Here are the key factors why students are choosing the Derzhavin Institute if they are planning to study Russian in Russia:

  • Quality of services provided accredited by the European organization EAQUALS
  • Small groups with a maximum of 10 students per class
  • Professional academic staff
  • In-house published coursebooks
  • Smart Immersion Programs
  • Official TORFL (ТРКИ) testing center
  • DI-class apps

3%: 18

30%: 19-25

20%: 26-35

20%: 36-45

17%: 46-60

10%: 60+

30% – Italy

15% – Germany

10% – the United States

10% – France

8% – the United Kingdom

8% – Japan

5% – Brazil

5% – Switzerland

5% – Finland

December – February: 30

March – April: 50-60

June – August: 100-130

September-November: 40-50

December – February: 3-4

March – April: 5-6

June – August: 8-10

September-November: 5-6

General study center

Address: Troitskij 6


Used for:

  • Standard group classes and Immersion Modules
  • Evening classes
  • Administration

Working hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00

  • 17 classrooms

  • Historic city-center

  • Free wi-fi

  • Free tea and coffee

  • Self-study area for students





Address: Izmailovskij 7


Used for:

  • Closed group classes
  • Individual full-time courses May-August

Working hours: 

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30

  • 10 classrooms

  • Historic city-center

  • Free wi-fi

  • Free tea and coffee

  • Self-study area for students





We take exceptional care to monitor and maintain the high level of quality of all the services provided. We are constantly and thoroughly checked by the Russian and international organizations.

We are proud to be accredited by the following organisations:


Derzhavin Institute has been accredited by Eaquals since 2014 and at the most recent Eaquals inspection in June 2018 its full compliance with all Eaquals Quality Standards was again demonstrated.

  • The teaching, the course programs, as well as the course organization, the learning resources, testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality.
  • It was found that the institution takes great care to protect the welfare of its clients and staff.
  • All publicity materials produced by the institution are accurate and truthful.

Out of 12 criteria that were observed and evaluated during the inspection 8 were identified by the Inspectors as points of excellence, that is an incredibly positive surprise for us.


Our Russian language programs are also accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The latest inspection was in 2018. Check the Russian page for the official school information required with compliance with the Russian Education Act



We are officially recognized by Russian Association of Teachers for Russian Language and Literature (ROPRYAL) whose purpose is to promulgate Russian language overseas through seminars and conferences organized in different European universities. We are also recognized by the Russian Ministry of Education (St. Petersburg).


Derzhavin Institute is also accredited by the Swedish organization CSN. Now students from Sweden who are taking a long-term course (13 weeks+) and are booking through agents can apply to CSN for a scholarship.


Derzhavin Institute is accredited by Bildungsurlaub (Hamburg, Bremen, Niedersachsen).


Mr. Alexander Mokhov

School Director
  • School founder
  • Responsible for school general management
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Elena Molodykh

Academic Manager
  • Course content and timetable
  • Group placement
  • Tests and progress assessment
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Natalia Pavlova

Head of the Russian
Language Department
  • Department general management
  • Agents’ enrollments
  • Problems with programs or courses
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Maria Rafikova

Booking Manager
  • Direct bookings
  • Documents, invoices and payments
  • Visas and visa registrations
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Elena Davydova

Accommodation Manager
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Visas and visa registrations
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Ekaterina Bubnova

Social Program Coordinator
  • School activities and guided tours
  • Extra trips or activities
  • Students’ welfare
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The teaching in Derzhavin Institute is based on the communicative approach that means:

  • students learn to use different speech patterns that they see in authentic texts and learning situation,
  • grammar samples are also taken from authentic texts, the grammar acquisition is realized in three stages: presentation (on the bases of the texts), practice (language exercises) and control (interaction and communication in the group),
  • academic situations are close to the real-life situations

We also use such methods as audiovisual, audiolingual, situational, etc. The variety of methods serves to integrate all the language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) enabling the students to comprehend and produce different types of texts.




  • Courses are run all year round

  • Start dates for beginners: fixed

  • Start dates for A1-C2: any Monday

  • Maximum number of students per class: 10


The students studying Russian language at Derzhavin Institute are divided into groups according to their level of Russian language proficiency. Eleven carefully formulated language levels designed by the Russian Language School – from beginner to advanced – allow for accurate group placement.

  • Before the arrival all the students studying Russian (except total beginners) take a written placement test to ascertain their grammar and writing skills.
  • On the first day at Derzhavin Institute, students are taking oral test, so that we can place our students in the appropriate class for their language level.

According to the CEFRL, by the end of A 1.1 level students:

  • can interact in a simple way, ask and answer simple questions about themselves, where they live, people they know, and things they have;
  • can initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics, rather than relying purely on a rehearsed repertoire of (tourist) phrases.

  • Lessons per level: 80

  • Start dates: fixed

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of A 1.2 level students:

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a certain type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others, and can ask and answer questions about personal details.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly, and is prepared to help.

  • Lessons per level: 80

  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: Elementary Level

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of A2 level students:

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

A 2.1. Pre-Intermediate
A 2.2. Pre-Intermediate+

  • Lessons per A 2.1 level: 80
  • Lessons per A 2.2 level: 80

  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: Basic Level

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of B1 level students:

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B 1.1. Intermediate
B 1.2. Intermediate+

  • Lessons per B 1.1 level: 160
  • Lessons per B 1.2 level: 160

  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: First Certificate

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of B2 level students:

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

B 2.1. Upper-Intermediate
B 2.2. Upper-Intermediate+

  • Lessons per B 2.1 level: 160
  • Lessons per B 2.2 level: 160

  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: Second Certificate

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of С1 level students:

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

С 1.1. Advanced
С 1.2. Advanced+

  • Lessons per C 1.1 level: 160
  • Lessons per C 1.2 level: 160

  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: Third Certificate

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According to the CEFRL, by the end of С2 level students:

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations

  • Lessons per level: 180
  • Start dates: any Monday

  • TORFL (ТРКИ) exam: Fourth Certificate

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