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We actively support the goal of competency-based foreign language instruction to provide functional fluency in five skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge.

To increase student motivation toward rapid language acquisition, the department supports informal student activities such as the weekly Russkii chai; Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Clubs for students; Slavic movie nights; informal Russian conversational clubs led by graduate students; Russian Social Hour with guest speakers; annual Ukrainian Pysanka workshop; Maslenitsa celebration; and more!

Spring/Summer Intensive Russian Courses

The Slavic department offers Russian during the spring and summer terms (see the course guide for course information). First-, second- and/or third-year intensive Russian language courses provide the opportunity to rapidly increase your level of fluency and prepare for a study, internship, or work abroad experience. For-credit and not-for-credit options are available. Current U-M students may register via Wolverine Access. The application for non U-M students is available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.


Funding Opportunities

Scholarship money is available to students learning Slavic languages!


Students studying Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Polish, Russian, or Ukrainian may be eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

The Slavic Languages and Literatures Department

The Slavic department sponsors scholarships for BCSCzech, Polish, and Ukrainian language study.


Funding for undergraduates may be available through the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES).