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September 2009 issue

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Russian language programmes


Although a niche sector, Russian language courses appear to attract a consistent wave of students. We find out about some of the Russian language programmes available and the range of typical clients keen to learn this language.

Students travel to Russian-speaking countries to study Russian among locals and discover the native culture – although in a vast country such as Russia, there is much diversity and choice, as well as countries such as Ukraine to consider. For example, Privet! Russian Language School is located in the Kaliningrad region, which, as Anton Domozhirov at the school explains, is totally separated from the rest of Russia. The region borders Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea.

Domozhirov details that the majority of their overseas students hail from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As well as Russian being a popular second language among German university students, he explains, “We think [having many German-speaking students] is because of geographical and historical proximity – Kaliningrad (former Koenigsberg) was a German city from 1255 till 1945 and there is still a number of people in Germany who were born here and then were forced to move out from the city after the Second World War.”

Studying at this school certainly offers a unique insight into Russian life. Odessa in Ukraine is equally intriguing; with Mediterranean-style architecture, Elena Marakhovskaya at Odessa Language Study Centre details the city’s beaches and nightlife as a highlight. She too nods to many German and Swiss students. “This is doubtlessly due to a combination of political, cultural, and geographical factors; centrality chief among them.”

More typical destinations in Russia will be Moscow or St Petersburg, where there are of course a number of schools there for language students to consider. Liden & Denz Language Centre has a school in each city and Director, Walter Denz, points to growing interest in the Russian language from Asian clients, while also observing a predominance of German-speaking students.

“Russian is growing in popularity in Asia, especially Japan and Korea and for graduate students who are looking for internships and later paid work in Russia,” he says. “Russian for business and professional purposes is also on the increase, e.g. for diplomats, tourism, hospitality, humanitarian purposes etc.”

In Moscow, Galina Kriusheva of Moscow Linguistic Center actually states that nearly all of their clients are studying for professional reasons. “University students prefer cheaper places to Moscow, such as Kaliningrad, Odessa and other cities such as St Petersburg, Yaroslavl and Voronezh,” she says.
Yaroslavl is 250 kilometres northeast of Moscow, and schools here seem to point to a more diverse student nationality mix, with Japan, USA and Italy all mentioned as source countries. While Irina Kaznyshkina of the International University of Business and New Technologies says that Russian still seems to be popular in southeast Asia, Daina Raschepkina of International Training Centre InTC says it is Americans and Europeans who enrol at the school, “because of the specific liking for real Russian life and Russian people”.

At EducaCentre in St Petersburg, Anastasia Shutko divides students at their institution into four main types: young students, university students; business professionals and mature clients. This last category, not really mentioned by many other providers, tends to be mainly British, American and Australian students who are over 50 and “study the language for their own pleasure”, says Shutko.

Asked if the Russian language market is expanding or not, the reaction is mixed. Some feel it is a limited market, “not English”, as Kriusheva puts it. But Shutko is optimistic, pointing out that programmes need to evolve a little more. “Owing to Russia becoming more and more welcoming and open towards foreign nationals, we can see an increase in the number of tourists and students every year,” she says. “Today’s students want to explore the culture from the inside rather than simply learn the language,” and she notes an increase in the number of students opting for Russian plus internship programmes in particular.

Meanwhile, Alexander Mokhov at Derzhavin Institute, also in St Petersburg, sees growth potential. “I think the market will grow. Every year in Saint-Petersburg new language schools open. The Russian education system is becoming more open for European students because of the Bologna process. So I think more students will need to study Russian language,” he asserts.
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 ACCOMODATION
Britannia Student
      Services  

ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS
ABLS  
English Australia  
Feltom Malta  
International House
      World Organisation  
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
IALC International  
Perth Education
      City  
Quality English  

EDUCATION CONSULTANTS
Felca  
Travel Solutions
      Poland  

EVENTS
Alphe Conferences  
British Boarding
      Schools Workshops  
Feltom Malta  
IEFT- International
      Education Fairs of
      Turkey  
International House
      World Organisation  

EXAM BOARDS
IELTS  

INSURANCE
Student Guard
      Insurance  
www.guard.me  

SERVICES
Hub and Spoke
      Connections Limited  
InTouch  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  
Perth Education
      City  

WORK EXPERIENCE
English Bay College  
Training Partnership
      Ltd.(The)  
Twin Group
      (Ireland, England,
      USA)   

ARGENTINA
Ecela - Latin
      Immersion 
      (Argentina, Chile,
      Peru)

AUSTRALIA
Ability Education  
Bond University  
English Australia  
Geos Oceania  
      (Australia, New
      Zealand)
Language Studies
      International  
Pacific Gateway
      International College  
Perth Education City  
Shafston
      International College   
University of
      Tasmania  
University of
      Western Sydney
      College  

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International 
      (Belgium, England,
      France) 

CANADA
Access International
      English Language
      Centre  
Bow Valley College  
Camosun College  
College de
      Jonquiere / AQEF  
College of New
      Caledonia  
East Coast School
      of Languages
      (ECSL)  
Elmwood School  
ELS Language
      Centres  
English Bay College  
English Language
      Training College
      ELTC  
English School of
      Canada  
Eurocentres,
      Vancouver  
Geos North America  
Global Village  
      (Australia, Canada,
      USA)
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto  
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
       of Canada  
ILSC - International
      Language Schools
      of Canada  
ITTTI Vancouver  
King George
      International College

Language Studies
      Canada  
National School
      of Languages  
Queen's University  
Richmond School
      District #38  
Saint Mary's
      University  
Selkirk College  
Student Guard
      Insurance  
University of
      Toronto  
YMCA Greater
       Montreal
      International Lang
      School  

CHINA
IH Xi'an  
Mandarin House  

EGYPT
IH Cairo  

ENGLAND
ABC Languages  
Ardmore Language
      Schools
      (UK, USA)  
Bell International 
      (Malta, UK) 
Bloomsbury
      International  
Bury Language
      School  
Camp Beaumont  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
      Hove  
English Studio  
Holme Park  
International House
      World Organisation  
IP International
      Projects GmbH  
      (France, Germany,
      Spain, UK)
Kaplan Aspect 
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
Kings Colleges
      (Prime Education)  
LAL Language
      and Leisure  
      (Canada, Cyprus,
      Ireland, England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      Spain, Switzerland,
      USA)
LITE - London
      Institute Of
      Technology And
      English  
Malvern House
      College London  
Plus  
      (Canada, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, UK,
      USA)
Queen
      Ethelburga's College
Shakespeare College
Spinnaker College  
St Giles Colleges  
      (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group 
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)
SUL Language
      Schools  
Training Partnership
      Ltd. (The)  
Twin Group 
      (Ireland, UK, USA)
United World
      School of English  
University of
      Essex - International
      Academy
University of the
      Arts - Language
      Centre  
Wimbledon School
      of English  

FRANCE
A.S.
      INTERCULTURES 24
Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Education En France  
Institut de Touraine  
SILC - Séjours
      Linguistiques  
      (England, France,
      Spain)

GERMANY
BWS Germanlingua
Carl Duisberg
      Medien GmbH  
      (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin  
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

IRELAND
Centre of English
      Studies (Ireland, UK)
Cork English College
      /Language & Activity
      Holidays  

JAPAN
Kai Japanese
      Language School  
Tamagawa
      International
      Language School  

MALTA
Clubclass
      Residential Language
      School  
Easy School of
      Languages  
EC English
      Language Centre
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA) 
Feltom Malta  
Malta Tourism
      Authority  
NSTS  

RUSSIA
Derzhavin Institute  
Moscow Linguistic
      Centre  
Privet! Russian
      Language School  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and
      Activity Camps
      (England, Ireland,
      Scotland, Wales)
University of Stirling

SOUTH AFRICA
EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape
      Town- One World
      Language school  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town  
Interlink School of
      Languages  
International House
      Cape Town  
LAL Cape Town  
Shane Global
      Language Centres -
      Cape Town  

SPAIN
Colegio Maravillas  
International House -
      Dept de Espanol  
International House
      San Sebastian -
      Lacunza  
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL  
Idiomas Si, S.L
      (Malaga Si)  

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Costa Rica,
      Ecuador, France,
      Germany, Italy, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Singapore, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
Eurocentres
      International 
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New Zealand,
      Russia, Spain,
      Switzerland, USA)
 
UKRAINE
Domar Travel
      Education  

USA
Bride English  
ELS Language
      Centers  
Embassy CES  
English Language
      Centre  
Global Immersions
      Inc  
Inlingua Language
      Centers  
inlingua Language
      Service Center,
      Fort Lauderdale 
International
      Language Institute
      of Massachusetts  
Johnson & Wales
      University  
Rennert  
San Diego
      State University  
The Language
      Academy  
University of
      Arizona  
University of
      California San Diego  
California State
      University San
      Marcos  
University of
      South Florida  
Zoni Language
      Centers  
      (Canada, USA)

WALES
Celtic School 



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