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All study abroad programs provided by Learn Russian in the EU in Daugavpils, Latvia, offer a full Russian language and cultural immersion.



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All study abroad programs provided by Learn Russian in the EU in Daugavpils, Latvia, offer a full Russian language and cultural immersion.

Learn Russian in the European Union, an experienced Russian-language study abroad provider working in Daugavpils, offers diverse study options:

  • short-term custom immersion projects for universities and government institutions;
  • semester abroad, summer, and winter programs for undergraduate students, hosted at Daugavpils University;
  • individually tailored Russian language programs run one-on-one.

Please learn more at Learn Russian in the EU Study Programs and Individually tailored Russian language program.

Language immersion includes the following key factors:

  • Russian language classes run by experienced native instructors, mostly in Russian;
  • conversation practice with native Russian communication tutors;
  • homestays with vetted and trained Russian-speaking host families;
  • spontaneous informal contacts in various contexts with residents of Daugavpils, a city where Russian is spoken as the primary language everyday communication.

In addition to the opportunities provided by the study program, students engage in communicative practices in various situations. They may participate in direct conversations with locals, they may acquire spoken language nuances just listening to local people around them, students’ participation in social and cultural life broadens awareness of the Russian language, etc.

All this helps students rapidly improve fluency, comprehension, expand active vocabulary, and strengthen active grammar.

Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia and the largest Russian-speaking city in the European Union. Daugavpils is a Russian language enclave. Modern standard Russian is the language of daily communication in this city. You may find more about Daugavpils at Daugavpils, Latvia: unique cultural environment for Russian immersions.

Useful information is also available at Russian Host Families, Communication Tutors, and Study in Latvia Visa-Free.

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Etude on Dvinsk by F.Fedorov

The Baltic region is one of the most catastrophe prone regions of the 2nd millennium, especially its second part; it is the centre of attraction of ‘geopolitical’ interests of the European world. Probably the most tragic fate has befallen to the eastern part of the present Latvia and its multi-titled town of Dinaburg – Dvinsk – Daugavpils. During its 730 years long history, the town went through five rather autonomous periods of development, five different lives (German, Polish, Russian, Latvian, Soviet), and at the beginning of the 1990s it entered into the 6th period.

The history of Dinaburg – Dvinsk – Daugavpils is the history of five attempts by the town to begin its life anew; and this is determined not only by the fact that the town was four times burned down and had to start life from scratch, but first and foremost because each of these periods was characterized by a total change of ethnos and the socio-cultural field.

The present article deals with the cultural space of the town in one of the most efficient periods of its development – from the 1860s till World War I.

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