Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Republic of Karelia. It is located 5 hours from St. Petersburg by high-speed train. If you are traveling from Moscow, you can take a comfortable overnight train to get there.
Petrozavodsk is a very hospitable city with a truly friendly atmosphere. Most students prefer to live with a Russian host family, as it not only helps to improve their Russian, but also offers them the opportunity to experience what life is really like for Russian people. On top of this, while studying and living in Karelia, you will be able to visit many picturesque places, such as the Kizhi churches, and the Valaam and Solovetskiy monasteries.
One of the main advantages of Petrozavodsk is the low cost of living. Food and housing are cheaper than in Moscow or St. Petersburg. If you have a tight budget and are keen to keep things inexpensive, Petrozavodsk is perhaps the best option for you.
Being a typical small Russian town, Petrozavodsk is a popular destination among students who want to experience the real Russian lifestyle and
get absorbed in the Russian language.
EBC is partnered with Petrozavodsk State University, one of the the largest universities in the North-European part of Russia.
The Russian language courses at Petrozavodsk State University focus on improving Russian grammar and conversation skills. By the end of the programme, students are expected to have greatly improved their written language and, without a doubt, their vocabulary will have expanded considerably.
For those of you who need to see results quickly, the university recommends taking one-to-one lessons. An individual study plan guarantees you faster progress in your Russian language skills.
On top of the Russian course, students are encouraged to take free additional courses on topics such as Russian literature, culture and history.
If you really want to challenge yourself, we recommend you enrol on Russian-taught courses for a small additional fee in subjects such as: History of Russian Language, Introduction to Finno-Ugric Studies and Karelian-Finnish Folklore. Please get in contact if you would like to find out more about the course options available to you.
Courses available in PSU:
- One-to-One Courses- available throughout the year
Russian Language courses are conducted 5 days a week, Monday-Friday. The recommended intensity of lessons is 4 academic hours a day, or 20 hours a week.
Recommended duration of course: 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks (1 semester), 32 weeks (2 semesters).
Host Family (recommended)
– Single room
Cost: from RUB 15,000 pcm
– Arranged through university
Cost: from 17,000 RUB pcm
– Available upon request
Cost: from RUB 1,000 per night
Travel information to PSU:
• At first it should be a flight to one of these cities:
-Finland (Helsinki or Lappenranta)
• Then you can travel by plane, train or coach
Application deadline: 2 months before the start of the programme
Programme dates: In most cases, the terms for group studies depend on the duration of the course. Russian Language courses start every month.
Fees (in RUB)
|Duration of the course||Individual|
Please see the “Accommodation” section.
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