Russian Courses in St Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, located at the mouth of the Neva River, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as a much needed Baltic port. The city has a mild climate due to warm offshore currents—amazing given the fact that it has the same latitude as Alaska and Greenland! St. Petersburg was officially made the new capital of Russia in 1712 and soon became famous internationally for its beautiful architecture, grand palaces, museums, theaters and universities. Subsequent rulers, Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great and Alexander I, commissioned splendid buildings which reflected European tastes and traditions and added to St. Petersburg’s beauty. It is no wonder that writers, poets, artists, musicians and European “sophisticates” flocked to St. Petersburg eager to experience life in this grand and mysterious city. St. Petersburg is split by the Neva River into northern, eastern and the southern center which is home to the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and the Nevsky prospekt. It is a city that offers much to its visitors who cannot help but be affected by its atmosphere, history and beauty.
Liden & Denz – Center for Russian as a Foreign Language
Liden & Denz has been offering Russian courses in St Petersburg since it was founded in 1992 as a private school teaching Russian to foreigners. The combination of a Russian company and Swiss ownership means they offer the very best in Russian courses in St Petersburg within an efficient international organization.
Bringing a new and fresh style of integrative language teaching to Russia, Liden & Denz is also playing a vital pioneering role in Russia’s emerging private education and training sector. The school is licensed by the City of St. Petersburg to teach Russian Courses to foreigners.
The Liden & Denz Russian Language School is located in a recently renovated historical building near the Philarmonia, the Grand Hotel Europe and the Russian Museum, within 5 minutes walking distance to the Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor metro station. The school facilities include thirteen modern classrooms (all equipped with TV/DVD sets), a library with a large choice of Russian newspapers and a small cafeteria. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the school. A wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops are available within easy walking distance.
Note: The Liden & Denz Russian Language center also offers Russian Courses in Moscow and Russian Courses in Riga, Latvia.
Please click on the following tabs for more information on the Russian Courses in St Petersburg:
Liden & Denz – Russian courses in St Petersburg
(All programs: Please add USD 100.00 Lingua Service Worldwide Application fee. See Application Procedures.)
Group Russian Courses in St Petersburg:
Course prices include: number of language lessons as indicated, teaching materials, placement test, course certificate, guided city tour on arrival, and visa Invitation Letter (see important notes regarding enrollment deadlines and visas at the bottom of this page).
Standard Russian Language Group Course: Maximum of 12 students per class, 20 Russian language lessons (1 lesson = 50 minutes) per week, minimum 2 weeks. All levels except for very advanced students. Beginners must at least have knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet. The course syllabus is dynamic and follows a modular pattern of two week units. These are intense Russian courses designed for those who are dedicated to learning the Russian language. Standard Russian Courses – Long Term: 12 weeks** also offered.
Please see important notes regarding visas at the bottom of this page!
Intensive Russian Language Group Course: Maximum of 12 students per class, 25 Russian language lessons (1 lesson = 50 minutes) per week, minimum 2 weeks. All levels except for very advanced students. Beginners must at least have knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet. The course syllabus is dynamic and follows a modular pattern of two week units. These are intense and demanding Russian courses designed for those who are dedicated to learning the Russian language. Intensive Russian Courses Long Term: 12 weeks** also offered.
Russian Courses in St Petersburg – Prices 2019 and 2020:
|Course||Two weeks||Three weeks||Four weeks||Six Weeks||Eight Weeks||Twelve weeks||Twenty-four weeks**|
|Standard Russian Language Group Course:|
|25 MAY - 20 SEPT, 2020:||$936||$1,349||$1,762||$2,625||$3,160||$4,448||$5,396|
|REST OF THE YEAR:||$790||$1,130||$1,471||$2,188||$2,576||$3,573||$5,396|
|Intensive Russian Language Group Course:|
|25 MAY - 20 SEPT.:||$1,130||$1,641||$2,151||$3,209||$3,890||$5,396||$7,147|
|REST OF THE YEAR:||$984||$1,422||$1,860||$2,771||$3,305||$4,521||$7,147|
**Notes for 12 week long term courses: for any weeks of the long term course that fall between 25 May and 20 Sept. 2020 please add USD 75 per week to tuition prices. Surcharge does not apply to 24 week courses.
Russian Courses Starting Dates:
2019 Starting dates for all group Russian courses: Beginners must start on the following dates only, all other levels may start on any Monday of their choice: 8 January (Tuesday) / 4 February / 4 March / 1 and 29 April / 13 and 27 May / 10 and 24 June / 8 and 22 July / 5 and 19 August / 2 and 23 September / 14 October / 11 November / 2 December.
Public Holidays Year 2019: 1, 2 and 7 January // 23 February // 8 March // 1 and 9 May // 12 June // 4 November. The school is closed on public holidays. Classes are made up only for One-to-One courses!. Group classes will not be made up. The school will be closed for group courses between 20 December 2019 and 6 January 2020.
2020 Starting dates for all group Russian courses: Beginners must start on the following dates only, all other levels may start on any Monday of their choice: 6 January / 3 February / 2 March / 30 March / 27 April / 25 May / 15 and 29 June / 13 and 27 July / 10 and 24 August / 7 and 21 September / 19 October / 16 November / 7 December.
Public Holidays Year 2020: 1, 2 and 7 January // 23 February // 8 March // 1 and 9 May // 12 June // 4 November. The school is closed on public holidays. Classes are made up only for One-to-One courses!. Group classes will not be made up. The school will be closed for group courses between 18 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.
One-to-One Professional Russian Courses in St Petersburg:
One-to-One Professional Russian Courses: Private Russian Courses consisting of 15, 20, 30 or 40 (crash course) Russian lessons per week, minimum enrollment: 1 week. The One-to-One Russian Courses are designed primarily for corporate clients, executives, government officials, interpreters and future Russia/CIS representatives. The individual approach speeds up the learning process and focuses on the needs of the particular student. The exact content of the course will be determined by the student and teacher. The student is asked to specify prior to arrival whether s/he has any particular topics/fields of interest that should be covered during the course. This provides the teacher with an idea of the participant’s goals and allows her/him to pre-select materials and establish a study plan. One-to-One participants may attend the lectures for Group Course students if their time table permits. (See Standard Course for what is included in the program cost.) One-to-One courses may start any Monday of the year.
One-to-One Russian Courses in St Petersburg – Prices 2019 and 2020:
|Course||One week||Extra weeks|
|25 MAY - 20 SEPT.:|
|15 Lessons per week:||$984||$875|
|20 Lessons per week:||$1,203||$1,094|
|30 Lessons per week:||$1,665||$1,556|
|40 Lessons per week:||$2,024||$1,914|
|REST OF THE YEAR|
|15 Lessons per week:||$839||$729|
|20 Lessons per week:||$1,057||$948|
|30 Lessons per week:||$1,519||$1,410|
|40 Lessons per week:||$1,878||$1,768|
Liden & Denz St. Petersburg Accommodations
Accommodations are now priced separately from the course. Prices include airport transfer upon arrival for students staying in host families or shared apartments (only on Sundays!) . Most participants choose the homestay option. All of the families are carefully selected and regularly monitored by the school. The rooms are clean and, by Russian standards, spacious. Most of the host families live in the modern, suburban areas of St. Petersburg. Participants will have a private room with half board during the week and full board on the weekends. Maximum travel time to the school is 50 minutes. Accommodation is booked form Sunday to Sunday (arrival MUST be on Sunday). The school now also offers apartment shares.
Accommodation Prices 2019 and 2020:
|Housing Description||Per week|
|Host Family Accommodations: Single room, half-board (full board during weekends)||$340|
|Host Family Accommodations: Single room, breakfast only||$255|
|Apartment Share: Single room, no meals, sharing common areas with other students:||$267|
Hotels and Apartments are available upon request. Please contact us details.
Liden & Denz St. Petersburg – Activities:
To ensure students have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with this magnificent city, in addition to their Russian Courses in St Petersburg, Liden & Denz organizes at least two outings a week, such as theater visits (opera/drama/ballet), theme excursions (e.g. on Russian orthodoxy, Katherine the Great), trips to the Hermitage, shopping tours and excursions to the countryside and to other cities, such as Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Novgorod or Moscow. Participants will receive a monthly program of the activities organized by the school. Transportation costs and entrance fees are not included in the price.
Airport Transfer: from St. Petersburg Airport is available at an additional charge for those students that choose to book accommodations on their own: USD 80 each way.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prices are subject to change due to fluctuating foreign currency rates.
IMPORTANT – Booking Deadlines and Visa Information
The Liden & Denz school provides all participants requiring a visa with an Invitation Letter which is necessary to obtain the visa through their local Russian Consulate.
Booking deadlines for students requiring a visa to Russia: for all short–term courses (up to 4 weeks) the final booking deadline is 3 weeks prior to arrival. For all long-term courses in Russia (5 weeks and more) bookings should reach us at least 8 weeks prior to arrival.
The visa fee will depend upon the applicant’s citizenship and the local consulate’s pricing policy. Please note that it is extremely difficult and expensive to prolong a visa once in Russia so please be sure to indicate clearly the length of your stay in Russia. Most visas are valid for one entry only, multiple entry visas may be available depending on nationality. Please check with your local Russian Consulate for details regarding your specific case. Special note regarding visas: the cost of the invitation letter required for the Russian visa is included in the prices listed above. However, since the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs charges additional fees for expedited processing of the visa invitation letters, applications received within 4 weeks of travel date will incur an additional USD 150 fee.
The school also strongly recommends that participants check to see if their diphtheria vaccination is current.