The course for kindred peoples is intended for students of Finnish at universities in the Finno-Ugric regions in Russia. The course is organised in cooperation with the universities of Komi, Mari-El, Mordovia and Udmurtia on a rotating basis. The course teachers come from Finland, and other staff from the local university.
The course is organised subject to being awarded an annual grant from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
The 2020 course for kindred peoples in Russia has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.