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Russian Courses in Riga, year around

Riga, the historic capital of Latvia, is the largest city in the Baltic republics and home to one third of the Latvian population. The city lies on the mouth of the Daugava river on the Gulf of Riga. At the beginning of the 20th century, Riga was the third biggest city in the Russian Empire after Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but the high population of ethnic Russians in the capital means that Riga today has majority of Russian speakers, making it an excellent place for studying the Russian language. Latvia joined the European Union in 2004 and since then Riga has become a vibrant hub for businesses operating between Russia and the EU.

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Course Types & Prices 2017

To book your place on a program, the non-refundable application fee must be paid. Fees can be paid in USD or by credit card in any currency upon request. 

Find the course that meets your interests!

Intensive Courses: 

Standard Group Course , 20 lessons a week, from 280 EUR

Communicative teaching in small groups (max 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 and follows a modular pattern of two-week units.

Intensive Group Course - 25 lessons a week, from 360 EUR

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:

  • 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.

Combined course (20 group + 5 one-to-one lessons) from 490 EUR 

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.

Telc Exam Preparation Module, 180 EUR

Our special telc Exam Preparation Module gives students a clear understanding of what to expect in the telc exam and is essential preparation to help them attain a pass. This module is compulsory for all candidates taking the exam. Training will take place in the week of the exam (Exams take place once per month on selected Fridays)

Individual Russian classes , From 535 EUR for 15 lessons

Our Individual Courses are designed for students who require a very focussed area of study. Teacher and student jointly determine the exact content of any individual course. The student is invited to specify his/her field of interests by completing the relevant parts of our online booking form, which allows us to pre-select material, establish a study-plan and prepare a specific vocabulary.  

Individual classes prior to an assignment to Russia are a very effective way to prepare for an upcoming relocation. These classes are demanding and require full concentration over a prolonged period of time. Individual courses are available in varying degrees of intensity: 15, 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week. For 30 lessons or more the student is taught by two teachers. Individual courses can be booked throughout the year. The minimum course length is one week with each course starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday, though weekend classes can be organised on request. Individual courses can be held either at school premises or at student’s accommodation (on request)

One-to-One modules , 50 EUR per lesson

Participants may also book additional One-to-One lessons as a supplement to any Individual or Group Course. 

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Reasons to learn Russian in Riga, Latvia 

Established in 1992 and one of the first private Russian Schools!

Our Advantages
There are countless language schools, so why would you want to take a Russian course with us?
  • We're in a great location 
  • A real nice atmosphere in a lovely building 
  • Qualified and experienced teachers. All are degree qualified, bilingual and comprehensively trained
  •  The school has ten 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 and free Wifi throughout the building
  • Great Student Life. Cultural activities organised every week 
  • Attended by a nice mix of students 
  • A range of quality accommodation options – homestay, private studio apartments and shared apartments
Our Students
  • There are students from from all around the world studying at the school.  With the highest number from Western Europe, followed by Asia/Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, North America and Latin America 
  • One of the great things about our school is the mixture of people you will meet here at any given time
  • Students of all ages study at the school. The highest number are from 21-25, followed by 26-35, but there are also students from 16-20 and students over 50 years old at the school
School's Location
  • The school is wonderfully located on one of the inner city boulevards of Riga, 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 schoo
Details 
  • Starting dates: Any Monday (Specific start dates for total beginners)
  • The minimum age is 16 years old
  • All levels from complete beginners to very advanced
  • Classes are held from Monday to Friday
  • Maximum 12 students for group courses
Methodology 
  • All our courses are based on communicative approaches and combine learning common expressions used in everyday situations with thorough and systematic grammatical approach. This is of vital importance for learning a language like Russian, which has an inflectional system and a non-fixed word order – a language in which word endings or word’s place create the meaning
  • Conversational topics are given with appropriate grammar structures, while the grammar part of the course proceeds gradually from simple “basic concepts” to more complex issues in a psychologically proven order (e.g. naming objects – describing locations – actions with objects – moving to and from, etc.) 
  • One of our most important principles consists in giving our students the linguistic means to express themselves in everyday situations by constant training of communicative skills and models, which allows learners to reach their own communicative objectives
Included in the price
  • Selected Russian course
  • Language Certificate at end of the course
  • Books and/or course materials 
  • Level test
  • Russian immersion with our social program 
  • Access to all the school facilities 
Extras
  • Application fee 110 EUR (to 4 weeks) 140 EUR (over 4 weeks)  
  • Summer Supplement + 60 EUR per week (22 May - 24 September)
  • Airport/train station transfer fee (one way) 30 EUR/free with school accommodation
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Optional accommodation during your Russian Course in Riga, Latvia

Our accommodation officer is committed to provide our students with homestay, shared flat, hotel or private apartment that suit one's budget, wishes and expectations.

Being aware of the different needs and interests of our students we provide various accommodation options easily accessible from the school. 

Homestay, from 180 EUR a week

Living with a host family ensures total immersion into Russian language and places you in a local context. Our host families are handpicked to ensure that students will immediately feel right at home. Our families come from different backgrounds but all are sociable, genuinely interested in meeting new people, patient and understanding when students are not yet confident when practicing their Russian language skills.  Students have their own bedroom with all necessary amenities and can choose between breakfast only and a half-board (breakfast and dinner) option. 

Shared Apartment, from 220 EUR a week

Students who prefer to stay on their own but in an apartment shared with other Liden & Denz students will love our shared flats.  In Riga we have several apartments located in a walkable distance from the campus and a slightly more premium en-suite option right in the school building! The apartments provide single bedrooms (maximum 4 per apartment), a shared bathroom and a kitchen.

Private Studio Apartment, from 30 EUR a night

If a student is looking for a place on his own the best option is renting a private apartment. Like in the majority of big cities finding the perfect apartment and landlord can be a headache. The accommodation officer can help you find the right place that suits the budget. There is a 200 EUR fee for this service. 

Activities: Learn to speak Russian and have fun!

We will be here to help and support you before your arrival and during your stay. Make friends, practise your Russian, and visit Riga's iconic locations and hidden gems! Many activities are free, some have a small fee.

Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the finest Art Nouveau architecture anywhere in Europe. The Vecriga, the medieval heart of the city, is home to the Town  Hall Square with the iconic House of the Blackheads. On the outskirts of the city lies Jurmala, a wonderful beach resort with beautiful parkland - a great place to escape the busy city centre.

There are many organized excursions and activities to help you explore the city, get used to your new environment and practice your Russian.

Excursions and activities 

  • Orientation walk around the school's neighborhood
  • Riga walking city tour
  • Riga Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
  • Afternoon trip to Jurmala
  • KGB Museum
  • Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine
  • Latvian War Museum
  • Riga zoo
  • Riga Art Nouveau quarter and parks
  • Cultural discussion
  • Trip to Rundale Palace

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