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Russian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Vanderbilt University's Russian Program is committed to immersion in language and culture, with the purpose of optimally preparing students to use their expertise in Russian for the 21st century job market.
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The Vanderbilt University's Russian Program aims to provide students the fluency in reading, speaking, and writing Russian required to go on to advanced degree study or careers in government, public, and corporate professions. Both the major and minor in Russian are designed to be flexible.  A small program assures close advising and mentoring of undergraduate majors and students. Study of Russian language occurs together with  study of culture, including courses in literature, cultural studies, film, history, and political science. Our program encourages students to study abroad in Russia as their Vanderbilt Immersion Project. Students may also couple their Russian language study with a joint major program in European Studies (see EUS).

Key facts:

  • Undergraduate research is possible through independent study courses with individual faculty and, depending on language requirements, as assistants in faculty research. Honors options are available through related disciplines like English, History, Political Science, or Art History. The department is creating a new honors option this year. Kristin Rose (2015) received High Honors in English for her honors thesis entitled “Locating the Russian Hero: Genre, Gender, and National Identity in Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time.” 
  • Students are encouraged to study abroad in Russia.  Options include summer-, semester- and year-long programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities of the Russian Federation. Vanderbilt also sponsors study abroad programs in Eastern Europe. Students study language at varying levels of fluency and live and learn in that language. Students also study history, politics, economics, culture, and other subjects.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • 19th Century Russian Literature
  • 20th Century Russian Literature
  • Russia Today: Politics, Economics, and Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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