Learn Russian in St Petersburg


Learn Russian in St Petersburg

Russian School

Russian school in St Petersburg

If you want to learn Russian in St Petersburg, then this is the school for you. In June 2015, our Russian school relocated to a new central location in St Petersburg at the south-eastern edge of the Square of Arts (Ploshad Isskustv). It is between the Philharmonia and the historical shopping arcade Passage. The area is rich with landmarks, such as the Russian Museum, the Grand Hotel Europe or the Mikhailovsky theatre. The closest metro station is reachable by foot in less than 5 minutes.

The St Petersburg school has been purposely built from the ground up – in a historical and newly renovated building. Latest technologies were implemented including LED lighting throughout, efficient sound insulation, state of the art ventilation in all rooms, and a super fast WiFi network. The 13 classrooms all come with a modern design and have access to natural light. The school also has a fantastic view of a quiet yard in the historical centre of St. Petersburg.

Russian Courses

Standard course

Our Standard Russian Course in St Petersburg gives participants the chance to learn communicative skills in “real life” situations. This course of 20 weekly lessons is offered year round and follows a modular pattern of two-week units. For participants staying four weeks or longer, following modules build upon the grammar basics of the first module, treating the same topics from a different angle with more in-depth explanations, more complex vocabulary, different exercises and more dialogues. Beginners are advised to familiarise themselves with the Cyrillic alphabet.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

Intensive course

Our intensive group course runs over 25 lessons per week in groups with a maximum of 12 participants. You will have twenty morning lessons with students who have booked the standard group course. The remaining five lessons are taught on two afternoons, offered at a minimum of three different levels: Beginner, Elementary and Intermediate. Beginners are advised to familiarise themselves with the Cyrillic alphabet.

Lessons per week 25 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

Combined course

20 or 25 Russian group lessons plus 5 or 10 private lessons per week. Students follow the Standard Russian or Standard Intensive course and have an extra 5 or 10 private lessons each week depending on how intensive a course they desire. Perfect for students that want the diversity of a group course but would like a few private lessons to focus on a specific area of the language, topic or exam.

Lessons per week 20 + 5 or 10, 25 + 5 or 10 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

Private tuition

20, 25 or 30 private lessons per week. Lessons can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the students, to a particular subject or focusing on a specific exam. Students can have private lessons on a 2 to 1 basis providing they are of a similar ability.

Lessons per week 20, 25 or 30 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class 1:1 or 2:1
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

TRKI exam

Module of 5 supplementary lessons aimed towards exam preparation for the TRKI exam. This course is supplementary to the Russian Standard Course. The exact number of modules required is determined by the Russian tutor at the school according to a students level.

Accommodation

Host Family

The Russian host families are not always a traditional married couple with children. Above all the school looks for someone who is sociable, likes to meet new people and can give a warm welcome. Host families have time to talk to students, be patient, understanding, careful and prepared to provide help with any problem that may arise during a student’s stay in Russia.

Host family accommodation is offered as a single room, either with breakfast or half-board (breakfast and dinner – full board on weekends). On request, it is also possible to provide double rooms. A student’s room is furnished with at least: one bed or sofa-bed, wardrobe and desk with chair.

The rooms are clean and, by Russian standards, spacious. Bathroom and kitchen are shared with the family. All our apartments have a telephone. Maximum travel time to the school in St Petersburg is 50 minutes.

Shared Apartments

Those students who prefer to stay on their own but at the same time wish to experience a student atmosphere may choose the shared apartment option. Apartments provide single bedrooms (usually 2-3), shared bathroom and kitchen. Bed linen, cutlery and kitchen equipment are provided. The apartments are all equipped with one TV set, telephone, washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

Studio Apartments & Hotels

Available on request.

Transfer

A transfer service from St Petersburg railway station, bus station or airport to your accommodation is available at an extra cost.

Leisure

The school aims to put on an interesting and varied programme every week, so that students can get to know St Petersburg and have the chance to relax away from the lessons, make friends or simply chill out. The activities depend on the time of year. In the summer, they try to do as much as possible outside, while cultural activities occupy more of the programme during the colder seasons. Some activities are free, such as the city tour for new students. Other activities are charged for.

Information

Minimum age The minimum age for all courses is 16 years old.
Lesson duration One lesson lasts 50 minutes
Booking deadlines For students not requiring a visa to Russia, the booking deadline is 1 week prior to arrival.

For students requiring a visa to Russia: for all short–term courses (up to 4 weeks) the booking deadline is 3 weeks prior to arrival.

For all long-term courses in Russia (5 weeks and more) bookings should reach us at least 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Russian Entry Visa and Prolongation All foreign travellers to Russia require an entry visa. Visa fees depend not only on the applicant’s citizenship, but also on the local consulate’s pricing policy. We provide all clients with a letter of invitation, which is necessary to obtain an entry visa.
Our students are asked to state in the enrolment form a period for which they would like their visa to be valid. Please take into consideration that a normal Russian visa is only valid for one entry (except for long-term student visas which are multi-entry).See visa requirements for Russia for more details.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival day is Sunday and departure day is Saturday. If you need to book accommodation either side of these days this is normally possible provided you let us know in advance.

First Day

You should arrive at the school in St Petersburg at 9.00 on your first day (08.30 during high-season)
Complete beginners should arrive 30 minutes later.

Timetable

Standard Group Course:
10.00 - 11.40 (2 lessons of 50 minutes, followed by a short break of 20 min)
12.00 - 13.40 (2 lessons of 50 minutes)

Afternoon lessons (Intensive Course or Private tuition lessons) starts at 14.00-15.00 - to be confirmed on your first day at school.

*Times are subject to change.

Beginners

Beginners must be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet.

Group Courses

If the school has to cancel a group course for lack of participants at a particular level a student will receive one-to-one tuition with 75% of booked group lessons during the same period of time. Under no circumstances will the participant receive a refund of the fee.

Accommodation

Host families: the school confirms host family and shared apartment accommodation 3 weeks prior to the course start date .
Shared Apartments: Please note that an arrival transfer is compulsory (required for key handover and instructions).
Damage deposit: A deposit of 200€ is secured on arrival at the school. Costs incurred by damage, breakage or loss will be deducted from your deposit.

Change of programme

The school reserves the right to change the programme in an appropriate way in case of riots, strikes, war or other events of force majeure. The language centres cannot be held responsible for changes occurring as a result of these events.

Public Holidays

1, 2, 7 January, 23 February, 8 March, 1, 9, May, 12 June & 4 November. Lessons lost due to public holidays will not be made up or refunded.

All group courses end on Friday 21st December 2018 and will resume on Monday 8th January 2019.

2018 Course Prices

RUSSIAN COURSES

1 lesson = 50 minutes  /  Minimum age = 16                  

ADMINISTRATION FEE: € 50.00

Weeks(s) STANDARD COURSE 

20 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

INTENSIVE COURSE 

25 lessons per week/ Max. 12 per class

2 € 560 € 720
3 € 840 € 1080
4 € 1120 € 1440
6 € 1680 € 2160
8 € 2000 € 2600
12 € 2820 € 3600
16 € 3760 € 4800
20 € 4700 € 6000
24 € 4320 € 5760
extra weeks € 180 € 240
High season supplement (21.05-23.09.18) - € 60.00 per week on all courses of less than 24 weeks
COMBINED COURSE 

(Prices per week)

TRKI EXAM PREPARATION 

(Prices per week)

20 group + 5 private  20 group + 10 private 20 group + 5 private 20 group + 10 private
 € 520 € 700 € 520 € 700
PRIVATE TUITION (Prices per week)
Week(s) 15 lessons 20 lessons 30 lessons
1-3 € 600 € 780 € 1160
4+ € 535 € 685 € 1020
Additional lessons: € 50 per lesson
High season supplement (21.05-23.09.18) - € 120.00 per week 
OTHER FEES
ENROLMENT FEE for courses up to 4 weeks  € 90.00
ENROLMENT FEE for courses of longer than 4 weeks € 120.00
VISA REGISTRATION FEE will be charged in addition to the enrolment fee for course participants arriving in Russia with a visa, not sponsored by the school (those will be registered with the authorities at no extra cost). € 40.00
MAILING FEE for sending out originals of the letter of invitation EUROPE REST OF THE WORLD
€ 45.00 € 60.00

2018 Accommodation Prices

ACCOMMODATION

Sunday to Saturday

Weeks(s) HOST FAMILY 

Single room / Breakfast

HOST FAMILY

Single room / Half board

SHARED APARTMENT

Single room / Self-catering

2 € 420 € 560 € 440
3 € 630 € 840 € 660
4 € 840 € 1120 € 880
6 € 1260 € 1680 € 1320
8 € 1680 € 2240 € 1760
12 € 2520 € 3360 € 2640
16 € 3360 € 4480 € 3520
20 € 4200 € 5600 € 4400
24 € 5040 € 6720 € 5280
extra weeks € 210 € 280 € 220
extra night € 44 € 54 -
TRANSFER SERVICE     

ARRIVAL AND/OR DEPARTURE

ST PETERSBURG AIRPORT / ONE WAY € 30
ST PETERSBURG STATION / ONE WAY € 30

2018 Dates

2018 DATES

STANDARD, INTENSIVE, COMBINED & TRKI PREPARATION COURSE: Non-beginners can start on any Monday through out the year. Beginners must start on the dates shown in RED.
JANUARY 8 15 22 29
FEBRUARY 5 12 19 26
MARCH 5 12 19 26  
APRIL 2 9 18 23 30
MAY 7 14 21 28
JUNE 4 11 18 25  
JULY 2 9 16 23 30
AUGUST 6 13 20 27
SEPTEMBER 3 10 17 24  
OCTOBER 1 8 15 22 29
NOVEMBER 5 12 19 26  
DECEMBER 3 10 17 24
PRIVATE TUITION ANY MONDAY
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1, 2, 7 January, 23 February, 8 March, 1, 9, May, 12 June & 4 November.
Lessons lost on these public holidays will not be made up or refunded.

Summary

School size Medium
Minimum age 16
Levels Beginner to Advanced
Exams TRKI  (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language)
Accommodation
  • Host family
  • Shared apartment
download Free WiFi