Why Study Russian at Iowa?

We offer four levels of courses in Russian, teaching students to speak, read, understand, and write in this fascinating language. In addition, we offer courses on Russian literature, cinema, and culture. A degree in Russian opens doors to careers in the federal government (foreign service officers, social workers, interpreters), in print media and broadcasting (correspondents, advisors), as human rights advocates, working for NASA, and much more.

Students can practice their Russian at conversation hour and with the Russian peer tutor!

Russian students smiling in a classroom.

Russian Courses

Browse available language and culture courses available for students.

Matruschka nesting dolls for sale on a table.

Cultural Activities and Events

Find celebrations, activities, exhibitions, and other events to connect with and enhance social development with members of the community.

The interior of the Church of the Resurrection.

Language and Culture Resources

As a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs, language has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.

The Bolshoi (Grand) Theater glowing with lights in the night sky.

Study Abroad

The program encourages students to study abroad to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies. The University has several opportunities to select from.

Female student studying abroad in Russia.

Student and Alumni Voices

Hear testimonials directly from the students and alumni of the program.

Faculty Specializing in this Area

Anna Kolesnikova, Ph.D.


Irina Kostina, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Russian Program
Associate Professor of Instruction