Russian Courses at ProBa Language School are recommended for senior students (more than 50 years old). Approximately 30% of our students are people older than 40. The oldest student was 85 years old. So if you are eager to join the language program in Russia, you’re welcome!
If you are a senior student please note some information, which could help you to prepare your trip: You have to indicate in your Enrollment your age, desired course type and preferred variant of accommodation. Please note that there are a lot of houses in the centre of St. Petersburg, which do not have a lift. On request your accommodation manager will provide you with appropriate type of accommodation not far from the school, with a lift. The school is located on the first floor, a short walking distance to the metro stations in the city-centre, so there is no problem with access to the school. Please do not hesitate to inform the school about any types of allergy, diets or special mediacation you use. The school does not provide the course participants with insurance, please purchase one trough a western company. First class medical aid is available in St. Petersburg trough your western insurance.
All course types are recommended for Senior students including Mini-Group and Summer/Winter Special. Please pay attention to our Individual programs which are designed on the basis of your needs. Such courses may held on a special timetable and include some elements of Russian Cultural study and Russian Literature. Also the following services are available in the office: the mobile phones with a local number for rent , school car with driver, personal guide etc. You will get the full list of services with prices in the airport upon arrival. If a visa is needed: The school will provide you with an official invitation which entitles the Consulate to issue a visa. Students have to apply for the visa at the visa department of the Russian Consulate.
Alternatively you may use services of a different visa agency in your country. In this case it’s not necessary to contact the Consulate personally.
The Agency will provide you with the visa on the basis of our invitation. Please do not hesitate to contact the school administration for more information.
To view article “75 – years old student get dipolma of ProBa Language Centre” ( ‘Groninger Gezinsbode’, in Dutch)
Pierre-Olivier and Marie-Noëlle, Switzerland, February 2019
Our teacher created an atmosphere where we talked only in Russian. She adapted to each student’s level. The learning process and the teacher were very cooperative and helpful. She is very experienced and managed to make all participants active in the course.
The other students and class materials were very useful and made the learning far easier and funny. I made a lot of progress and had a good time!
Nicolas Leger, France, January 2019
Knowing the school from before and its standards, my expectations were completely met. Big plus also was that during winter time the class only consisted of 3 learners of about the same level.
The personal interaction with the teacher was good and we were challenged daily to achieve progress by digging into difficult grammar,interesting subjects and always conversational opportunities.
My hostfamily was very friendly, open, communicative and warm-hearted. Good atmosphere there! I could talk a lot in Russian, good conversations. Loved it there.
I was here with this school in 2016 and left very content.Should I know anyone interested in Russian courses, I will recommend the school!
I was very happy and content with my stay at Proba. The learning material covered many difficult areas of the Russian language which our teacher Natalia presented in an excellent way to us. We had plenty of opportunities to practise the language in discussions of interesting subjects. Ideal for this was a small group of participants of the same level. The atmosphere was very friendly and supporting. Special thanks to Masha and Oleg. Excursion to Rubinstein street was very interesting as well as the guided tour of Dostoevsky’s house/museum.
Regine Diefenbach, Germany, January 2019
The school is not very big and is located in the very center of St. Petersburg. Both of my teachers were highly professional with psychologic skills and interactivity methods.
It is an excellent school with motivated teachers. For older people like me, it was a real experience about the capacity of learning.
Philippe Cartegnies, Belgium, January 2019
I appreciated the patience of my teacher and her energy getting me thinking in Russian. Also amazing work on pronunciation.
I arrived struggling to keep my Russian in my head, it was very frustrating. After a week, I left the school with confidence and my Russian is now with me. The school opened a door in my mind, gave me amazing tuition allowing me to move forward with my Russian Studies.