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Language Schools for Expats in Russia

Submitted: December 2013

Learning a new language, especially Russian, is a daunting and challenging task.  Fortunately there are a variety of learning opportunities and resources available to you for when you move to Russia.

To learn Russian comprehensively and quickly, you should immerse yourself in the language by reading, speaking, listening and writing at every opportunity you get. This would involve reading Russian newspapers and magazines, or watching Russian television and films; as well as practising with your Russian friends or neighbours. You may even wish to consider limiting your exposure to your native language, if possible.

There are numerous language schools in most Russian cities. Depending on your personal preference you can choose to attend a number of private schools or study Russian at one of the universities, such as the Moscow State University (see below).

The subjects taught at most language schools often include conversation, literature, standard grammar and phonetics. Specialized courses are also available for professionals, such as Russian for lawyers or scientists. Group and individual tuition courses are also available and most schools offer standard courses for beginners to advanced students. Online language courses are also available if you prefer to learn Russian from the comfort of your home, but do ensure that the online course you choose is accredited.


Language Certificates

Most universities and private schools offer Russian language certificates at the end of the study programme. The various types of tests and levels of competence include:

  • Basic level test and certificate (TRFL-TBU): Upon completing the basic level course, a student may take a test and receive an officially recognized TRFL-TBU certificate.
  • First Certification level and certificate (TRFL-TRKI 1): This entitles students to take the TRFL-TRKI 1 Test. If successful, the student will receive a certificate confirming an intermediate level of communicative skills on a variety of topics, especially how to communicate in everyday life.
  • Second Certification level and certificate (TRFL-TRKI 2): Upon completing this level, a student should be able to communicate use Russian for professional purposes.
  • Third Certification level and certificate (TRFL-TRKI 3): Successful completion signifies an advanced level of communicative competence which enables you to satisfy your communicative needs in all areas of professional life in the Russian language. This Certificate is a prerequisite for receiving a bachelor's degree in philology at higher education institutions.
  • Fourth Certification level and certificate (TRFL-TRKI 4): This test indicates proficiency in the Russian language and a competence close to that of a native Russian speaker. This certificate is also a prerequisite for receiving a master's degree in philology at higher education institutions.

For more information on the levels of competence and official requirements for each language level, see https://en.russia.edu.ru/russian/levels/.



Below are some Russian language schools for you to consider before making your choice:

  • Globus International Language Centre (+7 4 956 452 158 ): offers Russian for beginners, Corporate Russian courses, intensive Russian Courses and Russian for Expats. Classes are available six days a week from 7am - 9pm
  • American Councils for International Education, ACTR/ACCELS (www.americancouncils.org): offers academic year, semester, and summer programs for Russian language study in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladimir.
  • Russian Language School at Moscow State University (www.ruslanguage.ru): offers flexible study programs with group or individual classes from beginner to advanced from four weeks to Full Academic Year.
  • Saint Petersburg Polytechnic State University (www.russian-language-course.com): offers intensive 2-week group, individual or longer-terms courses, with 16 to 25 lessons per week.
  • Inlingua Moscow Language Center (https://inlingua.ru)
  • CDC InterTraining (https://www.cdc-msk.ru/)

Remember, persistent practice makes perfect!




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