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Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Choose Russian!

The energetic team of professors and instructors at the Slavic Department is ready to guide you through your exploration of language and culture through dynamic language and culture classes which prepare you for your next trip to Russia as well as for your scholarly research.

Many people think that learning the Russian alphabet takes a long time. But we will know it in just two weeks.

The language learning workshop, organized at the beginning of each academic year, presents strategies and tips to make your language learning experience easier and more rewarding.


The conversation hour gives you the occasion to get together with other people interested in Russian language and culture and to meet with graduate students and professors from the Slavic Department for informal conversation in Russian every other week at Espresso Royale on Goodwin Ave. All levels are welcome and, of course, no grades!

See the calendar for the conversation hour schedule.

Our classes are also oriented towards students interested in developing their business vocabulary. There is a wide variety of jobs out there that require knowledge of Russian. Why not be ready for one of them! If you want to see some examples consult the Russian job folder in 3080 FLB. Have a look at what some of our former majors are saying about the careers Russian has opened to them.

Check out the following resources to find out more about Russia:

Although Russia is no longer the enemy of the Cold War, the demand for Russian speakers is great. Russian is the native language of some 150 million citizens of the Russian Federal Republic. It is one of the five official languages of the UN, and ranks with English, Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish as a strategic language. What is more, Russian remains the unofficial lingua franca of the former Soviet republics, an indispensable communications tool across all of the Caucasus and Central Asia .

The Slavic Department at UIUC also offers instruction in Czech, Polish, Serbian and Croatian, and Ukrainian languages and a quite a number of courses in culture and literature. Learning these languages enables you to see the world through different eyes and opens up innumerable opportunities for you. And once you learn one Slavic language, the second one comes easier -- they are all closely related. Go to our classes.