Learn Russian in St Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! Having seen several changes of name over the last century, being called Petrograd and Leningrad at various times, since 1991, the city has reverted to the original 'St Petersburg', named after its founder, the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great.
The second largest city in Russia, St Petersburg was the Imperial Capital of Russia for two centuries. Although Moscow is now Russia's designated capital, St Petersburg is an important cultural centre with elegant baroque buildings, historic palaces and countless museums dedicated to history, literature and art, not forgetting the splendid theatres hosting musical performances, ballets and plays. The list of St Petersburg's attractions seems endless, but no visit would be complete without a visit to the iconic Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
Almost everyone will require a visa to take a course in St Petersburg. Our guide to Russian visas should help you to decide which is the most suitable for you.
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Our school in St Petersburg (Historic Centre)
Our school in St Petersburg is located in the historic centre, on the southern edge of Arts Square where you will find the Russian Museum. This great location just a short walk from the famous Nevsky Prospect and Mikhailovsky Theatre.
The school occupies a historic building which has been renovated with modern facilities. There are 13 classrooms which overlook a quiet courtyard. Each classroom is equipped with an Apple TV box and iPad, allowing teachers to use the most up-to-date teaching materials in lessons. Wifi access is also available throughout the school.
Courses in St Petersburg (Historic Centre)
Our school offers a wide variety of language courses, suitable for students of all language levels. Students wishing to learn Russian in a group environment can choose between the Intensive course which includes 20 lessons each week, covering the full range of language skills including reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar, or the Super Intensive course which includes 5 additional lessons each week, concentrating on cultural topics tailored to your level of Russian.
Outside of the summer season you can also take part in a Semi Intensive Russian programme in St Petersburg. The lessons take place between 15:00 and 17:50 Monday to Friday. Smaller class sizes of just four students maximum ensures you get the most out of the 15 afternoon lessons each week.
If you want to learn as much Russian as possible during your course in St Petersburg, it is also possible to take a course of private lessons, either taken alone or combined with a group course.
Students who study Russian at our school in St Petersburg stay with carefully selected, Russian speaking host families, or else in a shared apartment, staying with other students taking Russian courses at our St Petersburg school.
We would always advise that students who want to learn Russian as quickly as possible, stay with a host family, as the families have been carefully selected to offer a warm welcome to our students and help students to learn the language skills they study in class by speaking in Russian. Both bed and breakfast and half board meal plans are available, giving students the opportunity to sample traditional Russian meals.
Our Russian language school in St Petersburg also arranges accommodation in self-catering apartments, shared with students from our school. The apartments are usually shared by 3-4 students, who will each have their own bedroom, but share the bathroom and kitchen. Each apartment is full furnished and equipped with a washing machine and wifi access.
The activity programme run by our school ensures that students enjoy their time in St Petersburg, as well as helping them practice their Russian.
Like our other schools in Russia, our St Petersburg school also offers an extensive cultural activity programme, with guided themed tours of St Petersburg. These include Romanovs to Dostoevsky tours and even a St Petersburg metro tour. Day trips to Peterhof, Novgorod the Great and Pushkin, as well as various masterclasses arranged by the school will also enhance your new Russian language skills.
There is also much more to see and do with your new Russian speaking friends. You can visit museums, Russian steambaths, try ice fishing in the winter or take boat cruises on the River Neva in the summer. You may also like to visit the incredible Hermitage Art Gallery, Yusupov Palace, Tsarskoye Selo and more!
How to get there
On arrival into St Petersburg, a one-way airport transfer is included free-of-charge from the airport or train station for all students booking accommodation along with their Russian course.
Location of our school in St Petersburg (Historic Centre)
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