Our centres practice a tried and tested open group system with continuous enrolment and student intake every second week throughout the year (some restrictions for beginners apply). As our students arrive from all over the world, our groups tend to be very international. This is a perfect occasion to make new friends but it also requires that teaching will be in Russian only with no explanations given in English or any other language.
All our groups are formed according to a written and oral assessment test compulsory for every arriving student. The identical schedules for St. Petersburg and Moscow allow for a flexible combination of both cities under the condition that our intake dates are met (see dates & prices).
Standard Group 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 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.
Standard Group Courses are available for the first six levels year-round. Beginners may start on the dates indicated with a star (*) in our pricelist 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. The maximum course length is open. Our rates are digressive – longer stays are lower priced. Starting dates and prices are here.
Intensive Group Courses
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 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.
Both centres offer tailor made programmes for school, college or university groups , eager to come to Russia for an immersion programme. Closed Groups arrive and leave at the same time and follow the same curriculum. There can be several levels within a closed group though. The course rates are very student friendly but depend to a large extent on the season, the number of participants, levels and group leaders coming on the trip. Rates are available on request.