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Minor in Russian


Russian is not only the language of Russia. It is also the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the official language of many other countries associated with the former Soviet Union. Russian is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

The Russian Program at Clemson:

  • offers courses in language, literature and culture up to 300 level.
  • provides opportunities to practice and meet native speakers at a weekly Russian conversation table and Russian Club activities.
  • offers grants that cover the majority of the cost of a summer school language program in St Petersburg.
  • has a minor in Russian Area Studies covering Russian politics, culture and literature in addition to language courses.

Reasons to learn Russian:

Russian is widely used in many countries outside Russia. Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian. It is also applied as a means of coding and storage of universal knowledge: 60–70 percent of all world information is published in English and Russian languages. Russian is a necessary accessory of world communications systems (broadcasts, air- and space communication, etc).

Russian is classified as a level III language in terms of learning difficulty for native English speakers. It is also regarded by the United States Intelligence Community as a "hard target" language, due to both its difficulty to master for English speakers as well as due to its critical role in American world policy.

Russia is in political social and economic transformation. It has vast natural resources and highly educated peoples. It remains a nuclear superpower and is a strategic and cultural force of tremendous influence.

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, ... need one say more?

Russian Snow Bridge

Study Russian in St. Petersburg

June 17 - July 25, 2017

The Clemson University Russian Area Studies Committee announces the competition for support to students interested in studying Russian language in St. Petersburg, Russia, in an excellent six-week summer program. 

St Petersburg

The competition is open to all Clemson students regardless of whether or not they have taken Russian in the past. The criteria for section include the quality of the application, grades, extracurricular activities, and coursework.

The grant from the Russian Area Studies Committee will cover approximately $8,000.00 program’s cost including tuition at St Petersburg Polytechnical University, air fare from a hub airport to St Petersburg, a choice of accommodation with a Russian family, and several excursions, among which are a few days in London and a weekend in Moscow. The program is run by the American Institute for Foreign Studies in St Petersburg, Russia, and offers different levels of study, from introductory to advanced ( 

Students accepted will need to provide their passport, the damage deposit ($250 refundable), and up to $2,000 of the total cost of the program (the grant will cover the remainder of approx. $8,000.00). If offered the grant, students must make commitments to 1) take at least a semester of Russian language classes on your return; and 2) be available to talk about the program at certain Clemson events, e.g. Study Abroad Fair, International Awareness Week.

To apply, please, send to Olga Volkova ( three copies of your transcript (official transcript is not necessary) and of a letter of application. In the letter, please, specify your reasons for wanting to study in Russia. You might write about the language(s), if any, you have already studied, and the experiences that demonstrate your ongoing interest in Russian culture. The application deadline is January 16th, and you will be notified if you are accepted by mid-February.