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.
In addition to the Russian Flagship Program, UW-Madison is also home to:
- The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), a leading center for research and training on the Eurasian region. CREECA also administers an MA program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), which provides interdisciplinary area studies training for emerging professionals and future leaders in business, development, government, journalism, law, publishing, and the military. Undergraduates can complete a certificate in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), a valuable addition to any major.
- The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, which offers undergraduate academic majors in Polish and Russian, MA/PhD programs for graduate students, and instruction over a broad range of languages, literatures, and cultures from the Slavic world, including Czech, Polish, Russian, and Serbian/Croatian.
- Russian House, a Russian-focused immersion house in the International Learning Community, a University Housing option for students studying foreign languages, students interested in world affairs, students in exchange programs, and students who are planning to study abroad, returning from study abroad, or are unable to go abroad during their college careers.
- The Russian Folk Orchestra, an official university performing and touring ensemble that welcomes anyone from the community to join. RFO provides orchestra members with an instrument, costume, and free music lessons.
- The Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies, a research center dedicated to the study of the great Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin and his era.
- The Pushkin Summer Institute, a residential summer enrichment program for high school students that receives support from the STARTALK program. Thanks to support from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), participants of the PSI are also able to study abroad in Daugavpils, Latvia.
- The Wisconsin Russia Project, an initiative, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by CREECA, to bring together an array of UW-Madison academic departments, faculty, and scholars with social scientists from the Russian Federation.
- The Language Institute, a hub on the UW-Madison campus for education, research, advising, and outreach related to the study of human languages.
- The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, a PhD program that investigates second language learning and acquisition, bi- and multilingualism, second and foreign language teaching, and the relationship among language, culture, identity, and thought in diverse social contexts.
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.