View of Moscow Kremlin and of St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square, Moscow, Russia

History Meets Curiosity

The language and culture classes in PSU’s Russian program will teach you how to communicate in Russian so that you can use the language in real-world settings. Use your skills to talk with Russian-speakers in the Portland community, be a tourist in a Russian-speaking country, or live and work as a global professional in a bilingual office or other career path.

We also offer courses in Russian literature, culture, film, history, folklore, and other topics in both English and Russian. Whether you’ve gotten interested in Russian from reading classic stories by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, or are intrigued by the Cyrillic alphabet or encounters with Russian culture and speakers, you can find a course with us that speaks to your interests.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Russian, a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian, and a Master of Arts in World Languages and Literatures with a secondary language concentration in Russian. We also offer a Certificate in Intercultural Competence for the Workplace and a Certificate in Pedagogy in World Languages.


Students can also fulfill their Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Master of Arts (MA) second language requirement in Russian.

Russian Flagship Program

PSU is home to one of only six Russian Flagship programs in the country. The innovative undergraduate program helps you gain professional levels of proficiency in Russian while you pursue any major at PSU. Our students cultivate marketable skills and prepare for global careers through coursework, one-on-one tutoring, internships and extensive study abroad in the Russian-speaking world.


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PSU's Education Abroad offers study abroad programs in Russia and other countries of the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union where Russian is spoken.