Seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times, goes a Russian proverb. This is especially true with regard to choosing a foreign university. Even a thorough exploration of all the available information often doesn't give one a holistic impression, while a short stay will show if there's a good fit. The easiest way of doing it is to sign up for a summer school. Summer schools are short certificate-awarding programmes lasting three to eight weeks. Most of these are held in summer, but some courses start in May, while others are available in September. Summer school subjects vary greatly from Design and Architecture to Anthropology or Software Development. Usually, courses include Russian language lessons. There are many specialized Russian Language courses for beginners or advanced students. They will be very handy for those planning to study at Russian universities as essential language skills greatly simplify adaptation.