INSTRUCTION AND GRADING
The most typical form of instruction at the University is a classical one, that is a lecture course with a final examination or a test, which a student is to pass usually within the set periods of academic term. In addition to lecture courses there are seminars, independent research, laboratory work in natural sciences, written assignments and other kinds of academic work.
The grades used are:
EXCELLENT — 5 (A or B on ECTS grading scale)
GOOD — 4 (B or C)
SATISFACTORY — 3 (D or E)
FAIL — 2 (FX or F)
Some courses are graded only with either pass or fail.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
Practically all courses at the University are conducted in Russian. That is why a good command of Russian is required for enrolment in most university degree programmes, and preparatory university course is needed quite often. Special courses in Philology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics and some other programmes can be taught in English. However, these cases are viewed separately, and beforehand inquiries about such opportunities are essential.