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Russian Language School in St. Petersburg

Derzhavin Institute – a Russian Language School in St.-Petersburg, Russia was founded in 2003 with the participation of the All-Russia Pushkin Museum as part of a cultural and educational center, Derzhavin Institute has already proven to be arguably the best Russian language school in St. Petersburg.Derzhaven Institute | Russian Language School in St. Petersburg

Located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, the Institute exclusively occupies one wing of the newly reconstructed 18th century mansion, formerly the private residence of G.R. Derzhavin.

If you need to study Russian we provide a variety of Russian language programs in St. Petersburg: long-term and short-term Russian language courses, intensive and individual instruction, and classes for foreign students of all language proficiency levels and backgrounds.

School facilities

  • 12 well-equipped classrooms at the Russian Language School recreate the agreeable and comfortable atmosphere of the Russian 18th century mansion.
  • There is a sofa area where students at Derzhavin Institute can have complimentary tea and coffee whilst chattering in Russian in a relaxed atmosphere with other students and teachers.
  • A computer room with free unlimited internet and e-mail access
  • free Wi-Fifacebook
  • Students’ self study area (including library with full range of study materials and literature, TV and video facilities)
  • English-speaking staff can help students with booking travel tickets and organizing accommodation in St.Petersburg.
  • Students can have lunches from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.  in the café in the Institute’s building


The Russian Course in St. Petersburg Consists of:

  • General Russian Course in St. Petersburg: 20 lessons
  • Intensive Russian Course in St. Petersburg: 30 lessons
  • Up to a maximum of 10 students per class (Average: 8 students)
  • Students with some level of Russian will be able to start any Monday
  • Highly qualified, experienced Russian teachers
  • Planned social activities

Prices for the Russian Language School in St. Petersburg

See the full price list on the schools website.

Also, you can contact our staff at any time for a detailed price quote: Contact All About Languages

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  • St. Petersburg plus accommodation (where applicable)Registration fees
  • Certificate on course completion
  • Student ID
  • Welcome information folder
  • Accommodation placement fees
  • Written and oral placement test
  • Teaching materials and photocopies
  • Certificate on course completion
  • Student ID
  • Welcome information folder
  • Free unlimited e-mail and internet access
  • Supplementary tea and coffee service
  • Some social activities (Russian Craft Lesson, Russian Song Lesson, Watching Russian Films)
  • Free language workshop every week
  • Level evaluation
  • Course certificate

Our Russian Language School is situated in the historic center of Saint Petersburg (Fontanka emb. 118).

The Derzhavin Institute exclusively occupies the top floor of the newly reconstructed 18 century mansion which houses the museum of G.R. Derzhavin and Russian Language and Literature of those times.

One of its wings is also occupied by art restoration studios, a theater, a library and a hotel – favourable settings for students learning the Russian language.

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  • Russian Association of Teachers for Russian Language and Literature (ROPRYAL)
  • Russian Ministry of Education
  • CSN. Now students from Sweden who are taking a long-term course (13 weeks+) and are booking through agents can apply to CSN for a scholarship.
  • Bildungsurlaub (Hamburg, Hannover).

Course information and details

Standard course

The Standard Course focuses on integrating all the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis is on communication skills, increasing students’ vocabulary, improving fluency and boosting confidence in speaking Russian.

  • Minimum admission age: 18
  • Course starts: every Monday throughout the year
  • Minimum course duration: 1 week
  • Levels available: A1 – C1
  • Timetable: Mon-Fri, 9.30 a.m – 1.00 p.m, 20 hours a week.
  • Absolute beginners start the first Monday of each month throughout the year.

Intensive course

This is the Standard Course of 20 hours per week plus 2 additional group lessons every day (30 hours per week in total). In the extra lessons students focus on a particular area of Russian that has been identified as a student’s need: grammar, vocabulary, speaking, etc.

  • Minimum admission age: 18
  • Minimum course duration: 1 week
  • Levels available: A1 – C1
  • Timetable: Mon. – Fr., 9.3a.m – 3.00 p.m, 30 hours a week.
  • Absolute beginners start the first Monday of each month throughout the year.



Staying with a host family is a superb chance to maximise opportunities for language practice and to gain an understanding of Russian culture.

Our homestays are visited by our staff who assign accomodation and are monitored by students’ feedback. We have been working with most of the families from the very beginning of our school. They have been chosen for their friendliness and the warm welcome they give to all the students.

Homestays are located in the historic districts of the city and can be from a 20-minute walk to a 30- minute ride to the Institute. All the homestays are conveniently located close to public transportation links.

As the homestay accommodation is mostly chosen to improve the language through constant communication in Russian, we ask our hosts not to speak other languages apart from Russian.

Shared flat**

Located in the building next door to the Institute, the shared flat is an ideal alternative for those who want to live independently, for a rather cheap price and close to the Institute. There is no host living in the flat.

We could offer you 2 or 4 rooms flat. The flats are fully equipped. There are single rooms and double rooms, a shared bathroom, a kitchen and a common room (only in 4-rooms flat).

The flats contains a microwave, laundry facilities, TV, and a telephone for local calls (international calls are possible with a phone card). Bed linen is supplied, but the students are responsible for washing and cleaning the flat.

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