First Olympiad 2004
contest was originally organized for those students who had chosen law as their
profession. The tasks were based on the content of "Just English" book series.
However the participants had to be inquisitive, use their common sense and be
able to browse the web effectively in search of the answers to some complicated
questions. The finalists were to do a special task that involved creative
writing and encouraged them to use their power of persuasion in order to win.
Second Olympiad 2005
Olympiad’s audience became much larger now and included students of Political
Sciences, Law and State Administration. The geographical coverage of the project
also increased with many remote areas of the Russian Federation joining in. New
tasks were added: linguistic and cultural cross-word puzzle in the first round
and additional sophisticated assignments for the finalists.
Third Olympiad 2005
stage, all students of humanities were invited to participate. To accommodate
numerous requests from Russian high schools, some pupils were also permitted to
compete. The tasks were designed to acquaint the participants with the history
and modern life of Great Britain. Along with demonstrating good knowledge of
British culture, the contestants were required to use the tools of oratory most
Fourth Olympiad 2007
fourth Olympiad impressed the contestants with a few innovations. This
intellectual competition was focused on a very interesting topic - "All the
world's a stage..." The participants were asked to research the history and
development of English theatre. Most tasks were presented in a multimedia
format. The video-clips filmed with the help of our English colleagues were shot
in the heart of London – in Covent Garden theatre area. Some brilliant pieces of
English poetry were recited by well-known actors specifically for the contest.
The tasks involved both linguistic and cultural studies.
competition was held interactively with the help of modern computer
technologies. In the final round the contestants had access to a top-notch
computer equipped language laboratory. The Finalists thrilled the Jury and the
audience with their spontaneous speeches addressed to her Majesty the Queen of
Great Britain at “a garden party”. The winners received high brow prizes
including dictionaries and art albums.
Fifth Olympiad 2008
Fifth Olympiad "American Dream Forever" started with a hearty welcome
from the Dean of Faculty of Foreign Languages and Regional Studies at MSU Prof.
Svetlana Ter-Minasova. This on-line greeting set the format of the whole event:
from the very first assignment onwards all tasks were designed and completed in
an interactive multimedia mode. All the materials of the contest are available
on the website of the Olympiad.
MSU Distant Olympiad
annual official national Russian country-wide event is aimed at supporting those
applicants who are based in remote areas of the Russian Federation. While
completing the Olympiad tasks the contestants are given full access to trial
exam assignments, so that they can test their knowledge and practice before the
University entrance exams. Most winners of this competition passed their MSU
entrance exams with flying colours. At the official greeting ceremony they
thanked the organizers for creating a kind of an MSU community that encouraged
and supported them throughout the whole examination period.
Sixth Olympiad 2009
Olympiad was dedicated to Australia, its unique flora and fauna, its indigenous
culture and its prospects for the future. The vast distance between Russia and
Australia was in no way an obstacle to making personal and academic ties between
the parties: native Australian aborigines kindly agreed to contribute to the
event by providing their video questions to Russian students. The finalists
demonstrated their talents not only as speech-makers but also as video-clip