Petrozavodsk - coordinates 61°47′N 34°20′E (show location on an interactive map)
- Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Republic of Karelia and its largest city. Despite its size, Petrozavodsk is a calm city with real Russian charm.
- Moscow and St. Petersburg can be reached overnight via comfortable night train.
- Living with a host family, you will experience true Russian hospitality.
- You will study Russian in a friendly atmosphere and make friends with Russian students.
- You will have the opportunity to visit the Kizhi churches, the Valaam and Solovetskiy monasteries, and other masterpieces of architecture.
Karelia is a land of rich history and culture. While staying here, you may see world-renowned architectural masterpieces of the Russian North: the museum of wooden architecture, Kizhi, and the monasteries of Valaam and Solovki.
You may visit Karelian villages and experience their unique, northern charm and the exceptional hospitality of their people. Science, arts and folklore are cherished in Karelia.
There are two institutes of higher education in Karelia - Petrozavodsk State University and the Conservatory.
In addition, Karelia is home to the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a variety of education centers.
There are four theaters in Petrozavodsk, and every other town in Karelia has its own theater. Museums of local history and culture can be found in almost every town.
Karelia is made up of beautiful nature and nice, hospitable people. Some of the breathtaking natural attractions of Karelia are the Kivach waterfall, the Onego Lake (the cleanest lake in Europe), and numerous forest parks, rocks, plains, and lakes. It’s an ideal place for boating, skiing, hiking, fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, and having picnics and rest.
See why we say, “From here you can go anywhere!”
You have the unique chance to visit St. Petersburg and Moscow regularly (both cities lie only a night’s travel from Petrozavodsk). In addition, you can visit other Northern Russian cities including Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, and Vologda!
Low cost of living
Food and housing are relatively cheap in Petrozavodsk, especially compared to big cities. You can save money and return home with bags full of Karelian and Russian souvenirs and gifts. The artists of the Culture and Rest Center in Karelia are prize winners of many Karelia-wide and all-Russian exhibitions. They offer many items unique in design and made of wood, birch bark, bone, natural fabric, or yarn.
You can buy various souvenirs: nine-piece matrjeshka-dolls, rolling matrjeshka-dolls, painted eggs, Manya-and-Vanya textile dolls, kettle covers, wooden decorations and kitchen boards, boxes with landscape paintings, birch bark boxes, brooches, pendants, earring made of bone, lace collars, etc.
So, whether you’re still in high school, a recent graduate, or are pursuing a graduate degree, come and visit us!
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