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LEARN RUSSIAN AND EXPLORE GEORGIA
The NovaMova Summer Program in Georgia combines effective Russian language learning with unforgettable experience that exposes you to Georgia’s diverse cultural and culinary traditions, majestic mountains, refreshing sea, and warm hospitality.
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Russian Language School in Batumi

We are bringing NovaMova’s top-notch Russian instructors and proven teaching methodology to this beautiful Georgian city on the subtropical shores of the Black Sea. Each summer, tourists from all over the Former Soviet Union gather in Batumi to enjoy the sun. Most of them speak Russian. What a great place to learn Russian and to have a great vacation!

We immerse students in a Russian language environment. Our professional instructors, local host families, peer conversation partners, and exciting weekend excursions help us to accomplish that. NovaMova’s classes are held on the campus of our partner institution, the Batumi State Maritime Academy, conveniently located steps away from the beach.

5 REASONS TO LEARN RUSSIAN IN BATUMI

Courses and Programs

We offer a number of different Russian language course formats in order to meet the individual needs of our students. We will work with you to design a custom program to ensure that you get the most out of your experience.
If you are looking for one-on-one instruction, we’ve got you covered. These lessons will allow our instructors to focus on your specific instructional needs.

Individual

Individual lessons:
10/15/20 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1 week
Levels:​
all levels
Days and Times:
Mon-Fri, afternoons
from €250 per week Price calculator
Apart from the Russian language courses we offer Individual Georgian Courses with native Georgian teachers and original Georgian textbooks. This Course might be of interest for anyone who is interested in the original Georgian alphabet, basics of the Georgian Grammar and necessary conversation skills.

Georgian Individual Lessons

Individual lessons:
5/10/15/20 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1 week
Levels:​
all levels
Days and Times:
June 01 - Aug 28; Mon-Fri, afternoons
from €100 per week Price calculator

Accommodations in Batumi

We offer several different types of accommodations to fit your needs.
You can select from the following options:

Home stay

HB
Immersion within native speaking families. Comfortable private rooms with all necessities, constant practice of language. Location within 5 min walk from center. Breakfast and dinner are included.
BB
Immersion within native speaking families. Comfortable rooms, constant practice of language. Rooms with all necessities and complete privacy. Location within 5 min walk from center. Breakfast is included.

Apartment

Private
Apartment for your private and relaxed stay. Comfortable space, reasonable price. All apartments are located within 15 min of walk to the center. Quiet and friendly streets, though may be noisy if located near restaurants. Meals are not included, but there is a kitchen at your disposal.
Shared
Less private, but cheaper option. Private rooms for each student (max 3 students per apartment). Common bathroom and kitchen. Location within 15 min walk from center. Meals not included, but there is a kitchen at your disposal.
Hotels
3 Stars
Convenient and affordable places to stay. Most of them are located on the sea line and others are in walking range from center. Hotels we offer: Plaza Hotel, Royal Venezia Hotel etc. Meals are optional.
4 Stars
Сomfortable rooms, convenient location. Rooms may vary on their capacity and price. Such hotels in Batumi are: Piazza Four Seasons, Batumi World Palace, The Admiral Hotel. Meals are optional.
5 Stars
Expensive and comfortable apartments.There is an international network of hotels in Batumi: Radisson, Sheraton, Intercontinental, Hilton. All of them are in the by the seashore and are 2 min away from central streets. Meals are optional.

Activities

In order to make your vacation memorable we offer many activities to suit the tastes of everyone. Different clubs of interest are available.
In order to make your vacation memmorable we gathered a complex of activities for everyone. Different clubs of interest are available for all of our students.
Conversational Practice
Russian Singing Club
Guest Speakers
Russian Speaking Club
Russian Conversational Practice (Peer coaching) - Batumi

Russian Conversational Practice (Peer coaching)

We offer personal conversational partners who could be your guides, coaches, and become your friends. Your partners will help you improve your spoken Russian, making it natural, idiomatic, and free-flowing. Local university students or people that share some interest with you will introduce you to their circle of friends and to local social life. Your new friends who will be there for you in the best tradition of hospitality.

All levels

Russian Singing Club

To experience the language as a more personal and culturally fulfilling experience is to be able to use it in all of its manifestations. We all like music and have noticed that songs stick with us for a long time. Singing offers a way to fast-track fluency: a song helps to learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and cultural contexts.

Many of our teachers are also great musicians, so they can explain the cultural background behind the song, respond to your questions about peculiar aspects of local traditions and practices. Learning songs is a highly effective and engaging exercise with that brings lasting results.We encourage students to bring their own musical instruments to make it even more fun.



All levels

Guest Speakers

To maintain the interest in learning the language it is very important to put this language in the cultural context, to describe the advantages of knowing this particular language. For example, in the 60-ies and 70-ies whole world was learning English mostly because people wanted to know what Beatles were singing about. That is why we love inviting lecturers that could tell our students about Russian culture, history, politics and art.

Levels: A2-B1

Russian Speaking Club

This complimentary weekly event will focus on helping the student access a wider turf exploring the intrinsic value of perhaps once seemed rather trivial expressions and vocabulary. Using them in conversations among the peer coaches or their friends or in situations where you have to speak Russian will help you be more sociable and likable among the local people boosting your confidence, fluency and rapport. Importantly it motivates the student have his or her own language-conditioned emotional attachments.

Levels: A2-B1

Excursions and Tours

In addition to the academic component of the program, we offer optional tours and excursions to give you a chance to experience this fascinating and unique region.
In addition to the academic component of the program, we offer optional tours and excursions to give you a chance to experience this fascinating and unique region.
Batumi City Tour
Svaneti Mountains
Tbilisi and Kakheti
Mtirala National Park
Kutaisi and Vardzia
Armenia
Turkey
River Kebab Party
Gonio Fortress
Welcome Lunch and Batumi City Tour

Welcome Lunch and Batumi City Tour

On the first Monday of each new course, each new group will have a welcome lunch with staff, teachers, and peer tutors. In the afternoon, there will be an introductory Batumi city tour to help you get a feel for the place.

Batumi has a unique location on the seaside surrounded by mountains. Apart from beautiful landscapes, you will enjoy local traditional cuisine in cosy cafes spread all over the city. Batumi is also known for its vibrant night life.

Svaneti Mountain Excursion

Your journey will take you north along the subtropical Black Sea coast. Soon the road will stray from the shore and climb deep into the heart of the mountains. Your destination is an ancient village in Upper Svaneti, surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped peaks.

Mountain Hiking Tour

The excursion includes a guided hike to a picturesque alpine meadow. From here, you will see stunning views of some of the highest peaks in the Caucasus. You can also stroll among the pastures and fields below.

Upper Svaneti - a UNESCO World Heritage Sites

No trip to the area would be complete without checking out the 9th-12th century watchtowers located in one of the villages. These incredible works of early medieval architecture will take you back to a time when local clans feuded among themselves. In 1996, this mountainous region of Georgia was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Georgian Mountain Culture

All of our excursions have a cultural focus, and this one is no exception. In Upper Svaneti, you will experience the ancient culture and traditions of the Svan people through their food and hospitality. You may be surprised that the Svan have their own language, developed over centuries of living in remote mountain valleys. On top of that, the Georgian National Museum in Mestia will provide historical context.

This excursion includes:
• Transportation
• Lodging for 2 or 3 nights
• 2 meals a day
• NovaMova guide
• Mountain guide services
• Museum guide and entry fees
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Tbilisi and Kakheti

On this journey, you will travel by train from Batumi to Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia and cultural center of the South Caucasus. You will be amazed by the beautiful architecture and stunning views that characterize the city.



UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mtskheta
Your adventure will take you to Mtskheta, the Holy City of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The monuments and buildings of Mtskheta have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The incredible architecture of sites like Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery are unforgettable.

Kakheti wine tour
After visiting the capital, you will travel to the famous wine producing region of Kakheti. Georgia is the birthplace of wine, and it has been produced here for more than 8,000 years. Georgian wine is famous for its unique flavors, found nowhere else in the world. In Kakheti, you will tour a 16th century wine cellar, sample delicious local wine varieties, and feast on the locally grown plums and peaches.

Art-Geni Music Festival
In addition to a city tour of the capital, this trip will include tickets to the Art-Geni Music Festival, a fantastic display of regional music, art, and culture. This annual festival features the best musicians from all over Georgia. This is your opportunity to experience traditional Georgian music.

This excursion includes:
• Transportation
• Lodging for 2 nights
• 2 meals a day
• NovaMova guide
• Mtskheta guide services
• Museum guide and entry fees
• Visit to a wine facility with wine tasting
• Entrance fees to the music festival
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Mtirala National Park

Mtirala, which means “Crying Mountain” in Georgian, is a fitting name for this subtropical rainforest. The area that contains the national park was famous for having the highest level of precipitation in the entire Soviet Union.



During the two day excursion to Mtirala National Park, you will be swimming under a beautiful mountain waterfall, eating delicious homemade Adjarian food, checking out a Georgian weekend cabin, and even sleeping under the stars (if the weather permits). While in Mtirala, don’t forget to try the local honey.

This excursion includes:
• Transportation
• One-day tour or lodging for 1 night
• 2 meals a day
• NovaMova guide
• Guide services
• Entrance fees
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Kutaisi and Vardzia

This excursion will take you to Kutaisi, the legislative capital of Georgia and the Vardzia monastery. You will have a home cooked lunch in a nearby village on the way.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Gelati While in the Kutaisi area, you will visit the 12th Century Gelati Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescos and architecture are unforgettable.

Prometheus Cave
Not far from Kutaisi, you will venture deep under the surface of the Earth by visiting the Prometheus Cave. Just a few millions of years creating these stalactite-filled underground caverns – and the nature has built for us this awesome masterpiece.

Vardzia Monastery
After departing the Kutaisi region, you will travel through the town of Borjomi, a name well-known throughout the Former Soviet Union for its mineral water. The village of Vardzia is your next destination. A hiking tour will take you to the Vardzia cave monastery, an enormous labyrinth of rooms and passageways carved into a cliff face. This is truly a masterpiece of human engineering. You will stay overnight in the village for a home-cooked Georgian meal. On the way back to Batumi, brace yourselves for the breathtaking views of Goderdzi Pass. With so many things on the agenda, this excursion is not one to miss!

This excursion includes:
• Transportation
• Lodging for 2 nights
• 2 meals a day
• NovaMova guide
• Guide services
• Entrance fees
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Armenia

As long as you have travelled all the way to the South Caucasus, it would be a shame not to make the short hop down to Armenia. Armenia is an wonderful country with a fascinating history, unique culture, and breathtaking beauty.

Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia
Yerevan will be your first stop. Prepare to take a step back into the 20th century, as Yerevan’s architecture is reflective of its Soviet past. In Yerevan, you will have an opportunity to visit the famous Ararat Brandy Factory for a tour and tasting.

Winston Churchill thought that Armenian brandy was the best in the world, and we do not disagree. The company’s signature brandy is reserved for special occasions all over the Former Soviet Union. The trip to Yerevan will include a trip just outside of town to a restaurant, famous among the locals for music, dancing, and great food. Don’t forget to try the trout, an Armenian specialty.



Ancient Monasteries, Temples, and Cathedrals
While in Armenia, you will visit the awe-inspiring Geghard Monastery, founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator amongst the cliffs and canyons of the Azat River Gorge. The original Monastery was destroyed by the Arabs in the 9th Century, and the structures that could be seen today were built in 1215.

This same excursion will include a visit to the nearby Temple of Garni, a classical Hellenic structure. You will also visit the gorgeous Echmiadzin Cathedral, the main site of the Armenian Apostolic Church.



This excursion includes:
• Transportation
• Lodging for 2 nights
• 2 meals a day
• NovaMova guide
• Guide services
• Entrance fees
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Turkey

With the border crossing at Sarpi only 20 minutes from Batumi, it would be a shame not to check out Turkey. They may be neighbors, but Georgia and Turkey are entirely different in terms of culture, language, architecture, religion, and food.


Trabzon Tour
Your main destination on this excursion is Trabzon, the historical port city founded as a Greek colony in 756 BC. In centuries past, Trabzon was the regional hub of a booming slave trade. This excursion will take you to the site of the former Trabzon slave market. While in Trabzon, you will have time for free exploration of the city. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine which is no less delicious than its Georgian counterpart.

Sumela Monastery
Only a short drive from Trabzon is the Sumela Monastery, carved into a sheer cliff face. As one gets to the entrance to the Monastery, one feels as if an Indiana Jones moviehas become a reality.

This excursion includes:
• NovaMova Guide
• Transportation from Batumi
• Lodging for 1 night
• All tickets and guiding
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River Kebab Party

This day trip to the local Adjarian mountains is a fun-filled day of swimming, sun, and Georgian BBQ (“shashlik” for you Russian speakers). The scenery, food, and company make this one of the best excursions of the summer!


This excursion includes:
• NovaMova Guide
• Transportation
• Food and drink
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Gonio Fortress Excursion

This excursion begins with a 10-minute drive along the coast to the ancient Roman fortress at Gonio. The fortress was built in the first century AD and occupied by numerous empires since.



This excursion includes:
• NovaMova Guide
• Transportation
• Fortress entry fee and guided tour
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Testimonials

Ian Isaac - USA
Batumi offered me an opportunity to practice my Russian, meet peers at Batumi State Maritime Academy, and mentor students at the American Corner of the Batumi Public Library.

Ian Isaac

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Wil Moseley - USA
Excursions grant a wonderful opportunity to see more of the world, culture, etc...

Wil Moseley

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Jessica Trentham - USA
My host family is great! They all are very nice. All of our communication is in Russian, because they do not speak English.

Jessica Trentham

USA
Julius Smoak - USA
The teacher's approach to class creates an environment that is friendly and unintimidating.

Julius Smoak

USA

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Dates & Prices

Russian Individual Courses Start dates 2018

Individual courses start every Monday (available started from May, 28th till September, 14th, 2018)

*individual courses start every Monday (available all the year round)
Individual Course Price per week
Individual (10 x 45 min.) €250
Individual (15 x 45 min.) €375
Individual (20 x 45 min.) €500
Georgian Individual Course Price per week
5 Individual x 45 min €100
10 Individual x 45 min €200
15 Individual x 45 min €300
20 Individual x 45 min €400
Conversation Practice lessons
Conversation practice "Peer coaching" Price per 1 academic hour (45 minutes)
€9
Description

Teacher-student ratio - 1 to 1

Lessons per week - 1 to 8

Min. course length - 1 week

Levels -any level

Starting dates - any weekday

Accommodation  
Homestay BB €210
Homestay HB €240
Homestay BB extra night €30
Homestay HB extra night €40
Private apartment upon request
Hotel upon request
Transfers  
One-way (Batumi Airport) €20
One-way (Tbilisi Airport)** €60
One-way (Tbilisi Airport), 1 night in Guest house in Tbilisi included** €75
One-way (Kutaisi Airport)*** €60
** - the price includes transfer from airport to railway station in Tbilisi, train ticket to Batumi, trasfer from railway station in Batumi  
*** - 2 hours drive by car  
Excursions  
Gonio Fortrees €35
Botanical Garden €35
BBQ by a Mountain River €40
Ajara Mountains and Wine €60
Mtirala Park Svaneti Mountains €60
Kutaisi (1 day) €65
Trabzon, Turkey €165
Tbilisi / Kakheti €185
Kutaisi/Vardzia €175
Svaneti Mountains €195
Armenia €285

Dates & Prices 2018

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