Reviews of ProBa Educational Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Total No. of Reviews: 43
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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ProBa Educational Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia
4.0/5.0 
(43 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 3.9/5.0 
Facilities 3.1/5.0 
Social activities 3.2/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 3.8/5.0 
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Host Family 3.8/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 3.4/5.0 
Other 3.6/5.0 
Individual Reviews
3. Mar. 2014
1. (32 years)  - 
1. Mini Group - 4 weeks

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20. Dec. 2013
2. (22 years)  - 
2. Mini Group - 12 weeks

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The program was not only high-quality but also more fun than I expected.
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I think that the more seriously you tackle the language learning, the more rewards you get. You can join the school activities as you want.
6. Nov. 2013
3. (25 years)  -  Luxembourg
3. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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5. Nov. 2013
4. (29 years)  -  Slovenia
4. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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They are very nice and the teacher was very good.
15. Oct. 2013
5. (54 years)  - 
5. Individual Standard - 4 weeks

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5. Aug. 2013
6. (44 years)  - 
6. Individual Standard - 4 weeks

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If you have a good grammar in your native language, it's better to take it as a support
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A good school where is really good also the human relationship with all employees, who are very kind and helpful
5. Dec. 2012
7. (77 years)  - 
7. Individual Standard - 4 weeks

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My teacher Stanislav is excellent and the other teachers have been praised by fellow students too. Stanislav is proficient in many languages like me so we had very lively and interesting lessons also about grammatical language comparison. He talked to me exclusively in Russian, although I still struggle with my speaking it was a very good exercise. I now have access to an entirely new language. Also cultural and political issues were raised in the conversations. Stanislav has written a teaching tool,with whom I worked too which was outstanding.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
They should send photos of the property and be sure to agree on the information regarding the family.
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Classrooms functional, comfortable, bright, quiet, the operators of the school very pleasant, helpful. Also, the location of the school is very good. It is near Schulraeume. It has plenty of restaurants, shopping just a step away from the underground.. There is a fitness center within walking distance.
21. Nov. 2012
8. (32 years)  - 
8. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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School hours, teachers and staff availability, warm and inviting atmosphere.
27. Aug. 2012
9. (42 years)  - 
9. Mini Group - 10 weeks

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High level teaching method of the teachers, the excellent organization for the school program and for the excursions, the comfortable surroundings.
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I recommend this school
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A very good experience that I hope to repeat soon as possible
23. Aug. 2011
10. (25 years)  - 
10. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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Maximum availability of the entire staff of the school... The professionalism in teaching hours.
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I suggest you stay in the center thus avoiding problems with the closure of the bridges in St. Petersburg.
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The accommodation at the University of Economics and Finance is cute, but you can not bring any guests... it's a serious flaw...
15. Aug. 2011
11. (29 years)  - 
11. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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The school should honestly inform their students about the conditions of their accommodation. A lot of people had problems with the accommodations. This situation should improve, if the school wants to get better evaluations.
7. Mar. 2011
12. Gerhard (38 years)  - 
12. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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19. Nov. 2010
13. (37 years)  - 
13. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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KIND TREATMENT AND QUALITY OF EDUCATION
12. Jul. 2010
14. (74 years)  - 
14. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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The education style.
30. Oct. 2009
15. (44 years)  - 
15. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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Response from school
The school changes the program and accommodation on the student's request. Upon arrival each student get printed information about accommodation and study. Our notes should help you to avoid some of the problems or misunderstandings while staying in St.Petersburg and living among Russians. We would like to point out that due to a very different culture and simple problems of communication, misunderstanding are almost sure to occur. There is nothing extraordinary. However, you should try to find the right balance between demanding too much and too little.
22. May. 2009
16. (58 years)  - 
16. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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if you want to have a good night rest never book their student hostel
6. Jan. 2009
17. (50 years)  - 
17. Mini Group - 1 week

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familiar atmosphere, qualified teachers, courses well adapted to the individual state of knowledge
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city tour, museums

 

Response from school
Thank you, Maren and welcome for the next course! We are glad to see you again next year!
29. Dec. 2008
18. (36 years)  - 
18. Individual Intensive - 2 weeks

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Small, very friendly staff, excellent learning atmosphere in the heart of St. Petersburg (5 minutes to Nevski Prospect)
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Teachers are excellent and qualified! They manage perfectly to understand and adjust to the level of the learner and push him forward.
23. Oct. 2008
19. (24 years)  -  Italy
19. Mini Group - 4 weeks

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10. Sep. 2008
20. Stefano (27 years)  -  Italy
20. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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9. Jan. 2008
21. Frank (34 years)  - 
21. Individual Standard - 2 weeks

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12. Dec. 2007
22. (23 years)  - 
22. Mini Group - 13 weeks

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teaching, general atmosphere
20. Aug. 2007
23. (40 years)  - 
23. Mini Group - 4 weeks

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The family-like atmosphere at the school
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The premises are newly refurbished but quite small. I really liked the lessons and teachers. Staff in general was very helpful. I will go there again.
15. Aug. 2007
24. Aurore (20 years)  - 
24. Study at Teacher\'s Home Course - 3 weeks

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22. Jul. 2007
25. (38 years)  - 
25. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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nice team
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white nights
13. Jul. 2007
26. (52 years)  -  United States
26. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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quality teaching and instructional materials
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Troitsky Most cafe just along the road - great vegetarian Russian dishes
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I would like to go there again, and take my Russian students
28. Dec. 2006
27. (36 years)  - 
27. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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payment by cash for the school tuition
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a very good staff
22. Nov. 2006
28. (47 years)  - 
28. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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28. Oct. 2006
29. (26 years)  -  Germany
29. Mini Group - 4 weeks

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Intensive class and good teacher
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Go to a Russian banya at least once!
12. Aug. 2006
30. Gerhard Josef (48 years)  - 
30. Mini Group - 3 weeks

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27. Jul. 2006
31. (56 years)  - 
31. At Teacher\'s Home Course - 2 weeks

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I lived with my teacher - she and her family were wonderful.
6. Jul. 2006
32. (36 years)  - 
32. \'White Nights of St. Petersburg 2006\' - 2 weeks

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I did language courses before but I've never met teachers who are so committed to the progress of their students, for example nearly daily we were at school longer then the official schedule. great combination of practical grammar, application of it and lots of talking. highly recommendable methods.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
enquire at school about the possibility of obtaining a student ticket or card that gives you great discounts to museum, for example free entrance to hermitage which is not to be missed for any reason.
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organization of social activities can be a bit chaotic and last minute.
19. Dec. 2005
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33. Mini Group - 2 weeks

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The place in the centre of the town and the nice teachers.
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Museum, theatre, social live.
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More excursions and theatre visits
4. Nov. 2004
34. (37 years)  -  Usa
34. One-to-One

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ability to tailor programs
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very courteous staff
2. Sep. 2004
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35. General

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quiet surroudings around the school
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During my stay, there were few students. So the lessons I took was man-to-man. For the beginners like me, it's really much of a help.
23. Mar. 2004
36. (45 years)  -  Germany
36. Super Intensive (+35h)

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Good and engaged teachers
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Say very clearly and loud, what and how they want to study
25. Sep. 2003
37. (24 years)  -  Schweiz
37. One-to-One

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I met nice students.
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You must go to the soldiers' cemetery and to the ballet!
12. Jun. 2003
38. (28 years)  -  Germany
38. General

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VERY nice staff
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the town spb!!
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none
8. May. 2003
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39. One-to-One

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very motivated teachers
28. Nov. 2001
40. (32 years)  -  Usa
40. General

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Everyone was very friendly and made me feel welcome
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Do not miss out on the museums. Must stay with a host family to fully experience the culture.
2. Apr. 2001
41. (35 years)  -  Usa
41. General

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Very friendly atmosphere
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Russian Ballet is a must see!
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I would have preferred to have stayed longer. Learning Russian can be difficult at times, but Pro Ba always made sure I was comfortable with my lessons before continuing with new material.
2. Apr. 2001
42. (37 years)  -  Switzerland
42. One-to-One

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small classes
31. Mar. 2001
43. Anonymous (23 years)  - 
43. One-to-One

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