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Russian Courses with optional Internship & Volunteering in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a relatively young city, founded only in 1703. Peter the Great founded the city with the aim to turn St. Petersburg into the Russian capital, once construction was to be completed. He wanted to create a “window to Europe” and a port and a fleet that could compete with the most powerful countries of that time. The Tsar invited architects and engineers from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and northern Europe. 

Today, just over 5 million people live in this vibrant and alluring city that offers an incredible amount of events related to any aspect of cultural life. In the vast historical centre you will discover beautiful buildings in baroque, classicist, eclectic and art nouveau style that harmonise perfectly with each other.

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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. 

Students can receive 3-19 US credits for their study through University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. There is a 400 USD fee for this service.

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.

Additional mini-group modules , 180 EUR

These modules can be booked only in addition to any Group or One-to-One course and consist of 5 lessons held in the afternoons usually on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays with 2 lessons on one day and 3 lessons on the second - starting from 14.30 The maximum number of students in a class is 5.

Business Russian,  Minimum level to enrol - A2 

This module gives useful language for everyday business situations: telephone calls, making appointments, running a meeting, dealing with clients. On higher levels it develops practical language skills within real business scenarios: presentations, negotiations, meetings and discussions. This module is ideal for professionals who need to expand their business vocabulary, especially in marketing and sales, and to improve their ability to build and establish successful relationships with Russian business partners.

Russian Music , Minimum level to enrol - A2 

Students who choose this module will have the opportunity to learn more about Russians through songs and music. Lessons include listening to famous Russian songs of the XX century, starting from folk songs and ballads up to rock and pop music. There also will be lectures on the history of typical Russian music genres, all with the aim to expand the vocabulary of our students with both poetic lexica and modern slang.

Russian Literature , Minimum level to enrol - B2 

This module is devoted to classical and modern Russian literature. Reading and discussing Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pelevin and many other renowned and popular writers will hopefully bring our students closer to the mysterious Russian soul or at least offer them a better insight into the Russian literary world.

Telc Exam Preparation Module

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 St. Petersburg

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

Our Advantages
There are countless language schools in Russia, 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 in St Petersburg features thirteen classrooms and is equipped with the latest technology (iPads, free Wifi for students, LCD TV and DVD sets in most classrooms)
  • 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 in St. Petersburg is located at the south-eastern edge of the Square of Arts (Ploshad Iskusstv), between the Philharmonia and the historical shopping arcade Passage. The area is rich in landmark buildings, such as the Grand Hotel Europe, the Russian Museum or the Mikhailovsky theatre. 
  • The closest metro station (Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor) is reachable on foot in less than 5 minutes.
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
Internships and Volunteering, 250 EUR placement fee 
Working abroad has become extremely popular in recent years. Young people are increasingly looking at work abroad options for a number of very practical reasons, which go beyond the obvious fact that working abroad looks good on any CV. Students choose Internships and Volunteering because they want to:
  • do something meaningful in a gap year 
  • explore career options 
  • develop social competence skills 
  • acquire proficient language skills 
  • immerse in a different culture 
Internships
A temporary, supervised, practical experience programme in which a young person, usually a college or university student, carries out a training experience in a temporary position at a host company.

Examples:  Event and advert manager assistant , Receptionist at a hotel, Travel Agent / Manager of Operation, Translator, Freelance Journalist / Assistant Editor,  Marketing Assistant, HR Assistant, Advertising Assistant, 
International Consulting Assistant

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

Examples: Volunteering in a charity foundation in St Petersburg
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Optional accommodation during your Russian Course in St. Petersburg

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 St Petersburg campus.  

Homestay, from 210 EUR a week

What is a host family? Our host families are not always a traditional married couple with children. Above all we look for someone who is sociable, likes to meet new people and gives a warm welcome to our students. Our host families have time to talk to students, are patient and understanding. They are prepared to provide help with any problem that may arise during a student’s stay in St. Petersburg.  The fee always includes private accommodation in St. Petersburg with a single room, either with breakfast or half-board (breakfast and dinner). It is also possible to request double rooms.

Shared Apartment, from 220 EUR a week

Students who prefer to stay on their own but in an apartment shared with other students will love our shared flats. In St. Petersburg all shared flats are very central: the majority are within walking distance from our campus and all within an easy reach of a metro station.  Each apartment  provides single bedrooms (usually there are 3-4), one or two shared bathrooms and a kitchen. Bed linen, towels and kitchen equipment are provided. Our shared flats in St. Petersburg are all equipped with telephone, wi-fi and a washing machine.

Private Studio Apartment, from 40 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 St Petersburg's iconic locations and hidden gems! Many activities are free, some have a small fee.

Nicknamed “Venice of the North.” the bridges and natural canals of the river have of St. Petersburg.  Because of it's northerly location, the city enjoys the “White Nights,” from June 11 to July 2, when daylight extends to nearly 19 hours.  

St. Petersburg is a mecca of cultural, historical, and architectural landmarks. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great as Russia’s “window on Europe,” it bears the unofficial status of Russia’s cultural capital and most European city 

There are three distinctive characteristics of St. Petersburg .  The first is the city’s harmonious mix of western European and Russian architecture. Second is St. Petersburg’s lack of an unequivocal city centre. The third characteristic feature of the city is its many waterways. 

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
  • Walking city tour
  • Day trip to Pushkin
  • Dostoevsky’s Saint Petersburg tour
  • St. Petersburg and the Romanovs
  • Vasilyevsky island walking tour
  • Сursive masterclass
  • Borsch and vodka party
  • Meet your schoolmates in a pub
  • Matryoshka doll painting master-class

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