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Russian (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 36 places ; CAO points: 331-509 (2018)

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  • Russian and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1896

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Russian

    Why study Russian?

    Russian is the first language of nearly 150 million people; it is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world and is one of Europe’s most important languages. Russia is a significant force in present-day geopolitics and a major player in the global economy, with ties both to Europe and to Asia, and beyond.

    Russian writers, musicians and artists have made a considerable contribution to European culture; Russian history has helped shape Europe as we know it today: exploring Russia’s past and present helps understand the interaction between Europe’s eastern and western traditions.

    Russian: The course for you?

    You will find the Russian programme exciting and rewarding if you enjoy language study, are interested in unfamiliar cultures, have a sense of adventure and are not afraid of a challenge.

    Russian @ Trinity

    Trinity is the only university in Ireland where you have the opportunity to study Russian to degree level.

    The scale of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies is such that we are able to give students a considerable amount of individual attention and support, and students are able to tailor the programme to develop their particular interests and skills, and to bridge the gaps between the study of Russian and the student’s other area(s) of study. 

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Career paths followed by recent graduates are often ones where Russian-language competence is directly relevant. These include arts and media; education; business, finance and marketing; civil and public service; international organisations (UN, EU, NGOs) and diplomacy; journalism and tourism. Alternatively, each year several graduates will opt to pursue further postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad.

    Advanced knowledge of a less-studied language like Russian, as well as the transferable skills (analytical and critical thinking, written and oral presentation skills) you will acquire in the study of the history, culture and literature of Russia, is generally a very attractive combination for prospective employers, even for career paths where Russian may not be directly involved in your day-to-day work.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    At entry, Russian must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with Russian as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor. 

    Most students start Russian as complete beginners, and take an intensive first-year language course (with six hours of language classes per week). Special provisions are made for students with prior knowledge of Russian (native, near-native speakers, those who have passed Russian in the Leaving Certificate or have taken another entrance qualification in Russian).

    In addition to language study, you will take modules covering aspects of Russian literature, Russian history and Russian culture, society and politics. In later years, you will also have the option to study a second Slavonic language (Polish, Bulgarian or Croatian).

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In the first and second years, classes cover three main areas:

    • Russian language: these classes help develop fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and build the foundation for more advanced language study in the third and fourth years.
    • Russian cultural and literary studies: you will be introduced to central figures and major topics in Russian literary and cultural history. You will progress from reading literary texts mainly in translation to tackling key works by Russian writers in the original Russian.
    • Central, East European and Russian area studies: in the first year, you will take a survey course addressing the geopolitical space of Central and Eastern Europe, while in the second year; the focus is exclusively on Russia, when you will follow a course of lectures in Russian on aspects of contemporary Russian society, politics and culture.

    In the first and second years, there are approximately ten hours of classes per week, divided between language work and literary, cultural and area studies.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In addition to advanced language study, the third and fourth years of your course offer a wider range of module choices, allowing you to choose options that reflect your own particular interests. These include more specialized study of Russian literature and culture, history of Russia and the Soviet Union, Russian society and politics, and a second Slavonic language (Bulgarian, Croatian or Polish). If you elect to study Russian in your final year, you will also undertake a Capstone research project on a subject of your own choice.

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honours students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a Russian-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Moscow State University as well as close connections with other universities and institutes in Moscow, St Petersburg and in a number of provincial towns.

     

    OB, Graduated 2017

    "Before choosing to study Russian in Trinity I had absolutely no experience with the language and limited knowledge of the culture. I chose it because of its global importance and because it was a total mystery to me. This decision was not easy, but I am so glad that I was drawn to Trinity’s Russian course. After one year of intense language learning, I was overwhelmed by the rapid progress I had made. What seemed daunting at first was now second nature. It is this quick progress that motivates you to continue upward in second year and gives you the confidence to live in Moscow after 2nd or 3rd year. If I could say anything about the Russian course, it would be that your year in Russia is worth every little hardship you may face at the start. Russia changes you as a person. It changes your values, it changes the way you perceive the world, it completely opens your mind and eyes. 

    Russian in Trinity is far more than just a language. The course produces rounded, grounded, intriguing and open-minded graduates that have huge courage and curiosity. Furthermore, there is a world of opportunities out there for Irish Russian speakers. The support network that you gain within college, in Moscow, and through other alumni is something that makes Russian different to any other language in Trinity. There is a closeness there, like a family who want to see you succeed. 

    I can’t recommend it enough."

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    CAO Points Required

    331-509 (2018)

    Number of Places

    36

    Minimum entry points required are 331-509 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    In a language other than English

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    In a language other than English

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Russian and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1896

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Russian