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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:

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:

Remember, persistent practice makes perfect!




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