Part of what makes RLC unique are our special courses. As well as a wide range of standard and fast-track group courses, we offer a variety of special courses throughout the year.

Our popular January Intensive Beginners' Course is now running, with two groups and more students than ever before.

In April we are running our special World Cup Russian Weekend course for beginners, and in July we have our two-week immersion intensive. Scroll down to find out more. 
World Cup Weekend
7-8 April 2018

Travelling to Russia for the World Cup in June? Spend a weekend learning the basic language you’ll need for your trip!

Held over 7 and 8 April from 10am to 4pm, this course for beginners is perfect preparation for a trip to Russia for the World Cup. You’ll learn the Russian alphabet, essential for finding your way around town, along with basic survival phrases to order food and drink and introduce yourself. We’ll include practical information about host cities, along with some of the ‘dos and taboos’ of Russian etiquette – and of course you’ll learn a few football phrases as well! At the end of the weekend you’ll be provided with audio materials and a special phrasebook to take home and practise.

£180 incl. VAT


Summer Immersion Course
23 July to 3 August

Get your Russian off to a flying start with RLC’s Immersion Course for Beginners this summer! With 50 hours of tuition over two weeks, you will soon be having short conversations in simple, correct Russian. The course works perfectly as a stand-alone crash course in Russian, or is a great way to prepare for further studies.

Group size is restricted to 8 students, making sure everyone gets extensive exposure to the language. The course is based on Tatyana Akishina’s intensive textbook Russian in 10 Days, modified to incorporate RLC’s own unique course materials.

The course runs daily from 10.00 to 16.00, with two lessons divided by a break for lunch. The immersion course ends with a celebration of what you have achieved, with students given an opportunity to display their newly acquired skills in an informal setting.

Please note that a minimum of 5 students is required to run the course.

The closing date for applications is 22 June. Sign up by 1 June and get a £50 discount!

Type of tuition: Group
Level: Beginner
Location: Pushkin House
Course length: 50 hours
Dates: 23 July to 3 August
Lesson length: 2 X 2.5 hours minimum
Days: Daily, Monday to Friday
Lesson times: 10.00 to 16.00, with one hour off for lunch
Price for 50-hour Course: £850 incl. VAT, or £800 if payment is received by 1 June


I quickly found out that the RLC is unique from institutions I had studied at previously in that my teacher individualizes the course structure to the student's needs.
One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture.
The course book produced by the RLC makes learning Russian really interesting, and gives a student plenty of opportunity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
Our diverse and stimulating daytime group receives high quality, engaging tuition which matches our interests and needs.
I'm just finishing my first term and feel really inspired and enthusiastic about continuing.
Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.
The RLC appealed to me due to its central location and wide range of day and evening classes.
The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional.
The use of different teachers also offers different accents, voices and opinions so that one's ears become more attuned to the patterns and rhythms essential to understanding what to me at least is a new language.
I've stuck at it, and my class goers have become friends as well as fellow students. We struggle through our grammar together!
Familiarity leads to greater confidence, which has also been bolstered by our excellent and extraordinarily patient teacher!
The class was young professional people and it was fun but learning was serious and the teacher maintained a strong pace.
After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.
RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
I do definitely recommend RLC. Classes are intense and demanding, but also a good fun, something really important when taking evening lessons after work.
What made me actually enrol was the relaxed, friendly, yet efficient meeting with the course director to establish my level of knowledge.
So when I learned that all the teachers at the Russian Language Centre were Russian I felt confident that I would be in good hands not only learning to speak Russian but also understanding it.
The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning.
I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher's input.
If you are interested in learning Russian, whether as a beginner or someone who might have studied a little before, the RLC is the place to do it.
I chose the RLC after looking at several schools because I liked the flexibility of the courses, and the possibility of having one-to-one tuition, which is the option I took.
The centre has its own set of course books that I've found very effective in helping me to learn.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests.
I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests.
I have found the atmosphere at the RLC to be very open and supportive.
From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion.
I would recommend RLC to anyone wanting to begin learning or improve their Russian language skills.  It's an inclusive and friendly environment.
The course is very practically based and combines grammar and themes which build on the grammar with further vocabulary; for example, travel and directions, conversation about families, the weather, shopping, ordering in a restaurant and much more!
Having completed four terms, I am now having a break from studying, but may return after another few weeks travelling in Russia, for which I am even better equipped than before.
I was pleased to pass my first exams last summer as did the other two of my classmates who took the exam.  I would strongly recommend the school to other potential students.
After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws!
After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress!
I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.