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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 1901, totally renovated in 2005. Located in the centre of St. Petersburg, not far from the famous Vladimirski Cathedral and within few minutes of Nevski Prospect, ProBa is one of the most central language schools in St.Petersburg.
1. Russian Group Courses
Small class sizes with a maximum of 6 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.
2. Individual Standard Course (20 lessons/week)
Individual CourseThese Russian courses contain 20 one-to-one lessons per week. The choice of the starting dates and the course length depends on the participant's personal desire.
3. Live and have the language course at the teacher's home
At teacher's Home Language CoursesThe ProBa Language Centre offers you the Russian language course at home by our carefully chosen qualified teachers. The main concept of this Russian language course is that a student spends practically all the time with the teacher and has excellent possibilities for a very serious language practice. This course comprises 20 individual lessons per week.
4. Crash Course with 42 one-to-one lessons in 7 days
Crash CourseThe Crash course is designed for participants wishing to get sufficient results in a very short period of time. This course is specially developed for business people willing to acquire a sufficient knowledge of Russian in a fast and efficient way. Every participant receives a detailed intensive day-by-day programme beforehand so that he can choose those points he considers to be most important.
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 you'll have 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 is 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.
Committee of Education of St. Petersburg, S.A.F.E.
Here are what some people who used Proba Educational Centre said about their experiences. Their average rating across all categories is /5.