NovaMova Study Abroad Programs
In the summer of 2016 NovaMova Russian Language School in Odessa is hosted by a unique, new and conceptual Educational Hub. It provides a warm, inviting atmosphere where
NovaMova is proud to offer you our well tested Russian language immersion programs that will involve you in using your speaking skills actively, in the classroom environment...
The capital of Moldova will charm you with its Southern European feel. Many people there speak fluent Russian, so you could practice your language skills just like in Moscow. Moldova...
The NovaMova Program in Republic of Georgia combines effective Russian language learning with unforgettable experience that exposes you to Georgia’s diverse cultural and...
Second time in Nova Mova
Submitted by Mickaël de PRAT - Saint Malo France | October 19, 2016
I have learned 3 months this summer in Nova Mova school. It is more than a School it is a real family. They are always ready to help you to improve your level in Russian. But also, they are doing all there best to enjoy your life in Kiev.
It was the second time with Nova Mova and I already know that I will come back again.
It was so goooooooooooooooood.
Focus on language and culture in the beautiful city of Odessa
Submitted by Viktor - Lucerne Switzerland | October 18, 2016
Having a 2A level in Russian I meant to improve my conversation skills in an attractive city. From various language schools I have chosen NovaMova because it made overall the best impression due to its organisation and professional approach. I stayed in a hotel and I booked 2 weeks with 20 academic hours ea. In the hindsight I would rather split the 4 daily hours in 2 morning and 2 afternoon lessons, as the efficiency starts to decrease after 2 hours. My teacher with university background really challenged my skills and deepened the grammar where needed. Not only did I improve my Russian but did I learn a lot about the city, its inhabitants and their humour. Thanks!
Visiting twice the Opera and the Philharmonia, strolling through the city with beautiful buildings (yet some restoration needs to be done) and many excellent restaurants were highlights of my "cultural" stay. A trip to the Shabo winery and Akkerman fortress completed it. I shall recommend NovaMova and come again.
NovaMova is the best in Ukraine!
Submitted by Orkun - Adana Turkey | October 17, 2016
I had a chance to attend NovaMova,Odessa for the two weeks period in the summer of 2016. Individual courses taken for 22 hrs a week lasted for 2 Weeks from private Russian instructors. Mostly focused on advanced Business & Gramatical Russian.Since I was a Russian Language study expert ( overall 8 Years) and being studied&lived in other Russian speaking countries, I kept my expectations in reasonable manner before I stepped in the school. Despite my short term study&stay in NovaMova, Odessa, my achievement was incredible at the end of two weeks time frame. My private instructor and staff were very friendly performing a full support to improve my Russian Language skills as well as my social life during my stay in Odessa. Everything was planned & established very professionally. On the other hand, to be honest, Odessa is an unique city in Europe to benefit from all in terms of cultural & touristic activities having numerous of operas,ballet and fancy beaches, not to mention the moderate climate. As a conclusion, If you are serious and eager to learn Russian specially for the beginners, NovaMova Odessa will be the right place for you. Hope to be back in Odessa and NovaMova at the soonest.
Learning Russian in summer in Odessa
Submitted by Antonio - Malaga Spain | October 16, 2016
I live in Spain. I have been studying Russian for 3 years now. The breakthrough came in Odessa. I took private classes during my summer vacation at Nova Mova School, Odessa. I made very quick progress. This type of classes is extremely efficient. My Russian level improved very quickly. The school is also very efficient in providing you accommodation and help in whatever you need. The school found a very comfortable and beautiful apartment for the time of my stay. Everything was nearby: the Market, the City Center, shopping malls, nice parks to walk... Everybody is very friendly and the learning environment ideal. I also enjoyed our excursion to the catacombs very much. On top of that Odessa is a gorgeous city: great beaches, very beautiful buildings and great climate. Prices are not high at all. Nova Mova in Odessa is ideal to learn Russian and relax at the same time. You can do your homework on the beach or in a nice park. I really felt very good and relaxed there and I'm very thankful for that. I absolutely can recommend the school and the city.
Conflict and Policy in Post-Soviet Space: Do it!
Submitted by Ian - - | October 06, 2016
As a "Slavophile" obsessed with Russian language, international politics, national identity, and political history -- I can only recommend this program. I did not have access to study these subjects at my small private university, which is why I chose this program. I came in with barely any Russian what so ever and faced a very steep learning curve. However combined with my two "host-moms," the brilliant program coordinator Inna Motsar, conversation tutors, and 2hrs of intensive Russian every day with the extraordinary Elena Koposova, I achieved high beginner proficiency and comfort conversing with the Georgian friends I made. From Georgia we traveled to Moldova, Romania, Armenia, and I traveled independently to Ukraine to visit friends.
The policy course is highly active and engaging in contrast to "nose-in-the-books" programs.
Our meetings with civic organizations, freelance journalists, politicians, and scholars were just as formative as the texts we read. Prepare yourself to have an opinion and "fix the problem" through research and writing succinct policy briefs on the conflicts. We traveled to many religious sites, and I learned much about art history, Orthodox iconography/hagiography, and different ethnic groups in Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova.
Like any abroad program, prepare to deliberately dislocate yourself from the familiar. Make yourself uncomfortable. Speak Russian (and Georgian!) when you know you will mess up. Get in a marshrutka. Ask for directions. Volunteer, as you will have some free time! I interned with an LGBT organization in Tbilisi, an experience which altered my interests from international relations to sociology, advocacy, and social justice. Journal all your experiences! (If you're a coffee fiend in Batumi, I recommend Cafe Gardens, Renew, and Literatur Cafe!)
A precaution: In the countries we visited, LGBT people cannot be out to many of their friends or family members due to traditionalism or hyper-nationalism. Many of my Georgian LGBT friends, especially those who are gender-non-conforming, experienced some kind of violence. For my own safety as a gay man, I had to code-switch and police my mannerisms constantly. I was fortunate enough to not experience any problems on that front. Program staff were very supportive.
Overall, know what you want from the program. Even if that changes, you will find a way to meet those interests and needs! This program was one of the most formative experiences of my life so far, and I would do it again.