20/12/2018
Webinar. Christmas traditions in Russia.
The Derzhavin Institute is happy to provide you with a new webinar with our teacher Larisa Vasilenkova.
08/12/2018
Verbs of motion webinar
8th December at 2p.m. (Moscow time). A2 and higher
20/11/2018
Black Friday
-25% with bookings on November 23 only

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 3 - 8 December

Week 10 - 15 December

Week 17 - 21 December

Week 26 November - 1 December

Week 3 - 8 December

Orientation Walk

Monday 3d December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Workshop "Christmas decor»

Tuesday 4th December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

 Wednesday 5th December
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 we will create different Christmas decorations like lanterns, candlesticks and garlands, learn a bit about Russian traditional new-year toys. The lesson will be held in Russian, so you will have a chance to improve your language skills as well. Come to get inspired by new-year mood!

Price: Free

The Hermitage is the biggest museum in St. Petersburg and in Russia. The collection contains more than 3 million exhibits. During this tour you will see the works of such famous artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, etc. and you will have a chance to enjoy the splendor of the state rooms of the former residence of Russian emperors and empresses - the Winter palace.

Price: 400 Rub

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Thursday 6th December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Decoration of the school for the New year + tea party

Friday 7th December
Meeting point: 13.00 Institute Hall

Snowy Peterhof

Saturday 8th December
Meeting point: 10.30 Avtovo metro station (if more than 10 people – a private bus)

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of Saint Petersburg. This church was built on he site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by terrorists in March 1881. Now this cathedral is one of brightest examples of the mosaic art in the world.

 Price: 500 Rub

We will invite everyone to decorate the school and enjoy free cookies and tea. 

Price: Free

Сooking lesson "Winter Salad»

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

We will cook the most famous Russian salad and train Russian language.

Price: 600 Rub

Peterhof is one of the most beautiful residences of Russian emperors. After 200 years of serving as a 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 Northern War.

Price: 2200 Rub

Week 10 - 15 December

Orientation Walk

Monday 10th December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Quest on school «Russian history»

Tuesday 11th December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The General Staff building (The Hermitage-2). Impressionists and Post-Impressionists

Wednesday 12th December 
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

You can check your erudition while taking part our quest-search and discovering secrets of Russian history. Sweet prizes at the end are guaranteed.

Price: Free

During the excursion we learn about the history of the General Staff building and see the works of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse. We will have a possibility to have a look at the pictures of the famous Russian artist Kandinsky.

Price: 400 Rub

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral + Colonnade


Thursday 13th December 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Party dedicated to the Anniversary of the Institute (15 years)

Friday 14th December 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Mysterious Tsar’s village (Catherine’s Palace and Amber room)

Saturday 15th December 
Meeting point: 10.15 Moskovskaya metro station

The Cathedral was constructed by the French architect Auguste Montferrand. The building took 40 years (1818-1858). During the tour we will admire the beautiful interiors and learn more about the architectural particularities of this colossal building. Don’t skip an opportunity to enjoy the illumination of the city from the height of 43 meters!

Price: 700 Rub

We invite everybody to celebrate our school's birthday with us! We are going to create Christmas photo zones and prepare funny contests and a sweet surprise for you

Price: Free

 

Catherine’s palace and park in the Tsar’s village present one of the great examples of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design. A whole constellation of outstanding architects, sculptors and painters made the ideas of their crowned clients a reality creating this architectural ensemble. During the tour we will visit the legendary Amber room to admire the beauty of sunny Amber stone and learn about mysterious facts connected with the history of this famous room.

Price: 2000 Rub

Week 17 - 21 December

Orientation Walk

Monday 17th December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian movie lesson

Tuesday 18th December 

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Russian Museum

 Wednesday 19th December

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 Russian movie in the hall and enjoy eating popcorn.

Price: Free

 

Meeting point: 18.30 New Holland skating Rink

We invite you to go to Russian skating ring. Feel yourself Russian!

Price: 150 -250 rubles (skating rink) + 250 rubles (skate rental)


The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical center 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

The Museum of shadows

 Thursday 20th December 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The Ballet "The Nutcracker»

Friday 21st December
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Fairy Vyborg

Saturday 22nd December   

We are going to visit the first in Europe "Museum of shadows"! All the exhibits are unique. The excursion will be held in English.

Price: 450 Rub

 

We offer to enjoy real Russian ballet telling about nice Christmas story. The ballet is staged according to updated choreography of well-known European choreographer Nacho Duato. You won’t regret!

Price: 1500 Rub 

Vyborg is different from other Russian cities and towns. During the tour we will plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: we will visit the Vyborg Castle, see the knight's hall and we will be able to try on knightly clothes, and the lunch will take place in a real medieval tower.

Price: 2500 Rub

Week 26 November - 1 December

Orientation Walk

Monday 26th November
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Lection on Russian language and culture

 

 Tuesday 27th November
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Historical park-museum “My Russia-my history”, exposition “the Romanovs”

Wednesday 28th November
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 learn new facts about Russian language and culture and train our Russian language skills.

Price: Free

One of the new museums in St-Petersburg offers its visitors to learn Russian history. Between three expositions we picked up the Romanovs. The famous Russian dynasty ruled country for more than 3 centuries and gave to the world a lot of exceptional personalities.

Price: 700 Rub

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Thursday 29th November 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

"Gatherings" on the new Holland island

Friday 30th November
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Vyborg

Saturday 1st December

Meeting point: 07.40 Finland railway station

The Cathedral was constructed by the French architect Auguste Montferrand. The building took 40 years (1818-1858). During the tour we will admire the beautiful interiors and learn more about the architectural particularities of this colossal building.

Price: 600 Rub

We will learn how young people hang out in St. Petersburg, we visit a bar, a cafe or a time-café in this art-area for you to have a chance to spend time in the informal and very cozy atmosphere.

Price depends on your order.

Vyborg is different from other Russian cities and towns. During the tour we will plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: we will visit the Vyborg Castle, see the knight's hall and we will be able to try on knightly clothes, and the lunch will take place in a real medieval tower.

Price: 2500 Rub