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Why study Russian?

Russian is the native language of nearly 150 million people 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.

Is this the right 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.

Course content

Most students start Russian from scratch with an intensive first year language course. Special provisions are made for students with prior knowledge of Russian (heritage speakers, near-native speakers or those who have an entrance qualification in Russian).

In addition to language study, you will take courses on aspects of Russian literature, Russian history and Russian culture, society and politics. In later years, you will also have the option to study the Polish language and other Slavonic languages.

The Freshman years

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

  • Russian language: develops fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Russian cultural and literary studies
  • Central, East European and Russian area studies

In the first two years there are approximately ten hours of class time per week, divided between language work and literary, cultural or area studies.

The Sophister years

In addition to advanced language study, the Sophister (third and fourth) years of your course offer a wider range of subject choices, allowing you to choose options that reflect your own particular interests. These include Russian literature, 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 research and write a dissertation on a subject of your own choice.

Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment of your language work, language tests and essays, in addition to written and oral examinations at the end of each year.

Study abroad

You will be encouraged to spend up to a year studying in Russia after second or third year (2 months is the minimum period abroad). Trinity has close connections with universities and institutes in Moscow, St. Petersburg and in a number of provincial towns.

Career opportunities

Career paths followed by recent graduates include: arts and media; education; business, finance and marketing; civil and public service; international organisations (UN, EU, NGOs) and the diplomatic corps; journalism and tourism. Each year some graduates also opt to pursue a research career beginning with postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad.

Did you know?

  • Trinity is ranked 42nd in the world for Modern languages (by the QS World University Rankings 2014).

Further information

www.tcd.ie/Russian

Tel: +353 1 896 1896

 

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate HC3 In a language other than English
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C In a language other than English
Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

Graduate Profile

Nicholas Browne

To be honest when filling out my CAO forms I chose Trinity for a mix of reasons. Some pretty idealistic such as the fact that my brother really enjoyed studying engineering there, while I was still doing my Leaving Cert. Additionally, I always had an interest in Russia, stemming from studying history in school. I knew Trinity was the only University to offer Russian and I knew studying there would give me the opportunity to learn about Russia and to possibly to spend an academic year there. But I didn't really know what to expect. Studying Russian at Trinity means small, often quite personalised classes. In addition to language classes, there were excellent introductions to different aspects of Russian society, together with informal Russian speaking get-togethers. I spent my third year studying in Moscow. I learnt so much when I was there, and it was one of the most interesting and exciting years of my life.

Finishing Trinity I returned to Moscow to work for an additional 18 months with a chamber of commerce attached to the European Commission. After this, my interest in Russia served to focus my career choice on the oil and gas industry. I currently work in the London office of Total, the French oil major, with an increasing focus on the Russian market.

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