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Russian, Beginners

This course gives students a basic knowledge of Russian language, culture and contemporary Russian society. By the end of the year students are expected to have a reasonably good level of spoken Russian in a number of real-life situations and to be able to read and write simple texts. The class consists of two one and a half hour sessions per week of grammar, listening and reading comprehension and conversation. The total number of contact hours is sixty-three (twenty-one weeks). At the end of the course students have an option of a final written and oral assessment.

This course will normally run if there is a minimum of twelve students enrolled for the year. Groups will normally be closed when twenty students have enrolled.

How to apply

Application forms are available from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies either in hard copy or electronic form ( The completed application form accompanied by payment in the form of a personal cheque, postal money order or bank draft, payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account, should be returned by 23 September.

Contact information: The Executive Officer, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Room 5045, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 1896, email:


EUR 690 payable in advance. This fee is non-refundable once the course has commenced. A concession rate (EUR 480) is available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduate students who are not taking this course for ECTS credits, to Trinity College Dublin postgraduate students with a letter from their head of department or supervisor indicating that they are required to develop their Russian-language skills, and those in receipt of a social welfare pension. If you are unemployed or in receipt of a social welfare payment, contact the facilitator in your local social welfare office. You may be entitled to certain assistance in funding. The number of concession rate places in any given class is restricted to twenty per cent. Payment must accompany applications.

Course materials

Students are expected to obtain a course book (approximate cost is EUR 35); the course book is continued at the next level (lower intermediate Russian).

Time and place

7 p.m.-8.30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in Room 3027, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2.


Duration of the course is 21 weeks over two terms commencing on Monday 3rd October 2016 and recommencing on Monday 16th January 2017. There is a one week break in each term (7th – 11th November 2016 and 27th February – 3rd March 2017) when no classes will take place.