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    Russian at UW-L


    Check out what you can do after one semester of Russian at UWL!


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    К М С Т А О - Look like English & Sound like English, Г Л Д П Р Ф Х – letters from Greek

    We offer a certificate program in Russian, including four semesters of Russian language, Russian literature, and political science or history. The program provides students with the basics of Russian grammar and conversation, and an introduction to composition and civilization.

    • Russian two-year course of study fulfilling the College of Liberal Studies requirements for a BA degree
      • Russian 101 (fall semesters)
      • Russian 102 (spring semesters)
      • Russian 201 (fall semesters)
      • Russian 202 (spring semesters)
    • Opportunities to study abroad
    • Instruction by a native speaker of Russian

    Russian program resources and links


    Russian Program News

    Student Uses Russian in ROTC Project Go

    ROTC Project Go

    David Teclaw was awarded a scholarship through the ROTC Project GO (Global Officers) to study in St. Petersburg Russia for the summer of 2013. Project GO is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. David’s goal is to utilize his Russian language skills “to better the world, whether it is sitting behind the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, training and advising another states personnel, or interpreting in a combat zone”.

    UWL Student Conducting Research in Russia


    Brett Rosiejka, an undergraduate student studying applied math and physics at UWL has been accepted by International Student Practice program to conduct research on signal processing of nuclear experiments at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia (a sister-city of La Crosse). He was also presented with an opportunity to attend seminars at the JINR Education Programme and the University Centre, together with students from other countries. During his two-month internship in Dubna, Brett Rosiejka will improve the Russian communication skills that he gained during his four semesters of Russian Language Studies at UWL.

    Why learn Russian?

    • Russian is one of the three major world languages
    • 280 million people speak Russian
    • 25% of all scientific literature is published in Russian
    • Over 300 US companies have businesses in Russia (for example, 3M, Honeywell, SC Johnson)
    • Russia is undergoing great cultural and economic changes, increasing its contact with the rest of the world
    • There are increasing opportunities for those who speak Russian, particularly in the fields of international relations, political science, history, and business
    • Russian is the official language of the Commonwealth of Independent States and is taught in all of the schools in the Commonwealth
    • Learning Russian can make you a better student because the discipline required to learn another alphabet and language can be applied to other courses
    • Exploring the traditions of another country gives you fresh insight into your own culture and way of life
    • Check out this website or one of our own student's glog for more great reasons to study Russian
    • Does Russia matter?

    Ten things you probably didn't know about Russia (from Russian Life)

    • St. Cyril did not create the Cyrillic Alphabet
    • Every Russian Tsar named Peter died a hard and painful death
    • The first Russian gold medalist was in skating and the first Soviet gold medalist was in discus
    • A Russian invented the helicopter
    • The Russian language is spoken by 278 million Earthlings (fifth most of all languages)
    • A fox is the most famous trickster in Russian folk tales
    • 22% of the world's forests are in Russia
    • Never step over small children, you might stunt their growth
    • Tchaikovsky (yes, Pyotr Ilyich, of 1812 Overture fame), was actually trained as a lawyer
    • Russia has more Muslims than any European country