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Learn Russian in Odessa

The NovaMova Russian Language School & Hub combines effective Russian language learning and a variety of interest-based educational hub activities in Odessa, a city known for its vibrant cultural life and relaxed seaside atmosphere.
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Russian language school in Odessa

In the summer of 2016 NovaMova Russian Language School in Odessa is hosted by a unique, new and conceptual Educational Hub. It provides a warm, inviting atmosphere where everybody is a member of a special club of friends. You’ll learn best when you feel at home! Russian-speaking Odessa will embrace your every effort to achieve your educational goals.

NovaMova Russian Language School and Education Hub in Odessa offers the student more opportunities to interact, communicate and socialize in Russian — not only outside your class but any time during the day. Our open-space concept allows you to have a classroom-session with a qualified instructor and continue with more speech developing events in the common area. You could take part in speaking club activities while sipping on coffee and mix with the Russian speakers who would love to interact with you and support your learning.

The spirit in our Hub goes hand in hand with the spirit of Odessa herself. It’s an open, cosmopolitan seaport city with a long history of opening doors to visitors from every nook of the world. Sailors, tourists, merchants, musicians, artists, actors and authors have all regarded Odessa their second home. Many nationalities and diverse ethnic groups have populated Odessa for hundreds of years, so it’s always a someone new to meet! Hospitality and free spirit creates a perfect atmosphere for you to have good time in the city by the seaside, as well as great learning in the Russian speaking environment!

Why Learn Russian in Odessa?

Russian 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 customized program to ensure that you get the most out of your experience.
Group lessons are our most popular course option. We maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio to ensure that the needs of all students are met.

Standard Group

Group lessons:
2​0 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1​ week
Levels:​
Beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2
Max. Class Size:
1​0
Ave. Class Size:​
6
Days and Times:
June-Aug, Mon-Fr, 10.00-13.15
from €165 per week Price calculator
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 or 30 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1 week
Levels:​
all levels
Days and Times:
Mon-Fr, afternoons
from €200 per week Price calculator
You can combine group courses with individual lessons. This requires a minimum of five individual lessons a week in combination with a group course. In this format, you get the best of both worlds!

Mixed 20 + 5

Group lessons:
20 x 45 min per week
Individual Lessons:
5 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1​ week
Levels:​
Beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2
Max. Class Size:​
10
Ave. Class Size:​
6
Days and Times:
June-Aug, Mon-Fr, 9.00-13.15 and afternoons
from €265 per week Price calculator
You can combine group courses with individual lessons. This requires a minimum of five individual lessons a week in combination with a group course. In this format, you get the best of both worlds!

Mixed 20 + 10

Group lessons:
20 x 45 min per week
Individual Lessons:
10 x 45 min per week
Min. course length:
1​ week
Levels:​
Beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2
Max. Class Size:​
10
Ave. Class Size:​
6
Days and Times:
June-Aug, Mon-Fr, 9.00-13.15 and afternoons
from €365 per week Price calculator

Accommodations in Odessa

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

Home stay

HB
Immersion with families that are native speakers of Russian. Comfortable private rooms with everything that is necessary and with plenty of language practice. Location within 30 min from school. Breakfast and dinner are included.
BB
Immersion with families that are native speakers of Russian. Comfortable private rooms with everything that is necessary and with plenty of language practice. Location within 30 min from school. Breakfast is included.

Apartment

Private
We can help you rent your own apartment for the duration of your stay, and we stand ready to help you with any problem you may have.
Shared
Less private, but cheaper option. Private rooms for each student (max 3 students per apartment). Common bathroom and kitchen.

Hotel

downtown
Convenient and affordable places to stay which are located in walking range from center and our school. Location within up to 15 min of walking from the school. Meals are optional.

Apartment Hotel

downtown
Comfortable rooms equipped by bed, kitchen-studio, bathroom with all necessary accessories, TV, phone, air conditioner, mini-bar, safe. Situated not far from the sea and within 5 minutes of walking from NovaMova school.

Extracurricular activities

Language comes to life during social situations. It is therefore important to apply the skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations. We give you many opportunities to use your skills outside of class.
Language comes to life during social situations. It is therefore important to apply the skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations. We give you many opportunities to use your skills outside of class.
Conversation Practice
Guest Speakers
The Cooking Club
Russian Speaking Club
Russian Movie Club
Russian Conversational Practice (Peer coaching)

Russian Conversational Practice (Peer coaching)

Peer coaching or Language Tandem is an additional learning activity in the fashion of one-on-one conversation outside school. It complements formal instruction and allows you to retain your knowledge by practicing it. Besides, you learn a lot of language that cannot be found in textbooks. You overcome your fear of speaking, gain confidence using more colloquial style of speaking, and power your vocabulary.

All levels

Guest Speakers

Guest lecturers are a highlight of our program. NovaMova regularly organizes meetings with former or current members of parliament, political analysts, historians, lawyers, educators, religious leaders, and specialists in folklore. These meetings are held in our conference room which is complete with a projector, white board, audio and video equipment. We always schedule our meetings in advance and take requests from our students as to what they would be interested to learn.

All levels

The Cooking Club

Our Cooking Club gives you an opportunity to learn how to cook most favorite local traditional dishes and practice your speaking while doing it! We invite talented Ukrainian housewives and professional cooks who show you the best recipes: borshch, solyanka, olivier salad, vareniki, and many more.

Small groups (up to 10 people) will allow you to fully participate in the process of cooking. Before the class, every student gets a copy of the recipe to be cooked and a glossary of terms that will be used so that whatever is being said in the kitchen will be understood and committed to memory.



All levels

Russian Speaking Club

You can learn new words, phraseology, colloquialisms, meaningful expressions that will help you to gain better rapport with your local friends the natives and ascend near to sounding more genuinely, more like them. You will learn what to say and what avoid saying in different situations in which you can find yourself. This is what we call living the language. The Speaking Club is when the students mostly smile and participate with sheer excitement.

All levels

Russian Movie Club

The moving images are a great source of motivation and enjoyment at the same time! They make your learning keep going! Cinema uncovers wonderful opportunities to see how the language works in so many varied situations that only fiction movies can provide!

You will hear a genuine and diversified language wrapped in high quality sound for your learning, listening and viewing pleasure. In many episodes the visual context will help your intellect to decipher what is said at the moment even if you do not understand the lines.

Films are shown in our comfortable specially equipped movie room: both the sound and the video are of high quality, so that you could hear and read effortlessly. The films are integrated into the teaching syllabus and usually is a part of your classroom before and after viewing. Many teachers today are more and more keen on building the whole course on the films of their professional preference.



All levels

Excursions and Tours

We often ask our students to describe Odessa in three words. We often get - wine, architecture and cinematography. Others argue it's more about people, seaside and restaurants! Many may disagree and bring architecture, history and art! Parks, fashion and farmer markets! Music, design and boats! Pushkin, Gogol and Chekhov! Tchaikovsky, Vysotskiy or Sholom-Aleichem!
We often ask our students to describe Odessa in three words. We often get - wine, architecture and cinematography. Others argue it's more about people, seaside and restaurants! Many may disagree and bring architecture, history and art! Parks, fashion and farmer markets! Music, design and boats! Pushkin, Gogol and Chekhov! Tchaikovsky, Vysotskiy or Sholom-Aleichem!

Whatever your passion may be, you will definitely find it in the streets of Odessa. We are prepared to help you to satiate your cultural curiosity by offering our branded excursions and tours to see, feel and learn through own experience.

Odessa Walking Tour
Shabo Winery
Catacombs
Odessa architecture
City old courtyards
Odessa Criminal
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi
The Ukrainian Venice
Odessa Tour

Odessa Walking Tour

The way Odessa lays out its streets, parks and avenues really makes a visitor feel cozy and comfortable. To move from one place to another is really like moving between rooms in a big and welcoming house. The architecture is intensely influenced by French and Italian styles with buildings bearing a seal of their famous western architectures.

The impressing Potyomkin Stairs featured in famous film Battleship Potyomkin, a mega awesome Odessa Opera House, fantastic monuments, parks and promenades will surprise even most experienced travellers. We will be happy to take our students around town for a pleasure getting to know Odessa more intimately!

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Shabo Winery


Shabo is the name of an old wine grape growing valley near Odessa founded by ancient Greeks. The area has long enjoyed a reputation for delicious wines and fruit. You will have a nice tour of the vineyard, explore the King’s Cave Cellars, and take a break in the winery’s restaurants where you’ll taste samples and learn about the local tradition of winemaking.
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Odessa Catacombs

A totally unreal place at the city’s outskirts where you’ll find a rock quarry and a network of tunnels that used to be the source of 90% of the building blocks for buildings in Odessa during the 19th-century construction boom. The limestone managed to provide architectural and stylistic coherency.

A three-level maze of tunnels spans out for nearly two thousand miles of underground streets, making it the largest underground labyrinth in the world. You will hear about role these abandoned mines have played in the city’s life. A refuge for shelter seekers, an operating space for pirates and smugglers of the past, chilling tales of the WWII heroes’ final stronghold, and much more!

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Odessa architecture excursion

Odessa is proud to possess gorgeous architecture which attracts people from all over the world. It was built according to a plan not chaotically like many other cities. The city plan was rational and harmonic. Just like Saint Petersburg (called Northern Palmira), Odessa (Southern Palmira) developed its skyline under the supervision of French, German, Italian, Austrian, Russian and Ukrainian architects who built the city carefully in terms of Russian classicism, empire style and baroque.

We can write a lot about the beauty of Odessa but of course it’s better to see it with your own eyes. Our guide will tell you why this building is different from the next on of the same style.

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Odessa old courtyards

The old courtyards of Odessa are architecturally unique … and so are their inhabitants. The neighbors may all be of different nationalities but nevertheless everyone is very friendly and welcoming. Most of these courtyards contain everything that a typical Odessa yard should have: a water tap (where babies and linen are washed), a place where one should go “to look at the moon” – a toilet, and a long jerry-rigged table. Once you’ve experienced living in such a place, it will remain one of your warmest and most unforgettable memories.

Most of our guides have their own stories about Odessa courtyards. And we are ready to share our memories with you and show you genuine city architecture that creates a unique Odessa atmosphere.

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Odessa Criminal

The corner of Bagdana Hmelnitskogo and Zaporozhskaya street is the very heart of Moldovanka – historical part of Odessa. All the famous outlaws of Odessa grew up here on the famous street Myasoedovskaya. One of the most popular criminals of Odessa, Michael Vinnitsky (known as Mishka Yaponchik), was born here. He was the prototype for Benya Krik – the main character of Isaak Babel's collection of short stories, The Odessa Tales.

He had his underground office called “Malina” on that corner. There is a pawn-shop there now. On the very same corner there was the famous school for thieves, with its mannequins equipped with bells for future “artists” of Privoz market to practice with.

There are many gangster stories about the criminal past of Odessa and its heroes, such as Sonka the Golden Hand, Gregory Kotovsky and many others. You will hear them during the excursion, along with Odessa anecdotes.

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Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress trip

A real traveler always dreams to see the places of ancient times. If that is you, you are welcome to Akkerman fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. It is one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine situated on the right bank of the Dniester Liman in Odessa region, in the historical region of Bessarabia. Its history starts in the 7th century BC when Greeks founded here their colony, Tira.

The city changed its names many times. The fortress was used as a defense against the Turks. However, in the 15th century, the Turks conquered and overtook the fortress. They gave it a new name Ak-kerman, a name that means "white stone." Now it is known as Белгород or a white city. In 1770 the fortress surrendered to the army of the Russian Emperor. The fortress invites you to share in the spirit of its history.

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Vilkovo - The Ukrainian Venice

Vilkovo is Ukrainian town in the Odessa region also known as the Ukrainian Venice. There you can see the widest part of Danube, as well as its interconnected, narrow channels. There you can also find three harvests of strawberry and good wine, visit local fish and fruit markets. You will see that locals use boats more often than cars.

It’s hard to describe a trip to Vilkovo. It is a must see! And if you wish to stay for a night or two you are welcome to a wooden hotel on a small island where you can go fishing right on the balcony or you can take a boat and find a nice quiet place away from people. It is a perfect place to escape from the city.

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Testimonials

Dirk Schiffers - Germany
I was in Russian class at NovaMova school in Odessa from the beginner level. And I enjoyed it very much. I think I’ve made quite good progress. I liked the style of teaching because it was related more to communication than learning just vocabularies about different topics.

Dirk Schiffers

 
Germany
Peter Derkx - Holland
It was an amazing experience; we had a lot of fun. It was very easy going but still severe enough to make a lot of progress. A very good teacher. The group of students is also very nice. And Odessa is a very nice place to enjoy, with a lot of nice people. So I definitely recommend this school.

Peter Derkx

 
Holland
Luigi Varanese - Italy
I really enjoyed my time in Odessa with NovaMova. I found that teachers a really great here, and location is fantastic. I met a lot of interesting people. For me it was a really great experience. And I would strongly recommend this school if you want to learn Russian.

Luigi Varanese

 
Italy
Thijs Pieters - Holland
I’ve just completed four weeks of course at NovaMova – three weeks in Kiev and one week in Odessa. I really enjoyed it. The classes are well prepared and very professional. The opportunity to visit two cities is very nice. I can advise to everybody to study Russian at NovaMova.

Thijs Pieters

 
Holland

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Dates & Prices

Russian Group Courses Start dates 2017
Levels June July Aug
group lessons Beginners 19 3, 17, 31 14, 28
A1, A2, B1, B2 every Monday, started from May, 29th till September, 15th, 2017
individual lessons all levels every Monday (available all the year round)
Standard Group Course* Price per week
group 20 x 45 min €165
* Available from May, 29th till September, 15th, 2017
Individual Course Price per week
Individual (10 x 45 min) €200
Individual (15 x 45 min) €300
Individual (20 x 45 min) €400
Mixed Course* Price per week
Mixed (group + individual lessons) 20 + 5 x 45 min €265
Mixed (group + individual lessons) 20 + 10 x 45 min €365
* Available from May, 29th till September, 15th, 2017
Accommodation
Accommodation There is an accommodation finding fee - €30. This fee is non-refundable.
Homestay* week, HB €210
extra night, HB €35
week, BB €180
extra night, BB €30
Shared apartment** week €225
extra night €35
Private apartment* Available upon request
Hotel* Available upon request
Apartment Hotel* Available upon request
* Please, note: check-in - Sunday after 14.00, check-out - Saturday before 12.00. All the extra nights are to be paid additionally.
** Shared Apartment option is available from May, 28th till September, 16th, 2017. Please, note: check-in - Sunday after 14.00, check-out - Saturday before 12.00. All the extra nights are to be paid additionally.
Transfers
Transfer service Price
Airport Transfer One-way €15
Two-way €30
Railway Station Transfer One-way €10
Two-way €20

Dates & Prices 2017

Summer offer for ODESSA | UKRAINE

Enroll before July 01, 2017.

Course dates May 29 - Sep 15, 2017.

Applies for group or mixed courses of at least 2 weeks long.

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