Students booking this program will have twenty morning lessons with students who have booked the standard group course. The additional 5 lessons are taught on two afternoons, offered at a minimum of three different levels:
- A1 – Beginner: survival Russian tutorials, outdoor classes (shopping, eating out, getting streetwise, ordering theatre and cinema tickets) and telephone training (booking a restaurant table, making flight enquiries, etc.).
- A1+/A2 – Elementary: lectures on the Russian mentality and traditions. Other topics cover a wide range of general interest subjects ranging from Russian cuisine to history.
- B1 – Intermediate, B2 – Upper Intermediate: the focus is on business and the economy. Other topics include politics, Russian mass media, cultural and historical subjects.
For students not requiring a visa to Russia or Latvia, the booking deadline is 1 week prior to arrival. For students requiring a visa to Russia: for all short–term courses (up to 4 weeks) the booking deadline is 3 weeks prior to arrival. For all long-term courses in Russia (5 weeks and more) bookings should reach us at least 8 weeks prior to arrival. For students requiring a visa to Latvia: the booking deadline is 3 weeks prior to arrival for courses in our Riga centre.
We do all we can to ensure that students’ requirements are met. However, if the language centres cannot provide the preferred type of accommodation, that does not constitute a case for reimbursement.
Host families: Liden & Denz confirms home stay and shared flat accommodation three weeks prior to the course start date (immediately - if enrolling later). If required, host-family change can be organised after arrival, but only on weekends. If a change is required immediately, extra fees will apply (equivalent to one week accommodation costs).
For home-stay and shared flat bookings arrival transfer is provided free of charge (from any airport or railway station).
Shared flats: Please note that an arrival transfer is compulsory (required for key handover and instructions).
Damage deposit: A deposit of €200 is secured on arrival at the school, by freezing that amount in your account. On your departure, followed by an inspection of your apartment, we will unblock the deposit money the next working day. Costs incurred by damage, breakage or loss will be deducted from your deposit.
Private apartments: Apartments are selected prior to arrival according to the information sent by mail. If necessary, an apartment can be changed after arrival but not earlier than one full week after arrival date. The apartment change handling fee is €200. In case of cancellation less than two weeks prior to the arrival date we will charge a cancellation fee of up to €500.