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ProBa Language Centre

Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Excellent 4.8
School 5.0
Accommodation 5.0
Course 5.0
Free time activities 4.0
Giancarlo Cavicchioli
Sooner or later I will be back in St Petersburg and I hope both: school and the family will accept me as I will apply for a position in them both. I must thank them both for making me feel at home.

St. Petersburg – the city which is widely known as the cultural capital of Russia.

When you arrive in St. Petersburg you will enter one of the most amazing pages in the history of European culture. The majestic architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg stretching along the banks of the wide and deep Neva decorated the diverging rays of its thoroughfares and vistas of its squares.

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 houseduring even short-term courses. ProBa 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.

ProBa 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. 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 Central Square in minutes! Russian in Russia is Russian in the old capital of Russian Empire – where Pushkin and and Dostoevski wrote and worked! Students are within easy walking distance of shops, museums, galleries and a wide choice of restaurants, bars and cafes. However, school's goal is to give the student more than just Russian Language Tuition.

Founded almost 20 years ago, ProBa comply with all visa requirements and offer the varied social life in a family atmosphere. For a serious language school in Central St. Petersburg, they offer low prices, plus a superb location. Whatever your reason for studying Russian school's goal is to make sure that you enjoy your course and receive the maximum benefit from your time in Russia. All ProBa teachers are certified as the teachers of Russian for Foreigners, know at least two foreign languages and many of them have some scientific works and publications in the sphere of Philology. The classes are held in new modern classrooms. ProBa students are people of different ages and occupations from European countries, the USA and Japan.

Russian Courses at ProBa Language School are recommended not only for young people, but also for senior students (more than 60 years old).

Courses

Mini-Group Course TOP CHOICE
From 16 years old 6 students per class 1 lesson — 45 minutes
Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels
30 October—10 November

School offer small class sizes with a maximum of 6 students. Russian Group Courses. 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.

To check the level of the Russian Language knowledge each student passes the entry test on the first day of studies. The test results are the basis for groups’ formation. This course includes 20 lessons per week (4/day).

Included in the course fee: transfers from the airport, assessment test, tuition and teaching material, course certificate, information material, tea/coffee during the brakes, free access to the Internet.

Accommodation

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Private Apartment

35 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 18
No meals

A cozy private apartment in the center of the historical district of St. Petersburg which has a large bathroom, equipped kitchen, washing machine, and a large selection of books from the home library. The apartment has a quiet courtyard. Resting here after a busy school day with a book is an absolute pleasure. Shops, swimming pool, and public transport stops are in a walking distance. Also, it is only 15 minutes to Dvortsovaya Square by public transport.

no meals

Living with a Russian Host Family

30 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 16
Half board

ProBa 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 school 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.

All ProBa host families have apartments in the center and in the neigbourhood to a metro (underground) station. Accommodation with a Russian family is integral part of the language learning experience. This is the most suitable variant for those who are willing to understand spoken Russian perfectly as members of the families know usually a little of a foreign language. Students may stay with their host for as little as one week.

All hosts have been selected for the quality of their homes, in particular the room you are going to say in, as well as their willingness to make an overseas visitor feel at home.

All rooms are single. By special arrangement we can also provide twin or double room. You will have access to the communal parts of the house or flat. You will also be given your own front door key.

All our homestays are located in the city-centre. The hosts are Russian native speakers and you will be expected to speak in Russian in the family home. Hosts also reflect the diverse nature of the population of St. Petersburg and you can for example select a host with or without children, or a retired host, who may have more time on their hands to interact with you. To enable you to develop your expertise in Russian, ProBa will ensure there will be no other person in the house who speaks your language fluently.

ProBa recommend accommodation in the host family with two meals/day, because otherwise you should loose your time every evening to find appropriate cafe. Here is just one kitchen-dining room in russian apartments, and it is an inconvenient situation when the host family will have dinner but you should wait in your room and then prepare something for yourself. Usually Russian women are not really happy when somebody use the family kitchen and manage a household. So half board is always included in the homestay and you’re welcome to the evening dinner together with other members of the host family.

Shared flat

30 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 18
No meals

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.

Student hostel

15 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 18
No meals

ProBa St. Petersburg Hostels – your home away from home!

The participants have the possibility of living in ProBa Students’ Hostels which are located in the centre of St. Petersburg, walking distance from 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.

We offer special accommodation options in the city-centre for the groups of students and travelers. Room types available for the groups are triples, quads and six person rooms.

Apartment for rent

15 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 18
No meals

If you prefer complete independence and live alone or with a friend ProBa recommend the individual apartment as the best option. Most of the school apartments school 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.

Transfer

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Flights

Flight is not included. We recommend you to book your flight only after you get a visa to your destination country or make sure that you don't need one. Ticket price is for your information only.
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Italy
January 2016
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4.8
excellent

Sooner or later I will be back in St Petersburg and I hope both: school and the family will accept me as I will apply for a position in them both. I must thank them both for making me feel at home. In addition to teaching me a lot of Russian.

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Zagorodny Prosp. 17, St.Petersburg, Russia
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