Full Russian language immersion
You will learn Russian in the classroom and outdoor, with a Russian host family and Russian volunteers,enjoy Russian during cultural activities and meetings in movie, discussion and literature clubs!
Reasonable cost of studying and living
8 euro per 1 hour (45 minutes). You won’t find more favorable prices for such exciting , high quality and useful lessons. Besides the living cost in Petrozavodsk is very affordable even for students.
Great location in a safe Petrozavodsk
Our city is the best place to learn Russian as you have to speak Russian in the town. You’ll see real Russia, enjoy northern nature and you’ll be able to visit on weekends St.Petersburg, Valaam, Kizhi.
How does it work?
1. Apply for the course
2. Test your Russian level
3. Sign the agreement
4. Transfer the application fee
5. Apply for a Russian visa
6. Buy tickets and come to Petrozavodsk
Enjoy your stay!
Russian language courses
"EnjoyRussian" School statistics
Klaus Eisenhauer, Germany
I had an individual course which was held extremely flexible and made-to-measure for my needsand language knowledge. I learned a lot and understood how I should learn in the future. My teacher did a great job, she explained me everything in a very professional and kind way. Communication with the family was very pleasant. I feel now that I really can learn and actively speak Russian!
Lydia Olsen, France
I really want to come back not only because I love Russian but because of the people I met on this course! I wish I could stay longer to learn even more! The material used I believed was engaging and helped me a great deal. My teacher was immensely helpful. She corrected my mistakes but I never felt under pressure to not make the mistakes. My host family provided everyrhing for me. Everything was well organised and everybody was eager to help.
Mohamed Shiyam, Maldives
I would like to thank my great teachers and the host family from the bottom of my heart! They are one of the best people I have ever met in my life. Volunteers played a vital role in making my stay in Petrozavodsk memorable. I will come here next year and try to bring somebody with me! Because I am pretty sure nobody else would have such a beautiful environment to study Russian language.
Magdalena Milivijac, Italy
It was very interesting and useful, they used creative and original teaching methods such as projects, videos, games and discussions. My teachers met all my requirements and they took into account all my wishes and needs. My skills have improved. I can understand a lot of things when I watch TV in Russian!
Manuela Smart, Switzerland
No questions went unanswered. Very good teaching standards, nice town and fun region. I revised what I knew, learned new vocabulary and difficult things like motion verbs.
Marc Bradford, the USA
Natalia would teach us some grammar topics and then we would play a few games using them. We even went to a grocery store one day and used our language skills there, which I thought was very useful. Out of all educational programs I’ve experienced, this one was by far the most organized. I came to Petrozavodsk knowing absolutely nothing, and now I can hold a basic conversation! The most helpful thing was living with a host who was eager to help me learn Russian.
Jefferson Huera Guzman, Ecuador
I think the whole content of the course was very useful, games and videos were used when appropriate in order to diversify the methodology. In my stay here I had 3 teachers. All of them were very helpful and always willing to answer all my questions. Although at the beginning of my stay I did not understand my host family well they kept talking to me so I could listen and absorb some words. They have been extremely helpful. I got used to living here very fast because they are very nice people. I received valuable help from the volunteers especially in my first week here. The coordinators gave all the necessary information at my arrival and during the program. I think the program has a very good quality. I really enjoy meeting new people not only the students at the school but also the local people. I started with almost no knowledge of the language and I have improved my skills.
Harald Pirker, Austria
The teacher was excellent, lessons were very creative and interesting. We were like members of a family, food was excellent, accommodation was good too. Now I can speak Russian as much as possible!
Heini Riikka Karjalainen, Finland (2017)
I had a nice teacher with skills in English and German language who is always ready to help out with vocabulary and grammar. My host family was friendly and talkative. Everything was excellent, volunteers were lovely and active. I liked it very much!
Gabriel Eyre, the UK (2017)
Host family was excellent, talkative, lots of practice of Russian language! All volunteers are excellent! Met so many new people! Thank you for making it all happen!
Victor d’Anethan, Belgium (2017)
The teachers used good methods and in general the content was really good. I had an amazing teacher. Volunteers were active, interesting and dedicated. Don’t let them go! They answered all of my questions quickly every time. You are doing a great job! The most remarkable episode. I am impressed by the quality of the courses and the organization.
Lara Robinson, USA (2017)
My language skills are so much better now. I didn’t know any every-day Russian when I got there, now I can hold a conversation, order food, and go to a store. My understanding of Russian sky-rocketed. I’m really happy to have this possibility to learn Russian in Russian.
Sophie Schwartzman, USA (2017)
If you’re going to go anywhere in Russia and do a study abroad program, Petrozavodsk is the perfect place to go. You will study Russian in Russia fast with great Russian langauge teachers. I really enjoyed my host experience. And all of the topics covered in class were useful. I really feel less nervous to use the Russian language at a store, cafe, etc.
Johanna Kubassa, Austria (2017)
I had a good start with learning the Russian language. I especially liked that we always practice new vocabulary by speaking and using sentences including them. In Petrozavodsk I learnt Russian in joyful and funny way with very nice teachers. Volunteers were really helpful and friendly. I would like to participate again
Magdalena Offenbeck, Austria (2017)
Learn Russian language with Olga was great. She always answered all our questions and helped us with everything. And Petrozavodsk is the best place to study Russian in Russia as nobody speaks English and you have ti speak Russian, people are nice and you learn a lot in short time. When I came here I was an absoute beginner, but now I can speak a little.
Sarah Hawes-Iafrate – UK – 2017
My Russian course was excellent. My teacher Alina had many enjoyable and original games to make learning more fun and easy. She was approachable and happilly helped us with anything. My host family – Galina and Invan – did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. They involved us in their daily lives, taking us on their meeting with friends so that I felt myself very included and welcomed.
Francois Duhesme – France – 2017
My study program of Russian language was excellent, teaching methods were cool so that I was very satisfied. I personally enjoyed the activities proposed by the School. Moreover, I really liked Russian speaking club, game club. Also I liked volunteers. We had many meetings with them.
Vendela Gebbie – UK – 2017
My teacher Alina was very kind and making the learning process interactive and fun. We covered a lot of in two weeks but also in great depth. My host family – Galina and her son were both very kind and helpful and gave us a very warm welcome into their home. The most remarkable moments were visit to Botanical garden with my host family, orchestra concert with man Valaam monastry choir and City day of Petrozavodsk. Communication between myself and school was excellent as they answered any worries I had and helped me to feel secure in Petrozavodsk.
Lara Emmanuelle Robinson – the USA – 2017
My language skills are so much better now. I didn’t know any every-day Russian when I got there, now I can hold a conversation, order food, and go to a store. My understanding of Russian sky-rocketed.
Nathalie Amacker – Switzerland – 2017
The teachers were speaking most of the time in Russian. They used different games, lead discussions and help us with projects and new words. For example, my teacher Katya explained me the defference in words: в горах, на горе, в горе. The family took time to speak with me and was very helpful. I felt like at home and very welcomed. I hope to keep in touch with them. The program was great, a lot of activities! I really enjoyed the Russian speaking club. No way to get bored. It was amazing to meet volunteers. It was a great place to study Russian! Great job! Thanks!
Lien Van Buggenhout – Belgium – 2017
My cousre was very useful! Our teachers always asked what we wanted to focus on. I liked excursion to karelian village, embankment of Petrozavodsk, speaking clubs and waterfall Kivach. Lyudmila was my personal volunteer and I really liked her. I will leave the School of Russian language with very good emotions. My progress of Russian language is excellent. Speaking and grammar are improved. I liked everything!
Pekka Mikkola – Finland – 2017
The study program of Russian language was excellent! My teacher Olga could clearly explain for example words I did not understand. Also she corrected my spech in a nice way. Volunteers were nice and helpful. I really liked cultural program in the city. Program coordinator Polina was very active and informing what is going on in the city. I had many meeting after my lessons of Russian language and hope to come back once again!
Claudia Magnapera – Italy – 2017
I found my Russian program absolutely interesting and useful. All the teachers were differently awesome. I had the best host family I could be with. Trip to Kivach waterfall was my favorite excursion. I really liked my volunteer Lilit. Whenever I had a problem, they were able to help me. now I am sure that Karelia is the best place to focus on studying Russian language!
Jaryd Renshaw – the USA – 2017
My Russian course was awesome! I had 2 different teachers who were excellent and answered all of my questions to the fullest! Alina and Olga are great instructors! My hostess family met all of my expectations 🙂 Like i was treated at home. The staff was very professional and kind with a smile on every face ready to teach Russian and help with excursions. Mohammad was my favorite volunteer who was always ready to help people. He showed me much of Petrozavodsk landmarks. I would love to come again for a longer period of time! maybe 1 month next time.
Elize Retief – South Africa – 2017
The content of language course was excellent! The course was interesting and intensive. My host family was very carrying. I liked my hostess and her mother and living conditions were excellent! Many volunteers helped me in the city, they were very fun and communicative. I learned about language and culture and it was affordable. For sure, I reccomend this program to other people coming from South Africa, Belgium and other countries.
Marilyn Harris – the USA – 2011
I would recommend “Enjoy Russian”, because Petrozavodsk is wonderful! Content of the Russian language course was excellent. Highly recommended! I feel I have grown so much as a Russian student here. My hostfamily was excellent. Nadezhda and Ivan are truly wonderful. They are incredibly wise, good people whose appreciation for knowledge and background in education make them ideal host partners for students wanting to learn about Russia.
Eivind Granas – Norway – 2011
My teacher Natalie is open, explains in a good way so I can understand everything. Family’s apartment has got excellent conditions, clean and tidy. There is very good Russian food at home and family has been extremely friendly and open (Elena is fantastic). This is my third time in Russia at a host family – this is the best family by far. Excursions are big part of the program. Karelia is a fantastic place. An idea about volunteers is very good. I have only positive experiences from beginning to an end. I will recommend the school and might return.
Gerald Robach – Austria – 2017
I really enjoyed my stay in Petrozavodsk. There are so many opportunities. I liked my classes. It is better to Russian in Russia than in Austria. My family was very communicative and friendly. I really enjoyed breakfast and dinner. Food was very healthy and tasty so that I even could’not eat everything. Most of all, I enjoyed karelian street game Kyykkä and workshop how to cook karelian pies called kalitki.
Eleanor Fawcett – UK – 2017
The teachers were encouraging and made lessons interesting. I enjoyed the lessons a lot! They all work so hard to make the lessons enjoyable. My family, Marina and Tolya were excellent. They made me a part of their family, I spoke a lot of Russian. As for cultural program, I enjoyed Kinerma village and Kivach waterfall. I liked the Russian Game club. The people around me were very friendly and nice, I really recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Russian!
Ilkka-Christian Bjoerklund – Finland – 2011
This was my second time at “Enjoy Russian”. Russian lessons were excellent, teaching also. Sofia is a very good teacher. Living conditions and the cultural program were good. The organization of the program was excellent. My impression ant the course is excellent as well. I would recommend this Russian school.
Alessandro Lattanzio – Italy – 2013
Everything was perfect. Teacher was very patient with me and I could really understand and ask to repeat. I would like to have Arina also as a teacher next time! She is Super! My progress in Russian is really good! I couldn’t read and speak and now after 2 weeks I can go in city with no problem to asking! I would recommend the course because it is adapted to every level and is very good organized!
Giuseppe Cappelluti – Italy – 2013
Everything was excellent. I would only wish to have more activities like food parties, excursions also to the Solovetsky island and to the Alexander Svirsky Monastery.My teacher, Olga, was very patient person. She has a good English language knowledge. Arina Drogunova , another teacher, has also very good teaching skills. I definitely improved my Russian, especially in spoken language!
Hsiang-Yun Chen – Taiwan – 2012
I’ve spent here 3 months. Now I can understand and speak some Russian. We trained all the aspects of speech, reading, listening, writing, some videos were very funny. My host mama Elena was extremely nice, we went to the theatre and she explained to me everything that I didn’t understand. The excursions were interesting. I liked going out with the volunteers Anita and Julia, they are kind and friendly. The coordinators solve all such questions, the write back immediately, that’s really helpful. I hope I will come again.
Wai Lun Leung – China – 2012
I liked the language course. The teachers and the teaching materials were good. I liked the methods of teaching, it was interesting. The atmosphere in the class was comfortable. Organization and administration of program was good. I would recommend this program to other people.
Risto Salmela – Finland – 2012
I was studying here from September till November and took part in One-on-One Course and Mini-Group. I learnt a lot of Russian. Teaching was good, especially I liked methods of Zhenja, she used games and activities. She is the most modern teacher of the school. I consider the staff friendly, thanks. This school is a good opportunity to learn Russian well. But do not come here with friends, come alone.
Edoardo Carlesi – Italy – 2011
The course was excellent. The host family was really super!!! The cultural program was fine. I liked Kivach, rafting, but museum of regional history was boring. I hope it would be less expensive next time. The volunteers Alyona and Anatoliy were good and friendly. I wished there was wi-fi zone in the school. I had a good time and learnt a lot. I will recommend this school because it’s cheap and good, fun and helpful.
Nicolas Valerian – France – 2012
I spent excellent 3 months with “EnjoyRussian”. Content of the language course was excellent. Materials (student books) were adapted, various documents and subjects were very helpful in studying Russian. I liked the fact to change teachers every 2 weeks, to be faced with different ways of teaching accents and personalities. Organization and administration of program were excellent. I improved my Russian language skills greatly. I’ll recommend this program to other people because it’s intensive and mini-groups are very efficient.
Sarah Garrat – Great Britain – 2014
General impression about the program is excellent! I wish I was staying for longer! My Russian has definitely improved! When I arrived I couldn’t say anything and now I can hold a long conversation almost about anything!
My teachers always made me feel more confident and were encouraging. My host has been fantastic! She is helpful, kind and a fantastic cook! It has been absolutely great living with her! Volunteers – they were all fantastic!
Paula Redondo – Spain – 2009
The teacher, Veronika, was really nice and I like very much her way to teach using films and other materials. I would recommend the program to other people because Petrozavodsk is a nice place to learn Russian as there are few foreign students and it’s easy to communicate with Russians.
Simone Vardanega, Italy
I really enjoyed studying in my mini group because there were nice people and the atmosphere that we crated was special. My teacher was really good and capable of make you feel good and comfortable with Russian when you are speaking. My host family was perfect – very hospitable and very generous. They always cooked for me and I felt like I was with my parents. All the volunteers were nice and generous.
Emma Banks, Ireland
The language course is very good and structured in regards to grammar and usage. Our teacher was very patient and understanding she also had experience of learning a foreign language which was good. I really liked the program as I thought the staff and students were both very nice and the course was good. I think it is a very good course, in a beautiful city. The homestay is a good idea as you should get an insight into Russian culture.
Evelina Selea, Romania
The content of the language course was perfect for the amount of Russian that I knew when I got here. The topics we did helped me to get by in everyday life in Petrozavodsk. The Russian course was appropriate to my level and I’ve managed to learn so much in just two weeks! My teacher is one of the best I’ve ever met. She was really patient, helpful and has always tried to push me into practicing what I’ve learnt ever day in class. I have enjoyed living with a Russian family. They talked to me a lot which helped me to improve my listening skills so much.
Marianna Krizia Zappala, Italy
I did like the course! I learned a lot – both vocabulary and grammar rules. My teacher Tatyana was great – a deep, intelligent and stimulating person. It was a pleasure to study with her. My host family was very nice and I felt like home. We went to the waterfall Kivach, it was nice, I wish we could spend more time there. The volunteers were nice but busy sometimes. I learnt a lot and had fun in Petrozavodsk.
Florentine Weibel, Switzerland
Different method of teaching (games, dialogues), adapted to student’s needs and wishes. Nice family and good food. Good idea to work with Russian volunteers. Organization was absolutely great, especially the first replying of emails, help with train ticket, visa, etc. I very much enjoyed my stay in Petrosavodsk, can recommend the school to everybody and could imagine to come back any day! Great to get to know Russian language, culture, food, people, way of living and thinking! Small city where you easily find your way and can very easily meet people!
Adrien Fabre, France
In class, I was in minigroup, we were often no more than 3, that allowed me to talk and ask questions and the teacher to have time to answer with examples. Then I was in one to one class and I chose the topic, it was convenient and efficient. Activities are interesting because there are russian volunteers, so in addition of any kind of sport or cultural activities, I talked russian. By the way, my host also was nice, we talked russian, we shared a lot of funny stories and I tried different russian dishes. I liked the flexibility of the organisation about activities, classes and the hosts, the team there really listen your suggestions.
Tomaz Cebela, Slovenia
The content of the Russian language course was great. like studying in the small group. I started to speak Russian!
I found volunteers excellent – really nice girls; they showed us Russia. Administration of the program is excellent. I like help from Alevtina and Dasha. They are really nice. Petrozavodsk is a nice city; teachers and administrations of Enjoy Russian are great; program is not so expensive. Maybe I will come back for a business- or law-Russian course.
Roshop Ulrich, Germany (2017)
I really liked School, teachers and content of the course. I had a great family where I could practice German and Russian as well. Most of all, I liked husky dog farm on last Saturday. Pleasant atmosphere, fiendly, hightly motivated team and very good teachers made my journey in Russia unforgetable!
Mehdi Menaouer, Algeria (2017)
First of all, I want to thank all of you, I am very lucky that I met you. For me it is a very usefull experience in terms of russian study and in terms of that you opened me a new culture and I met with very interesting people. I want to come back once again to your School. Thank you for support and great individual approach! (This feedback was written in Russian language).
Jenny Gazzard, Great Britain
Veronica was a great teacher. She gave me lots of conversation practice which was exactly what I asked for. All the cultural activities were really well-organized, interesting and fun. It was also flexible which I appreciated. The volunteers were lovely and always willing to help us with Russian and spending free time with us. My Russian has improved but I have also had a great time
Reto Leibundgut, Switzerland
A lot of talking, that’s excellent! Learning Russian with our teachers, Anna and Julia, was a big fun. The cultural program is very good, I like it very much! Kizhi was excellent, it must be for everybody. We had excellent volunteers, Valentina and Masha were the most helpful, with their help I could practice Russian language out of school a lot.
Joan Dobbie, Scotland
Content of the language course was excellent. We learn Russian Language by using written materials and films. It was great. We had different discussions in Russian. My living conditions were amazing. Host family was very friendly and helpful. Cultural program was good. All the volunteers were very interested to talk to us and It was good of them to give their time. Organization and administration of program were excellent. Any information I requested was easily given! I recommend this program to other people because It is a great way to take part in immersion program. Thank you!
Nicholas Marchalot, France
It’s a program of quality. Professionalism and friendship. The language course was exactly what I expected. Very good teacher with good method and adequate balance between new vocabulary, grammar, reading, translations, chat and interactivity (games and cartoons). I’ve made a significant progress in Russian.
Manuela Wolfmar, Austria
The cultural topics and the grammar had a good balance. My family was great, they are such good people, and my room was so big and cozy. I felt like home. What I liked most was the Russian banya and the ice-skating. Everything was organized very well and I felt very safe and in good hands. If I have a chance I will come back again.
Tobias Schmidt, Germany
The Russian course was excellent. The family was very friendly, nice people. I didn’t visit many excursions, but I really liked the rock climbing. I will recommend this program to others Russian-learners because it is an opportunity to learn Russian and especially I liked the accommodation in family.
Steve Cantellow, United Kingdom
I did a 3-week course in Russia. Content of the language course was excellent. My teacher Olga is very good person. She gave me clear explanation to all my questions. She encouraged me to learn Russian. I learnt a great deal and had fun too! The work of volunteers was fantastic. Cultural program was good. I liked the town. I wish all the best to my teacher Olga. Thank you very much!!!
Caroline Engl, Austria
I was studying here from February till March. I think that the courses are excellent. Living conditions were excellent. I didn’t miss anything, I had my freedom and host mum cared about me like my own mum too. Cultural program was good. There was the possibility to do something every day. Volunteers were really nice and friendly. I’m really happy that I was there, I learned so much and I felt welcomed and not on my own (if you need anything you always get help). I learnt a lot, more than the half of Grammar, I learnt (I counted) about 1000 new words. Мне очень понравилось!
Evelyn Tackett, USA
The content of the language course was excellent with useful vocabulary. I think more work with grammar would be mice.
My host family was the absolute sweetest.
As for cultural program I loved visiting Kizhi.
All of the volunteers were super helpful.
I would recommend this program to other people because it was exciting and great and informational and I learned more of the language.
Gabriel Parlin, USA
The content of the language course and teaching were excellent. L liked teaching materials especially the handouts.Volunteers – they were spectacular! The volunteers ended up being some of my best friends in the city.General impression about the program is good. It was well organized and well-run.I definitely will recommend it since I have learned a lot, and Petrozavodsk is a very friendly city.
Kassie Archambault, USA
Everything was excellent, including my living conditions! I really enjoyed living with Татьяна. We coordinated so that we could talk over breakfast in the mornings and over tea at night, so anyone who stays with her will get excellent practice! The room had everything I needed. Tatyana was so helpful in every way. If I return, I would certainly like to stay with her and her family again. As for my wishes, I don’t think anything could be improved! I have no complaints!
Sabine Steger, Austria
The teacher was never getting tired of explaining difficult things to us. The exercises were very helpful. I would recommend the School to other people because the program here is a lot of fun, the people are so nice and I’m very glad about my progress concerning my Russian language skills.
Ioannis Gavriel, Cyprus
The material was good but a little basic for my level. The two hours per day were not enough. I would recommend about 3-4 hours per day, not 2 that we had.
Arina, my teacher, did a good job explaining. I have made good conversational knowledge! I wish Arina the best of luck!
Alexandra von Arx, Switzerland
The content of the language course was excellent! Olga is an excellent teacher! The training course was very logical and structured! But Olga was also flexible to answer to my questions that were outside of the program. Methods of teaching were very active and interesting. I have learnt a lot, but still need to practice! And I wish teachers to continue with the same motivation and interest! Don’t change)
Graham Dickson, Scotland
It was a great course, place and time. The teacher, Kseniya, really helped to bring on my Russian. She was very good at motivating and giving confidence. The volunteers were a great addition to the program and it was good to be able to talk to people and spend time with them.
Calvin Carbone, USA
The content of the course was excellent- very useful information. Cultural program was also good. Visiting Кижи was fantastic. I highly recommend this excursion. Malenkaja Strana was interesting to say the least. I really liked meeting with Russian Teens from the international camp. It was fun to hang out with them and play games and learn about teens from Russia. Volunteers were excellent. My general impression of the program is also excellent. I enjoyed the program. I feel it really is the best way to experience Russia.
Jared Leets, USA
The content of the language course was good. The teachers were great! I would only put less emphasize on studying slang and more on studying advanced subjects, regarding the textbook. The materials were overall good. I find Petrozavodsk is a great place to stay. The organization was excellent. Being here for six weeks I have already improved my Russian a lot. Studying one-to-one was very beneficial!
Olivia Pires, Scotland
Overall the course helped me improve my written, spoken Russian. Teaching was excellent. Женя was a great teacher. My apartment was nice, modern and close to the center. Kizhi was a fantastic trip. I felt our group was too old for the other activities such as the Karaoke, etc. Didn’t have much contact with any volunteers except Маша, who was very nice. Overall it was a positive experience. It’s a good town for those new to Russia and the teaching staff are very friendly and helpful.
Ahrens Heinz, Germany
The content of the language course was excellent. My first teacher was Arina. She was excellent teacher. I never heard a better teacher in my long life.The living conditions was excellent. Tatiana was a friendly. Suggestion to the museum of Regional history – very useful. Kizhi – wonderful excursion. My general impression was excellent. My wishes to teacher was stay into Enjoy Russian for the benefit of is future student!
Markus Balazs Goransson, Sweden
Everything was perfect! I am so happy with the Russian course! The individual course was exactly what I needed. I am so grateful to the school for being so flexible in organizing it. I am extremely impressed with the teaching. They were gifted, well prepared, and professional. I was really happy with my accommodation: close to the school, pleasant hosts. It is great that the cultural program is included. Volunteers helped me a lot. I will definitely recommend this program to anyone who is looking to study Russian.
Daniel Clayton, United Kingdom
A very interesting program! The good organization prior to my arrival. Teachers were very enthusiastic and tried hard to help us understand. I was allowed to say that I wanted to study in terms of grammar. The excellent living conditions; I was given lots of freedom. Excursions were organized for me according to my wishes. I would recommend Sholtozero. Ptz is a nice city, enthusiastic teachers, good preparations.
Kaper Hauke, Germany
Content of the language course was good. Topics of the lessons are closely heated to most common situations of daily life in modern Russia. Teaching was excellent. My family when I live was excellent. I felt at home in the Kamenkovi family. Very good contact, daily practise of Russian conversation Galina introduced me in the family life and helped me a lot with plenty of information. Enjoy Russian has a convincing developed and successful concept to teach foreigners modern Russian including an insight into the Russian way of life.
Jessica Schmitt, USA
Content of the language course and teaching were excellent. Our teacher was very caring and patient. I had an amazing host family who took care of me very well and who I enjoyed being with so much. Cultural program was also excellent, I loved exploring Petrozavodsk and meeting Russian students.
Alena Tvdikova, Czech Rebulic
I took part in two different groups. First group was very talented and level of their knowledge was higher than mine. In the second group with students from England I enjoyed it a lot, and I had individual lessons too. Natalia is a great teacher. She is very patient and can help students easily to understand next vocabulary or grammar. She can help to improve Russian language a lot. In “Enjoy Russian” book is a lot of exercises, which I liked. The cultural program was good. It is a good idea to study in Petrozavodsk and live in Russian family.
Lise Goussey, Belgium
From my point of view the content of the program was wonderful! The teachers were well-prepared and I like my host family. As almost everybody I think that Kizhi Island was very nice. The guide explained everything in English, so it was very understandable. The volunteers were very helpful. So, the organization of the program was excellent, the general impression about the program was good too!
Yasir Abdulla, Maldives (2014)
When I went Russia I only knew few words of greeting.. but in Two months I knew how to speak in Russian. If someone asks me how you study Russian language then I tell everyone I spend two month to learn Russian language in Russia.. And most of the people don’t believe, but It’s True and Everyone say – You speak great in Two months. I would like thanks all that help me to learn. specially my Teacher Olga she was very very help full and friendly with great experiences of teaching. I really like the way she teach me.
Dakush Potulski, Poland
The course contest was good. I did improve my Russian language skills. I only wish we were taught how to write text in Russian. All the teachers were competent and well prepared. The text book was good, but to my mind there were too many dialogues and not enough texts. The living standards were good and it was a real pleasure to spend time with Russian family. I would recommend the course to other students as it gives your opportunity not only to improve your language but to explore the Northern part of Russia as well!
Orna Mc Sweeney, Ireland
It is such a good way to learn Russian. I am very happy with the study program, it is great that our teacher talked only Russian to us and I find the book very good. In the family I was treated with great kindness. You can learn so much from staying with a Russian family! The volunteers were all unbelievably kind and helpful.
David Sambunjak, Croatia
Content of the course was well structured and appropriate to my level of the Russian language. Teaching was good as well. O liked the methods – very active and useful. The atmosphere in the class was friendly. I feel like my Russian has improved significantly.My family was great! I wish more people would get that great family – Kirikovi. The organization was great, but I wish I had more fun. I would recommend Enjoy Russian because it’s not very expensive and Petrozavodsk is a great place to visit if you want to improve your Russian language skills.
Riccardo Rubegni, Italy (2015)
Il corso è organizzato per fornire gli elementi di conversazione della vita quotidiana tra russi. Permette quindi di integrarsi giorno dopo giorno e le attività culturali organizzate dalla scuola consentono di visitare posti fantastici e naturali. Io partendo da zero ho trovato il corso perfetto e dopo sole 10 lezioni sono stato in grado di fare frasi semplici al tempo presente. L’insegnante, conoscendo un ottimo italiano, ha saputo indirizzare il corso evidenziando i punti critici per un italiano che impara il Russo velocizzando l’apprendimento.
Claire Burchett, UK/France (2015)
The teachers were very patient and helpful, good exercise book had really good and helpful exercises. Volunteers were really helpful and friendly: Nastya, Katya and Dasha were particularly nice. In general the programme is a really good system. Great teaching and support, helped by the cultural programme. The most remarkable episode was going to the beach with the group from the school. I think it is really helpful to learn Russian in a relaxed environment with a lot of encouragement and authentic Russian experience. Thank you for everything, I’ve really enjoyed my stay!
Tim Hallam, UK (2015)
The content of the language course and teaching materials were good! Even though it is a personal thing, but I really like grammar drills. Teaching was really fun and I feel so much more confident! My comprehension of listening and reading has improved a lot. My only wish is to come back. Living conditions could not be better! Galina is an excellent host, everything was great: great food and very friendly. I liked Kizhi and Fine Art Museum – many good items and paintings. I went back the next day because I liked it so much. Organization and administration of the program were excellent. I would highly recommend the program to anyone wanting to learn Russian. The small classes are great and it is a very attractive town.
Giulia Sgarbossa, Italy (2015)
The course matched my expectations! The teacher was very well-prepared and available to solve all the issues and mistakes. The volunteer I liked was Anytka! The organization and the administration of the program were very good, coordinators were very kind. I think that this program offers a 100% Russian immersion! I learnt a lot about Russian culture. One of the most remarkable moment from my staying in Petrozavodsk was that Russians understood me and I was able to answer quite immediately. It surprised me a lot!
Giada Carulli, Italy (2015)
The program was perfect! It ‘touches’ every sphere of the language! Every teacher was able to create interesting lessons in order to improve every aspect of Russian. The book provided by the school contains all the main issues the students should work with. The hospitality of my hostfamily was absolutely wonderful, really sweet atmosphere! They made me feel like home! Of course I will recommend all the excursions I’ve done to other students! Volunteers helped me to discover the city, explain everything I found interesting about the city’s history, they helped us to find things we need, joined us during out lunches and meetings, they were ready-to-help and share their know-how and souls! I will recommend the program to everyone, because the courses will help you to improve your language. The atmosphere of the city is absolutely well-coming and warm.
Christoph Wilde, Germany (2017)
My attention to this Skype course was attracted on Facebook. The whole subscription and payment process was very professional and I never had a doubt about giving my money to this institution. The Skype Language Course of ‘Enjoy Russian Language School’ is pure conversation course. The curriculum is supported by textbooks and a workbooks, which are mostly used for homework. After a 20 minutes test call my teacher, Olga, explained to me in our first lesson how the concept looks like and what we are going to do. She is very flexible in planning the lessons and the communication is always direct and easy, which perfectly fulfills my needs, because I am travelling a lot. I really enjoy the lessons, because Olga is a very smart person and able to explain everything to.
Jill Neuendorf, USA (2015)
I liked the course a lot, content of the course and its materials were excellent, the atmosphere in the class was extremely friendly and comfortable. The staff is nice, everyone was so helpful, and Petrozavodsk is a very good place to learn Russian. Thank you for a great three weeks here!!! Keep doing a great job!
Markus, Taiwan (2016)
The content of the language course was excellent! We talked in Russian a lot; my wish is to read more news and the press. Petrozavodsk is not like other cities. Here I can touch with people in real life, have closer communication. The peaceful atmosphere is suitable for calming down and takes rest, focusing on study. I can speak in Russian more fluently now! My teachers are the best!
Rahel Romer, Switzerland (2016)
I liked the atmosphere in the class: it was good, friendly and funny. I learnt a lot. I liked to have homework every day. I made the progress in every part (listening, reading and speaking). But it was too easy for me at the beginning. As to my host family I couldn’t practice my Russian because they were at home not often. But the plus was that I lived in the city center. Later I could change the host family. Russian volunteers helped me a lot, they organized some activities (cinema, sauna). I would recommend this program to other people.
Gintare Venzlauskaite, Lithuania / United Kingdom (2015)
The approach is very good – majority of essential everyday topics are covered, which is useful for daily language use. Olga is one of the best teachers I have had – engaging and encouraging approach really helped to overcome fear of spelling and making mistakes. Also, interest and questioning personally helps to make the process of learning enjoyable. Living conditions was also good. Tatyana was very nice and friendly! Volunteers were very nice and helpful. I am very happy about my chance to come here, because the school is great, town – cozy, people are super nice, teaching and administration – professional and there is plenty of stuff to see and do around the city. I would recommend this program to other people,
Paavo Pitkanen, Finland
The whole program fits my wishes and interests. Everything went the way I planned. Both teachers were wonderful and professional, I also liked the teaching materials I got here. I liked the cultural program a lot and I took part in every single even the school organized. I am very satisfied! Both coordinators were very helpful! I can say that meeting such a professional staff and teachers is one of the most remarkable part from staying in Petrozavodsk. I’m happy that I have found Enjoy Russian school in the internet!
Martin Kupferschmidt, Germany (2015)
The content of the language course was perfect, I liked my teacher as well as my hostfamily. I enjoyed staying in Petrozavodsk: nice place, beautiful nature. I found that museums wasn’t that interesting for me, because the guide spoke with us in Russian, and I didn’t understand everything. Anyway, I would definitely recommend this program to those who want to get fast progress in language with excellent teachers in the nice Russian city, which is very close to St.Petersburg.
Anabela Crepulja, Austria (2015)
It was good to get in touch with the “prostorechie” and the everyday-language in the course. Learning individually was a new experience for me and helped me to make progress, especially in speaking. The teaching material were good, especially the materials on phrases which helped me a lot to be able to understand the modern Russian. Additionally we red interesting literary texts of different foreign and Russian writers that I enjoyed a lot due to the great selection of the teacher. My host family became like a family to me. We spent lots of evenings together. I met very interesting and nice people here and they will stay in my mind forever. I enjoyed a lot the excursion to the Museum of Fine Arts. The National Museum was outstanding as well – you can loose yourself for days there.
Thomas Stowell-Smith, UK (2015)
The contest of the course was excellent. We were taught a good mixture of vocabulary and grammar. The contest was very applicable to every day life. Quality of teaching was also excellent. We were encouraged to speak a lot and to express ourselves in Russian which I really enjoyed. I really enjoyed the place where I stayed. Host family was nice and did everything they needed to. Also they were not invasive which I liked. The volunteers were extremely nice and willing to help. All the administration was good and I experienced no problems at all. I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at the school and have gained a lot of good memories. I would highly recommend this school to other students. Petrozavodsk is a nice small town so there is a good environment to learn Russian.
Steven Barclay, UK (2015)
The contest of the lessons was very helpful, especially speaking practice. I was very impressed with the teaching and the teacher responded well to our requests and needs. I liked my host family. The flat was very comfortable and the family was very kind and helpful and provided plenty of food. The school was very helpful in arranging special cultural activities that I requested personally. All the volunteers were nice and ready to help. It would be nice to have more Russian practice.
David Hunt, UK (2015)
The contest was goof – we had an exam for university and Olga made a special curriculum to help us to prepare. I liked my host family and the location was nice – it was easy to get to school. Unfortunately our cultural program was limited because of the weather, but I enjoyed walking the streets and visiting the museum. The volunteers were excellent. Jana, Anna, Anastasia, Sasha, thank you!
Sarah Pickles, UK (2015)
I liked the program that was an excellent mix of vocabulary and grammar. I learned a lot of new phrases in Russian. My teacher was very friendly and patient. She explained everything very clearly. At the same time the tuition was very adaptable. Our teacher mixed the text book with printed materials when we wanted to focus on something specific. I loved my host family – great room, great food, kind people and accommodating. Staying with them was also helpful in language practice. I would definitely recommend this course to other students!
Jamie Allan, Scotland (2015)
This is my third time back. I would happily recommend the course to other students. The contest of the language course was excellent. All my wishes were met. My teacher Olga was great. She showed patience despite my being a very poor student. All other teachers were superb as well. The course book were well put together. I only wish that food/drink section to be put earlier in the course, so students could know what to order when they eat out. My host family (Nadezhda and Ivan) are very hospitable. I liked the cultural program and all the volunteers were friendly. I would have liked to go to visit the Solovki but unfortunately it is not possible in early spring. As a whole, I loved the city and the people and I consider myself privileged to have been able to visit it.
John Dawton, UK (2015)
The program was excellent: I loved the teachers, teaching materials, everything was perfect. I loved living with my host family, they were so nice, I was enjoying living with them for almost 3 months. All the volunteers were very helpful and friendly – Anna, Alexandra, Yana, Ilya! We became very good friends! I would recommend the program to other students, because you learn a lot about the culture, as well as the language. Don’t hesitate! I had a great time, come and study here! I really enjoyed my 3 months here and would highly recommend it!
Claudia Schwaiger, Austria (2015)
Everything was perfect! I learned a lot about Russian culture and mentality and of course a lot about Russian grammar. The topics were very interesting, especially as they focused on Petrozavodsk and the region of Karelia. Olga did a great job! Her method of teaching is great! She often asked me what I wanted to work on and then helped me to improve my Russian with many useful exercises. The teaching materials were great. My host family was very nice. We spoke to each other regularly, had meals together, went to concerts and they taught me a lot! I liked the volunteer Yana. She showed me the city on my first day here. This program allows you to immerse yourself fully into Russian culture and you learn a lot in short time.
Elena Stojkova, Switzerland (2016)
I liked the diversity of the content. We did different types of work: audio, video, writing, reading. It was great that I had 2 weeks of individual course and 2 weeks of group course. It is so easy to be flexible when you have individual class! Olga is a very good teacher! She is always motivated and spontaneous and full of ideas. We talked about a lot of interesting things and I had the chance to tell her my wishes. My host family is very friendly. The volunteers are great! We had the National food party at Yana’s house; it was funny with all students and volunteers. It is so nice that they join to our program so often! I liked the ballet “Jizel” – it was beautiful. About my progress: it is always helpful to speak in Russian.
Anniina Honkonen, Finland (2016,2017)
The Skype sessions with my teacher Alina were very helpful. Our schedule was flexible and I felt the content of the course was very good and suited my needs well. I’m very happy that I chose Enjoy Russian and would definitely recommend it to others.
Agnieszka Bielecka, UK (2016)
We really liked the literature club and we are looking forward to the next meeting. I am passionate about literature and I often get involved in similar events. This was the first time I did it in Russian! It was interesting to discuss a story by a contemporary Russian writer. Having to express our views and observations in Russian was a very good practice and challenge.
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