Learning German in Russia


There are many opportunities to learn German in Russia. In addition to the Goethe-Institut, you can receive advanced language instruction at public and private language schools and other institutions in many cities.


The Goethe-Institut e.V. is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. Its central mission is to promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.  In Russia, the Goethe-Institut supports German language learning and teaching as these are the most important means of communication and significantly enhance Germany’s reputation abroad. The learning concept at the Goethe-Institut guarantees that students quickly achieve language proficiency thanks to highly qualified teaching staff, the latest teaching methods, intensive supervising and advising, and a course system that is recognised around the world.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and an overview of the German language courses available.

Schools with advanced German instruction

DSD schools

Pupils at more than 50 state and private schools in the Russian Federation have the opportunity to attain the German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs – or  DSD for short.

The DSD is the only certificate of German language proficiency offered at schools in Russia which is recognised by universities in Germany.

The network of Russian schools at which students can attain the DSD is supervised by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA).

“Fit Schools”

Aside from schools which confer DSD certificates, there are a number of so-called “Fit Schools” in Russia. These schools offer advanced German instruction under the guidance of the Goethe-Institut. They prepare students to take the “Fit in Deutsch (Goethe-Zertifikat)” examination at the A1 or A2 language level.

Using this interactive map, you can find out which Russian cities have DSD and “Fit Schools”.

Deutsche Welle

The Deutsche Welle broadcasts a diverse range of information in German via radio, television and Internet which is available to all learners and teachers of German, as well as those interested in Germany.