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CREFMoscow, Russia

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

6 students - overall rating
Ulitsa Malaya Lubyanka, 16 - 101000 Moscow - see on map
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What we like about the school
  • Learning progress guarantee.
What we dislike about the school
  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.

Location: CREF is a language school that is just on the edge of the inner part of the city of Moscow. It is walking distance from the Temple of Saint Louis of France and Sretensky Monastery, and close to the Sretensky Boulevard. The school is close to a lively section of Moscow, which has a vast selection of bars and restaurants that have congregated around the HSE University.

Public transportation: The closest metro station to CREF is Turgenevskaya, which is a stop on service six. Across the street from this stop is the Chistye prudy station, and from here students can ride line one. The whole metro system in Moscow is very effective, and students can reach just about the entirety of the city from the lines around the school.

Features of the city: The Bolshoi Theatre, State Historical Museum and Red Square are 20 minutes by foot from CREF.

Course structure: There is one option for a Russian group course, and a selection of private lessons of different intensities. The individual classes can be taken in the morning, afternoon or evening, and can be structured on the students availability. Along with the students chosen course, each option includes a level test, certification on completion and access to the schools free wifi throughout the building.

School facilities: The premise offers 15 comfortable classrooms, all fitted with modern equipment.

Russian Courses

General Language
Private

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 Learning progress guarantee

Photos

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  • School facilities
    School facilities2/6
  • CREF reception in Moscow
    CREF reception in Moscow3/6
  • Classroom
    Classroom4/6
  • Desk
    Desk5/6
  • CREF class
    CREF class6/6
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
CREF, Moscow
School
Location of the school
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities
3.8 

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities
2.5 

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Organisation
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Value for money
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
3.5 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years (0 ratings)
0.0 

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Students 18-30 years (1 rating)
3.0 

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Students 31-49 years (3 ratings)
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Students 50+ years (2 ratings)
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Student opinions about CREF, Moscow

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The strong commitment of the staff (director, teachers, etc.). The friendly, almost familiar atmosphere.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

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.
Course: Standard group tuition - 3 weeks
7. Jul. 2015
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The location of the school is excellent and all staff and teachers are very friendly.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss I recommend private lessons for the best progress.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments In the same building there is a very pleasant hotel.
Course: Individual tuition (10 Lektionen/Woche) - 1 week
19. Jun. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Motivated teacher, good and friendly atmosphere
Overall rating
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay Executive
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Standard group tuition - 1 week
18. Dec. 2015
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The school is in the city center.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard group tuition - 2 weeks
25. Jul. 2017
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.

Ratings of CREF compared to ratings of all schools in Russia

 CREF MoscowAverage of all other schools in Russia
Overall school rating4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Location of the school4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities2.5

Rating: 2.5/5.0

3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Organisation4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Quality of teaching4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Homestay3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Shared flat3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

CREF

“Your progress in language learning is our pride”
Victoria Simakina
– 
Victoria Simakina
Director of CREF
Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalCCIFR
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
Student gender mix
45% male / 55% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at CREF and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoPayPal - logoBank Transfer - logo
Year of school foundation
1995
Legal name / parent company
CREF-R Limited | Tax registration ID: 7838367433 KPP 770401001

General school 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

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • 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
    Paid parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 500
Junior courses - In summer: 500
Minimum age of students
16 years
6 years for specific Junior courses
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
Average age of students
In summer: 33 years
Throughout the year: 30 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Information for all courses offered by CREF

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
80.00 €
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 40 € per course level.
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.
    Invitation Letter: EUR 20.
Individual classes
Single 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.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024 - 08 Jan 2024, 23 Feb 2024, 08 Mar 2024, 01 May 2024, 09 May 2024, 12 Jun 2024, 04 Nov 2024.
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.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Lessons needed per Russian language level
Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 160 8
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 320 16
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 360 18
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 400 20
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 440 22
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Airport transfer

Sheremetyevo International Airport:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Domodedovo International Airport:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Vnukovo International Airport:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), Domodedo.
More details about airports near Moscow and how to travel independently from the airport to the city on our Moscow page. For flight comparisons to Moscow, we recommend using skyscanner.com.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Russia.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
School fee for issuing the visa documents:
150 €
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

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-

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Not offered.

Adults - Paid activities

Visit the Pushkin Museum, the Kremlin, and the Tretyakov Gallery.

Go on a trip to the monastery at Sergeyev Possad.

Go on long weekend all-in trips to St. Petersburg.

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FAQ about CREF, Moscow

  • Russian courses at CREF start at 257 € for Standard Course course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • 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 (Individual - 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 France (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 33 during the summer and 30 for the rest of the year.

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