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CREF, Moscow, Russia

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes

CREF

The language school CREF was founded in Moscow, Russia in 1995. CREF is a language school specialised in teaching Russian to foreigners. CREF offers the best learning experience in Moscow for students from all over the world.

The school is located in the heart of the city, near Lubyanka square. The premise offers 15 comfortable classrooms, all fitted with modern equipment.
In addition, the school is 100 % client satisfaction oriented: they will do our maximum so that your language stay is a wonderful experience of learning Russian language and discovering Russia.


The school address is: Ulitsa Malaya Lubyanka, 16, 2nd entry, 4th floor, 101000 - Moscow, Russia (see on map)

Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by CREF

- Use of face mask is required
- Wash hands with alcohol gel when entering and leaving
- Enter the establishment one by one
- Maintain a minimum distance of 1,5 meters
- Temperature measurement.

Accreditations and Quality seals

Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in most classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Number of public PC workstations:

10

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED Learning progress guarantee

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 40 € per course level.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 500
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 1000
  • Junior courses in summer: 500
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 1000

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 5
  • Junior courses in summer: 5
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years
  • 7 years for specific Junior courses

Russian teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree
  • 100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

2
3
6
20
10
27
3
6
5
16

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), Domodedo.

Sheremetyevo International Airport:
50 € pick up
100 € return (both ways)
Domodedovo International Airport:
50 € pick up
100 € return (both ways)
Vnukovo International Airport:
50 € pick up
100 € return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020 - 03 Jan. 2020, 06 Jan. 2020 - 08 Jan. 2020, 23 Feb. 2020 - 24 Feb. 2020, 08 Mar. 2020 - 09 Mar. 2020, 01 May 2020, 09 May 2020, 11 May 2020, 12 Jun. 2020, 04 Nov. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Please note that this school reserves the right to reduce the number of lessons if the minimum number of students is not reached.

Russian Courses

General Language
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 36 48
Price in € 270 257 540 513 810 770 1080 1026 1440 1368 1920 1824 2400 2280 2640 2508 4800 4560 7200 6840 9600 9120
Price in US$ 302 604 905 1207 1609 2145 2682 2950 5363 8044 10725
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 20 Jan. 2020, 03 Feb. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 02 Mar. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020, 23 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 24 36 48 52 Additional Week
Price in € 820 779 1640 1558 2460 2337 3280 3116 4920 4674 5760 5472 17280 16416 25920 24624 34560 32832 37440 35568 720 684
Price in US$ 917 1833 2749 3665 5497 6435 19304 28956 38608 41825 805
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 20 Jan. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 25 May 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020, 23 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020.
General course schedule
8 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in € 670 637 1340 1273 2010 1910 2680 2546 3350 3183 4020 3819 4640 4408 5260 4997 5880 5586 6500 6175 7740 7353
Price in US$ 749 1497 2246 2994 3743 4491 5184 5876 6569 7262 8647
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 20 Jan. 2020, 03 Feb. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 02 Mar. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020, 23 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 48
Price in € 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1300 1235 1560 1482 1760 1672 2200 2090 2640 2508 5280 5016 10560 10032
Price in US$ 291 581 872 1162 1453 1743 1967 2458 2950 5899 11797
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 20 Jan. 2020, 03 Feb. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 02 Mar. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020, 23 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in € 460 437 920 874 1380 1311 1840 1748 2300 2185 2760 2622 2940 2793 3360 3192 3780 3591 4200 3990 5040 4788
Price in US$ 514 1028 1542 2056 2570 3084 3285 3754 4223 4692 5631
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 20 Jan. 2020, 03 Feb. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 02 Mar. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020, 23 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by CREF, Moscow can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 80.00 €
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 70 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses:Inscription fees are:
- EUR 80 for first 6 weeks
- EUR 110 between 7-12 weeks
- EUR 175 from 12 weeks onwards.
It includes administration fees, visa invitation to the Russian federation and administrative fees for Moscow.
School requires cash payment on arrival.

Accommodation

Organized for a local partner, rates vary according to seasons and standards

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Basketball1 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Field Hockey1 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Horse riding4 km
Ice Hockey 
Music 
Skiing 
Squash 
Swimming3 km
Table Tennis1 km
Tennis1 km
Volleyball2 km
Yoga 

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Organisation

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Facilities

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8
Social activities

Rating: 2.5/5.0

2.5
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
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What students liked about CREF, Moscow
The school is in the city center.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
3.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
2.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0
Other
4.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0
The strong commitment of the staff (director, teachers, etc.). The friendly, almost familiar atmosphere.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
3.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: I enjoyed the course very much and I would love to go back or to recommend it. However, I would like to address three points that seem important to me: 1) In my opinion, a language course for adults should be designed differently than a course for juniors or a language course in high school. I understand that beginners need to learn conjugation, grammar and vocabulary. But there is more to it; sometimes it felt like "drilling" in high school. 2) I expected to be in a group course (6-8 people). However, during the first week we were only three students and the next 2 weeks, I was the only student. I understand that there cannot be a group if there are no other students with the same level. But I was not informed about that.

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    FAQ about CREF, Moscow

  • Russian courses at CREF start at 247 € for Individual - Leisure course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Standard Course , Indivdual - Extra Intensive , Individual - Intensive , Individual - Leisure , Individual - Standard
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Sheremetyevo International Airport (50 €), Domodedovo International Airport (50 €), Vnukovo International Airport (50 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at CREF varies from 1 students (Indivdual - Extra Intensive ) to 6 students (Standard Course )
  • 100% of teachers at CREF hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at CREF comes from Russia with a 27% representation, followed by students from England (20%) and USA (16%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • CREF offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 30 during the summer and 30 for the rest of the year.
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