational buildings. Apartments (for three or four) are fully furnished with shared facilities: equipped kitchen and a bathroom. During the School student tutors and volunteers support foreign participants. It is recommended for students to make groups when arriving to Russia so the host university could meet them in Moscow and follow to Ulyanovsk (if applicable).


August 12-26, 2018


Background in civil engineering, geology, paleontology or architecture

Language of instruction

English, German



Participation fee

850 Euro, including tuition, accommodation, lunch/day, cultural programme (including welcome and farewell parties), migration support, transfer within the city

Deadline for applications

June 30, 2018

Documents required

- Application form (download from the homepage);
- Copy of international passport;
- Brief motivation letter;
- CV.


Discounts for partner universities’ students.

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