1997-1998: a Fulbright Scholar (Junior Faculty Development Program) at the English Department of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
1988-1991: Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Candidate of Science degree (equivalent of PhD) in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) received in December 1991.
September 1977- June 1981: studies at Faculty of Foreign Languages, Beltsy Pedagogical Institute, (former USSR). Honors Graduate degree in English (summa cum laude) received in June 1981.