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Russian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #42 (QS) Durham, NC, United States
Our Bachelor in Russian program at Duke University features areas of specialization such as nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century Russian and Soviet literature, gender studies, film and media, legal and business Russian language, translation, Slavic linguistics, contemporary Russian literature, scientific Russian language, stylistics, and history of the Russian literary language. 
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Duke University offers a Bachelor in Russian programme through its Slavic and Eurasian Department. It offers Russian language courses from the introductory through the most advanced levels. We encourages language proficiency through five-skill courses: reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension, and culture acquisition.

Russian continues to be the 4th most important language in the world. Russian is a crucial language for students of science and math, as well as those interested in national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts. We have one of the richest course offerings in Russian language and culture in the United States, and we run the oldest student-faculty exchange program with a Russian university in the U.S.

How long does it take to learn the Cyrillic alphabet? Students easily learn the Cyrillic alphabet in the first 2 class periods. It takes about one hour of memorization.


Students are encouraged to study abroad in a country that is related to the geographical area covered by the major. Our department is directly involved in several semester and summer programs, providing you with a lot of flexibility in when and where to study. Courses taken abroad in a Duke-administered or Duke-approved program can fulfill the Foreign Language requirement for graduation.

Career advising

Students completing the Bachelor in Arts degree in Slavic and Eurasian Studies find employment in business, media, banking, the legal profession, publishing, work with non-governmental agencies, and government agencies. They may also work as cultural exchange coordinators, teachers, translators, and interpreters.  Many of our graduates also enter professional programs (public policy, business, environmental studies) or such graduate studies related to the field as cultural anthropology, history, linguistics, literature, political science, and sociology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Russian
  • Elementary Russian Conversation
  • Intensive Russian 
  • Accelerated Russian Language and Culture
  • Grief Work: End of Life Care in Russia and America
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Intermediate Russian Conversation
  • Intermediate Russian Language and Culture
  • Islam and Orthodoxy
  • Dervishes, Saints and Other Holy Fools
  • The Empire's Western Front: Russian and Polish Cultures
  • Intensive Intermediate Russian
  • Accelerated Russian Language and Culture
  • Law and Globalization in Emerging Markets
  • Neuroscience and Human Language
  • Russian Art and Politics: 1800-Present
  • The Diaghilev Ballet: 1909-1929
  • Russian Language Studies in St. Petersburg
  • Language, Culture, and Myth: The Slavic Proverb
  • Russian Phonetics

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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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts for all academic work completed in high school are required and must be submitted by your school counselor or another school official
  • All applicants must complete either the ACT or SAT
  • If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we recommend but do not require that you take an English proficiency test (DUOLINGO, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)
  • A one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke
  • We require three letters of recommendation for each applicant: one from your school counselor and two from teachers who have taught you in major academic courses (English, mathematics, social studies, sciences, foreign languages)
  • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
  • To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country’s U.S. consulate with proof of ability to meet educational expenses, along with the I-20 form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    60408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60408 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    60408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60408 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Durham

  • 990 - 1670 USD/month
    Living Costs

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