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Studying Russian at the University of Iowa

Why study Russian?

For all Russian and Slavic courses offered at the UI in the current semester, see

For more information about the Russian language program, please contact Irina Kostina, 634 Phillips Hall
Phone: 319-621-2196 (cell), e-mail:


We encourage Study Abroad

We provide many opportunities for our students to learn Russian during summer intensive courses in Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Vladimir.

These direct institutional program (as The American Councils for International Education, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, PRUE, and others) have connections with Russia’s leading universities and offer intensive study programs for the summer, semester and academic year. Scholarships are available, and students financial aid packages through Iowa may be applied directly toward the program cost in Russia.

Contact Study Abroad Programs:  Kerby Boschee (319) 335-0353.


Resources for students of Russian

Faces of Russia at PBS  A Website devoted to PBS's three hour series entitled "Faces of Russia". Take a journey into the heart of Russian culture through her art, architecture, music and literature. View movie clips from the series and listen to interviews on many different topics in Russian culture. (Movies require either RealVideo, which can be obtained for free following the link above, or Apple Quicktime Plug-in, which is at

The Moscow Times  Daily English language newspaper on-line.

AATSEEL  The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

AAASS  The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

ACTR  The American Council of Teachers of Russian, Russian Page at Bucknell University

Russia Online  A website where students can purchase textbooks published in Russia


Russian minor

For the requirements for a Russian minor, please visit the General Catalog.


Video Links

UI Russian Program's Traditional Kapustnik - Fall 2015

The Art of Making the Russian Pelmeni

Если у Вас нету тёти/ If You Don't Have an Aunt