Do you know the best way to learn Russian?
You may study Russian online, attend courses in your home country, try to go ahead with a self-studies. But please bear in mind that the best way to learn Russian is to come to a country where you can practice and speak Russian every day. Your day will be fulfilled with the Russian language both at the school and outside the classes. There are other counties apart from Russia to study Russian and Latvia is one of them! Latvia is such a beautiful and romantic destination to learn Russian and we would love to share with you all the beauties our country may offer to you. Here, in Latvia, we can offer both – high-quality Russian language courses and amazing nature!
Morgan Andersson, USA: ‘‘I really enjoyed my time in Riga! I met some great people, improved my Russian vocabulary and got to experience Latvia during a wonderful month. The sited in town and the countryside was phenomenal. I loved the Rundale Palace. All in all, I really enjoyed my experience and hope to come back.”
Top reasons to choose Latvia to learn Russian
Visa-free destination – do you know that you can study Russian in Latvia visa-free! No visa travel applies for citizens of the EU, USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, and many other countries. Escape the bureaucratic procedure and travel freely!
Architecture – a unique mix of romantic streets of Old Riga, standard Soviet-style blocks, the elegant and world-famous Art Nouveau architecture, modern shopping centers, and stylish New Age architecture.
Culinary Delights – spoil yourself a little with all the great and fantastically delicious food with a great mixture of Russian and Latvian culinary traditions.
Seaside Jurmala – this place in Latvia with 33 km of white sandy beaches and green pine forests has been famous for centuries. With its lovely seaside resort, Jurmala is the number one place to spend your holidays! It takes only 30 minutes to travel by train from Riga to reach this amazing place! By the way – Jurmala is extremely popular among tourists from Russia, so spending time in Jurmala provides a great chance to learn and speak Russian in an informal environment.
Country of Castles – you can only imagine the number of castles in Latvia. Try to explore at least some of them for cultural immersion! Do you know that our beautiful Rundale Palace was build up by famous Italian architect Rastrelli, who had also built the stunning Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg?
Nature – hundreds of blue lakes and rivers for fishing, green forests for hunting and picking mushrooms, seaside locations for relaxing, parks with wild horses, flowers, healing plants – enjoy them all in the fresh Latvian air! If you are a fan of eco-tourism, Latvia is the right place to enjoy it! We advise you to spend a weekend at our historical Lielborne Manor to get the most that Latvia nature can offer to you!
Our students about why Latvia is a great destination to learn Russian
Giulia Luoni, ITALY: “Latvia is a surprise! I am really happy with my decision to study Russian here. I had the chance to discover this beautiful and colorful country! Moreover, the city centre is outstanding, the local people are so nice and I feel like home!“.
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Latvia is situated in the north of Europe with easy access to Scandinavia, the UK, other places in Europe, and the rest of the world. Moreover, since 2004 Latvia is a member of the EU, so here you can feel safe and at home. Citizens of more than 60 countries (including all EU citizens) do not need a visa to come to take courses and while staying here, they can visit St. Petersburg or Moscow during weekend trips, as these cities are just across the border.
Choose Latvia to study Russian in Europe. Almost half of Latvia’s population consists of native Russian speakers and most of the population speaks Russian fluently. We are sure that Latvia offers the best way to learn Russian by also providing an opportunity to practice Russian outside the school. The history of Russians in Latvia reaches back a thousand years. It started when Russian merchants came here for an access point to the Baltic Sea, and afterward gained control over Latvia. In 1941, Latvia became a part of the Soviet Union, where Russian was the only official language. In spite of the fact that Latvia gained its independence in 1991 and Latvian became the official language, Russian is still very important in everyday communication. This makes Latvia a great place for foreign students to practice their Russian language.
The must-see travel destinations of Latvia
Latvia’s famous resort city is just 30 minutes away from Riga by train or minibus. Jurmala’s seaside is enjoyable year-round. Walk along the beach on the fine white sand, breathe the fresh sea air, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the cafes or buy some amber jewelry at one of the small shops.
Daugavpils is the second biggest city in Latvia and it has the largest population of Russian-speaking people. The city has so many things to offer you! Daugavpils fortress is a unique cultural and historical architectural monument of national importance, also considered as the last bastion-type fortress in the world that has been preserved without any significant alterations since the early 19th century. Another treasure is the Mark Rothko Art Centre – a multifunctional complex of contemporary art, culture and education. It is the only place in Eastern Europe where the original masterpieces of the famous painter and the founder of the abstract expressionism Mark Rothko can be seen.
You are most welcome to choose to study Russian at our executive Russian language training center based at Lielborne manor just 30 mins away from Daugavpils. It will give you endless possibilities to explore the Latgale region! For more information about Daugavpils and everything the city has to offer visit this page.
Visit the “Switzerland of Latvia” with its picturesque scenery – a favorite place for recreation among locals and foreigners. It is located only 53 km from Riga making it an easy day trip. Balloon riding and bungee jumping in summer, ski and bobsleigh tracks in winter, charming scenery in autumn – each season here has its own charm. The city is in the Gauja National Park – a unique natural complex created by a geological process – there is nothing else like it in the Baltics. You can visit the Sigulda Castle and the castle ruins. On a clear day, you can see the surrounding landscape from the tower. Not far from the castle, you can see the Sigulda castle ruins. You can also visit the legendary Gutmana cave which is at the foothills of the steep Rata Hill and is the largest cave by volume in the Baltics.
The Rundale Palace – a marvelous architectural and historical monument was designed by and built under the supervision of the outstanding Italian architect Rastrelli. He was the one who designed the Winter Palace and some of the most beautiful manors in St.Petersburg, Russia. The Rundale Palace has 138 premises surrounded by a lovely Baroque park. You will find there the ornamental parquet, three pools with a fountain, the green theatre and Dutch and Blue Bosquet. The palace has been recently renovated and now welcomes guests with even more great sights!
Moreover, there are other travel destinations of Latvia undoubtedly worth visiting. Ligatne National Park offers untouched nature and a soviet-time secret bunker. The modern and beautiful city of Ventspils is ready to entertain everyone all year round.
Visiting neighboring countries
Moreover, visiting other countries during weekends would be a brilliant suggestion. There are many possibilities for exciting weekends or days out.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is called the pearl of medieval Europe. It is about 5 hours away from Riga by bus. The city is famous for its Old Town, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1997. The islands of Saaremaa and Muhu in Estonia have been famous for their curative mud since ancient times.
There are a lot of places to see and to relax at in Lithuania even for the most captious gourmand. Go to Vilnius and take a look at the roofs of the Old Town from the surrounding hills. It is a marvelous sight that becomes forever engraved in the hearts of tourists. Visit Palanga resort that stretches as a picturesque strip along the sea.
The Trakai insular castle, the only fortress built on water throughout the whole of Eastern Europe, is also worth visiting.
It is easy to get from Riga to Saint Petersburg; a city of great magnificence and also the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The cost of the trips to the places of interest is not included in the price of the course, however, Russian Language Academy Durbe would be pleased to offer their help in arranging any of those.
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We sincerely wish you to find your own best way to learn Russian abroad and remember – we are waiting for you here, in Latvia!