Why Durbe

Experience

Farida, UK: "The school is well organised and courses structure is well designed. I particularly enjoyed the variety of teaching techniques and materials used to promote our progress in learning the Russian language lessons".

 

The Education Centre DURBE (DURBE) has more than 20 years of experience in the international language tourism circuit. It is recognized by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, and it is proud to be an accredited member of EAQUALS  - an international association of institutions involved in language education. EAQUALS accreditation allows us to be up-to-date with the latest field trends and guarantees the highest possible quality.
 

Nora Poisa, director/owner:  Quite a few students choose EC Durbe because of its convenient location, the lack of a visa requirement, and cheap, direct flights to other areas of the Baltics and Europe. But of course, all students return back because of the quality of teaching and the friendly, safe environment of the school and Riga. We welcome you to your first or further Russian language and cultural experience at EC Durbe!

School

Yohan Guillemot, FRANCE: "Great experience here at Durbe, very good organisation, great teaching skills and learning materials. The school is in ideal position in the city centre with a lot to do outside the school. Thank you!".

The school is located in the very heart of Riga, the capital of Latvia. The sophisticated atmosphere of elegance and architectural beauty surrounds us! Just across the street there is the National Opera House in one direction and the central train and bus station in another. A block away is the central building of the University of Latvia and across the park is the historic city section of Old Town. We are also lucky to have a big shopping mall,"Origo" nearby, where our students can find everything they might need during their language stay: from stationery to restaurants, to cafes and shopping malls.

The school is on the third floor of a historical building. Our building is equipped with 10 bright classrooms, all with necessary learning technology. We have a computer room, a library and free Wi-Fi for students; in the student lounge there is a hot beverages machine for a cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate, and multiple water dispensers are always available. Students are welcome to use the Computer room and the library for learning purposes and social communication. 

Staff

Hannah, USA: „Thank you for your hospitality and flexibility during my trip. Your staff was excellent. I really enjoyed the excursions and my Russian improved”.

You will be met by our friendly, welcoming staff ready to help and assist you. We at DURBE highly evaluate quality, responsibility and reliability. All our teachers are native speakers who have received the highest degrees in education, philology, applied linguistics and pedagogy. Our teachers are experienced professionals who specialized in teaching Russian as a foreign language with additional qualifications in culture studies, business, science, law etc. They are like actors who invite you to join a performance, at the same time motivating you to master Russian grammar, vocabulary and linguistic principles through interaction, games and songs. As has been seen, at the end of the course our students are excited with the acquired knowledge they have gained and have great memories of the time they have enjoyed here with the other students.

Teaching materials

We are proud to be an official partner of the publishing house Zlatoust, located in St. Petersburg, Russia, which specializes in teaching materials on learning Russian as a foreign language.  These materials let our teachers make the learning process gradual and corresponding to the various interests, desires or special needs of each student. Unique books such as “Грамматика в анекдотах” /Grammar in jokes/ and “Сказки на уроке русского языка” /Fairy tales during the Russian lesson/ get you acquainted with everyday life, traditions and characters of Russian people. On the other hand, “Россия сегодня” /Russia today/ informs students through texts from Russian newspapers about youth culture, attitude towards work, forms of entertainment and social problems in contemporary Russia. 

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