Bearing in mind that learning the Russian language in the city of Nizhni Novgorod can be one of the last options to consider. Probably, foreign students are going to choose big cities such as Moscow or St. Petersburg instead of Nizhni Novgorod because this town is not well known. However, this city includes some amazing features and historical areas that attract thousands of foreigners and locals each year.

Nowadays, the city of Nizhni Novgorod represents one of the main cultural and economic centers in the country. It is also the center of transportation. That is why this city is considered as one of the most important towns. The city was founded in 1221 by the Duke George II. In addition, the city has some prestigious universities and education centers where foreign students can take a professional career or learn the Russian language properly.

About the city

Even though the city of Nizhni Novgorod (Ни́жний Но́вгород) is not a popular destination for foreigners, there is a lot of activities to do and historic areas to visit. The city is considered as the fifth largest city in the country because of its population of 1,250,615 inhabitants approximately. This town is locally known as Nizhny and it was founded in the year of 1221 by the Great Russian Duke George II.

Strategically, the city was built between the confluences of two important natural resources; we are talking about the Oka and Volga rivers. That’s why the town, like Moscow and St. Petersburg, is a principal economic and cultural hub in the country. In addition, the city of Nizhny Novgorod is quite important because it has some of the most recognized IT and Engineering industries in the world. As an example we can mention Hydromash, Nitel, Gorky Automobile Plant, RUMO and Sokol.

There are more than twenty technological institutions that do research in the fields of telecommunications, radio technology and applied physics. In addition, there are a lot of professionals who are specialized in software development. Some of the biggest educational institutions that support the IT technology investigations are the Nizhni Novgorod State University, the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Information Technologies, the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy and the Nizhny Novgorod Technical University.

Monument to V.Chkalov Nizhni Novgorod, Russia The Academic Drama Theatre Nizhni Novgorod, Russia

As any other city in Russia, Nizhni Novgorod has a big cultural and historical background that is represented in several monuments, ancient constructions and art collections. In fact, the majority of the city center was constructed with a Russian Revival style. Tourists will be able to find a large number of well-preserved structures and several impressive monuments throughout the city. Recently, the UNESCO declared the city as one of the best cities that have a big cultural and historical value.

The city also has valuable and wonderful art collections made by prestigious artists from Russia such as Vasily Surikov, Ivan Aivazovsky, Karl Briullov and Ivan Shishkin to mention a few. Travelers can also find impressive Catholic monasteries (abbeys) like the Pechersky Ascension Monastery, Virgin's Nativity Church, The Annunciation Monastery, Church of Our Lady of Smolensk and the Assumption Church.

Why learn Russian in Nizhni Novgorod?

The city of Nizhni Novgorod was, in the past, a rich city culturally and economically speaking because it served as a big commercial trade center for Russia. That is why this town was sacked and burned several times by many invaders. The city was rebuilt after these several destructions. In this fashion, tourists can find a large number of stunning landmarks and well preserved constructions such as churches, palaces, walls and much more.

The city was initially constructed to serve as a military outpost in 1221. However, its strategic location (since it is situated between two important rivers Oka and Volga) Nizhni Novgorod became more a commercial city. Nowadays, the city is quite modern and it offers amazing accommodation facilities for foreigners. In addition, there are great universities, language schools and other educational institutions. People who are interested in exploring the city and studying Russian language at the same time need to visit this fantastic city.

One of the most famous dishes is Russian Salad dressing. Made of a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup complemented with such additional ingredients as horseradish, pimentos, chives and spices. From 100 grams of Salad dressing contains 26.18 grams of fat and 0 mg of Cholesterol.

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Russian courses in Nizhni Novgorod


The CREF Language School is a prestigious educational program that provides several efficient Russian language courses for international students. The CREF offers several training rooms in different cities of Russia such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhni Novgorod. All the training rooms have modern audio and video equipment. It is situated at the Pokrovskaya Street in the city center. The classes have duration of four hours every day from Monday to Friday. Each class starts with six students max. The teachers give materials to the students in every class.

Further Information: cref@cref.ru
Phone: +7 -495- 623-5757 / 623-3141

Ambergh Education

This is a reliable educational program that works directly with the most prestigious universities in Russia. International Students who want to acquire an excellent command of the Russian language need to consider taking this program. There are several courses such as the group courses, the individual courses and the cultural courses. The classes demand a lot of participation; students learn the language in outdoor and indoor environments. We are talking about excursions and visits to different cultural sites in the city.

Phone: +46 8 612 2330
Further Information: russian@ambergh.com

Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod

The Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod includes excellent and professional teachers who are capable to teach Russian to their students. The Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorov offers reliable academic and non academic programs with customized courses for students from different levels. In addition, international students are able to learn the culture while studying the language.

Further Information: admdep@lunn.ru
Phone: +7 (831) 436-15-75
Adress: Ul. Minina 31

HSE (Higher School of Economics University)

This University is another leader institution that provides excellent courses with professional native speaker teachers. As an example we can mention the general Russian as one of the basic levels, the Business Russian Course (special for business students), the Russian History Course and the Russian Politics Course. Without a doubt this important educational institution in Russia is focused on students who want to pursue a professional career in Russia.

Further Information: internationalnn@hse.ru
Phone: 007 -831- 416-95-75
Address: Bolshaya Pecherskaya St. 25/12

Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical University

This important Russian University was founded in 1911 and since then it offers an excellent education in several fields. International students can also learn the Russian language properly there. The university has three important levels (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.)

Further information: culrr@mail.ru
Phone: -007- 831 436-39-90
Address: Ulyanova street 1 603950

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