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Living in Russian cities every year is becoming more interesting. Moscow, and St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi, Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod are like a window of a new Russia, where millions of tourists go and get rid of stereotypes about bears and balalaikas. The new generation of Russian guests is much younger, with an average age of 34 years. A strong impetus to the surge of interest in Russia was given by the World Cup. This major sport event of 2018 attracted 3.4 million foreign fans. The people here are very hospitable. As soon as you get into the house of a Russian family, you will be immediately seated at the set table and everybody will be very interested in asking you about your homeland. The Russian language is not as complicated as it seems, and communication with Russians even at a basic level makes them feel valuable, and people will do everything possible to help you. In large Russian cities, much attention is paid to creating an accessible environment for people with disabilities. Most houses, institutions and shops are equipped with ramps and special elevators. After leaving the USSR, Russia can be considered a young country. It has rich opportunities in terms of business development and a growing entrepreneurial spirit among the younger generation. With tax subsidies adopted by the Government, starting a business today has become much easier than it was a few years ago.
Russian language is the 8th most spoken language in the world; more than 260 million people around the world speak it. It is not only the official language of Russia, but also of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, Its spoken in Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA. At times, it has been considered as the most spoken language in Europe. If you master it you give yourself the chance to discover new cultures and a new interesting world. Knowing how to speak Russian is definitely something to put on your C.V.
Russian universities offer preparatory Russian courses for foreign students, these courses last for a year before the student starts studying in his desired specialty. Usually the preparatory course includes 20 to 36 hours of Russian classes per week, beside certain other subjects related to the specialty of study. You may check your knowledge of Russian right now by taking our special test. On the other hand, if you don’t have the time, to learn Russian language for whole year, it’s not a problem since many universities offer educational programs in English language.
The duration of a preparatory course for foreign students in Russia is one academic year. The course usually includes Russian language lessons (from 4 to 6 academic hours per day) and other subjects: mathematics, chemistry and other sciences (depending on the chosen specialty). For English-speaking students, the first lessons in general subjects can be taught in English, and then switch to Russian. Teachers of Russian as a foreign language claim that most students master the language well during the year. Preparatory courses are paid. They are free only for those students, who receive state scholarships.
Even basic knowledge of Russian will be a great help during your first months in Russia. The better you know the language, the easier it is to adapt to the local customs and traditions. You can even start learning the language at home! Russian language courses are available in every corner of the world.