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9 Russian Language Schools in St. Petersburg Ranking 2024

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Best Russian schools in St. Petersburg by category - student age group, value for money

TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
EDUCA Russian language school
Students 18-30 years
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(9)
TOP Rated by
Students 31-49 years
Derzhavin Institute
Students 31-49 years
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(7)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
Derzhavin Institute
Students 50+ years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(12)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
EDUCA Russian language school
Students all ages
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(26)
TOP Rated by
Quality of teaching
Derzhavin Institute
Quality of teaching
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(28)
TOP Rated by
Leisure programme
Derzhavin Institute
Leisure programme
4.6

Rating: 4.6

(25)
TOP Rated by
Value for money
Educacentre Language school
Value for money
4.6

Rating: 4.6

(5)
TOP Rated by
Location of school
EDUCA Russian language school
Location of school
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(22)

St. Petersburg language school ranking

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St. Petersburg ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in St. Petersburg

4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Overall attractiveness of St. Petersburg
185 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in St. Petersburg
Nightlife
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Geographic setting
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Public transport
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Climate
4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Cleanliness
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Affordability
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Shopping
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Safety
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

What our students said about St. Petersburg

5.0

Rating: 5/5

St. Petersburg is always worth a trip. I saw the Hermitage, the Aurora ship, the Peter and Paul Fortress. Much more is possible. However, I used some afternoons for homework and deepening the content of the language lessons.

Frank
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

The school's student ID card with special discounts is great. Unfortunately not participated in the nightlife.

Antje
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I'm a big dude, so people leave me alone, but it is just as safe a city for a single woman to walk around.

David
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A beautiful, attractive city full of vitality and cultural richness. It's great fun to walk around

Fabienne
France
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Wet, cold and windy in winter. Very pleasant from spring to summer

Hans-Willi
Hungary
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I don't like going out to clubs, but the nightlife is great.

Laetitia
France
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Magic city, I would have liked to extend my stay!

Corinne
France

What school directors said about St. Petersburg

Anna Stepanova

The city of St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by the visionary Tsar, Peter the Great, who aimed to build a capital to rival the great cities of Europe. With its majestic palaces, wide boulevards and numerous canals, at times you feel you could be in Paris, Vienna or Amsterdam, but ultimately it’s uniquely Russian. While it may no longer be Russia’s political capital, there is no doubt that St. Petersburg remains the country’s cultural capital. The Hermitage is a ‘must-visit’ and houses one of the finest art collections in the world. But that it just one of many galleries and museums, not to mention theatres and architectural gems waiting to be discovered. Although it looks beautiful in the winter snow, during the summer the city really comes alive when the ‘White Nights’ begin and the sun scarcely sets.

Anna StepanovaDirector of Liden & Denz Language Centre, lives in St. Petersburg since 1980
Oleg Prokofiev

If you are interested in Russian culture - the best place to learn the language is Cultural capital of Russia. White Nights is best time to travel.

Oleg ProkofievDirector of ProBa Educational Centre, lives in St. Petersburg since 1968

It is the best architecture and open museum under the air

Anna LubiwajaDirector of Zlatoust Language School, lives in St. Petersburg since 1978
Lyudmila

St.Petersburg nowadays is the second biggest city in Russia which even used to be the capital of the country for two centuries.

LyudmilaDirector of Educacentre Language school, lives in St. Petersburg since 1991

Most recent student reviews of language schools in St. Petersburg

Derzhavin Institute

Very professional. I was lucky enough to have a private teacher.

13 November 2023
Course: Standard Course + 2 Immersion Modules - 6 weeks
Student age: 59 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

The people, the staff and the teachers are great. I've taken zoom courses

13 August 2023
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 53 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

Good experience! I had been there only for 10 days but the teacher and staff were super nice! Good experience

4 October 2021
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 28 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
EDUCA Russian language school

Central location right next to the Herimitage, small groups of 2-4 people

25 February 2020
Course: Standard Russian - 2 weeks
Student age: 58 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 26 reviews
EDUCA Russian language school

Individual requests were implemented
Thank you for the wonderful time. Thank you for not incurring any fees when I rescheduled my appointment due to illness. Good service, nice teachers.

1 January 2020
Course: Standard Russian - 1 week
Student age: 36 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 26 reviews
EDUCA Russian language school

Small group size, central location of the school

9 December 2019
Course: Standard Russian - 2 weeks
Student age: 58 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 26 reviews
ProBa Educational Centre

The lessons, shuttle service good idea.

11 November 2019
Course: Mini Group - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 73 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

Great organization and willingness to help with problems. Great lessons. The individual support in the lessons was also nice thanks to the small classes in autumn/winter.
Didn't get an immigration card at the airport or lost it (please point out to everyone that this is an important piece of paper for departure). I didn't realize I needed one. The school secretary went to the police personally twice to get a new one. That was great!

3 November 2019
Course: Standard Course + 1 Specialisation Immersion Module - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

very small groups, the teachers are very involved

9 October 2019
Course: Standard Course + 2 Immersion Modules - 2 weeks
Student age: 48 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
ProBa Educational Centre

The school issues student cards, with which you get free entry to the Eremitage and reduced or free entry to many other museums (unfortunately no reduction for audioguides). Excellent!

23 September 2019
Course: Mini Group - 2 weeks
Student age: 61 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 73 reviews
EDUCA Russian language school

Directly in the city center. The school was very well organized.

2 September 2019
Course: Standard Russian - 1 week
Student age: 29 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 26 reviews
ProBa Educational Centre

Excellent school
To recommend without hesitation ! Everything was exactly the same as the descriptions no bad surprise

27 August 2019
Course: Mini Group - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 73 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

I really liked the after school activities. Our tour guide was very good. Give the girl a raise!

17 July 2019
Course: Standard Course - 10 weeks
Student age: 66 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
ProBa Educational Centre

Uncomplicated. Practice. Good teachers.

12 July 2019
Course: Mini Group - 2 weeks
Student age: 57 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 73 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

The staff were very kind and organized, absolutely incredible.

22 January 2019
Course: Standard Course + 2 Immersion Modules - 2 weeks
Student age: 19 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews
EDUCA Russian language school

Atmosphere friendly professional, bright rooms; great language training the central location (3 min to the Ermitage, 1 min to the Nevsky Prospect, good additional offers, important information about the stay, student ID very helpful
I made noticeable progress after 2 weeks of mini-group (4 hours per day), in speaking, too.

24 December 2018
Course: Standard Russian - 2 weeks
Student age: 69 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 26 reviews
Educacentre Language school

Small group, laid back but still focused.
We were at quite different levels in our small group. I felt a little sorry for the others having to be patient with me.

28 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

4.6

Rating: 4.6

| 5 reviews
ProBa Educational Centre

The commitment of the teacher, she also met with us privately.
On the didactic side, I very much would have wanted more (very simple) monolingualism. Sometimes the teacher's English was not enough to make things clear to me. I would rather have started with expressions of daily life, so that I could communicate at least a bit. Maybe the school will also rethink its course material in this regard.

5 September 2018
Course: Mini Group - 1 week
Student age: 46 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 73 reviews
Derzhavin Institute

The whole organisation was professional, efficient, well-structured, straightforward and kind. And I loved that we only spoke Russian.

23 August 2018
Course: Standard Course + 2 Immersion Modules - 3 weeks
Student age: 45 years

4.7

Rating: 4.7

| 29 reviews

Information about St. Petersburg

Why St. Petersburg? St.Petersburg is a city of many faces and since its name reverted from Leningrad to St. Petersburg in 1991, the city has undergone tremendous change. The city is certainly Russia's jewel in terms of beauty. It is also the prime centre for classical culture, from opera to ballet to music, with historic venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre which present an impressive repertoire.
Population:   5,352,000
Time zone: -2h. (GMT +3)
Region: St.-Petersburg,
Currency: RUB (1 RUB = 3.0374 PKR)
Name of city in Russian: Санкт-Петербург
Visa: Nationals from Pakistan require a visa to enter and study in Russia. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Russia in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Russia on the official website - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
High season: August
Low season: March
Average course price per week (High season): 718 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 229 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in Karachi
  • Price index excluding rent: 144* (44% more expensive than Karachi)
  • Price index including rent: 293* (193% more expensive than Karachi)
  • Price index food only:120* (20% more expensive than Karachi)
  • Big Mac price (Russia average): 186.93 RUB
    (35% cheaper than in Pakistan)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
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Best time to take a language course in St. Petersburg
May
Victory Day
Victory Day

09 May 2024Victory Day is a special day for the people of St. Petersburg: the day marks Germany's submission to the Soviet Union in 1945. People celebrate their victory through a festival with fairs, special exhibitions, parties, and parades, and ends with a magical fireworks display.

Day of St Petersburg. Carnival.
Day of St Petersburg. Carnival.

27 May 2024Saint Petersburg celebrates the anniversary of its founding for several days around the actual date. Events vary each year and usually include some amazing shows and a massive fireworks display to watch from the banks of the Neva.

Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace
Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
Church on the Spilled Blood
Church on the Spilled Blood
State Hermitage Museum
State Hermitage Museum
Peterhof
Peterhof
Saint Petersburg Metro
Saint Petersburg Metro
St. Petersburg
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Pulkovo (LED) - 15 km. from St. Petersburg city center

Public transportation to city center:

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Every 10 minutes, 40 minutes.

Main stops: Pulkovo Terminal 1, Moskovskaya Metro + Moskovskaya, Nevsky Prospekt

Every 10 minutes, 40 minutes.

Main stops: Pulkovo Terminal 1, Moskovskaya Metro + KT, Московский Пр.,5

Taxi: 25 minutes drive to city center of St. Petersburg

Q&A - Questions and answers about St. Petersburg

  • Under current Russian regulations, students as foreign citizens are allowed to have up to EUR 10 000 in cash without any explanation.

    Tip: Exchange your GBP, USD or other local currency into EUR before you leave. EUR notes should be as new as possible and in good condition, as notes that are worn, torn, written on or otherwise marked will not be accepted. It is not necessary to bring small denominations.
    Oleg, Director from International Educational Center "ProBa" - Sep 01, 2023
  • There is a bank located near the school. All students use this bank, a very safe business and good exchange rate.
    Oleg, Director from International Educational Center "ProBa" - Sep 01, 2023
  • No, there is no deposit and commission. You can deposit cash RUB into your bank account and use Russian cards. All services are free of charge.
    Oleg, Director from International Educational Center "ProBa" - Sep 01, 2023
  • With an extendable student visa, you can leave and enter Russia several times. So you can easily take a bus to Estonia or Finland at the weekend to withdraw money from an ATM. All borders are open to EU citizens.

    Another way to withdraw money from abroad is to use an electronic account. We recommend you open an Advcash account, for example, and link it to a foreign card. Advcash allows you to add EUR to the account and this money can easily be transferred in RUB directly to your Russian card with minimal commission, thanks to the very good exchange rate.
    Oleg, Director from International Educational Center "ProBa" - Sep 01, 2023

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