Course

Russian language courses

From the very first group lesson an experienced teacher will help you to build your vocabulary and understand how the language works. During these lessons we will also make use of an interactive, digital environment. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a  native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Russian. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.  

After completing the third module, you will be able to communicate in Russian in everyday situations. 

Please note: due to the COVID-19 situation, we will provide this course in an online setting.

Russian course modules

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Costs are exclusive course materials.

Attainment levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginner: Russian A1 
  • Elementary: RU-A2minus
  • Elementary: RU-A2plus

Russian A1 (RU-A1)

Russian A1 is for people with no prior knowledge of Russian. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • read and write the Russian Alphabet;
  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others;
  • ask for and provide personal details;
  • talk about your family;
  • describe your house, neighbourhood, city;
  • ask and give an opinion;
  • conduct simple discussions in present and past tenses;
  • talk about daily activities such as work or sports.

Course material

  • I Love Russian - A1 (beginner) by Linden & Denz 

    ISBN  9783907154007  o

    r as an E-book ISBN  9783907154083.

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A1: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Russian A2minus (RU-A2minus)

Russian A2minus is suitable for people with basic knowledge of Russian and for people who have completed the previous course. After completing the second module, you will be able to:

  • conduct simple conversations about daily activities;
  • talk about food and cuisines, order a meal in a restaurant;

  • express likes and dislikes;

  • talk about the past and future plans about study, work and travels;​

  • talk about cinema, music and theater;

  • invite someone to a party, birthday, movie;

  • make a phone call and leave a message;

  • make an appointment;

  • describe the city and house you live in;

  • agree or disagree;

  • ask and give an opinion.

Course material

  • I Love Russian - A1 (beginner) by Linden & Denz ISBN  9783907154007  or as an E-book ISBN  9783907154083.

Date:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A2minus: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Russian A2plus (RU-A2plus)

Russian A2plus is suitable for people with basic knowledge of Russian (A2- level) and for people who have completed the previous course. After completing the third module, you will be able to:

  • engage in conversations about daily activities and interests;
  • talk about families and relationships;

  • get around in the shops;

        

  • ask the way and give directions;

  • tell how you spent holidays, discuss travel plans;

  • ask for information and make a hotel reservation;

  • compare different types of houses, discuss plusses and minuses, rent a house;

  • talk about habits, discuss what a healthy lifestyle is, give advice;

  • talk about the future, short- and longterm plans;

  • engage in a discussion, express your point of view, agree or disagree with others.

Course material

  • I Love Russian - A2 Coursebook (second edition) by Linden & Denz   ISBN  9783907154236  or as an E-book ISBN  9783907154243.

Date:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A2plus: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Registration and intake

You can register to a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

If you already have some knowledge of the language and would like to join a non-beginners group then you can email Sonia Bourdonskaia to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre or online.

Book an intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After successfully completing a course, you will receive a certificate. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. One course is worth 3 ECTS credits. Whether these credits are acknowledged depends on your faculty. Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme.