Russian

Russian is spoken by more than 250 million people worldwide from the northern tundra to the Black Sea beaches. It is an international language of culture and commerce, Russia being a global political power.

Browse our Russian modules below and find the right level for you.

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Languages for All Modules

These general language modules are open to all students (for credits or not), members of staff, and members of the public.

Available on a semester basis (11-12 weeks), they aim to develop language competence and cultural knowledge for professional and recreational purposes through small group weekly classes and guided independent learning.

If you are unsure about your level, let us know when applying and we will invite you for a short placement interview to understand your previous experience and current needs.

Beginner

You have no previous experience of learning the language.

Intermediate

You have studied the language for one to two years, possibly have (the equivalent of) a good GCSE, and can interact with 'friendly' native speakers in common, expected situations.

Advanced

You have studied the language for some years, possibly have (the equivalent of) a good A-Level, and can interact quite naturally with native speakers in standard situations. You want to gain in fluency and accuracy in more advanced situations.

Higher Advanced

You are an advanced user of the language and have had opportunities to demonstrate your effective communicative skills in the field. You want to gain in sophistication and accuracy in specific situations.

Proficient

You may not be a near-native speaker yet, but you have a solid experience of interacting with such speakers, linguistically and culturally, and you need to hone your skills for specific purposes.

Higher Proficient

You may not be a near-native speaker yet, but you have a solid experience of interacting with such speakers, linguistically and culturally, and you need to hone your skills for specific purposes.


Degrees with Russian in the School of Languages and Cultures 

These modules are for undergraduate students undertaking a language degree with the School of Languages and Cultures and choosing Russian in their first year of study. Other options are available to students choosing Russian in their second year.

These modules are intended to build your proficiency in Russian over the years up to a near-native speaker level, taking into account any previous experience of the language you may have, whilst supporting your study of Russian culture in other modules. 

Please visit the Russian & Slavonic Studies website for information on available degrees and culture-related modules.

Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 4

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