Language Link offers high quality Russian language lessons in convenient city centre locations, right in the heart of Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Ufa. The choice of city is yours. However, if you can't decide where to study after reviewing the information below, then why not select our Split Programme Option. Unlike most schools, Language Link has more than one location, making it possible for you to live and study in two or even three different cities during your stay.
Moscow (in Russian, Moskva) is the capital of the Russian Federation, and the country's largest, richest and most modern city. As Russia's administrative, economic and cultural centre, Moscow is a multi-ethnic metropolis that never sleeps, with all the facilities of any other major European capital.
Apart from the Kremlin and the buildings around the Red Square, Moscow does not have an enclosed historical centre. This sometimes creates the impression that the city consists mainly of modern offices and apartment blocks. But with time, one discovers that architectural sights are spread out over a wide area. Moscow was once nicknamed 'the city of forty times forty churches', and its beautiful orthodox domes stand in stark contrast to St. Petersburg's more European architectural style. Fascinating and full of life, Moscow is a must-see destination for any visitor to Russia.
St Petersburg, once considered Russia's 'window to the West', has changed its name four times since being founded in 1703. Originally called St Petersburg, its name was changed to Petrograd in 1914 and then Leningrad in 1924. In 1991, following a referendum, the city re-adopted its original name. Though St Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia for two centuries, it was relegated to the ranks of being a simple provincial city following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
Today, St Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Endowed with an aristocratic air, St Petersburg was once described by Pushkin, the famous Russian poet, as 'elegant and austere'. This city with its stunning cathedrals, baroque palaces of blue, yellow and green, immense squares and canals, offers both first-time and experienced travellers a memorable feast for the eyes.
If Moscow is a vibrant, modern, fast-paced business centre and St Petersburg is the elegant, decorated doorway to the West, then how would one go about describing Volgograd? In retrospect, if Moscow is 'the head' and St Petersburg is 'the heart', then surely Volgograd must be 'the soul' of the nation. This is what students of Russian find in the city formerly known as Stalingrad, a city that was completely destroyed during World War II and then completely rebuilt by the heroes of that war. In Volgograd, you find 'real people', neither too busy nor too reserved. And the city itself is neither too modern nor too elegant; it is simply a home for these people. Yet, it is here that you will find the true, unadulterated Russian character - neither spoilt nor presumptuous.