Education Centre Durbe in Riga The Education Centre DURBE (DURBE) has more than 15 years experience in international language tourism. The EC DURBE is the only private language school recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.
Minimum student age: 16, for summer camp: 10 years
Maximum student number per class: 8, for Business Russian - 4.
Minimum enrolment: 1 week
Starting dates: every Monday, complete beginners - every second Monday
The Russian Language School DURBE just from 1st May 2009 moved to new premises in the heart of the capital of Latvia- RIGA, just across the street there is the National Opera House in one direction and the central train and bus station in another, just a block away is the central building of the Latvia University, across the park is the Old City ...
The School has 6 bright classrooms, all are fully equipped with the latest in learning technology, including computers with the Internet access. We have a computer room and Wi-Fi for students, in students' lounge there is a drink machine to have a cup of coffee, tea or even chocolate. And beeing in the very city center we are happy to have the inner yard with a direct access to students' lounge. You are welcome soon to get the maximum progress in Russian and now in a much better environment.
There are a lot of cafes and entertainment possibilities around the school, so students' can't be bored and without an idea what to do after lessons , the only problem could be that they came for too short time to see and enjoy everything. The school is within walking distance of many entertainment places: Old Town, Opera house, cinemas, sports and leisure centres are just a couple minutes away but public transportation (central bus and train station is only 2 minutes away) can bring you to all the main tourism places.
You will be met by our friendly, welcoming staff ready to help and assist you. We at DURBE highly evaluate quality, responsibility and reliability. Learn more..
General Russian: 20 and 30 lessons per week
Business Russian: 30 lessons per week
Combined Russian: group + individual lessons
Academic TRKI Russian: 30 lessons per week
Russian home tuition: at teacherš home
Academic year in High School
Summer residential camp for juniors.
Certificates and Diplomas
Students get certificates, what are aprooved by Latvian Ministry of Education and Science.
We are proud to be an official partner of the publishing house Zlatoust, St.Petersburg, Russia, specialized in the materials on teaching Russian as a foreign language. They let our teachers make the learning process gradual, corresponding to your interests, desires or special purposes. Such unique books as “Грамматика в анекдотах” /Grammar in jokes/ and “Сказки на уроке русского языка” /Fairy tales during the Russian lesson/ get you acquainted with everyday life, traditions and characters of Russian people but “Россия сегодня” /Russia today/ through texts from Russian newspapers informs about youth culture, attitude to work, ways of entertainment and social problems in contemporary Russia.
And we are especially proud that in such fields as Business Russian and Russian at children summer camp our staff has created specially designed teaching materials and syllabus to makes these exclusive programs running according to the highest quality demands in language teaching.
Our tutors – experienced professionals specialized to teach Russian as a foreign language with additional qualifications in culture studies, business, science, law etc. They are like actors who invite you to join a performance, at the same time motivating you to master Russian grammar through games and songs. At the end of the course you will be happy with the acquired knowledge and will have great memories of the time you have enjoyed with your new friends.
Social and Cultural Activities
The EC Durbe Language school takes care of students' free time after the lessons and therefore ,we can offer some activities included in the price and optional ones. Students will have a chance not only to study Russian, but also to practise their Russian in everyday life, to go sightseeing around Riga and the most popular and beautiful places in Latvia. Although we are a small country, you will be surprized how much it can offer!
From September to May the course price includes Monday’s Riga’s walking information tour for all new students and 1-2 activities per week. We will show you coffee-bars and restaurants around our school to have lunch , will go along the main Riga’s street – Brivibas street, to show you some shops, places of interest, night clubs, public transport stops. The walking tour will finish in Old Riga – historical centre and the most popular place among tourists - with a lot of coffee-bars, restaurants, clubs, souvenir shops, Russian Drama Theatre and Riga’s Dome.
For the season period (June – August) course price includes Riga’s walking tour and 3-4 2 social activities per week (all entrance fees, transport and food are paid by students). Those activities may include: dinner at the Russian cousine restaurant (dinner costs about 10 EUR), dinner at the Latvian style LIDO (10 EUR), movie at the Coca-Cola Plaza cinema complex (8 EUR), Livu aquapark (14-18 EUR), visit of Jurmala - Latvian seaside resort, bowling (5-10 EUR), Russian singers (from Russia) concert at Dzintari concert hall in Jurmala ( 30-80 EUR).
We know that accommodation in the country of your stay is very important – it affects your ability to study and improve the Russian language, explore the city and get new impressions and experience.
EC Durbe can offer you several types of accommodation to choose from:
Russian Host family accommodation – to get the most of your stay, get excellent additional Russian language practise and find out more about local people's traditions.
Residence - from January 2011 we offer our own cosy residence in the same building!
Appartments are also available - in the city centre and close to the school.
Hostels - cheap and comfortable accommodation in the centre of Riga.
Hotels - we are happy to advise you a good hotel to stay at during your study!
Houses for short term rent - an unique opportunity to rent a beautiful house in Jurmala.
Whatever you choose - we would be happy to offer you the best choice!
Excursions and Visits
Activities in Riga
Riga The Old and The New
You can use a comfortable and spacious bus to view the bustling and modern, multi-faceted and colourfully contrasting buildings of Riga. You will see historical, 19th century, wooden private homes in the eclectic style, which have been squeezed in between the proud and richly ornamented brick and stone residential buildings located in the city centre. They form a unique, Riga-specific city atmosphere. During the drive, the famous Art Nouveau metropolis of Riga will surprise you with the post-Soviet heritage residential communities and the, in many places still unfinished, colourful residential areas. During the excursion you will cross Latvia’s longest river, the Daugava, will drive along the city’s central embankment, and will see the city’s business centre and grassy and colourful parks and canals. During your trip you will see: the embassy elite district, the centre’s avenue arch, the Riga Palace, the National Opera, the Freedom Monument, the Arts Academy and the Orthodox Cathedral, the Central Market, Art Nouveau monumental buildings and the city’s post-Soviet residential communities.
You can also explore the city on foot and see the ancient Hansa trade city’s most historically recognized and hidden locations and see the Great Guild (Liela ģilde) and the Small Guild (Mazā ģilde), the Powder Tower (Pulvertornis), Rāmers and Jirgerna Tower, the Swedish Gate (Zviedru vārti), the Saint Jacob Catholic and the Saint Peter and John churches, the Convent of the Holy Spirit (Sv. Gara konventa seta) and, of course, the narrowest and "quietest” street in Old Town – Rozena Street.
Riga is a true capital of culture and arts in the Baltic region. There is the widest possible repertoire for every taste, every mood and every leisure requirement.
The Latvian National Opera with R. Wagner featuring amongst its founding fathers is indisputably one of the favourite tourist attractions.
Latvia houses the world's oldest Russian theatre outside Russia. Thanks to the wonderful direction, strong actors ensemble, thoughtfully created repertoire, Riga Russian Drama Theatre is one of the best theatres in the capital.
All the year round there are many guest performances by the best theatres of Russia in Riga.