15/06/2018
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July 2nd, July 23rd, and August 6th
25/05/2018
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18/05/2018
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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 4 - 9 June

Week 11 - 16 June

Week 18 - 23 June

Week 25 June - 30 June

Week 4 - 9 June

Orientation Walk

Monday 4th June

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Craft Lesson

Tuesday 5th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

Wednesday 6th June

Meeting point: 17.30 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 carved boards, 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, Raphael, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.

Price: 400 Rub

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral


Thursday 7th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Outdoor Painting and Picnic in Victory Park

Friday 8th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Peterhof

Saturday 9th June 

Meeting point: 10.30 Avtovo metro station

The Cathedral was constructed by the French architect Monferrand. The building took 40 years (1818-1858). During the tour we will admire the beautiful interiors and we will also visit the colonnade where you will have a chance to see the panoramic views of the city centre.

Price: 700 Rub


We will spend free time in the open air in the beautiful Victory Park painting, enjoying a small lunch and speaking Russian. There is also a lake where you can rent boats

 

Price: 300 Rub

 

 

Peterhof is one of the most beautiful residences of Russian emperors. 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 Rub

Week 11 - 16 June

Orientation Walk

Monday 11th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Speaking Club

Tuesday 12th June

Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The General Staff building. Impressionists and Post-Impressionists

 Wednesday 13th June

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 meet in the Hall of the school to speak Russian.
 

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: 500 Rub

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

 Thursday 14th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Cooking Class “Syrniki”

Friday 15th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine’s Palace and Amber room

Saturday 16th June

Meeting point: 10.30 Moskovskaya metro station

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of Saint Petersburg. This church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by political nihilists in March 1881.


Price: 500 Rub

 

We will cook a Russian dish made of cottage cheese, try a Russian jam known as “varenje” and speak Russian.

Price: 700 rub

The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the 18th to early 20th centuries. A whole constellation of outstanding architects, sculptors and painters made the ideas of their crowned clients a reality here. During the tour we will visit the famous Amber room to admire its view and its design.

Price: 2000 Rub

Week 18 - 23 June

Orientation Walk

Monday 18th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian movie lesson (“Admiral”)

 

 Tuesday 19th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

Wednesday 20th June
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 «Admiral» and speak Russian. It is a story about the Russian admiral Alexander Kolchak, the leader of the White forces, about his deeds during war and moments of his personal life.

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: 400 Rub

 

Peter & Paul Fortress

Thursday 21st June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Cruiser Aurora

Friday 22nd May
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Novgorod

Saturday 23d June

Meeting point: 07.00 Moskovsky railway 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


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 February and October revolutionary activities. And we will see the gun that gave a signal for the storming of the Winter palace.

 

Price: 600 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)

Week 25 June - 01 July

Orientation Walk

Monday 25th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Reading Russian press

Tuesday 26th June 
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Russian Museum

 Wednesday 27th June
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.

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

Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra

Thursday 28th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

River and Canal Cruise

Friday 29th June
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Pavlovsk

Saturday 30th June
Meeting point: 10.30 Moskovskaya metro station

Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra or Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery was founded by Peter I in 1710 at the eastern end of the Nevsky Prospekt, supposing that that was the site of the Neva Battle in 1240 when Alexander Nevsky, a prince, defeated the Swedes. The relics of St. Alexander Nevsky were solemnly transferred later. Now Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra is the most famous monastery of St-Petersburg. We will visit the St. Trinity Cathedral and Necropolises of the 18th century and the 19th century (Tikhvin and Lazarevskoye cemeteries) where a lot of notables (famous Russian writers and composers) were buried.

 Price: 600 Rub

We will take a tour of rivers and canals of the city on which you will be able to see more sights of city and learn new facts about the history of the city.

 

Price: 900 Rub

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