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ProBa Language Centre established in 1995. At present ProBa is one of the leading institutions offering academic courses of the Russian Language for Foreigners and intensive language practice in Russia. Using the direct teaching method as the basis for classical academic education, we are also the authors of the Russian Language audio courses and computer programs, which assist students in gaining fast and maximum progress as well as excellent results during even short-term courses. Our Russian classes are open all year and offer a combination of pronunciation work, grammar and vocabulary input and speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. The school is open throughout the year with classes at all levels from beginner to advanced.
Our school is located in the historical building built in 1880 in the style of eclecticism. Located in the very centre of St. Petersburg, near Nevski Prospect and not far from the famous Vladimirski Cathedral, ProBa is one of the most central language schools in St.Petersburg. Learn to speak and understand Russian in a historical building in Central St. Petersburg - maybe the best location in the city for a language course! Walk to the Nevski Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Summer Garden or Palace Square in minutes!
White Nights of St. Petersburg 2019 - Summer Program
The White Nights of St. Petersburg are famous in all parts of the world and attract attention of not only tourists, but also the citizens of St. Petersburg. This is the time when the city changes its image, it becomes more romantic as this is the best time for spending nights walking around. In order to give our guests the possibility to not only to master their knowledge of the Russian Language, but also to visit our city during famous white nights, we have designed The “White Nights Russian Language Courses” – two weeks courses in June. The school proposes cultural program included in the Course fee and tickets to the various cultural and sportive events in our office on request. The Group size is 8 students.
We offer small class sizes with a maximum of 8 students. Instruction in small groups increases the amount of instructional time that the teacher has to spend with each student during the lesson. This allows for increased interaction between the teacher and the students. You feel more comfortable in asking questions in our Mini Group Russian Courses, respond more frequently, and receive more corrective feedback. Instructional activities can be tailored more specifically to the needs of the students in small group. “Direct Communication” methodics and interactive studying principals ensure rapid and excellent results in the process of education. This course includes 20 lessons per week. Included: transfer from the airport, entry test, tuition and teaching material, course certificate, information material, tea/coffee during the breaks, free access to the Internet.
Individual Course (Standard & Intensive):
These courses contain 20 and 30 lessons per week. The choice of the starting dates and the course length depends on the participant’s personal desire. The program of the course is jointly designed by the teacher and the student on the basis of special interests of study specified by the student in his/her enrollment form. Individual courses are the most suitable variant for people who are eager to spend a lot of time studying the language and to have a good command of Russian. Excellent opportunity to understand and to feel the language. Included: transfers from and to the airport, guide-book and map of St. Petersburg, assessment test, tuition and teaching material, course certificate, pass for public transport, information material, tea/coffee during the breaks, free access to the Internet.
Semester Course is designed for people willing to achieve a high level of Russian Language and spend an extended period of time in St. Petersburg – Semester Abroad. Studying for a semester in another country can be a great cultural and academic learning experience. We offer you the opportunity of having academic semester course at our Centre. In the ProBa Academic Semester Abroad program, students become integrated into the way of life and culture of Russia. Students live with a Host Family and attend the Russian Language Course. The course includes serious study of different aspects of the Russian Language: Phonetics, Practical and Theoretical Grammar, Lexicology and Stylistics, and is accompanied by conversational, reading and writing practice.
Study and Work in Russia - Teaching English in St. Petersburg:
ProBa introduces two educational services that now provide you with the benefit of receiving high level of knowledge of the Russian Language followed by a period of practical work or study in St.Petersburg. We invite you to teach foreign language at our evening courses with Russian students. The average group size is 8 students. You will work in close contact with your adviser - our Russian teacher of foreign language. This project is targeted at participants willing to spend more time in Russia to achieve good level of the Russian Language and to engage in practical work teaching foreign languages. The main aim of the project is to let students as well as teachers understand the ways and methods of teaching subjects in different countries of the world, to exchange views and opinions and to get additional life experience. Try yourself as a teacher!
Study and Work in Russia - Volunteer and Language Program:
This project is aimed for people willing not only to study the language but also to do something in order to experience life as it is. We offer you the unique opportunity of having highly intensive Russian Language course and practical work as volunteer in the hospital. Such work gives the possibility to have more intensive language practice for our students.
Cultural activities offered by the school
The old St. Petersburg is beautiful at any time of the year. In an effort to acquaint our students with this magnificent city, we offer rich cultural program, such as sight-seeing tours, theater visits (opera/ballet), theme excursions ( e. g. on Russian orthodoxy,economics), museums and galleries (e.g. the Hermitage), factory visits,shopping tours and excursions to the countryside and to the suburbs and other cities Moscow, Novgorod, Pskov. Students can look through the weekly program of events and choose the one which is more attractive in the office.Our Study Excursion
As a rule, our Study Excursions are in Russian adapted according to the participants' level of the language. But we also have the possibility to arrange excursions and lectures in German, French or English. Our excursions are, so called, study excursions, when a guide uses “adapted” Russian to help the students not only get some extra vocabulary knowledge, but also to practice there conversational skills. These excursions are arranged in the way that even a beginner will not waste the time but enlarge his Russian vocabulary. Study excursions are the part of the educational program and usually are devoted to different topics covered in classrooms.
It is possible to join our “vetcherinkas” in our small country house (Datcha). We are sure every person will enjoy staying in the native Russian countryside, spending a very nice time, having the experience of the original Russian bathouse accompanied by shashlik made on the open fire.Students can look through the weekly program of events and choose the one which is more attractive in the office.
1. Local Host Families
We have a list of carefully chosen Russian host families in St. Petersburg working for our school. All rooms are personally checked by staff and must meet strict criteria before being included in our database. Each participant is accommodated in a single room having all the necessary conditions for rest and study. Twin and Double Rooms are available on request. There are telephones with international access in all the apartments. The price for accommodation includes two meals - breakfast and dinner.
2. Student Hostels
The participants have the possibility of living in our Students' Hostels which are located in the centre of St. Petersburg, 2-5 minute walk to Nevsky Prospect and in close walking distance from the school. We can accommodate our students in double, twins and single rooms. We recommend our Youth-hostels because of centrally location. Living in the heart of the city gives more possibilities for rest and sightseeng tours.
All the rooms are clean and have necessary conditions for rest and study.
The furnished kitchen, shower and WC are common in the block of 3 rooms.
De- luxe rooms are with private bathrooms, but this variants are more expensive.
3. Shared flat
The ProBa Language School offers students the opportunity to live with other students of various nationalities while studying. In this way the schared flats are established where students have the opportunity live and interact with other cultures. All shared flats are located in the city-centre, fully equipped and, in addition to bedrooms, provide a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and at least one bathroom. The apartments are normally shared by 2-3 students. Every student get single room. The prices of each room is Euro 24/day/person. Shared Flat location
If you prefer complete independence and live alone or with a friend we recommend the individual apartment or shared flat as the best option. Most of the apartments we have available can be rented on a weekly basis. The bigger apartments (2 or more bedrooms) normally are rented for a minimum of one nigth. All apartments are fully furnished with their own bathroom and kitchen.
If you are interested in an individual apartment we recommend booking as early as possible as is a limited supply available. All apartments are located in the city-centre and in walking distance from the school. The prices start from Euro 30/night.
Besides there is a great variety of hotels of different categories in St. Petersburg but you have to bare in mind that the price for accommodation at a hotel in our city is sometimes even higher than in Western countries.
Since 2004 the ProBa Russian Language Centre is a member of "ASTRA", The Association of of Schools and Teachers of Russian Abroad. It means that the ProBa school is a reliable and permanent school, with an excellent programme of Russian language studies, first-class teaching, an interesting and varied proramme of social activities.
In 2006 our Russian courses are sertified by S.A.F.E. (Study Abroad Federation of Educators, USA - Analogue of European Standard EN 14804). Our number one priority is keeping your stay safe and secure. Schools participating in the SAFE program have certified that they meet all requirements for the comfort and security.
Our school is recognised as Bildungsurlaub for 2013-2018 by the Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Based on an agreement of the federal government of 1976, as an employee you have a right to individual further education in Germany. This is a great way for German workers to enjoy learning Russian, therefore increasing their employee value, while also maintaining their job security and normal salary.
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