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Learn Russian in St Petersburg: Language Courses

Languages for Life Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 10 to 16 weeks language course duration
  • 20 or 25 group Russian lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class

A long term Russian language course ideal for Gap Year, Uni, post Uni or adult students looking to study the language in depth over two or more months for maximum impact and progress.
With a minimum duration of 10 weeks Russian course duration, these programmes allow students in the St Petersburg language school to make real progress in their Russian language skills and personal understanding of Russian culture.
These courses are competitively priced longer-term courses, with either 25 or 20 lessons per week. The Languages for Life Course with 25 lessons per week has the same structure as the Intensive Group Course with 20 standard lessons per week and a supplement of 5 weekly lessons designated for subjects of general interest. The Languages for Life Course with 20 weekly lessons is identical in content to the Standard Group Course.
Beginners are advised to be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet.

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Academic Year Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 24 weeks language course duration
  • 20 or 25 group Russian lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class

With 24 weeks Russian course duration, this programme allows students in the St Petersburg language school to gain a deep knowledge of the language and gain a wide personal and educational experience of the Russian culture. These courses are competitively priced long-term group courses, with either 25 or 20 lessons per week. The Academic Year Course with 25 lessons per week has the same structure as the Intensive Group Course with 20 standard lessons per week and a supplement of 5 weekly lessons designated for subjects of general interest. The Academic Year Course with 20 weekly lessons is identical in content to the Standard Group Course.
Beginners are advised to be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet prior to arrival.

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Standard Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 2 to 8+ weeks Language course duration
  • 20 group Russian lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class

A short term Russian course in St Petersburg aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to kick start their language learning from scratch with an immersion 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 for St Petersburg in the CESA Course Finder and are advised to be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet on arrival (it will save you a lot of time!). 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. There is no maximum course length (it depends on student progress and time available).

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Intensive Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 2 to 8+ weeks language course duration
  • 25 group language Russian lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per class

Aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to kick start their Russian language learning from scratch, building on the Standard course with additional lessons for a more intensive immersion group course.
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.
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Combined Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 2 to 4+ weeks language course duration
  • 20 group Russian lessons per week
  • plus a further 5 private tuition lessons per week
  • Max. 12 people per group class

A short term Russian course aimed at those who want the combined study experience of the camaraderie of the group course, with the individual attention of the private classes with a personal tutor.

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Private Tuition Courses

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • 1 week+ language course duration
  • 15, 20, 30 or 40 private Russian lessons per week

An extremely intensive Russian Course, ideal for those who wish to make maximum language progress over one or more weeks duration. Individual classes prior to a business assignment to Russia are a very effective way to prepare for an upcoming relocation. One-to-One classes are demanding and require full concentration over a prolonged period of time.
Teacher and student jointly determine the exact content of any One-to-One course. The student is invited to specify his/her field of interests by completing the relevant Personal Needs Analysis form, which allows the Russian language school in St Petersburg staff to pre-select material, establish a study-plan and prepare a specific vocabulary.
One-to-one courses are available in varying degrees of intensity: 15, 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week. Where 30 lessons or more are booked, the student is taught by a team of two teachers each week. 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.

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TRKI Russian Exam Course

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • Supplementary to main language courses
  • 5 private exam preparation lessons per week

A TRKI Preparation Course is a combination of a Group Course (Standard or Intensive) or a One-to-one Course and a TRKI Preparation Module. The TRKI Preparation Module offered by the Russian language school in St Petersburg is a supplementary programme, taken just before the TRKI exam. Each module comprises 5 individual lessons. The number of modules required in order to pass a certain exam is jointly determined by the student and the teacher. We advise students, who wish to pass the exam to book one module in advance. If teacher and student decide that this is not enough, another module can be booked directly in the school. TRKI preparation courses are planned accordingly to the new official testing standards. The teaching staff is certified by the Russian Ministry of Education for these exams.

The most common tests within the TRKI framework are

  • Basic Level TBU: certifies that the applicant has acquired basic communicative skills in a number of daily situations. With no Russian skills to start with, it takes on average a 16 week group course and one TRKI exam module to pass this exam.
  • TRKI-1: certifies that the applicant has reached Intermediate Level of communicative skills on a variety of social, cultural and professional topics. TRKI-1 allows enrolling in a Russian University. With no Russian skills to start with, it takes on average a 24 week group course and one, maybe two TRKI exam modules to pass this exam.
  • TRKI-2: certifies a relatively high level (upper Intermediate) of communicative competency in all communicative contexts. The certificate involved is required for obtaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on graduation from Russian higher educational institutions. It takes 400 lessons or 20 weeks in a group course to pass from TRKI-1 to TRKI-2. One or two TRKI exam modules are required to pass this exam.

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telc – Russian language exam

  • Open to 16 yrs+ age group throughout the year
  • Recommended for 18 yrs + age range
  • Supplementary to main language courses
  • 5 private exam preparation lessons per week

Telc 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 planning.
The exam tests general language competence and focuses on communicative competence, rather then academic skills. The written part lasts between 70 and 150 minutes (depending on level). The oral examination will be taken in pairs or small groups creating real-life dialogues and last 15 minutes. The telc site offers some more insights on the exam.

telc exam preparation module (compulsory)
Getting acquainted with the structure and type of tasks of the telc test are essential prerequisites for passing the exam. This is why all candidates are required to book our special telc exam preparation module (5 lessons in mini groups of maximum 5 participants), scheduled for the week of the exam (Friday is exam day). This module, added to any of our regular courses guarantees the best possible preparation for the exam. Students can book the exam either at the time they sign up for a course or after starting their course. Booking deadline is 4 weeks prior to the exam date.

At A1 level you can communicate in a very simple way about needs of a concrete type (e.g. introductions, food and drink, shopping, say where you live.) You can use a few very basic grammatical constructions.
The A1 test consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 70 minutes. The oral exam usually takes place straight after the written exam, without any preparation time and lasts 15 min.

At A2 level you can communicate in a simple way in typical everyday situations. In a familiar context you can hold short conversations. You can use simple grammatical structures correctly.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 80 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 15 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

At B1 level you can communicate in a simple and connected way in everyday 
situations, while travelling and when talking about topics that are of personal interest. You can describe experiences, hopes and ambitions and give reasons for opinions. On the whole you can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min, can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

At B2 level you can express yourself clearly and explicitly and also successfully discuss and negotiate. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for your field of specialisation and for most general topics. Your usage of grammar is sound.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours 20 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min, can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

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