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Undergraduate Students

Program Overview

Our Slavic Language Programs offer students of every discipline an opportunity to experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning Russian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and Ukrainian languages, and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent. Our department features skilled and experienced language teaching faculty who are native speakers of the language. Our goal is to help students build multilingual communication and critical thinking skills enabling them to read, write, listen, speak and explore in Slavic languages.

Our program consists of:

  • A Russian and Polish major, providing at least four years of language training, and courses in Polish and Russian literature.
  • Minors for the Russian, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, and Ukrainian languages and a East European and Eurasian Studies minor which does not require a language.
  • A growing number of courses on Russian and East European culture, aimed at the general student audience and fulfilling graduation requirements.
  • Opportunities to complete LSA's language requirement in any of the following five languages: Russian, Czech, Polish, BCS and Ukrainian.
  • Expanding programs in BCS, Czech and Ukrainian, offering two or more years of language training and courses in literature and culture.
  • An intensive, year-long Russian language program, consisting of two eight-credit courses, taking the student through and beyond the regular first and second year courses in an accelerated-track immersion environment.
  • An honors concentration, in which especially gifted undergraduates gain graduate-level research and writing experience in the senior year.


Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Students studying Slavic languages may be eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships; see for more information.

The Slavic Languages and Literatures Department offers scholarships for Czech and Ukrainian language study; see the scholarship page for more information.

The U-M Copernicus Center for Polish Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offer scholarships of up to $1,000 for Polish language study at U-M; see scholarships for more details.

Funding for undergraduates may be available through CREES. They offer awards for U-M undergraduate students whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia.