• Learn Russian in the European Union

Perfect Location to Learn Russian

Daugavpils is not only the most Russian city in Latvia, but is without a doubt the best place to study the Russian language while enjoying the security of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Major Advantages of Learn Russian in the EU:

Unique Russian-Speaking Environment

  • Daugavpils is the most Russian city of the European Union. Students experience full linguistic immersion and undergo an amazing cultural experience. It’s the perfect place to study Russian.

Flexible Study Options

We offer different Russian language training options:

  • Individually tailored one-on-one courses;
  • Academic programs and study abroad programs in Russian language, literature and culture, Eastern European and post-Soviet studies for university students;
  • Internships in academia, research, municipal government, sports, law enforcement;
  • Pedagogy development courses for educators who teach Russian as a foreign language;
  • Fully adapted programs to meet the needs of the individual student.

No Visa Required

  • Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to enter Latvia, and Latvia is a member of the Schengen Zone. This makes travel easier and less expensive, providing opportunities to easily visit the neighboring Baltic states of Lithuania and Estonia.

Central Location for Eastern European, post-Soviet and Baltic Area Studies

  • All Baltic capitals are easily accessible by bus. The border with Lithuania is 25 kilometers from Daugavpils, the border with Belarus is 33 kilometers away, and the Russian border is 120 kilometers from the city.
  • St. Petersburg and Moscow can be reached by a convenient overnight train.
  • The Russian and Belarus consulates, located in Daugavpils, can issue a Russian or Belarusian visa in few days.

European-Level Standard of Living and Security

  • Daugavpils is a pleasant, safe and orderly European city with modern infrastructure and a rich history. A high quality of life, modern services, and welcoming residents are only a few factors that draw people to Daugavpils.
  • Latvia is a democratic country with a market economy. It is a member state of the European Union and NATO.
  • Since 2014, the Euro is Latvia’s national currency.

Flexible Housing Options

  • Most of our students choose to stay with a Russian host family. This is an excellent opportunity to practice Russian language skills in a real-life environment.
  • Students may also opt to live in a hotel or a rented apartment.

Specialized Training Possibilities

  • Daugavpils is located within the territory of the European Union and NATO. Therefore, we are able to provide training services for students with specific needs in privacy and safety. For example, we have experience delivering Russian language proficiency enhancement courses for NATO countries’ government officials and diplomats.

High Educational Quality

  • Daugavpils University and Training Center LatInSoft have extensive experience in teaching foreign languages to international students. Our study programs are tailored to the interests and needs of each group and every student. Our state-of-the-art teaching methods ensure that classes are effective and engaging.

ECTS Credit Transfer

  • Since Latvia is a member of the EU, study abroad programs at Daugavpils University offer credits for transfer under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), developed by the European Commission and Council of Europe. ECTS credits are widely accepted by North American universities.

Better Value

  • The expected total budget for a Russian immersion course, lodging, food, and living expenses in Daugavpils is significantly lower than that which could be found in other cities and countries. At the same time, standard of living, quality of services and safety are likely to exceed expectations.

Qualified Teachers

  • All of our teachers are native Russian speakers with a corresponding degree. They are professional, experienced, and enthusiastic.

Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

  • The Daugavpils region has inherited remarkable ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity from its turbulent history. The area is a home to many different communities – Russian, Latvian, Latgalian, Jewish, Polish, Belarusian, Roma – which have been cohabiting and cooperating for centuries.

We believe Daugavpils is a great place for intensive Russian immersion training for university students and professionals!