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

  • For study in Russia (ACTR organization), see the opportunities available at and at or contact Professor Margaret Mills, 638 Phillips Hall, Phone: (319) 335-6848,
  • For study in Russia (Moscow, Pushkin Russian Language Institute). Russian in the 21st century, see the opportunities available at  Contact Kerby Boschee (319) 335-0353, Professor William Reisinger, 341 SH, Phone: (319) 335-2351, or Senior Lecturer Irina Kostina, 634 Phillips Hall, Phone: (319) 621-2196, email:
  • For study in Prague, a UI exchange is available with Charles University, Prague.  The Czech Studies Program offered by the Charles University Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and the Institute of Czech Studies is a comprehensive program covering Czech language, literature, history and culture. Appropriate for anyone furthering their studies in Czech language and culture at the beginning-intermediate level, it is especially well-suited for students interested in Slavonic Studies or related disciplines.  For more information, contact Jitka Sonkova ( or Study Abroad (335-0353), located at 1111 University Capitol Centre.
  • A variety of scholarships to support study abroad and summer language programs are available from International Programs.  Please consult the International Programs website at or Study Abroad (335-0353), located at 1111 University Capitol Centre.

For the requirements for the undergraduate major in Russian, see   It is also possible to minor in Russian.   Students may also want to consider majoring in International Studies, with an emphasis in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  See

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