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Learn Russian in Narva

The city of Narva is located on the border of Estonia and Russia, just 130 kilometres from St. Petersburg. Narva also takes pride in having the most Russian speakers of any city in the European Union: up to 97% of its citizens are native Russian speakers. This puts Narva, a city of about 60,000 residents, on the map for anybody interested in learning about the Russian language and culture.

University of Tartu Narva College main focus is on teacher training for multilingual schools and we are an internationally recognised centre for learning the Russian language.

Since the summer of 2014, the University of Tartu Narva College has hosted a growing number of student groups and individual learners from the United States, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, as well as from Estonia itself. 

Russian Language Summer Course 2024

Our summer school is an excellent opportunity for language learners to improve their Russian language skills while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Narva.

With expert instructors, small class sizes, and a variety of engaging activities and excursions, you'll be able to make rapid progress in your language learning journey. 

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to improve your Russian language skills and have a fantastic summer experience! Read more...


Language immersion program for learners of Russian as a foreign language (levels А2->В1.1)

Volume:6 ECTS (80 classroom hours, 76 hours of independent work of students)
Study place:Narva, Estonia
Lecturer:Liudmila Udalova, MA
Usual study fee:950 EUR + VAT 22% if applicable. Does not include housing and meals
 Discounted study fee until 30 April 2024 for 795 EUR + VAT 22% if applicable

Before registering to the course please kindly fill out the tests below to make sure you will attend relevant course based on your language level. After completing the test, please let us know.


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Summerschool syllabus

Intensive Russian courses

Each group will receive a unique approach and a tailored course schedule in order to best accommodate the language level and main topics of each individual group. The courses are taught by lecturers from the University of Tartu.

The Russian-speaking environment outside the classroom strongly supports the overall progress of language acquisition. Additional daily contact with the locals can be integrated into the course programme in several ways, such as host family accommodation, tandem learning with Russian-speaking students at Narva College, and involvement in volunteer activities at various organisations in Narva.

Throughout history, life in Narva has always been connected to life in Russia just across the border. Special lectures providing an authentic insight into Russian society and culture, given by local historians, journalists, and experts from the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Tartu, can be included in the course programme in order to complement language learning.

Example courses

Russian Conversational Language (level A2)
Duration 15 study days, 5 EAP

Practical Russian (level B2)
Duration 20 study days, 6 EAP

Getting to Narva

Accomodation in Narva

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