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Russian courses with optional Internship & Volunteering in Riga, year around

Riga – the best place to study Russian in the EU!

Our school has over 20 years of experience in international language tourism. We highly evaluate quality, reliability and responsibility! You will be in contact with our welcoming office team from the beginning of your first request until the end of your studies at the school. We always do the best to support you in any matters related to your stay in Riga and make it as much positive and comfortable as possible!

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Course Types, Dates & Prices 2017

To book your place on a program, the non-refundable application fee of 110 EUR must be paid. Fees can be paid in EUR or by credit card in any currency upon request.

Find the course that meets your interests:

Standard Russian 20, from 280 EUR a week

This course covers all aspects of the language and aims to develop students' communicative efficiency in the shortest possible time. During this course students will acquire all 4 language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening and the use of grammar. Teachers will use reading or listening to stimulate discussion and writing to consolidate the language practice.

Intensive Russian 25, from 360 EUR a week 

This more intensive course is designed for the motivated student who wishes to maximize their time spent in Latvia.

Standard 20 + Mini group 5 to 10, from 430 EUR a week 

Mini Group course is an excellent combination of our Standard course with 5 to 10 extra lessons per week in a Mini Group class. The Mini Group class is a class of (at maximum) 5 students, where you will benefit from more individual attention from your teacher.

Intensive 25 + Mini group 5, from 490 EUR a week 

This course is an excellent combination of Intensive course with 5 extra lessons per week in a Mini Group class.

Closed groups

The school is happy to offer an exciting program for groups all year round! Come to Riga to study Russian language and have fun during amazing activities that will be interesting to any age group – they'll ensure your students won’t get bored! Upon request, groups of students age 15 + may be integrated into the classes with individual students.

Skype Online lessons

Learn Russian online wherever you want! 

Skype lessons are a highly effective and cost-efficient way to study Russian, compared to studying abroad. You may set your own study hours, day and study intensity and you are welcome to learn Russian on Skype at any time and place.

One on one 15 to 40

This course is designed for those students who need to make rapid progress or who wish to concentrate on particular areas of language. You will have an individual course program according to your Russian language level of knowledge, your preferences, your professional interests and needs, and the number of classes you’d like to take. All individual courses include needs analysis.

Vacation club 50+, from 420 EUR a week

Vacation club 50+ is specially designed for mature but young-at-heart students who are looking for both an exciting vacation and study experience in Latvia.

Evening Russian in mini groups 

During these Russian language courses you will be able to develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills, as well as to consolidate your grammar knowledge. Due to the high intensity of the learning process and individual approach of teachers, the studies in mini groups will allow you very quickly to achieve the desired results.

One on one, from 600 EUR a week

Intensity of classes from 15 to 40 lessons per week. The course is designed for those students who need to make rapid progress or who wish to concentrate on particular areas of language. Students will have an individual course program designed according to their Russian language level and knowledge, their preferences, their professional interests and needs, and the number of classes desired. All individual courses include needs analysis.

Teacher Training Courses, from 250 EUR a week

This course is for non-native and native speakers of Russian teaching at primary, secondary, or vocational schools, at colleges and universities or at language centres for adults from Beginner to Intermediate level. It is recommended that participants have a level of Russian at CEF level B2+, B2 or B1+ (minimum B1).

Executive courses, from 240 EUR per module

(language plus modules: business, music, literature, Telc / TRKI Exam preparation, military courses):

Business Russian

The Business Russian One-to-One module, giving useful language for everyday business situations, is ideal for professionals who need to expand their vocabulary, especially in marketing and sales, and to improve their ability to build and establish successful relationships with Russian business partners.

TRKI Exam preparation

This challenging Russian language course prepares students for studies at a Russian-speaking university both in Latvia and abroad. The Course develops overall Russian language knowledge and skills by reaching the necessary language level, while at the same time preparing for the TRKI exam.The excellently structured exam programme with a tutor's personal approach will ensure the success of every student continuing their studies at their chosen university or school. Our staff can also assist in finding a suitable institution for future studies.

Telc exam preparation course

The Telc exam offers four Russian language certificates, covering all levels from A1-B2. Telc exams are closely aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), guaranteeing international comparability of language competence, which is very important for a successful career.

Russian for Military

"Russian for Military" is a new course that was developed as a result of an increased demand for effective military communication in Russian. This course is both stimulating and wide-ranging in its content - focusing specifically on meeting the language and communication needs of military personnel (cadets, sergeants, military officers, diplomatic staff, civil servants, government employees etc).


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Introduction: Welcome!

Learn Russian in Latvia! Our school has a great offer of Russian language courses for all needs and interests and we are sure, you will find a suitable one for you!

Why to choose our school in Riga

  • Experience and accreditation.  Our school has more than 20 years of experience in international language tourism. The school is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia. 
  • To be the accredited member of EAQUALS allows us to be up- to -date with the  latest field trends and guarantees the highest possible quality
  • Our teachers. One of the great values of our company are our professional  and harismatic teachers who have significant experience! All teachers are native speakers who have got the highest degree in education, philology, applied linguistics and pedagogy
  • Evaluation and assessment. On-line placement test and phone interview  before students arrival help to place them in groups according to their Russian language level. Regular weekly tests are held to monitor students’ progress and success
  • Teaching methods. Teachers use the communicative approach as the most  effective one. It allows the students to acquire the skills necessary for real life communication. By the help of audio - lingual and direct method the students develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Teachers do not translate therefore the learners are surrounded only by the Russian language what allows them to progress more successfully
  • Telc exam centre. An excellent opportunity to prepare and pass Telc exam during  your stay in Riga. With a Telc certificate you can document your language skills and it has got an international recognition at universities, companies and government authorities
  • Great location. It is located in the very heart of the capital of Latvia- Riga. The  Old Riga, the National Opera House, the central train station, the Central market, and the majority of urban public transport stops are just within 2-5 minutes walk from the school
  • Friendly premises. 10 bright and air-conditioned classrooms, a cozy student  lounge, free Wi-Fi, hot beverages drink machine, a water dispenser, a library, a computer room and an information corner

School 's Location

The school is located in the very heart of Riga, the capital of Latvia. The sophisticated atmosphere of elegance and architectural beauty surrounds us! A block away is the central building of the University of Latvia and across the park is the historic city section of Old Town. We are also lucky to have a big shopping mall,"Origo" nearby, where our students can find everything they might need during their language stay: from stationery to restaurants, to cafes and shopping malls

Facilities

The school is on the third floor of a historical building. Our building is equipped with 10 bright classrooms, all with necessary learning technology. We have a computer room, a library and free Wi-Fi for students; in the student lounge there is a hot beverages machine for a cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate, and multiple water dispensers are always available. Students are welcome to use the Computer room and the library for learning purposes and social communication

Teaching methods 

The goal of learning the Russian language is to make students be able to use the new language both fluently and accurately. Therefore the communicative approach is the basic method used during the lessons when the teacher just takes the role of coordinator in interaction and meaningful communication such as role-plays, information sharing and problem-solving. Besides it, the direct, interactive method centered on the student is used. That means all teaching is done only in the target language, the teachers don’t use any translation and everything is explained in Russian. It is important that a lot of visual material is used to help students understand better the meaning

Program details 

  • For adults aged 16+ 
  • Small groups of maximum 8 students (10 during the high season)
  • Mini group courses max 5 students 
  • All levels from every Monday, for beginners special starting dates

Levels

Russian language courses are linked to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework which is a part of their policy to promote foreign language learning, cultural contacts and understanding between the people of Europe. The Common European Framework helps teachers to plan their teaching and to match their students’ progress and foreign language level to a Europe-wide system. Descriptions of different language levels are phrased in the terms of ”can do” statements, saying what students can do at each level

Evaluation and assessment

The on-line placement test on + speaking test (except students without pre-knowledge) helps to place students in groups according to their level. During the interview in the Office or on the phone perspective students express their wishes, necessities or demands about the course. If the student has very special needs the school offers individual lessons and designs a special syllabus based on the student’s level of knowledge. Regular progress tests are held to monitor students’ progress and success

Our courses include

tuition, assessment test, teaching materials for 1 level, course certificate, guided group city-tour on Monday, free Wi-FI, transfer on arrival if accommodation booked with school

Extras

  • Application fee 110 EUR 
  • Departure transfer 40 EUR 
  • Visa or residence permit support fee 40 EUR

SPECIAL OFFER! 

Optional Internship & Volunteering, 250 EUR placement fee

  • Minimum age: 18  
  • Russian language level and usage: at least A2+, mostly B1 

Internships: a temporary, supervised, practical experience program in which a young person, usually a college or university student, carries out a training experience in a temporary position at a hosting company.

Would you like to stay in Latvia for a longer period and fully experience both: living and working in Latvia? Apply for the Internship program in Latvia! The internship provides the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience that you just can not get in the classroom, to develop both: you workplace skills and increase self-confidence. In order to qualify for the Internship students need the sufficient Russian language knowledge of at least A2 level and prior to the start of the program, students have to attend a minimum four weeks of Russian language course at school. 

Volunteer programs: a temporary, supervised, practical training in which a person voluntarily carries out a task which has social, environmental or cultural relevance.

Teacher in Russian class
Russian class
Russian class
Russian class
Students on social activities in Riga

Optional Accommodation

You will feel comfortable and relax!

We know that a carefree and positive accommodation experience in Riga during  your stay is very important moment as it affects your ability to study and improve the Russian language, explore the city, relax, get new impressions and experience. If you are an independent person with a passion of gaining new friends or the one looking for a caring attitude and warm feel-like-home stay in a Russian-speaking environment, we have a plenty of solutions for you.

Host families, from 180 to 310 EUR a week:

 The most popular accommodation type provides a total cultural  and language immersion. We offer both: standard and executive accommodation options on BB or HB basis with an easy access to the school and city centre. Explore Russian speaking people everyday habits, enjoy delicious Russian style food and master language before and after school lessons in an informal atmosphere.

In-house residence, from 260 to 350 EUR a week:

 It is located in the same building as the school and is  a perfect choice for students seeking for accommodation just a few steps from the classroom. The residence with single / double rooms and shared or en-suite bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen is recommended option for those who want to live within walking distance to the historical Old Town. 

1-2-3 bedroom apartments for a Sole use, 444-540 EUR a week:

The school highly recommends apartments for sole use for those students who would like extra privacy during their stay in Riga. Whether you are arriving with your friends, partner or family in our apartments situated in the school building you can feel as comfortable as at home. Our premises have fully fitted kitchen and you may book as many rooms as needed: 
one or two single rooms, en-suite rooms with a private WC and shower, double room or even 3-room apartments with a living room. All rooms are very cozy with high ceilings and a gentle spirit of 19th-century architecture’s atmosphere. Let your family or friends relax and explore Riga while you are mastering your Russian at school. 

Shared flat, 220 EUR a week 
The shared flat is in 20- minutes walking distance from the school or 7 minutes by transport on the main Brivibas street and provides five single bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen with a large common space for eating and chatting together. The new interior is decorated in a simple and functional spirit, wooden floors and furniture create an atmosphere of home 
comfort. It is an ideal place to meet people in an international student atmosphere. A number of cafes and bistros, a grocery shop and even a branch of the Central Market called „Matisa tirgus” – all this is just a few steps from the shared flat.

Activities: Enjoy your stay in Riga

We organize activities every month: sports, excursions, parties and many more!

Our school takes care of students' free time after the lessons. Students will have a chance not only to study Russian, but also to practice their Russian in everyday life, to go sightseeing around Riga, and to see the most popular and beautiful places in Latvia. Although Latvia is a small country, you will be surprised at how much it can offer!

All year round the course price includes guided group city tour on Monday for all new students. During the tour our friendly and knowledgeable guide will show you the most important and interesting places of the nearest surroundings and the Old Town. We will see the University of Latvia, the Freedom Monument, Russian Drama Theatre and Latvian National Opera, and eventually we will take a stroll through narrow streets of Riga Old Town and feel its medieval breath. In addition to the cultural side of the tour, the guide will also show you some shops, places of interest, kiosks, public transport stops, restaurants and cafes, souvenir shops, and more. Our guide speaks Russian, therefore, expect that your vocabulary will be greatly replenished.

We also offer 1-3 social activities per week with all entrance and transport fees included in the price of the excursion. These might be museum and exhibition excursions, walking tours through particular places of interest like Riga Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) district or Riga Central market, as well as we love to go beyond our capital and visit Jurmala, our resort city with 33 km sandy beaches, Rundale Palace – greatest baroque monument in Latvia, and much more!
Cultural life
Riga is a true capital of culture and arts in the Baltic region. There is the widest possible repertoire for every taste, every mood and every leisure requirement. The Latvian National Opera with R. Wagner featuring amongst its founding fathers is indisputably one of the favourite tourist attractions. Latvia houses the world's oldest Russian theatre outside Russia. Thanks to the wonderful direction, strong ensemble of actors and a thoughtfully created repertoire, the Riga Russian Drama Theatre is one of the best theatres in the capital. All year round there are many guest performances by the best theatre companies of Russia in Riga. 
Nightlife in Riga
Riga’s nightlife is really exciting and full of fun. You can choose any of numerous night clubs, casinos, disco bars, or music clubs where you can meet Russians and practise the language, including slang. Visit Studio 69, that is recognised to be one of the best nightclubs in the Baltics. A great way to meet Russians and practise your Russian slang!
Relaxation
Good relaxation is one of the basic parts of human life. There is a great variety of Spas, water resort complexes and saunas to satisfy every taste and desire. We recommend you visit a Russian bathhouse (banya) - something very Russian and very healthy. In the Slavonic culture a “banya” has always played an important role-it is not only a washing room, but a special club, where friends can gather and have a heart-to-heart talk. You should definitely try it!

Shared flat
Shared flat, kitchen
Shared flat, Riga
Shared flat

Looking forward to seeing you in Riga!

Riga, old town
Students in a railway museum
Walking tour in Riga
Students on a city tour in Riga

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