ADD TO YOUR ACTIVE VOCABULARY. classroom — класс, аудитория

classroom — класс, аудитория

lecture hall — лекционный зал

laboratory — лаборатория

gym (gymnasium) — спортзал

semester (term) — семестр

school year — учебный год

course of studies — курс обучения

academy — академия

university — университет

institute — институт

faculty, college, department —факультет (ex. College of physics — факультет физики)

department, chair of... —кафедра

head of the department, chief of the department, chair (man, woman) —зав. кафедрой

substitute —заместитель

teaching instructor (TI) — преподаватель

professor — профессор

dean — декан

Rector — ректор

teaching staff, faculty members — преподавательский состав

full-time student — студент(ка) дневного отделения

part-time student — студент(ка) «вечерник»

student of distant education — студент(ка) «заочник»

student of preparatory courses — слушатель подкурсов, «подкурсник» undergraduate student — студент 1-4(5) курсов

graduate student — студент 5-6 курсов (магистрант, аспирант)

Exercise 3.1. Tell about:

a) your secondary school (college)

b) the faculty of your university

c) your favourite teacher at school.

Exercise 3.2. Do you know?

1) When was your University or Academy established?

2) Who was the first Rector?

3) Were there any famous a) scientists, engineers b) politicians c) artists among the graduates of your Institute?

4) How many people are currently enrolled?

5) What is the most popular faculty in your Academy?

Exercise 3.3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

a) Larger schools are better than smaller ones.

b) It is impossible to enter the university if you haven't attended preparatory courses.

c) The best professors are the oldest ones.

d) It is better to live in a dormitory or student hostel than to rent an apartment.

e) Professors always know more than students and teaching instructors.


Moscow State University is the oldest, autonomous, self-governing and state-supported institution of higher learning, founded in 1755 by the scientist Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov. Located in Moscow, the university is composed of faculties of biology, chemistry, computational mathematics and cybernetics, economics, foreign languages, fundamental medicine, geography, geology, history, journalism, law, mechanics and mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, and soil sciences, as well as an institute of Asian and African Studies. Several museums, colleges, and a number of institutes are affiliated with Moscow University, and a preparatory faculty teaches Russian language and other subjects to foreign students.

Except for the science faculties and some of the arts faculties — which are situated in south-western Moscow — the remainder of the faculties are located in the older university buildings in the centre of the city. A diploma in a given field of study is awarded after five or five and a half years of study. After three additional years and the completion of a thesis, the kandidat nauk degree is awarded. The highest degree, the Doctor of Sciences, may be attained upon completion of a thesis based on independent research.