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University of Nottingham
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies

About the Department

The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies has a long and distinguished history, starting in 1916 when Nottingham became one of the first universities in the UK to teach Russian. Now three areas of Slavonic culture are taught here: Russian, Serbian and Slovene. Over many years the Department has built up a reputation as a major centre for Russian studies in the UK, and in Serbia and Slovenia it is viewed as the principal British centre for the study of these subjects. With around 140 students studying for degrees on the Single and Joint Honours courses offered by the Department, it is one of the largest and most popular in the UK, yet it is still small enough for students and teachers to know each other well. There are six members of full-time teaching staff, and six members of part-time teaching staff.

The teaching year is divided into two semesters: September-January and February-June. The teaching units are known as modules, which are typically 10 or 20 credits. Students take 60 credits per semester.

Every student has a Departmental tutor who can offer help with personal and academic issues and students meet with their tutors every semester to look at progress on the course so far and to plan which modules to choose next.

The aim of the Department's courses is to help students to develop linguistic competence in Russian and/or Serbian/Croatian or Slovene, specialist knowledge of the cultures of these countries, sound academic methodology, and skills that can be applied to future employment.

The Department's teaching portfolio contains 40 modules. Modules are offered in language, literature, film, drama and cultural history. The Department has over the past 17 years achieved a consistently high rating in research assessment exercises conducted throughout the UK higher education sector. This means that modules are taught by staff who are internationally recognised leaders in the field of scholarship pertaining to their particular area, and their aim is communicate their intellectual enthusiasm to their students, encouraging analytic and communicative skills and independent, creative thinking.

About the University

The city of Nottingham is famous the world over because of its associations with the legend of Robin Hood. It is a lively, friendly, cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural life. Located at the heart of England, it has excellent transport links to London, which is less than two hours away by train, and to the rest of the UK.

The main campus of the University is the University Park, an extensive area of woods and grassland a short bus or bike ride from the city centre. As one of the largest and most attractive campuses in the UK, University Park features teaching facilities, 12 halls of residence, a swimming pool and leisure centre, an arts centre and a concert hall. Close by is the new Jubilee Campus, which has won architectural awards for its stylish and innovative design.

The University is an international community with students and staff from over 125 countries. There is a comprehensive range of services to support students, whatever their background and specific needs. At the hub of the campus, the Students' Union offers further student-run services and societies, and the International Office provides additional support services specifically for overseas students on issues such as immigration and work permits.

The University guarantees to international students that if you accept a place you will pay the same fee for each year of your course. The university offers some scholarships for international undergraduate students.

On certain days before the start of the autumn term the University runs a free coach service from London Heathrow and Manchester airports to the campus for new international students. All new international students are invited to take part in a Welcome programme, which is organised annually just before the academic year begins and includes free accommodation and a programme of activities culminating with a formal dinner.


Address Information:

Address Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies,
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tel. No. +44 (0) 115 951 5824
Fax No. +44 (0) 115 951 5834
E-mail address
Course titles BA Russian and East European Area Studies
BA Russian and Serbian/Croatian
BA Russian Studies
BA Russian Studies (Beginners)
BA Serbian and Croatian Studies
BA Russian (for Beginners) with Film Studies
BA Economics with Russian
BA English Studies and Russian
BA English Studies and Beginners' Russian
BA English Studies and Serbian/Croatian
BA French and Russian
BA French and Beginners' Russian
BA German and Russian
BA German and Beginners' Russian
BA Hispanic Studies and Russian
BA Hispanic Studies and Beginners' Russian
BA History and Russian
BA History and Beginners' Russian
BA Portuguese (Beginners) and Russian

Related degree programmes:
BA Contemporary European Studies and Marketing
BA Geography with East European Studies
BA Modern European Studies
BA Modern Language Studies
Course Director Professor Wendy Rosslyn, Admissions Tutor
Type of course Full-time and part-time
Length of courses Full-time: 4 years (the third year being spent abroad: a minimum period of residence abroad is specified. In some circumstances, with approval from head of Department(s), it may be possible to complete the residence abroad requirement in University vacations).
Part-time: 5-7 years.
Date of commencement Start of the academic year is normally in late September.
Applications are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS). Deadlines are as determined by UCAS, although late applications are always considered.
Financial assistance Student loans are available for UK students. Financial support may be available from local education authorities for the fees.
Various scholarships and bursaries are available for international students
Class size Around 40 students in total enter the programmes each year. They are divided for varying activities into classes ranging in size from 5 to 40.
Accommodation Student accommodation is available. Students who are categorised as 'overseas' for fees purposes are entitled to a special guarantee of accommodation for the first two years of their studies.
Cost/Fees International student fees for 2002-2003:
£7,520 per annum, excluding the year abroad, where the fee is half the rate for UK/European Union students (in 2002-2003 half of £1,080).

UK and European Union student fees for 2002-2003:
students may have to contribute up to £1,080.
Exchange Partner Schools Nottingham University is a member of Universitas 21, which gives students the opportunity to spend a semester at a partner university in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, and the USA.
Top recruiters Graduates enter a wide range of employment, including companies, organisations and government institutions.
Admission requirements For native speakers of English, evidence of ability to learn a foreign language.
For non-native speakers of English the preferred test is the academic version of IELTS (International English Language Testing Service, available world-wide through British Council Centres): the required mark is Grade 6.0, with no less than 5.0 in each element.
Other tests of equivalent international standing are accepted, e.g.
TOEFL Paper version and writing test (TWE): required mark 550.
TOEFL Computer version and essay rating: required mark 213.
Student profile Countries of origin: UK - 134; Bulgaria - 1; Finland - 3; Holland - 1; Italy - 2; Korea - 1; Poland - 1; Russia - 2; Ukraine - 1.
Men:Women - 52 men: 94 women
Age Range: 18-62 years old
Average Age: 19-23 years old.
Average Work Experience -
Students entering direct from school, or after a gap year, have only limited part-time work experience. Mature students come from many walks of life and may have extensive work experience in a range of jobs.

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