In October 2021 the unique project « Open Russian Language Education Centre in Zimbabwe » implemented by the St Petersburg University and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation started to function. The “Open Russian Language Educational Center in Zimbabwe » is a project of great opportunities. It gives the citizens of Zimbabwe a great chance to learn the Russian language as well as get acquainted with the Russian culture and peculiarities of life in this country. The courses are completely free and are reverently guided by the experienced teachers of one of the top universities.
SPbU’s language courses are the first Russian language courses opened by a Russian higher educational institution in Zimbabwe for the last 30 years. For this reason, the project caused great excitement among the inhabitants of the country. As a result, currently the courses are attended by more than 200 people. Course participants are applicants, representatives of various organizations and state bodies. They are all united by a genuine interest in Russia and the Russian language.
The language courses at St. Petersburg State University do not just allow students to learn one of the most difficult and beautiful languages in the world, but also have specific advantages. Students who join the project get a whole range of generous opportunities and are really immersed in the world of the Russian language.
And here’s why.
Firstly, all the teachers are creative, using effective methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language. They develop a friendly atmosphere in groups, both in and out of class, and always in touch with the students.
Secondly, students get free access to unique resources and a lot of textbooks, useful for studying Russian language and Russian culture.
In addition, at the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of mastering the online course and will be allowed to take an exam in Russian as a foreign language at the Language Testing Center at SPbU. If they pass the exam, students will receive a certificate of international standard A1 level in Russian.
And finally, as Dmitry V. Ptyushkin, director of the Language Testing Center at St. Petersburg University, notes, in the future the participants of the course will be able to get an education in the Russian Federation:
« Earlier there were more than 15 thousand quotas that allowed foreigners to study in our country for free, and now there are even more. Moreover, the university has its own quota, so we are very pleased to welcome young people to study. «
We should also note that the interest to the project is growing, so the university is developing in this direction and plans to open new groups for those who want to learn Russian in Zimbabwe.
All information about the courses, schedule, order of enrollment is available here: https://rusinzw.ru/en/