Happy New Year!

Early trends suggest that the new year could be even busier. It will certainly be very dynamic as we will develop some interesting projects and launch a couple of new and exciting products. To all our students and business partners we would like to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!!! All at Liden & Denz wish you a happy and prosperous 2008! Walter Denz (co-founder)

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Liden & Denz celebrates 15 years in Russia

Among the guests were members of the diplomatic community, city officials, press and TV, corporate clients, many of our students and most of our staff and teachers from both schools The celebrations were preceded by a press conference devoted to a new joint project of a Swiss Hospitality Academy in St.Petersburg which should open in September 2008. The party was kicked off by one of the company founders, Walter Denz, who looked back 15 years and showed some interesting and amusing pictures from the school’s archive. The keynote speech was delivered by Swiss Consul General Mr. Urs Strausak, who reminded the audience of the long tradition of Swiss going abroad to set up educational institutions. The m/c for the celebrations was yet once again Stas Sokolov, who was joined for a special ...

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“EAQUALS admits first Russian school” – Language Travel Magazine

“Liden and Denz language school in St Petersburg, Russia, has become the first language school in the country to be accepted to join the European Association for Quality Language Services (Eaquals).” “The school, which is already a member of the International Association of Language Centres (Ialc), plans to get its Moscow-based school inspected by Eaquals next year. Walter Denz at the school said that international inspection schemes such as Ialc and Eaquals are particularly important for schools in Russia. “In Russia we don’t have a national inspection scheme like, for instance, the British Council for the UK. It adds credibility to our quality claims and we need to convince agents that they can trust us. Any serious inspection has always a consultancy element in it. It ...

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Visa procedure simplified!

This summer, new visa rules came into effect which have simplified the invitation procedure for certain visitor categories. For us very convenient is the fact that the new system provides a fast track for students carrying a Schengen passport. After some initial hiccups, the procedure seems now to work smoothly. We therefore feel it is the right time to go public and explain what impact it has for students wishing to study Russian at one of the Liden & Denz Language Centres. Most importantly we are now able to issue invitation letters for student visas ourselves. A student visa is valid for up to 3 moths and can be prolonged for up to one year without leaving Russia. This means that from now on we are able to accept long-term bookings at short notice, providing the student accepts cour ...

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Liden & Denz joins EAQUALS

Liden & Denz St.Petersburg is the first language centre in Russia ever to have passed the rigorous EAQUALS inspection, which differs from other quality management schemes because it (quoting EAQUALS) "covers not just processes and documentation but what happens in reality. The focus is on the school-in-action, the experience of the clients, not just the school-in-theory." The EAQUALS accreditation adds credibility to our long standing quality assurance statements. This is important not only for potential students who are looking for guidelines how to choose the right school. The same applies for corporations training their Russia-bound expatriates and language travel agencies looking for a reliable partner. Liden & Denz plans to have its Moscow operation inspected by EAQU ...

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