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Russian Language Schools in St. Petersburg - Ranking 2022

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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.
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What our students said about St. Petersburg

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Wonderful city and so beautiful. I was sad there was no snow and learned that it's a myth that it snows all over Russia in winter! I advise you to get the Yandex Taxi app as soon as you can as I got badly ripped off by a dodgy taxi driver on arrival. He charged me 4,000 roubles for a journey that should have cost about 100 roubles and threatened to keep my suitcase. Apart from that, I had an amazing time.

Annabel
England UK

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Antje
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Hans-Willi
Hungary

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Corinne
France

Most recent student reviews of language schools in St. Petersburg

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

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

Fabien
France

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 24 reviews

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

Hans-Willi
Hungary

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 20 reviews

My teacher was amazing and the receptionist, Alena, was incredibly helpful if you need recommendations or help with anything locally.

13 January 2020
Course: Mini Group Course - 1 week
Student age: 57 years

Annabel
England UK

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 24 reviews

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

Matthias
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 24 reviews

Small group size, central location of the school

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

Hans-Willi
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 73 reviews

The lessons, shuttle service good idea.

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

Esther
Austria

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

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

Antje
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

very small groups, the teachers are very involved

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

Mirela
Poland

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 73 reviews

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

Elisabeth
Austria

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 24 reviews

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

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

Lea
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 73 reviews

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

Corinne
France

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

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

David
United States

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 73 reviews

Uncomplicated. Practice. Good teachers.

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

Veit
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

The staff were very kind and organized, absolutely incredible.

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

Elena
United States

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 24 reviews

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

Rüdiger
Germany

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 4 reviews

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 Russian Group Course 30 - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

Stig
Denmark

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 73 reviews

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

Doris
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

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

Hayden
New Zealand

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 26 reviews

Students were all friendly. Staff were very professional. Well organised.

21 August 2018
Course: Standard Course + 2 Immersion Modules - 1 week
Student age: 33 years

Neil
Ireland

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.

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.

Stanislav Chernyshov

St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, its most open and international city, the treasury of Russian art and history, the Northern Venice

It is the best architecture and open museum under the air

Lyudmila

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

Interesting information about St. Petersburg

Key Facts about St. Petersburg

According to Mercer 2019, St. Petersburg ranks 174 in terms of quality of life.

Population: 5,028,000

Time zone: +13h. (GMT +3)

Region: St.-Petersburg,

Currency: RUB (1 RUB = 0.0131 USD)

Name of city in Russian: Санкт-Петербург

St. Petersburg quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8

4.8 (178 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Russia. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 33 (rankings of universities in St. Petersburg)

High season: August

Low season: December

Average course price per week: 237 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:40* (60% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:52* (48% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:31* (69% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Russia average):155.52 RUB (64% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in St. Petersburg

Weather in St. Petersburg

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Events in St. PetersburgBest time to take a language course in St. Petersburg

May
Victory Day
Victory Day

09 May 2022Victory 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.

Festival of Fountains
Festival of Fountains

May 2022This traditional ceremony marks the official opening of the Peterhof Fountains for the year with a luminous and enchanting celebration of fireworks and music.

Night of The Museums
Night of The Museums

May 2022One amazing night in the month of May, St. Petersburg organises one of the most important cultural events of the country: the city museums open their doors for special exhibitions and events to discover science and history.

White Nights Festival
White Nights Festival

May 2022 - July 2022During St. Petersburg's White Nights, the weeks when the sun hardly sets and the nights are not completely dark, a music and theatre festival fills the city's theatres with performances by some of the best musicians and artists of the world stage.

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

27 May 2022Saint 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.

June
Scarlet Sails
Scarlet Sails

June 2022Alye Parusa means Scarlet Sails and originates from a old Russian fairy tale. To celebrate the end of the school year, crimson sailed ships navigate the Neva river. There is also an amazing fireworks display, plunging the city into an enchanting, unparalleled atmosphere.

What to do in St. Petersburg

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
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Arrival Airport

Pulkovo (LED) - 15 km. from St. Petersburg city center

Public transportation to city center:

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Every 10 minutes, 150,00 RUB, 40 minutes.

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

Every 10 minutes, 150,00 RUB, 40 minutes.

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

Taxi: 950 RUB, 25 minutes drive to city center of St. Petersburg

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FAQ about schools in St. Petersburg

  • EDUCA Russian language school has received the best overall rating in St. Petersburg.
  • EDUCA Russian language school, located in Bolshaya Morskaya 3, Central has been voted as the school with the best location in St. Petersburg.
  • 440€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Russian course in St. Petersburg. The average cost of a language course in St. Petersburg is 225€ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at Derzhavin Institute as the best.
  • EDUCA Russian language school was rated highest for quality of teaching.

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