25/04/2017
Days off in May
Please notice that the school and the office are closed on May 1
30/03/2017
Special offers for individual classes
In April and May you can book individual classes with up to 33% discount
27/03/2017
Easter Course
You still have a chance to join our Special Easter Course starting from April 10.

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 3 - 8 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 3th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Reading Club

Tuesday 4th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The Russian Vodka Museum

Wednesday 5th April
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 museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. During the guided tour around museum our guests will hear about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings, and get to understand close link between the history of the Russian State and the history of this strong drink.

We want you to enjoy your visit to Russian Vodka Museum and have the pleasure of better acquaintance with Russian character and traditions.

Price: 900 Rub

Myths and legends about St. Petersburg

Thursday 6th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Dinner at the Russian restaurant "Sadko"

Friday 7th April
Meeting point: 19.00 Glinki str., 2

Oranienbaum.
Grand Menshikov Palace

Saturday 8th April
Meeting point: 10.00 Avtovo metro station

Do you want to know everything about the secrets and legends of St. Petersburg city centre? Join this excursion! During this walking tour we will see such mysterious places as the Triangle of Death, Sennaya Square or the Field of Mars. Our guide will show you the monuments where it’s possible to make wishes that will for sure come true!
 

Price: 200 Rub

That is one of the best places where you can find the dishes of the Russian cuisine. On Friday evening the waiters entertain the guests with the folk Russian songs.

Price: depends on the dishes chosen

The lands on which Oranienbaum and the town of Lomonosov were established were first presented by Peter the Great to Grand Duke Alexander Menshikov around 1710. At the time, Menshikov was overseeing the fortification of the sea fort at Kronshtadt on Kotlin Island, 5km from the site across the Gulf of Finland. Menshikov began to build his residence here in 1713, at about the same time as Peter began work on his own estate at Peterhof. Menshikov seemed intent on outdoing his master in terms of scale and grandeur, and commissioned architects Giovanni Mario Fontana and Gottfried Schadel, who were already building the Menshikov Palace in St. Petersburg, to design his seaside palace. After over a decade of work, which eventually bankrupted Menshikov, the palace was completed.

 

Price: 1700 Rub

Week 10 - 15 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 10th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Craft Lesson

Tuesday 11th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage

Wednesday 12th April
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

During this lesson you will learn more about the history of matryoshka dolls. We will paint matryoshkas, 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, Titian, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.
Price: 300 Rub

Nevsky prospect and Kazan Cathedral

Thursday 13th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Folk Show in the Derzhavin Institute

Friday 14th April
Meeting point: 16.30 Institute Hall

Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine’s Palace and Amber room

Saturday 15th April
Meeting point: 10.00 Moskovskaya metro station

During this walking tour you will know more about the history of the main street of the city. In the very heart of the Nevsky avenue there is the main Orthodox cathedral of St. Petersburg – Kazan Cathedral. We will enter the Cathedral to admire the beautiful interiors and to learn some interesting facts about the Russian churches.

Price: 200 Rub

Do you want to take part in the traditional Russian games and to sing ancient Russian songs together with the artists and signers of the Folk band? Join this activity and we promise that it would be interesting!
Price: Free

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: 1700 Rub

Week 17 - 22 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 17th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Song Lesson

Tuesday 18th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Russian Museum

Wednesday 19th April
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

Do you want to learn the new song and to practice your Russian? If yes, it means that you should join our class and sing with us!
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

St. Petersburg of Dostoevsky

Thursday 20th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Shooting Club

Friday 21th April
Meeting point: 18:00 Institute Hall

 

Saturday 22th April
Meeting point: 10:00 Moskovskaya metro station

This walking tour gives you the chance to see the places that are closely connected with Dostoevsky’s biography and with his novel “Crime and Punishment”. Our guide will show you the houses and buildings where the main heroes of this novel lived.
Price: 200 Rub

 

It doesn't matter if you have never tried to shoot or you are a high experienced person in shooting, for everyone it would be interesting to check the shooting skills! We invite you to spend this evening with us!
Price: depends on the number of shots taken

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: 1700

Week 24 - 29 April

Orientation Walk

Monday 24th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

Russian Film Lesson

Tuesday 25th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The State Hermitage Museum

Wednesday 26th April
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 the Russian film with English subtitles. Join this activity 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, Titian, Rembrandt, etc. The tour will take us 2 hours and we hope that you will enjoy it.
Price: 300 Rub

Two embankments of the Neva

Thursday 27th April
Meeting point: 15.30 Institute Hall

The Museum of the Soviet Arcade Machines

Friday 28th April
Meeting point: 15:30 Institute Hall

Trip to Vyborg

Saturday 29th April
Meeting point: 10:00 Parnas metro station

During this walking tour we will see a lot of monuments, buildings and bridges. Our guide will explain you the history of these places and will show the most beautiful panoramic views of the city centre.
Price: 300 Rub

 

There are moments when you want to come back in the childhood for a short while, because there were so many interesting things that we remember cordially till now. Arcade Games were a part of childhood and youth of Soviet people. They were made at secret military factories from the seventies up to the Perestroika. Forgotten and broken down Soviet-era arcade games are now being restored for the newest museum and now it is possible to play and feel the atmosphere of the passed epoch.
Price: 700 Rub

This ancient town was founded in 1293. During the tour we will walk around its medieval streets, we will see the panoramic view of the city from the top of the Tower of St. Olaf, we will try an ancient Russian drink medovukha, etc. Join our tour! We promise that it would be interesting!
Price: 2500 Rub