Russian Flagship Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Russian at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a top destination for students and scholars interested in Russian language and culture. Learn more about what makes UW-Madison a great place to experience and explore Russian:

Exceptional Academic Opportunities

UW-Madison is known nationally for its outstanding Russian program:

  • UW-Madison has an extraordinary number of Eurasia-related faculty. There are currently 40 tenure-line professors with a primary teaching and/or research interest in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.
  • Faculty focused on the broader Russian-speaking world represent a wide range of disciplines, including Art History, Communication Arts (Film), Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, Forestry and Wildlife Ecology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Jewish Studies, Law, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Sociology, and Theatre and Drama.
  • UW-Madison offers a wide range of courses related to Russia and other Russian-speaking countries, across several disciplines.
  • UW-Madison students have access to extensive networking opportunities with alumni, area specialists, and students through campus and community events.
  • Study abroad programs with a Russian-language component are available in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir, Russia, as well as Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • UW-Madison regularly offers intensive summer Russian courses in first- and second-year Russian.

Unique Resources

In addition to the Russian Flagship Program, UW-Madison is also home to: 

Community Involvement

Beyond what's available through the university, the greater Madison community also offers many exciting Russian-related opportunities: 

  • Artists, Singers, and Songwriters of Russia (ASSR), a community organization that brings numerous Russian musicians and other artists to perform in Madison.
  • Intermarket, a specialty store offering Russian and East European groceries.
  • Paul’s Pel’meni, a State Street restaurant that serves Russian dumplings with a twist.
  • Madison Russian School, a non-profit school that teaches children and adults about Russian language and culture.
  • Russian Community Table, an ongoing informal gathering for community members wishing to speak or practice Russian.
  • Russian Educational Association, a non-profit center for Russian-speaking people, immigrants, children from inter-cultural families who are learning a second language, and all those who simply desire to be connected to, retain, or explore Russian culture.

Russian Flagship students with instruments for the UW Russian Folk Orchestra