Giulia Luoni, ITALY: "Riga has been a very nice and ideal destination to improve my Russian! Moreover, the city centre is outstanding, the local people are so funny and I feel to be like home!".
• Learn Russian- one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
• Read literature masterpieces created by Russian writers and poets in the original: Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov etc.
• Approach the mysterious Russian soul by mastering the language.
TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE LATVIA
NO VISA for citizens of EU, USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil and many other countries, escape of beaurocratic procedure and travel free!
ARCHITECTURE – an unique mix of romantic streets of Old Riga, standard Soviet style block, elegant and world famous architecture of Art Nouveau houses, modern shopping centers and stylish New Age architecture.
CULINARY DELIGHTS – come and become spoiled because of great and fantastically delicious food Latvia can offer with a great mixture of Russian and Latvian eating traditions.
SEASIDE JURMALA – this place in Latvia has been famous for centuries, this lovely seaside resort Jurmala with 33 km white sandy beaches and green piney forests was the place No.1 to spend a holiday before, during and after the Soviet Union times!
COUNTRY OF CASTLES - you cannot even imagine the number of castles in Latvia, try to explore at least some of them and you will never forget your travel back in time!
NATURE – hundreds of blue lakes and rivers for fishing, green forests for hunting and picking mushrooms, seaside for relaxation, parks with wild horses , flowers, healing plants – enjoy them all in fresh air!
Latvia is situated in the North of Europe with an easy access from Scandinavia, the UK, other places in Europe and the rest of the world. Moreover, since 2004 Latvia has been a member of the EU, so here you can feel yourself safe and at home. Citizens of more than 60 countries including all the EU citizens do not require a visa to come to the course and, while staying here, they can visit St. Petersburg or Moscow during weekend trips, as these cities are just across the border.
Almost half of Latvia's population is native Russian speakers and most of the population speak Russian fluently. The history of Russians in Latvia is quite long - about a thousand years. It started when Russian merchants came here for an access to the Baltic sea and thus control over Latvia. In the year 1941 Latvia became a part of the Soviet Union where the only official language was Russian. In spite of the fact that Latvia gained its independence in 1991 and the Latvian language became official,the Russian language hasn’t lost its importance in everyday communication, thus ensuring a good language practice for foreign students.