Russian is a strategic world language: Russia spans 9 time zones and covers about 1/8th of the world’s land surface. It is the largest country in the world by area, almost twice the size of the United States. Russian is spoken throughout the former Soviet Union, especially throughout the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia. Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Learning Russian prepares you to join the world economy: Russia is one of the largest producers of many natural resources and raw materials and Russia continues to play a major role in US foreign policy and international affairs. UW-Madison offers an immersive and intensive Russian Language Flagship: to apply or learn more click here.

Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Joanna Schuth, 

Intro Class:
SLAVIC 101: First Semester Russian

Live in Русский дом / Russkii Dom, the Russian House in the International Learning Community.

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program enables highly motivated undergraduate students from any major to achieve professional competence in Russian. Scholarships are available for intensive summer and overseas study. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Law and Disorder in Russia is a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) with First Semester Russian. 

Russia is often labeled as lawless. Is it? That is the central question for this FIG’s main seminar. Russia has undergone multiple transitions since the mid-19th century—swerving back and forth from authoritarian rule to democracy many times.

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Contact Joanna Schuth,, with questions.