Kursk City - An Introduction



Kursk is one of Russia's ancient cities and today is a vibrant and lively place with a warm and welcoming population. Many of our students comment on how safe they feel while walking around the city - even after dark. The city has something to offer everyone, no matter what their interests or passions, from history to art and sports and beyond.

Geography / Climate

The Kursk region is situated in the centre of the European part of Russia, within the forest and steppe zone on a hilly plain divided by ravines, river valleys. The climate is moderately continental. The region has a rather dense river network. Water tourism and fishing lovers are offered the rivers: the Seim, the Psyol, the Tuskar and others.


Kursk was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1032; the oldest building in Kursk is the upper church of the Trinity Monastery built in 1752. The Kursk region is also the homeland of many gifted people: navigator G.I. Shelikhov, Great Russian actor M.S. Shepkin, distinguished astronomer F.A. Semenov, brilliant physicist V.V. Petrov, writer Ye.I. Noskov, sculpter V. Klykov, talented poet N.N. Aseev, painter A.A. Deineka, composer G.V. Sviridov and many others.

Culture / Arts

Kursk State University is home to the Russian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor and trumpet soloist Sergei Proskourin. Pushkin Theater is also located in the center of the city and has a permanent company as well as visiting shows.


There are many lively venues around Kursk where you can meet with friends, relax and unwind. If you prefer more active entertainment then you will find no shortage of new and exciting places to explore in and around the city itself.