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Russian Language Academy, Riga, Latvia

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

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What we like about the school

  • Exceptional location in the heart of romantic Riga, with the National Opera House just across the street and transport not far away.
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality (4.9/5.0)
  • On campus accommodation offered
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.

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.
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.

Location: Russian Language Academy is located in the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia. Coastal to the Baltic Sea, at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga is renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture, concert halls, museums and wooden buildings. Situated within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History and Science, The 19th Century National Opera Theatre, Vērmane Garden and much more. Russian Language Academy is in a fantastic location for students to enjoy their time in Riga to its fullest.

School facilities: The school's facilities include an auditorium, library, kitchen for student use, lounge area and free after-class access to language learning software. A Student Support Desk is also available for any questions or queries that students may have. All classrooms have air-conditioning, heating and ample natural light to create the optimal learning environment.

Course selection: The course selection from the school is extensive and includes Russian Literature, Russian Music, TRKI and TELC Preparation programmes and Teacher Development programmes. Private or Mini Group courses are also available as well as Immersion Crash courses. The school would ask that all students have some knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet before starting their course.

Accommodation: Russian Language Academy has options for accommodation in Homestay, Shared Flats, Hotel, Residences and Private Apartments, available throughout the year.

Social and Cultural: A 15-minute walk from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Riga's Old Town, Russian Language Academy is well equipped to assist students in reaching their language goals whilst enjoying the beauties that the city has to offer.
  • The language school Russian Language Academy was founded in Riga, Latvia in 1996.
  • Legal name / parent company: SIA BORN
  • Tax registration ID: LV50002050031
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

Russian Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Private
Business
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by Russian Language Academy
Comments about courses

Price includes: guided group city-tour on Monday and study material for 1 level. Entrance fees, transport and food are paid by students.

Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
90.00 €
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 50 €. 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 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 04 May 2022, 23 Jun. 2022, 24 Jun. 2022, 18 Nov. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022, 31 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • 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 before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
Note: All courses offered by Russian Language Academy, Riga can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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Russian Language Academy

“Our students choose RLA Riga because of the quality of teaching and the friendly, safe environment. You're always welcomed here in Riga!”
Accreditations and Quality seals
EAQUALSMinistry of Education and Science of Latvia
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
Students should arrive at 8:40
Student gender mix:
46% male / 54% female
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: Bus: * No. 11, stop at Centrala Stacija.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 5 minutes
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Bank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Student support desk

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 6
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

Additional comment about facilities of school

Free tea for the students Information corner for things to do while in Riga

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:30
Throughout the year: 15
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 32 years
Throughout the year: 38 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Riga International Airport:
40 € one way
80 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is RIGA (RIX).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
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:
40 €
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
150 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing1 km
Golf15 km
Horse riding15 km
Music-
Sailing5 km
Skiing25 km
Squash4 km
Swimming3 km
Tennis4 km
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga1 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
* Riga walking tour on Monday (2h) in Russian language with professional guide for all new students.
Adults - Paid activities
Visit Rundale Palace. After the Rundale Palace students will set out to explore Bauska Castle (15-17 centuries). Price is EUR 40-60 per person, depending on the amount of students.

Visit the most beautiful district of Riga and enjoy the architectural heritage of Art Nouveau. The route will run through the parks of the 19th century - Vermanes darzs and Esplanade. Students will visit the impressive Cathedral of Christ and Alberta street. Price is EUR 5 per person.
Junior - Free activities

Accommodation

Reviews

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Russian Language Academy, Riga
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Rating: 4.9/5.0

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Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9
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What students liked about Russian Language Academy, Riga
Interesting, very structured, varied lessons; teacher was very well prepared, very supportive; good communication in a pleasant atmosphere with a noticeable learning effect.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Martinas Bekerija
The organization was great and the lessons were very good. All teachers went out of their way and had a lot of patience.
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Other comments: I booked the intensive course plus mini group. Maybe it's helpful to know that there's not much time left for sightseeing during the week. School until 4 pm every day and homework; time passes quickly. I would still book the same course again, because it is very good. But maybe it's still good to know beforehand how much there is to do :)
The classes were great and I learned a lot. All the people were very friendly and explained everything to me.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Riga is a great city, and since the school is centrally located, you can go out after class to discover Riga or relax by the channel.
Other comments: Since I was in Riga in January, the social program was limited, but the school tried to make a suggestion for almost every day - great! The teachers ware very dedicated ... It was just awesome! I organised my accommodation myself.
The people were very friendly and kind and lessons were fun and well paced. Location was fantastic.
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    FAQ about Russian Language Academy, Riga

  • No, study materials that are used during the classes cannot be shared with students before the starting date. If students wish to improve their Russian level before the course they may attend online Russian lessons at the school. In this case the study material will be send to them.
    Jekaterina Čelebija, Client Manager from Russian Language Academy, Riga, Latvia
    Feb 11, 2022
  • No study materials that are used during the classes can be shared with students before the starting date. If students wish to improve their Russian level before the course they may attend online Russian lessons at the school. In this case the study material will be sent to them.
    Jekaterina Čelebija, Client Manager from Russian Language Academy, Riga, Latvia
    Feb 11, 2022
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Intensive Course, Standard Course, Intensive + Mini Group 5, Standard + Mini Group 10, Standard + Mini Group 5
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Riga International Airport (40 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Durbe varies from 1 students (Online Lessons) to 12 students (Teacher Development Course)
  • 100% of teachers at Russian Language Academy hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Russian Language Academy comes from USA with a 21% representation, followed by students from Germany (16%) and Italy (14%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Russian Language Academy offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 32 during the summer and 38 for the rest of the year.
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