21/08/2017
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Great discounts for accommodations and courses starting on 28 August.
08/08/2017
Courses and Prices 2018
2018 will be the year of innovations for us. Trying to meet the needs of our students, we launch the system of Smart Immersion Programmes.
04/08/2017
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Department of English at the Derzhavin Institute is searching for native speakers.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

The recreation hall of the Russian Language School is the place to relax between classes and chat in Russian over tea or coffee in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere with students from all over the world.

The weekly social programme, which is offered for students studying Russian language at Derzhavin Institute, has something for all students of all ages. On the first day of classes, students receive an informational folder including a list of social activities for the coming week with dates and prices, if any. These social activites include visits to museums, tours in and around St.Petersburg, parties, walks, and theatre trips. Taking the students out of the classroom, these activities enable them to practice Russian language in social settings and real life situations and gain an in-depth understanding of Russian language through cultural traditions. On this page, there is a brief overview of the most attractive sites in and surrounding St.-Petersburg for all those planning to study Russian language in St. Petersburg or just coming here as a tourist (see the list on the left).

Some of the regular activities such as Russian Song Lesson, Russian Folk Art Lesson, and Russian Film Screenings are offered free of charge.

Every Saturday our students are playing football. We organize practice games and matches with teams from the other Russian Universities. Join our international Derzhavin team!

Furthermore, there is always something happening in St. Petersburg, and we try to keep the students at Derzhavin Institute informed of all the events in St. Petersburg so they can enjoy them. If you would like to join our programme, please email us.

Please find below our social programme for this week. If you want to join any of the activities, please e-mail us at social@derzhavin.com

Week 21 - 26 August

Orientation Walk

Monday 21th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Song Lesson

Tuesday 22th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Russian Museum

Wednesday 23th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

We invite you to our Orientation Walk that is held every Monday.During this tour our guide will show you the banks, supermarkets, shops and cafes. We will help you to buy the metro card or metro coins and Russian SIM cards in case of necessity.

Price: Free

Do you want to learn the new song and to practice your Russian? If yes, it means that you should join our class and sing with us!
Price: Free

The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg. It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. The museum collection contains over 400 000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the X to the XXI century.

Price: 600 Rub

St.Isaaс’s Cathedral

Thursday 24th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Dinner at the Russian restaurant “Sadko”

Friday 25th August
Meeting point: 18.00 Glinki str., 2

Pavlovsk

Saturday 26th August
Meeting point: 10.00 Troitsky 6

 

 

Do you want to know everything about St. Isaac's Cathedral which was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia? Join this excursion! During this walking tour we will see the colonnade, the cathedral and St. Issac’s Square.


 

Price: 700 Rub

That is one of the best places where you can find the dishes of the Russian cuisine. On Friday evening the waiters entertain the guests with the folk Russian songs.
 

Price: depends on the dishes chosen

During our trip to Pavlovsk we will see the palace of the most mysterious Russian emperors – Paul I. It was built by Charles Cameron between 1782 and 1786. Being an admirer of the antique art, Cameron lent to all his creations an air of classical austerity and elegance. Comparatively small, the Great Palace didn't startle by its dimensions or by sumptuousness of its decor, it grips imagination with its perfect harmony, proportionality and elegance. The interior decoration was in keeping with the austere architecture of the building.

Price: 2000 Rub 

 

Week 28 August - 02 September

Orientation Walk

Monday 28th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Craft Lesson

Tuesday 29th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage

Wednesday 30th August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

We invite you to our Orientation Walk that is held every Monday.During this tour our guide will show you the banks, supermarkets, shops and cafes. We will help you to buy the metro card or metro coins and Russian SIM cards in case of necessity.

Price: Free

During this lesson you will learn more about the history of matryoshka dolls. We will paint matryoshkas, watch some Russian cartoons and of course the lesson will be held in Russian so you will have a chance to improve your language skills.
Price: Free

This museum is one of the biggest in St. Petersburg and in Russia. The collection consists of more than 3 million exhibits. In this tour you will see the works of such famous artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.
Price: 300 Rub

Nevsky prospect and Kazan Cathedral

Thursday 31st August
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Cooking Class

Friday  1st September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Gatchina, Gatchina palace and park

Saturday 2nd September
Meeting point: 10.00 Troitsky 6

During this walking tour you will know more about the history of the main street of the city. In the very heart of the Nevsky avenue there is the main Orthodox cathedral of St. Petersburg – Kazan Cathedral. We will enter the Cathedral to admire the beautiful interiors and to learn some interesting facts about the Russian churches.

Price: 200 Rub

Do you want to know how to cook traditional Russian pancakes? We will share our recipe with you, then we will cook the pancakes all together and of course you will have a chance to taste them))


Price: 700 Rub

The palace and park at Gatchina dates back to the time of Empress Catherine II. In 1765 she gave her favourite, Count Grigory Orlov, a lavish gift – the Gatchina estate. The design for the palace was developed by the Italian architect Antonio Rinaldi. Now picturesque landscape and romantic palace, pavilions, bridges and terraces attract tourists from all over the world, its museum presents a beautiful art collection open to public.


Price: 2000 Rub

Week 04 - 09 September

Orientation Walk

Monday 4th September
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Reading Club

Tuesday 5th September
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The Russian Vodka Museum

Wednesday 6th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

We invite you to our Orientation Walk that is held every Monday.During this tour our guide will show you the banks, supermarkets, shops and cafes. We will help you to buy the metro card or metro coins and Russian SIM cards in case of necessity.

Price: Free

We are reading the Russian newspapers and discussing the articles.
Price: Free

The museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. During the guided tour around museum our guests will hear about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings, and get to understand close link between the history of the Russian State and the history of this strong drink. We want you to enjoy your visit to Russian Vodka Museum and have the pleasure of better acquaintance with Russian character and traditions.
Price: 900 Rub

St. Petersburg of Dostoevsky

Thursday 7th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Shooting Club

Friday 8th September 
Meeting point: 18:00 Institute Hall

Peterhof. Fountains and Grotto Museum

Saturday 9th September 
Meeting point: 10.00 Avtovo metro station

This walking tour gives you the chance to see the places that are closely connected with Dostoevsky’s biography and with his novel “Crime and Punishment”. Our guide will show you the houses and buildings where the main heroes of this novel lived.
Price: 200 Rub

 

It doesn't matter if you have never tried to shoot or you are a high experienced person in shooting, for everyone it would be interesting to check the shooting skills! We invite you to spend this evening with us!
Price: depends on the number of shots taken

Peterhof is one of the most beautiful museums of St. Petersburg. We will see the famous fountains and Grotto museum where you will learn how all the fountains are operating. After 200 years of serving as a grand summer residence of the emperors, Peterhof is inextricably connected with the Russian history. The seaside paradise was built, as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur of Russia, in conquering the much needed and desired access to the Baltic Sea, during the Great Northern War.
Price: 2000

Week 11 - 16 September

Orientation Walk

Monday 11th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Film Lesson

Tuesday 12th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

Wednesday 13th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

We invite you to our Orientation Walk that is held every Monday.During this tour our guide will show you the banks, supermarkets, shops and cafes. We will help you to buy the metro card or metro coins and Russian SIM cards in case of necessity.

Price: Free

We will watch the Russian film with English subtitles. Join this activity to improve your language skills.
Price: Free

This museum is one of the biggest in St. Petersburg and in Russia. The collection consists of more than 3 million exhibits. In this tour you will see the works of such famous artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.
Price: 300 Rub

Peter & Paul Fortress

Thursday 14th September 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Boat trip with Audio guide

Friday 15th September 
Meeting point: 15:30 Institute Hall

Trip to Vyborg

Saturday 16th September  
Meeting point: 10.00 Parnas metro station

The Fortress was founded by the Russian emperor Peter the Great in 1703. During the tour we will walk around the territory of the fortress and we will also visit Peter & Paul Cathedral that is a burial place for the Russian tsars.


Price: 700 Rub

 

Do you want to see the rivers and canals? You have a great chance to have a sightseeing tour from water and to enjoy the beautiful views of the embankments, rivers and canals during our boat trip
Price: 1000 Rub

This ancient town was founded in 1293. During the tour we will walk around its medieval streets, we will see the panoramic view of the city from the top of the Tower of St. Olaf, we will try an ancient Russian drink medovukha, etc. Join our tour! We promise that it would be interesting!
Price: 2500 Rub