As the native language of nearly 150 million citizens of the Russian Federation, Russian is also one of the five official languages of the United Nations and an important language for science, politics, and business.
By learning the Russian language, you learn another culture. You learn to recognize its patterns of thinking, its perspective of the world, and its system of values. Studying the novels, films, and artistic products of Russian culture gives you grounded insights into how other cultures experience the world and everyday life. Studying abroad in Russia gives you opportunities to learn and live in another culture and to understand what it means to be a global citizen.
Other Slavic languages, such as Polish, are sometimes offered through Courseshare. Check with the Language Center about current Courseshare offerings.