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  1. How we can understand each other?

    • All our teachers speak English fluently and many also speak French, German, Italian and/or Spanish. Comparative and communicative methods combined in your course will help you understand Russian rules easily, enhance vocabulary, start communicating in Russian with confidence and efficiency.

  2. Who are your teachers?

    • We have gathered passionate and enthusiastic team of highly-skilled
      professionals with more than 15 years of experience in teaching of
      Russian. Russian is our native language and our crew have master’s
      degrees, scientific publications, awards and diplomas. Our process of
      hiring teachers is very thorough, and our staff members enjoy working
      with us. Some teachers have left university positions or move to St.
      Petersburg from other cities to join our team.

  3. What does the Russian language course program comprise?

    • Your course program depends on your personal goals. Business
      Russian, Comprehensive Russian, Russian for TORFL and other
      courses will have different contents and language focuses. You can
      contact us and have a personal consultation: we will help you
      choose the most suitable course. We have several authors of published
      and popular textbooks (used by other schools and universities) among
      our staff, so we can always create a tailor-made program to meet your
      needs.

  4. Is St. Petersburg safe?

    • St. Petersburg is about as safe as any 5-million city in Europe. Perhaps
      a bit better than Paris but not as safe as Zurich. There are pickpockets
      at central metro stations, but there are no robbers or gangs in the
      streets. St. Petersburg never sleeps, there are restaurants, shops and
      even bookstores open 24 hours, so there are people, locals and
      tourists, in central streets anytime, and if you stay out late, you will feel
      safe and comfortable. Our famous White Nights in summer actually
      make the difference between day and night literally disappear!

  5. Do I need a visa to come to Russia?

    • We would be happy to say “NO”, but it depends on your nationality.
      Citizens of Israel, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and some other countries can
      come to Russia without a visa (as well as Russians are free to travel to
      these countries). To get a visa you need an official invitation. We
      provide visa support for our clients. Please contact staff for details.

  6. Should I assess the level of my language proficiency?

    • Of course it’s better if you do. You can do it on our website using a simple
      online test. We can also determine your level at a personal
      consultation at our office or via Skype. The assessment will help our specialists to find a course
      that suits your language level.

  7. Is one human life enough to learn Russian?

    • Yes, of course: there are about 300 000 000 people who speak Russian worldwide. I’m often asked: «How many years does it take to learn Russian? I have no idea, because the time you spend swimming, cooking or walking your dog doesn’t count. What matters is not years, but actual hours you devote to learning and practicing the language. Usually one level (there are six) takes 80-100 hours. At our school students can master the first year of university program in 3 months.

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