Learn Russian in Riga


Learn Russian in Riga

Russian School

Russian school in Riga

The Russian school in Riga is located on the second floor of a historic building on one of the inner city boulevards of Riga. You can find it right between the main railway station and the National Opera. To reach the historic centre of Riga, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, you just need to cross the small canal on the other side of the boulevard. The whole inner city can easily be discovered walking. There are plenty of bars, coffee-shops and restaurants within easy reach of our Russian language school.

The school featuring 10 spacious classrooms, all with natural light and equipped with state of the art technology. There is a nice lounge area with vending machines and a computer lab. WiFi is free of charge for all students. Adjacent to the classrooms, on the same floor, there is a small but very popular student apartment (shared flat). The inner courtyard provides another cosy place to hang out and is frequently used for barbecues.

  

Accreditations

    

Russian Courses

Minimum age: 16

Standard course

Communicative teaching in small groups (maximum 12 students per group) makes this course a pleasurable and productive experience. Our Standard Group Course gives participants the chance to learn communicative skills in “real life” situations. This course of 20 weekly lessons is offered year round.

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.

Standard Group Courses are available for the first six levels year-round. Beginners may start on specific dates only and are advised to be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet. Each course starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday, with lessons taking place usually between 10:00 and 14:00. The minimum course length is two weeks.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

Intensive course

Our intensive group course runs over twenty-five lessons per week in groups with a maximum of twelve participants. You will have twenty morning lessons with students who have booked the standard group course. The remaining five lessons are taught in mini-groups of up to 6 students on two afternoons, offered at a minimum of three different levels.

The exact schedule of this block will be announced upon arrival to the school.

A1 – Beginner: survival Russian tutorials, outdoor classes (shopping, eating out, getting streetwise, ordering theatre and cinema tickets) and telephone training (booking a restaurant table, making flight enquiries, etc.).

A1+/A2 – Elementary: lectures on the Russian mentality and traditions. Other topics cover a wide range of general interest subjects ranging from Russian cuisine to history.

B1 – Intermediate, B2 – Upper Intermediate: the focus is on business and the economy. Other topics include politics, Russian mass media, cultural and historical subjects.

Lessons per week 25 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 50 Minimum age 16

Combined course

This option combines our Standard group course with additional, more focused study in a variety of business or cultural fields. Group lessons help to improve general communication skills and overall level, while the content of the one-to-one block will be built according to your specific needs. You can add even more one-to-one lessons weekly tailored to your particular profession or area of interest.

Lessons per week 20 + 5 or 10, 25 + 5 or 10 Duration 2-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
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.

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 Riga railway station, bus station or airport to your accommodation is available at an extra cost.

Activities

The school aims to put on an interesting and varied programme every week, so that students can get to know Riga 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 Latvia, the booking deadline is 1 week prior to arrival.

For students requiring a visa to Latvia: the booking deadline is 3 weeks prior to arrival for courses in our Riga centre.

Latvian Visa & Residence Permit Latvia is a Schengen country: most students will travel visa-free.
Students requiring a Latvian visa (valid for stays up to 90 days within half a year) or a residence permit (for longer stays), will receive the respective support from the school. Students are advised to check visa policies and costs in the nearest Latvian consulate. 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 Riga at 8.30 on your first day
Complete beginners should arrive 30 minutes later.
Timetable

Standard Group Course:
09.00 - 10.40 (2 lessons of 50 minutes, followed by a short break of 10 minutes)
10.50 - 12.30 (2 lessons of 50 minutes)

Afternoon lessons (Intensive Course or Private tuition lessons) starts after 1 hour break at 13.30.

*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 three weeks prior to the course start date (immediately - if enrolling later). If required, host-family change can be organised after arrival, but only on weekends. If a change is required immediately, extra fees will apply (equivalent to one week accommodation costs).
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, by freezing that amount in your account. On your departure, followed by an inspection of your apartment, we will unblock the deposit money the next working day. Costs incurred by damage, breakage or loss will be deducted from your deposit.
Private apartments: Apartments are selected prior to arrival according to the information sent by e-mail.
If necessary, an apartment can be changed after arrival but not earlier than one full week after arrival date. The apartment change handling fee is 200€. In case of cancellation less than two weeks prior to the arrival date we will charge a cancellation fee of up to 500€.
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 1st January, 19th-22nd April, 1st, 6th May, 24th June, and 18th November.
Lessons lost on these public holidays will not be made up or refunded.
All group courses end on Friday 20th December 2019 and will resume on Monday 6th January 2020.

 

Course Prices

RUSSIAN COURSE PRICES

1 lesson = 50 minutes  /  Minimum age = 16                  

ADMINISTRATION FEE: € 50.00

Week(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 any duration of stay and for courses of up to 4 weeks  € 90.00
VISA SUPPORT FEE applicable if Latvian visa or resdidence permit is required € 40.00
MAILING FEE for sending out originals of the letter of invitation EUROPE REST OF THE WORLD
€ 45.00 € 60.00

Accommodation Prices

ACCOMMODATION PRICES

Sunday to Saturday

Week(s) HOST FAMILY 

Single room / Breakfast

HOST FAMILY

Single room / Half board

SHARED APARTMENT

Single room / Self-catering

2 € 420 € 480 € 440
3 € 630 € 720 € 660
4 € 720 €960 € 880
6 € 1080 € 1440 € 1320
8 € 1440 € 1920 € 1760
12 € 2160 € 2880 € 2640
16 € 2880 € 3840 € 3520
20 € 3600 € 4800 € 4400
24 € 4320 € 5760 € 5280
extra weeks € 180 € 240 € 220
extra night € 38 € 46.5 -
TRANSFER SERVICE     

ARRIVAL AND/OR DEPARTURE

RIGA AIRPORT / ONE WAY € 40
RIGA STATION / ONE WAY € 40

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 January, 30 March, 2 & 30 April, 1 & 4 May, 23 & 24 June, 19 November, 24, 25, 26 & 31 December.

2019 Dates

2019 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.* Indicates a Tuesday start date.
JANUARY 8* 14 21 28
FEBRUARY 4 11 18 25
MARCH 4 11 18 25  
APRIL 1 8 15 22 29
MAY 6 13 20 27
JUNE 3 10 17 24  
JULY 1 8 15 22 29
AUGUST 5 12 19 26
SEPTEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
OCTOBER 7 14 21 28
NOVEMBER 4 11 18 25  
DECEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
PRIVATE TUITION ANY MONDAY
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1st January, 19th-22nd April, 1st, 6th May, 24th June, and 18th November.
Lessons lost on these public holidays will not be made up or refunded.All group courses end on Friday 20th December 2019 and will resume on Monday 6th January 2020.

2020 Dates

2020 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.* Indicates a Tuesday start date.
JANUARY 6 13 20 27
FEBRUARY 3 10 17 24
MARCH 2 9 16 23 30
APRIL 6 13 20 27
MAY 4 11 18 25
JUNE 1 8 15 22 29
JULY 6 13 20 27
AUGUST 3 10 17 24 31
SEPTEMBER 7 14 21 28
OCTOBER 5 12 19 26
NOVEMBER 2 9 16 23 32
DECEMBER 7 14 21
PRIVATE TUITION ANY MONDAY
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS To be confirmed for 2020. Lessons lost on these public holidays will not be made up or refunded. All group courses end on Friday 21st December 2020 and will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.

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