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Russian Academic Year in Moscow

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The Russian Academic Year Programme in Moscow is the ideal long-term course solution for Gap Year students, graduates and young adults looking to take a serious career break. These long-term courses allow students to focus on all aspects of Russian over several months, whilst placing the Russian language within a meaningful cultural framework. In-depth study over an extended period ensures better mastery, subtler understanding and far greater long-term retention of key skills.

  • Duration : 24, 36 or 48 weeks
  • Russian tuition (20 or 25 lessons per week)  
  • Class size : 10 people
  • Minutes per lesson : 50   
  • Ability levels : Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum age :16   

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Moscow, an amazing city to spend all or part of your Gap Year - for first hand information and advice please contact the CESA staff.


Want to learn Russian in Moscow, but can't manage a Gap Year course? 

We can also offer shorter Russian language courses:

  > Moscow : Languages for Life (20 lessons)  10 to 16+ wks

  > Moscow : Standard Course (20 lessons)   2 to 10 wks

  > Moscow : Intensive Course (30 lessons)   2 to 10 wks


Russian Gap Year course information: 

The Academic Year Programme is aimed at students with beginner to intermediate Russian, who aim to achieve fluency over a number of months.  This Russian language course ensures rapid acquisition and long-term retention of all aspects of language knowledge and is an invaluable way of focusing on your language skills development, with like-minded people away from the pressures and demands of daily life at home.  It aims to provide a solid grounding in core skills across a wide range of ability levels.  Whatever your current ability, key teaching techniques will ensure you gradually acquire and develop the necessary strategies to understand and communicate in Russian. 

> Russian course methodology details

At false beginner/elementary levels spoken Russian is the most important part of the tuition.  Continually promoting the use of verbal communication permits students to learn Russian “naturally”, to unite theory and practice and increase your knowledge quickly and with confidence.  In high elementary/intermediate/advanced classes the written aspects will be thoroughly covered and specifically so towards the latter stages of the programme, and if required can lead to the TRKI Russian language exams.

Programme goals:

From Beginner level
You should be able to cope in all day-to-day situations, and should be able to understand the gist of un-adapted texts (e.g. newspaper articles). You may find it difficult to follow Russian on the radio or news. You will have a sound knowledge of all the basic grammar of Russian, although you may not always use the forms correctly in speech. You may also require additional work on more advanced areas (e.g. verb of motion).

From Intermediate level:
You will have reached at least ‘A’ Level and may well have studied Russian as a minor at university level. You may also have spent time in Russia studying the language. You will be able to discuss all non-specialist topics with native speakers, and should be able to discuss some familiar specialist subjects (e.g. discussing your job in detail). You should understand Russian spoken at native-speaker speed as long as the topic is familiar. You should also be able to follow the main points of TV news, or watch and enjoy a Russian film.

Social programme element: In addition to the above all Academic Year students are encouraged to participate in the various social activities offered by the college each month (some at additional cost) to all language students, some maybe cultural, whilst others are purely of a social nature.


  • Intensive grammar study
  • Phonetics
  • Development of vocabulary
  • Syntax and application
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Dialogue and communication
  • Idiomatic language
  • Written and oral expression
  • Lecture and analysis
  • Live guided discussion and synthesis
  • Free conversation

Only Russian will be spoken from the first day of classes.

All Russian courses are based on communicative approaches and combine learning common expressions used in everyday situations with thorough and systematic work on grammar. This is very important, Russian with its developed system of grammar forms and a changing work order, where word endings, and not words, create the meaning.

Grammar is taught so that students proceed from simple "basic concepts" to more complex issues in a psychologically proven order. The idea is to enable students to participate in real conversations by providing them with the linguistic means to express themselves.

Lessons revolve around role-playing, live discussions and creative work (i.e. drawing, story telling) in class to help reinforce linguistic principles and to develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence construction. The work of each group is tailored to each class's ability level in Russian.

The college divides students into six theoretical levels of ability (eight in the summer). A student of average linguistic ability should allow six to ten weeks plus, to complete any one of the Six Levels offered.

Classes are held from Monday to Friday each week, unless there is a public holiday.  The colleges require all their teachers to have university degrees and extensive experience teaching Russian as a Foreign Language.  The college is closed over the Christmas holiday period, however accommodation can be reserved for students (and then has to be paid for) over this period if applicable to your programme dates. 

TRKI Exams :

Do you speak Russian? Can you prove It!

Some people study Russian for self-enrichment or, they're travelling and want to know how to tell the time or talk on the phone in Russian. or to satisfy short term language requirements in high school, college, university or career goals. Others however, though, such as aspiring teachers, translators or others with long term career goals, study the language as part of a formal training programme. For this latter group of students, formally proving competency in the language is a requirement and this is where the TRKI Exams are of great value.

For more detailed information please ask CESA for the TRKI Exam sheet.

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