Why Study Russian?
There are many reasons.
Russian is one of the world's major languages, with over 150,000 000 native speakers in the Russian Federation.
It remains the second language of citizens in the fourteen other states of the former Soviet Union, is one of the official languages of the United Nations Organization and its agencies, and is widely spoken in many developing countries in Asia and Africa.
No longer an undisputed superpower, Russia remains a significant force in international politics and, thanks to its immense mineral resources, a key player in the world economy.
For these reasons, governments and corporations around the world recognise as never before the need to engage with Russia and the importance of training graduates with Russian language skills.
As an academic discipline, however, Russian offers much more than instruction in a language of strategic significance; it provides direct access to one of the richest cultures in the world and to writers,thinkers, artists and composers who have helped shape the modern mind.
The University of Queensland is the only tertiary institution in the state, and one of only four in Australia, where Russian can be studied from beginners' to honours level. This is especially appropriate, since Brisbane has been a traditional centre of Russian immigration to this country and remains home to a significant Russian-speaking community.
Exchange Opportunity with Moscow State University To find out more about MSU visit: www.msu.ru
An exciting exchange opportunity with Moscow State University (MSU) is now available for Students of Russian.
See UQ Abroad for information about the exchange program.
In 2010 Russian exchange student Nadezda Kolesnik studied at SLCCS. Read her story here.
To find out more about MSU visit: www.msu.ru