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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Online Russian Courses

For the first time, UT’s Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies will be offering an online first-year Russian language course in the summer semester of 2014. This course will involve a "virtual classroom" that is ideal for language learning and allows student to participate from anywhere they have a good internet connection. Using online technologies, students will be able to work in small groups and pairs, or as a class, and they will be able to receive individualized attention and instructor contact, just as they would in a normal language class. This course aims to help students complete the first-year level of Russian in a 10-week summer course through a combination of proficiency-based communicative language instruction, which includes a basic introduction to Russian culture.


These courses are open to non-UT students through registration as transient students.
Application to register for non-UT students is due May 1. 

Normal UT tuition rates and fees apply, including out-of-state tuition for non-Texas residents, and an additional $60 for non-UT students to acquire transient status.All students will enroll through UT’s online course enrollment system.  


Courses offered: 

RUS 506 (First Half of First-Year Russian): June 5–July 10, 2014. This course requires approximately 12 hours of in-class time each week. Instructor: Marina Flider  

RUS 507 (Second Half of First Year Russian): July 14–August 15. This course requires approximately 12 hours of in-class time each week. Instructor: Ekaterina Zakharova

Required Textbook: Troika: A Communicative Approach to Russian Language, Life, and Culture, 2nd Edition.

When will the live online classes take place?

Classes will be held 9:00am-12:30 and TWTH 9:00am-12:00.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from students and working professionals, UT affiliates and non-UT affiliates. No previous Russian language is required.

What sort of credit do I get for this course?

Students will receive 10 hours of UT credit, which can be transferred to other institutions through the normal transfer process.

What are the technology recommendations?

This course will be taught using Adobe Connect. Recommended technology specficiations for this platform can be found below.

Personal Computer (Windows or Macintosh) with:
  • Sound card
  • Good quality headphones with microphone capability
  • Webcam (the better the quality, the clearer your video stream will be)
  • Internet connection (Broadband/Ethernet; Wi-Fi is usually too slow)
For Windows Users:
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®  
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 
  • 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
For Mac OS Users:
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7.2 (Intel)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
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