About VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar"

Varna Free University once again hosts the most popular forums for young specialists in Russian studies in Europe

    The Eighth International Qualifications School of Modern Pedagogical Technologies in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language will be held from 22 to 26 August 2016 at the Russian Centre of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar". It is organized by Varna Free University with the support of theRusskiy Mir Foundation.



    As one of the most successful projects of Varna Free University and theRusskiy Mir Foundation, this school is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the university.


    The project started in 2009 - the year of the opening of the Russian Centre at the university. The school has already had eight editions and is one of the most famous in Europe methodical schools for young teachers. Since 2009, it has occupied a worthy place in the scientific calendar in Bulgaria, and since 2011 it has become one of the most popular forums for young specialists in Russian studies in Europe.


    The International School was declared Project of the Year of the Assembly of theRusskiy Mir Foundationin 2015. A testament to its prestige and importance is the support of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL).


    The last three editions of the School are part of the plan of the activities of MAPRYAL. The forum is held with the support of Varna Municipality, the General Consul of the Russian Federation in Varna, the representation of Rossatrudnichestvo in Bulgaria and the non-profit association of the Bulgarian National Network of Teachers of Russian Language and Culture (BNSPRYAK), as well as with the support of AzBuki National Publishing House at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria - media partner of the International Qualifications school in Varna.).


    For eight years more than 400 specialists in Russian studies have perfected their methodical preparation. Leading European universities send their students to participate in the methodological school. Varna Free University receives participants from Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Estonia.



    Traditional feature of the school is a unique combination of theory and practice: lectures by leading scientists in the field of teaching Russian as a foreign language combined with seminars, workshops and master classes of scientists and experts.

The scientific program meets the requirements of the new educational paradigm in which the emphasis is associated with the culture and personality-oriented type of training. Namely, it encourages the development of new educational technologies and their application in practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language.


    All seminars lead to a common goal - to demonstrate the possibilities of using modern educational technology in the practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language. The range of the topics of the lectures, master classes and round table discussions is quite wide.     The use of innovations in teaching Russian as a foreign language can be determined as a key topic of the school.  

    The competitive advantages of the School, which created its sound scientific authority and determine the permanent interest and participation of many Bulgarian and foreign listeners are:

  • The only in Europe purely methodological school in the field of teaching Russian  as a foreign language for beginning teachers.
  • Up-to-date scientific programme focused on the application of modern pedagogical technologies in teaching Russian.
  • Attracting leading Russian professionals, whose textbooks are used in the training of the specialists in Russian studies worldwide.
  • Certified Training. Certificates have been awarded to 400 participants, 215 of them foreigners who already teach the Russian language at schools and universities in their countries.
  • The methodical course is recognized at the European universities and credits are awarded for it.  
  • The only project which is implemented in cooperation with a number of Russian Centres. We promote our expertise in this area among more than 100 Russian Centres in the world.
  • The School was declared Project of 2015 of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.

    The School - this is exchange of experience, thoughts, ideas and discoveries, it is searching for answers to difficult questions, it is a skill to express your interests and actively to participate in scientific discussions. The listeners discuss the most serious and pressing problems related not only to innovations in the methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language, but also in the field of linguistics, cultural studies and many interdisciplinary problems, knowledge of which will help them form their own professional and personal position, to find individual style of pedagogical communication and opt for creative teaching methods.


                                                                        Prof. Galina Shamonina, PhD

                                                                        Project leader


by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър