About The Russian Program

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Nationally and internationally known faculty.

The major and most classes, especially language classes, are small and students enjoy a high degree of faculty-student interaction. The current faculty are well-known in Russian literature, culture, film and language curriculum and design, and include the authors of the popular textbook series Russian in Stages.

Individualized attention and advising

All students enrolled in Russian courses have regular access to the faculty, and majors may enroll in a 1-credit colloquium each year designed just for majors that explores a variety of academic and professional topics and provides the opportunity for students to interact regularly with each other and the faculty.

Russian for Heritage Learners

Special courses intended for students with early experience with Russian language, including work with reading and writing, vocabulary building, and advanced literature and culture courses are offered every semester.

Study Abroad

Russian students are encouraged to pursue study abroad for a semester or a year. Many of our students participate in programs offered through the American Councils for International Education, formally affiliated with UM Education Abroad Office (www.americancouncils.org)

The Language House Immersion Program

Located in St. Mary’s dormitory, the Language House offers a cluster in Russian where students live and study with others who are equally passionate about language study. Students speak only Russian while at home and participate in a variety of activities related to the culture of the region.

Internships in the Washington DC area

Students are encouraged to pursue the rich opportunities offered as a result of our proximity to the nation’s capital, such as internships with government agencies or think tanks, as well as cultural events.


Russian students are eligible for a variety of national and campus-wide scholarships, including ones that support study abroad and residence in the Language House.