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Russian courses at Liden & Denz - procedures & terms

Your stay at Liden & Denz needs careful preparation. The following advice and information should help you plan your trip optimally.

Booking procedure

You can either book your Russian course directly with Liden & Denz or contact one of our 200 recognised agencies. The advantage of booking through an agency is that they will usually arrange your flight, travel insurance and visa. The course price will be the same, but you will pay in your home currency. You can quickly find authorised Liden & Denz agencies by searching the web.

If you want to book directly with us, you can do so here. For online courses, click here.  In our download section you will find brochures, forms and our current prices and dates. 

We usually confirm your course booking within 24 hours. You will receive from us:

  • Your booking confirmation/invoice
  • Official letter of invitation (for the visa application)
  • Your accommodation confirmation (you will receive the exact address of the host family three weeks before the course start)

You can pay for your course directly on our website at the time of booking or later. However, the booked programme must be paid in full at least 30 days before arrival. 

Procedure for internships

Apply for an internship in Russia

Apply for an internship at Liden & Denz

We send a work placement confirmation as soon as we receive the host employer confirms your candidacy (at the latest six weeks before the arrival date). This confirmation consists of two documents: a confirmation letter and a form describing the work placement. Once started, the internship must also be completed. A change of internship is excluded. The minimum age for internships is 21 years.

Terms of payment

All Liden & Denz Russian courses can be paid for while booking on our website. The last date of payment is 30 days before the course starts.

Courses requiring approval by the Russian migration authorities* will only be processed after receipt of a non-refundable deposit of EUR 500. 

*All Russian courses for non-Schengen residents lasting longer than 4 weeks and all courses for all nationalities lasting longer than 13 weeks require prior approval by the Russian migration authorities. Only after this approval has been received can a visa invitation be applied for. 

Cancellation policy before arrival

Registration fees or (if applicable) deposits for courses requiring approval by the Russian migration authorities are non-refundable. All other payments received by us will be refunded in full within 30 days after having received your notice of cancellation, less any applicable transfer fees.

Refund in case of early departure

Liden & Denz will retain course fees and (if applicable) accommodation fees for 3 full weeks from the Monday following receipt of written notification of course termination at [email protected]. Any other payments received by us will be refunded in full within 30 days, less any applicable transfer fees.

If you have booked your course through an agency, the agency’s refund policy will apply and not that of Liden & Denz.

Minimum age for language courses

You must be at least 16 years old to learn Russian with us. If you are part of a group of students accompanied by a teacher, you can be younger.

Insurance cover

You are solely responsible for your own personal insurance cover. The Russian authorities may require travel health insurance in order to approve your entry visa. Please check with the relevant authorities. 

Covid-19

Please check the current epidemiological requirements for entry into Russia. For tests, vaccinations and treatments, we work together with renowned private clinics in all our locations.

Converting a booked group course into an individual course

If we are unable to find you a suitable group for your level, you will receive individual tuition at 75% of the lessons booked. No partial or full refunds will be given.

Hybrid lessons

It is possible for one or more learners in your group to join the Russian classes online. Hybrid lessons are not recorded.

Change of programme

Liden & Denz reserves the right to make reasonable changes to classes in the event of civil unrest, due to the epidemiological situation or in other cases of force majeure. Online classes via Zoom are one way of responding appropriately to such events.

Host families

Liden & Denz will communicate the address and other details of your host family at least 3 weeks before the start of the course. Our host families have been carefully selected and are very experienced. If you are still unhappy, you can change families on the first weekend after arrival at no cost. If you wish to leave immediately, we will have to charge you for the current week.

Deposit for our shared flats

On arrival at the school, a deposit of EUR 200 is required, which we will block on your credit card for the duration of your stay. Any costs incurred due to damage, breakage or loss in the shared flat will be deducted from this deposit. If everything is in order, the full amount will be released upon departure.

Accommodation during an internship

You have to organise and pay for this yourself. A room in one of our shared flats may be available (at our normal conditions and costs).

Public holidays

Our language centres are closed on the following holidays:
Russian holidays: 1, 2, 7 January; 23 February; 8 March; 1, 9 May; 12 June; 4 November.
Latvian public holidays: 1 January; 15 April; 4 May; 23-24 June; 18 November; 24, 31 December. 

There are no classes on these days. Compensation is given for individual tuition only.

TRKI Russian Exams

TRKI exams are held in online format and can be booked up to one week before the exam date. The non-refundable exam fee is due no later than a week prior to the exam.

Textbooks and e-books

Our Russian textbooks can be returned to us up to 14 days after receipt, with notification to [email protected]. E-books are non-refundable. However, if the file provided is damaged, we will provide a new link.