Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Disappearing Language Schools?

I thought I had found a very inexpensive place to study Russian that I was going to tell you about. I discovered it in a Google search, in one of the ads on the side. The Website is www.studyrussian.com/ua, and the school was located in Luhansk, the easternmost city in Ukraine, in the Donetsk region.
However, when I tried to find it by typing the address directly, I could not get to the page. Has the school disappeared, or did it ever exist? Further research unearthed the fact that Luhansk, according to my Bradt (www.bradtguides.com) guide the best-preserved Soviet city in Ukraine, is also considered a scam capital of Ukraine.
So, as of now, the best deal on Russian lessons still seems to be the London School www.thelondonschool.org)  in Bishkek, Kyrgystan. They offer various programs including private lessons for only $6 an hour, and cultural and horse-trekking options in summer.
I have emailed with someone who studied there and recommended the school, so I know it exists or at least did exist. Still, it is good to be cautious when dealing with longuage schools abroad, especially those in relatively remote areas. Perhaps it is best to pay more to study at a recognized place such as Moscow State University, or at least in a major city. Then, if something untoward happens, you have other options. What options would you have in a town like Luhansk?
Unfortunately, scams abound on the Internet, so why would they not also apply to language schools?


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