Русский • Russian
Learning Russian grants access to a rich literary tradition, with iconic works by authors like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. Exploring these masterpieces in their original language provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of Russian literature. Russian is spoken by over 260 million people, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Proficiency in Russian opens up opportunities for travel, cultural immersion, and communication with Russian-speaking communities across various countries. Russia plays a significant role in global politics, business, and the arts, and knowledge of Russian can provide a competitive edge in career prospects and international relations. Learning Russian offers the rewards of cultural enrichment, expanded communication abilities, and a deeper understanding of a prominent and influential nation.
Why Learn Russian?
For questions relating to Russian courses or advising guidance, please contact:
Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe
Departmental Advisor for Russian
Irvin Hall 148
Dr. Sutcliffe provides academic advice on what courses to take in Russian, on graduate study and employment in Russian or related fields; also check the Russian bulletin board in the department frequently for announcements from graduate and internship programs and employers in the U.S. and abroad.
For general information about placement in Russian, please access the language placement guide at the ILRC.
If this is a new language for you (i.e., no prior experience in this language), students should enroll in Russian 101 and do not need to take a placement exam or advisement evaluation.
If you have had previous experience or education in this language, you will need to take the Russian Placement Test first to see which level you should enroll in. Go to Miami's Foreign Language Placement test web site and select Russian for your language. Then select the number of years you have previously had learning Russian. If you have had 1/2 years, round up to the next whole year of previous experience. When you are finished with the test, you will receive a raw score and a suggested placement.
If you believe that the language placement is incorrect or have doubts about the placment, please talk to the language advisor, who would be able to interview you briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening, literary, and cultural competence.