Why Study Slavic

If you want to broaden your horizons in world understanding, consider applying to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois. Our program will help you study literature from one of the most vibrant areas of the world as well as gain an understanding of the language and people of this area.

Why Slavic?

  • Spoken in Eastern, Southern, and Central Europe as well as in countries of the former USSR
  • Spoken in large diasporic and immigrant communities in North and South America
  • Government jobs and scholarships FLAS Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) institutes provide fullyfunded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Levels available for Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.
  • NGOs and Fulbright
  • History and culture
  • Literature and Film
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Travel / Tourism

Russian is the primary language of the 150 million citizens of the Russian Federation, as the Russian state calls itself, and is the native language of approximately 30 million people living in the other states which were formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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.

Russian Conversation Hour

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 here 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. The diversity of opportunities may surprise you. 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 Illinois also offers instruction in CzechPolishSerbian 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 here for why you should study more than one Slavic or East European language, and here to find out more about individual languages. 

Go to our classes !