Language Link offers its students high quality Russian language lessons in convenient city centre locations, right in the heart of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Volgograd. The choice of city is yours. However, if you can't decide where to study after reviewing the information below, then why not select our Split Programme Option. Unlike most schools, Language Link has more than one location, making it possible for you to live and study in two or even three different cities during your stay.
Moscow (in Russian, Moskva) is the capital of the Russian Federation, and the country's largest, richest and most modern city. As Russia's administrative, economic and cultural centre, Moscow is a multi-ethnic metropolis that never sleeps, with all the facilities of any other major European capital.
Apart from the Kremlin and the buildings around Red Square, Moscow does not have an enclosed historical centre. This sometimes creates the impression that the city consists mainly of modern offices and apartment blocks. But with time, one discovers that architectural sights are spread out over a wide area. Moscow was once nicknamed 'the city of forty times forty churches', and its beautiful orthodox domes stand in stark contrast to St. Petersburg's more European architectural style. Fascinating and full of life, Moscow is a must-see destination for any visitor to Russia.
The School's facilities
Language Link's central school in Moscow is located conveniently close to the city centre, just behind Novoslobodskaya and Mendeleevskaya metro stations (about 30 minutes' walk or 15 minutes by metro from Red Square and the Kremlin). It is based in a refurbished 5-storey building, about half of which is taken up by modern classrooms that can accommodate up to 100 students at any one time. The Russian Department's office on the 2nd floor is home to a small library of books, videos and DVDs, as well as tea-making facilities. Our classrooms are all bright and comfortably furnished, with white boards, tables and/or desks, maps, etc. TVs, DVD players, audio cassette and video players are used regularly during lessons.
St. Petersburg, once considered Russia's 'window to the West', has changed its name four times since being founded in 1703. Originally called St. Petersburg, its name was changed to Petrograd in 1914 and then Leningrad in 1924. In 1991, following a referendum, the city re-adopted its original name. Though St. Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia for two centuries, it was relegated to the ranks of being a simple provincial city following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
Today, St Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Endowed with an aristocratic air and viewed as an outdoor museum, St. Petersburg was once described by Pushkin, the famous Russian poet, as 'elegant and austere'. This city with its golden domes; baroque palaces of blue, yellow and green; immense squares and canals, offers both first-time and experienced travellers a memorable feast for the eyes.
The School's facilities
As in Moscow, Language Link in St Petersburg has a prime location right in the heart of the city. The school is situated just off Nevsky Prospect, behind Kazansky Cathedral. The metro station Nevsky Prospect is a few minutes' walk away. Language Link has renovated two floors of a former factory building, and all the classrooms are modern and well equipped.
If Moscow is a vibrant, modern, fast-paced business centre and St. Petersburg is the elegant, decorated doorway to the West, then how would one go about describing Volgograd? In retrospect, if Moscow is 'the head' and St. Petersburg is 'the heart', then surely Volgograd must be 'the soul' of the nation. This is what students of Russian find in the city formerly known as Stalingrad, a city that was completely destroyed during World War II and then completely rebuilt by the heroes of that war. In Volgograd, you find 'real people', neither too busy nor too reserved. And the city itself is neither too modern nor too elegant; it is simply a home for these people. Yet, it is here that you will find the true, unadulterated Russian character- neither spoilt nor presumptuous.
The School's facilities
Language Link's central school and office in Volgograd are situated near the railway station in the city centre, on the crossroads of Kommunisticheskaya Street and Port-Said Street. Prospect Lenina (Volgograd's leafy main thoroughfare) and the Volgograd Technical and Pedagogical Universities are nearby. The office is open every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm, and offers limited free Internet access and a library of Russian literature. Lessons are sometimes also held in renovated classrooms of a Russian state school, right on the attractive banks of the Volga River (a 5-minute walk from the office).
For more information about location, facilities, accommodation, social programmes and visa support, please visit our sister site at www.russian.language.ru or contact us.