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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 1 - 6 April

Week 8 - 13 April

Week 15 - 20 April

Week 22 - 27 April

Week 1 - 6 April

Orientation Walk


Tuesday 1st April 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Speaking Club

Tuesday 2nd April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

 Wednesday 3d April 
Meeting point: 18.00 Alexander’s column (Palace square)

 

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 meet in the hall to speak Russian and discuss the topic “Travelling”. Come to learn famous Russian travelers and enrich your vocabulary. Cookies and tea are guaranteed.

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: 500 Rub

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Thursday 4th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Vodka Museum

Friday 5th April

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine’s Palace and Amber room

Saturday 6th April
Meeting point: 10:30 Moskovskaya 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: 700 Rub

We will learn some facts about history of the Russian vodka and will taste 3 kinds of Russian vodka and 3 kinds of Russian snacks.

Price: 900 rub

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 worked there to create this architectural masterpiece. During the tour we will visit the legendary Amber room to admire the beauty of the sunny Amber stone and learn about mysterious facts connected with the history of this famous room.

Price: 2100 Rub

Week 8 - 13 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 8th April 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Watching Russian movie

Tuesday 9th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The General Staff building (The Hermitage-2). Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Famous artists and their Russian muses

Wednesday 10th April
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 to improve listening skills and enjoy eating cookies

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. We are going to talk not only about new trends in art, that appeared in 19th-20th centuries, but also about personal life of artists and their connection with Russia state.

Price: 500 Rub

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral


Thursday 11th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Lection on Russian culture "April 12-Сosmonautics Day"

Friday 12th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Pavlovsk

Saturday 13th April
Meeting point: 10.15 Moskovskaya metro station

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

Price: 700 Rub

We learn new facts about the most famous Russian cosmonauts and Russia's role in space development. Would you like to learn new Russian words on space and science? Join us!

Price: Free

During our trip to Pavlovsk we will see the palace of the most mysterious Russian emperor – Paul I. It was built by Charles Cameron between 1782 and 1786. Being an admirer of the classical style, Cameron gave to the building features of classical austerity and elegance. Comparatively small, the Great Palace strikes with its perfect harmony, proportionality and coziness. The Park is also unique: it is the largest landscape park in Europe.

Price: 2200 Rub

Week 15 - 20 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 15th April 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Reading Russian press

Tuesday 16th April 

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

 Wednesday 17th April

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 read the articles from the Russian newspapers and discuss them. Come to enrich your vocabulary and train reading 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, Raphael, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.

Price: 500 Rub

Russian Folk Show in the Derzhavin Institute

 Thursday 18th April
Meeting point: 16.00 Conference hall

Cruiser Aurora

Friday 19th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Novgorod

Saturday 20th April  

Meeting point: 07.00 Moskovsky railway station

Do you want to take part in the traditional Russian games and to sing traditional Russian songs together with the artists and signers of the Folk band? Join our interactive folklore show!

Price: 150 Rub

 

We will visit the legendary cruiser. It participated in the Russian-Japanese War. In 1917 the Aurora's crew took an active part in the April and October revolutionary activities. And we will see the gun that gave a signal for the storming of the Winter palace.

Price: 700 Rub


Veliky Novgorod also known as Novgorod the Great , is one of the most important historic cities in Russia. During the tour we are going to see the Novgorod Kremlin and the Cathedral of St. Sophia, a symbol of the city and the main cathedral of the Novgorod Republic. It is one of well-preserved churches from the 11th century. We will also see the bronze monument to the Millennium of Russia and visit the territory of the Yaroslav's Court. After the lunch we will visit the museum of wooden architecture, where we will see traditional Russian wooden houses known as izba and ancient Russian wooden churches.

Price: 3500 Rub (min 10 people), 4500 Rub (min 5 people) – by train

Week 22 - 27 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 22nd April 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Craft Lesson

 

 Tuesday 23d April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Kazan Cathedral (NEW!)

Wednesday 24th April
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 paint Russian wooden boards, spoons and matryoshka dolls, listen to some Russian national songs and of course the lesson will be held in Russian, so you will have a chance to improve your language skills and create a souvenir with your own hands.

Price: Free

We are going to visit the main Orthodox cathedral of the city. We will learn a bit more about orthodox traditions and main features of the Russian churches, follow the story pf construction of this beautiful cathedral and see the only miraculous icon in the city.

Price: 500 Rub

 

Peter & Paul Fortress

Thursday 25th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Cooking Class “Easter”

Friday 26th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Peterhof (Palace + Fountains)

Saturday 27th April

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

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 the Peter & Paul Cathedral, that is a burial place for the Russian tsars, and see casemates of the former political prison.

Price: 700 Rub

We will paint Easter eggs, eat Easter cakes and talk about Russian Easter traditions.

Price: 600 Rub

Peterhof is one of the most beautiful residences of Russian emperors. After 200 years of serving as a summer residence, 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.

Don’t lose the chance to have a look at the palace and the fountains at the same time! It is the first day when fountains are opened in this year.

Price: 2500 Rub