Learn Russian in Kiev, which lies at the historic crossroads of Europe and Russia! Kiev, known as the ‘Cradle of Russian culture’ was founded 1,500 years ago and is one of the oldest cities in Europe! Known for its exquisite architecture and cobbled streets, Kiev is a truly beautiful city. It is also the third largest Russian speaking city outside of Russia and, even after gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, 85% of Kievites continue to use Russian in their everyday lives, making it the perfect location in which to study Russian! Ukrainians are also famed for their friendliness, meaning that students will find it very easy to meet locals and practice their Russian whilst out and about in the city! Kiev is also one of the safest and cleanest cities in Europe, and boasts an impressive public transport system, as well as being extremely easy to navigate on foot.
Kiev really does offer something for everyone, with museums, operas, concerts and Russian plays, as well as a vibrant nightlife with many nightclubs and bars! It also has plenty of parks in which students can take a walk to relax. As well as all this, the cost of living is much lower than Western Europe, Moscow and St Petersburg!
Another great advantage of studying Russian in Kiev is that if you are from the European Union, United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea or Switzerland you do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days!
Our school in Kiev
Our school in Kiev is located in the historic centre of Kiev, just a short walk from the stunning St. Sofia Cathedral and the remains of the ancient city gate (Golden Gate). Housed in 2 historic buildings that have recently been renovated, on a street lined with beautiful 19th Century architecture, our school offers fantastic facilities for students, including a library, language laboratory, movie theatre and conference room, as well as fully equipped classrooms, a snack bar, air-conditioning and free wireless internet throughout.
Courses in Kiev
You can choose to learn Russian on a ‘Standard’ Russian course (which consists of 20 lessons per week and has a maximum class size of 10 and an average class size of 7), on a ‘Mini-Group’ course (20 lessons per week, with a maximum of just 6 students per class), on a private course, or on a combined course which comprises of the ‘Standard’ course, plus 5 or 10 private lessons per week. You may also like to consider a ‘Full Immersion’ programme, which consists of Mini-Group and private lessons, accommodation in a Russian-speaking host family, and includes all activities and excursions, in order to provide students with a comprehensive insight into the Russian language and Ukrainian culture. You will be taught by highly qualified teachers, who are native speakers of Russian and are very experienced in teaching foreign students.
Our school in Kiev also offers a unique ‘Peer Coaching’ programme. ‘Peer Coaches’ are students from local universities who offer students extra help and support with their conversational Russian. Our school also offers a ‘Russian Conversational Club’ which meets every Saturday. There are groups for all levels (from beginner to advanced) to discuss culture, politics, art and everyday life in Ukraine.
For students wishing to fully immerse themselves in Ukrainian culture, our school in Kiev offers accommodation in carefully selected host families, where you will be provided with your own room and either one or two meals per day. This is certainly the best accommodation option linguistically, as the host family will speak Russian to the students, helping them to practice what they have learnt in class!
Our school in Kiev is also able to arrange private apartment accommodation for students.
Our school in Kiev offers an extensive activity programme, with activities being arranged for most days. Examples of activities include cultural presentations by guest speakers, Russian film screenings, and guided tours of the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Cave Monastery, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The school also arranges regular excursions to locations in other parts of Ukraine, such as Odessa and Lviv.
How to get there
We are able to arrange airport transfers for students, although these are not included in the price of the course.