23.11.2020 15:41


20% Discount Special Offer to Learn Russian!
Book any Russian group course with the promo code BLACK2020 until November 30 to get a 20% discount!
General Russian and Special Online courses in small groups starting every week.
The number of students in the group is limited. Hurry up!
Online classes
Offline classes


02.11.2020 17:50

Dear future students of Derzhavin Institute!
We are pleased to announce that from November onwards we have a new option in our schedule. 4 of our special courses are available at a new time
🕗15:00-16:30 (Moscow time).


23.10.2020 14:14

Did you study Russian before but forgot? This course is for you!
REFRESH YOUR RUSSIAN SKILLS with us by speaking, listening, reading and writing.
After this course you will:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a certain type;
  • be able to introduce yourself and others, and can ask and answer questions about personal details;
  • interact in a simple way.

Course program

Week 1 – Food and eating habits, numbers, ordering in a restaurant
You can describe what you like and what you don’t like using Accusative case.
You can ask and understand the food price.

Week 2 – The place I live. Best place to be on holidays.
You can describe where you live using Prepositional case.
You can describe places you like to be on holidays using adjectives.

Week 3 – Conversation topics we like to talk about. Free time activities.
You can describe your hobbies and interests.
You can express your opinion.

You can explain why you like or dislike doing something using the verbs играть в/на, заниматься, кататься.
Week 4 – Making plans. My daily routine and habits before and during coronavirus.
You can discuss plans with other people (what to do, where to go and when to meet) using days of week and verbs of motion идти-ходить.
You can describe where you used to go and where you go now.

Timetable: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-11:30 MSC
Dates: from 02.11 till 27.11
4 weeks – 6 academic hours per week. Total: 24 hours

23.10.2020 11:11

Dear current students of Derzhavin Institute, we ask you to pay attention to the fact that Russia does not switch to winter time! The start time of your classes remains the same (Moscow time).


17.08.2020 15:36

We are launching a new course. “Practical Phonetics Training” will help you to get a Russian accent in 2 months!

If you want to sound like a native Russian speaker, then this course is for You!

Within this course You will:

  • learn to pronounce Russian words correctly, without an accent;
  • learn the nuances of the Russian intonation;
  • learn different Russian Proverbs and tongue twisters.


  • Start – September 1
  • Tue&Thu, 20.00 – 21.30 MSC (19.00-20.30 CET, 13.00-14.30 EST)
  • Levels: A2+

Teacher  – Irina Rakova

Irina started teaching in 2002. Irina has taught in CIEE in St. Petersburg for 8 years. She worked with students from Princeton University, Arizona State University, Duke University, Dartmouth College, University of Hamburg. She has been running the summer Russian language program for Princeton students for 7 years.

The plan

1st week (01.09, 03.09) – Why do we see one thing in a text and hear another? How do I address and greet in Russian?

2nd week (08.09, 10.09) – Why is it difficult to hear words like “завтра”, “поезд”, “здравствуйте”, “дождь”? How do I ask in Russian in order to be understood?

3nd week (15.09, 17.09) – Is there a difference between the words “ест” and “eсть”, “кон” and “конь”? How can I demand and express my irritation in Russian?

4th week (22.09, 24.09) – What is the difference between “поставить в угол” and “поставить в уголь”, “горка” and “горька”? How can I express my admiration and surprise in Russian?

5th week (29.09, 01.10) –  How to pronounce: “Поезжай попозже с женой и с Женей “? How to attract the attention of the other person in Russian?

6th week (06.10, 08.10) –  How to pronounce «детство», «родственник», «богатство», «советский», «любопытство». How to understand what your interlocutor wants (they either ask or wonder or intrigue)?

7th week (13.10, 15.10) –  How to pronounce «с честью», «с чувством», «мужчина», «счастливый», «исчезнуть»? How to express rejection, irony, sarcasm in Russian?

8th week (20.10, 22.10) – What is the difference in pronunciation of the combinations «он сел» – «он съел», «он пьёт»-«он поёт», «едем к Ире»-«едем к Кире»? How does intonation help to express different meanings?

P.S.: You can join any week of the course. Buy 3 or more weeks to get a discount!

👉 To learn more about the course: https://derzhavin.com/online/#Practical_Phonetics_training_A2B117

👉 Contact us at lingv@derzhavin.com if you have more questions

04.08.2020 16:06

Good news! Residents of the United Kingdom, Turkey, Tanzania, and Switzerland (and those who have the right to permanent residence in these countries) can enter the Russian Federation through Russian air checkpoints.

We remind that the Derzhavin Institute Russian language school is ready to provide accommodation for our students. To learn more: accommodation@derzhavin.com

At the moment, it is not possible to get a study visa to Saint Petersburg or an e-visa for 1 week. However, the Russian government is planning to issue a universal e-visa from January 1, 2021 for 53 countries (of course, this prospect depends on the epidemiological situation).

The validity period of the e-visa will be 60 calendar days, and a foreign citizen will be able to stay on the territory of Russia for 16 days. To learn more: https://www.evisasrussia.com/new-russian-evisas-will-go-live-in-2021/

Hope to see you in St Petersburg!

👉 To learn more about online courses: https://derzhavin.com/online
👉 Contact us at lingv@derzhavin.com if you have more questions

29.07.2020 17:28


Have a look at the list Online Russian courses in August which offers a flexible schedule and takes into account different interests. Our teachers are real pros and you will feel progress at the next lesson!

  • Get an official certificate to enhance your portfolio after your e-course
  • Join any week to a group of your level (from beginner to advanced)

📌 Intensive Russian course on Weekends
⚡ Timetable: Saturday&Sunday, 11:00-14:15 msc time (10.00 CET)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C2

📌 Speaking Russian on Saturdays
⚡ Timetable: Saturdays, 11.00-12.00 msc time (10.00 CET)
⚡ Levels available: A2-B1

📌 Russian Grammar on Saturdays
⚡ Timetable: Saturdays, 12.30-13.30 msc time (11.30 CET)
⚡ Levels available: A2-B1

📌 General Russian – Evening, 6 or 10 lessons per week
⚡ Schedule 6 hours/week: Wednesdays&Fridays or Tuesday&Thursday 18:30 – 21:00 msc time (17.30-20.00 CET, 11.30-14.00 NY)
⚡ Schedule 10 hours/week: Monday-Friday 20:00 – 21:30 msc time (19.00-20.30 CET, 13.00 – 14.30 NY)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C1

📌 Online Grammar group lessons twice a week
⚡ Timetable: Tuesday&Thursday, 20:00 msc time (19.00 CET, 13.00 NY)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C1

📌 Online Speaking group lessons twice a week
⚡ Timetable: Wednesdays&Fridays, 20.00 msc time (19.00 CET, 13.00 NY)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C1

📌 Online Culture course (29.07, 01.08, 05.08, 08.08)
⚡ Timetable: Wednesdays&Saturdays, 20.00-21.30 msc time (19.00 CET, 13.00 NY)
⚡ Levels available: B1-C2

📌 General Russian – Morning
⚡ Timetable: Monday-Friday, 10:00-13:15 msc time (09.00-12.15 CET)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C1

📌 Russian for early birds
⚡ Timetable: Monday-Friday, 08:30-10:00 msc time (07.30-09.00 CET, 22.30-00.00 California)
⚡ Levels available: A1-C1

⚡ Timetable: any time upon request
⚡ All levels

📌 Russian for Tourism
📌 Russian for Business
📌 TORFL (ТРКИ) Preparation Course

😊 Regular students have a 5% discount that works for Evening and Morning General Courses and Intensive Weekend Course.

👉 TO LEARN MORE AND BOOK: https://derzhavin.com/online
👉 Contact us at lingv@derzhavin.com if you have more questions

Good luck with your Russian language studies!


17.04.2020 13:05


For those who are interested in Russian language and Russian culture we are launching a new online special course: «RUSSIAN CULTURE OF THE BEGINNING OF 20th CENTURY (РУССКИЙ АВАНГАРД)». Lectures are interactive – you can participate in discussions and ask questions.

Tutor – TATIANA NIKITINA – is a professional teacher, she has taught Russian as a foreign language in a number of universities (including Princeton, Harvard, Оxford and Cambridge) and international companies  for more than 30 years.

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY 19.00 -20.30 MSC time (12.00 – 13.30 NY time)
4 LESSONS 90 MIN EACH ONLINE – you can join all 4 lessons or choose particular ones

29.04, Wednesday – Литература
02.05, Saturday – Кинематограф
06.05, Wednesday – Музыка
09.05, Saturday – Живопись и архитектура

4 lessons – 60 EUR
1 lesson – 17 EUR

TO LEARN MORE AND BOOK: https://derzhavin.com/online/

For the quarantine period we haven developed a wide range of Derzhavin Institute online programs that differ in content (Standard courses, Grammar classes, Speaking classes), in schedule (morning, evening, weekend courses), in format of lessons (individual lessons or group courses). Choose your own strategy of learning Russian and study this difficult language under the guidance of professional teachers. Do not wait till tomorrow to improve your Russian!

☝🏻There is a discount 5% for the Standard courses for our former students
☝🏻 Free studying materials are provided.
☝🏻Free app for training DI-class (for levels A1-A2)

📌 Intensive Russian course on Weekends – NEW!
Start: 18.04, 25.04, 23.05
Timetable: Saturday-Sunday, 11:00-14:15 msc time
Levels available: A1-B2
Number of lessons per week: 8

📌 Grammar Russian on Saturdays (18.04,25.04, 02.05) – NEW!
⚡ Timetable: Saturdays, 13.30-14.30 msc time
⚡ Levels available: A2-B1
⚡ Number of lessons per week: 1
⚡ Price: 12EUR each or 40EUR for 4 lessons

📌 Speaking Russian on Saturdays (18.04,25.04)
⚡ Timetable: Saturdays, 12.00- 13.00 msc time
⚡ Levels available: A2-B1
⚡ Number of lessons per week: 1
⚡ Price: 12EUR each or 40EUR for 4 lessons

📌 Online Evening Group Standard course
⚡Start: every week
⚡ Timetable: Monday-Friday 20:00 – 21:30
⚡Levels available: A1-C1
⚡ Number of hours per week: 10
⚡ Price: 100EUR (10 hours)

📌 Online Grammar group lessons twice a week
⚡Start: every week
⚡Timetable: Tuesday&Thursday, 20:00 msc time
⚡ Levels available: A1-B2
⚡ Number of lessons per week: 4
⚡ Price: 40EUR

📌 Online Speaking group lessons twice a week
⚡Start: every week
⚡Timetable: Wednesdays&Fridays, 20.00 msc time
⚡Levels available: A1-B2
⚡Number of lessons per week: 4
⚡ Price: 40EUR

📌 Online Morning Group Standard course, 20 lessons per week
⚡Start: every week
⚡Timetable: Monday-Friday, 10:00-13:15 msc time
⚡Levels available: A1-B2
⚡Number of hours per week: 20
⚡ Price: 200 EUR

📌 Individual Skype lessons
⚡Time: by request
⚡Levels available: all
⚡Price: 20 EUR per lesson

📌 Our online programs are held on the video conference platform ZOOM, where participants could speak and listen to each other.

👉 TO LEARN MORE AND BOOK: derzhavin.com/online/
👉 Contact us at lingv@derzhavin.com if you have more questions or want to check your language level

Good luck with your Russian language studies!


17.03.2020 15:26


Due to the current epidemiological situation, we kindly ask you to take care of your health. The school continues its work as usual in online mode. We don’t expect new arrivals from other countries (according to restrictions from 16/03 till the 1st of May Russian borders are closed for foreign citizens).

Follow the recommendations of Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer
Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor):
Avoid visiting public places: shopping centers, sports and entertainment events, public transport during rush hours. Use a medical mask in public places, change it every 2-3 hours. Avoid close contact and staying in the same room with people who have visible symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing, sneezing, running nose). Wash your hands with soap more often. Disinfect gadgets, office equipment, and surfaces you touch, especially your mobile phone. Ensure that the room is cleaned and aired. If possible, avoid close hugs and handshakes when greeting.
More recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor on the website: https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/about/info/news_time/news_details.php?ELEMENT_ID=13566

Please stay at home and inform the school by e-mail info@derzhavin.com or by phone +7 812 578-53-98. The school administration will help you arrange a visit to a doctor, where you can run special tests if necessary.
Use a disposable napkin or handkerchief to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. In their absence, sneeze in the elbow bend. Minimize contact with healthy people.


In case you prefer to leave Russia earlier (please follow the information providing by the Embassy of your country regarding access to your country) you can continue your course online by Skype (we can switch on a laptop camera for you to follow the lesson of your class or you can exchange your course for individual Skype lessons).
We are also preparing Online programs that will be launched in 1-2 weeks (follow the news at the website https://derzhavin.com/online/):

  • Online Group Standard course (Mon-Fri, duration 2 h, or morning 10.00 or evening 20.00).
  • Online Grammar group lessons (Tuesday, Thursday, at 20:00)
  • Online Speaking group lessons (Wednesday, Friday, at 20:00)
  • Online Speaking group lessons on weekends (Saturdays, at 12.00)
  • Online Grammar russian on weekends (Saturdays, at 13.30)

You can write us about your desire to continue online training by email lingv@derzhavin.com or call us at +7 812 578-53-98.
We try to take all possible measures to ensure that our students, teachers and other employees remain healthy. Please try to stay calm and take care of yourself


13.12.2019 14:52

Book your Spring 2020 course in January 2020 and get our special offer!

  • 10% for the Standard Course or individual lessons (for no less than 15 hours per week)
  • 10% for the Guest House and Shared Flat accommodation

The special offer is valid:
– for booking made till January 31
– for courses from April 1 till June 30


29.11.2019 12:09

– 25% off on course fee

The special offer is valid only:

  • booking made from November 29 till December 02
  • Standard course (1-8 weeks long) or Individual course
  • is not applied to the booking made before November 29
  • could not be used together with other special offers


28.11.2019 14:12

Take advantage of this programme to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world in the New Year Eve.

Russian Language course focuses on spoken Russian, introducing and practicing grammar and new vocabulary. A special emphasis is made to studying Russian life and traditions at New Year and Christmas time.

  • learn more about Russian culture
  • have a chance to see how Russians celebrate New Year
  • save up to 150 euro per week with the package tours
  • you can use free of charge E-visa to St.Petersburg

learn more


08.10.2019 15:02

The Derzhavin Institute is happy to invite you to take part in our two Russian Language Webinars from the author of the course book “Russian language: 5 elements” (levels A1, A2, B1) and one of the leading teachers of Derzhavin institute.

  • Topic: FIVE MAIN VERBS OF MOVEMENT for levels A2/B1
  • When: 07th November, Thursday at 8.30 p.m. (Moscow time)
  • Level: A2 and higher
  • Price: 10 EUR
  • Tutor: Tatiana Esmantova

During this webinar you will learn:

  • 5 main pairs of verbs of movement without prefixes: идти-ходить, ехать-ездить, бежать-бегать, плыть-плавать, лететь-летать
  • Why there are so many verbs of movement in the Russian language
  • The idea of “statics – dynamics”
  • Verb conjugation
  • Which cases and which prepositions these verbs are mostly used with

Link for the registration: Register

  • When: 14th November, Thursday at 8.30 p.m. (Moscow time)
  • Level: B1 and higher
  • Price: 10 EUR
  • Tutor: Tatiana Esmantova

During the webinar you will learn:
– 3 main pairs of transitive verbs of movement: нести-носить, вести-водить, везти-возить.
– Verb conjugation
– Which cases and which prepositions these verbs are mostly used with

Link for the registration: Register

To book one or two webinars please fill in the registration forms.
After booking you will get the link to online payment.
In case you will book both webinars, total cost will be 18 EUR





03.10.2019 17:41

The offer is valid since the 21rd of December 2019 till 31st of January 2020

Cost of 1 week stay in GH Single room: 250/125 euro

Cost of 1 week stay in GH Double room: 350/175 euro per studio

Cost of 1 week stay in GH Shared room: 200/100 euro

Learn more

Cost of 1 week stay in SF Single room: 200/100 euro

Cost of 1 week stay in SF Double room: 300/150 euro per room

Cost of 1 week stay in SF Shared room: 160/80 euro

Learn more


Promo code: Christmas offer


24.09.2019 16:01

Dear students, we are pleased to inform you that now you can come to study Russian at the Derzhavin Institute in St. Petersburg on a free electronic visa!
Starting from October 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign States may be granted an e-visa of different types (regular single-entry business, tourist or humanitarian visas) to enter the Russian Federation through air, naval, automobile, and pedestrian checkpoints located in the territory of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Entry and exit on an e-visa by means of rail transport is currently unavailable.

An e-visa is valid for 30 days, but please note that the period of stay is up to 8 days!
There is no need for any invitations or confirmation letters! All you need is to fill in the application form on the website (works 24/7): http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_home_en.html

Come to Saint-Petersburg and study Russian in Derzhavin Institute!


16.09.2019 18:08

The Derzhavin Institute is happy to invite you to take part in our Russian Language Webinar “Cinema. How to talk about movies, TV series, actors in Russian” absolutely for free!

During this vebinar you will learn: how do we call in Russian the different types of films; what films do Russian prefer watching; how to express your emotions after watching the films; how to discuss the play of actors, the music, the film plot; where you could find the popular Russian movies and TV series.

Join the webinar! Learn and practice a lot of new and useful vocabulary!

  • Topic: Cinema. How to talk about movies, TV series, actors in Russian.
  • When: 26th September, Thursday at 8.30 p.m. (Moscow time)
  • Level: A2 and higher
  • Price: Free
  • Tutor: Maria Pimenova

Link for the registration: Register




05.09.2019 17:48

Special offer in Autumn! Learn Russian and save 52 EUR per week!

Book the room in a Guest House or Shared Flat this Autumn (September, October, November) and get the Speaking module of Russian language FOR FREE!

Speaking module is ideal for those who:

  • want to improve oral fluency
  • study Russian mostly for communication reasons
  • are aimed at taking speaking/oral tests
  • schedule: 4 hours/week, Wed & Fr 13:45-15:15



05.03.2019 12:14

Dear All,

The Derzhavin Institute is happy to invite you to take part in our Russian Language Webinar absolutely for free!
This time we are going to discuss emotions and how to express them in Russian. Our teacher Daria Kovrizhkina will become an emotions expert and she is prepared to open some secrets to you.

When: 7th February, Thursday at 8.30 p.m. (Moscow time)
Level: A2 and higher
Price: Free
Link for the registration: https://room.etutorium.com/registert/6/60679172567a1b7b1c8dfed0567a1b7b1c8c773b


05.03.2019 12:03

Dear Students and Russian Language Fans,
The Derzhavin Institute has created a new type of course for those who like to study at home with a cup of tea or coffee in your hands!
This time we offer to join our online course devoted to the different types of the Reflexive verbs in the Russian Language.

You will learn the theory and grammar rules during the webinar, practice the usage of the reflexive verbs in our online excercises after the webinar, and improve your conversational skills during the skype lesson in the end of the course.


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