Residence abroad

As part of your Russian undergraduate degree you'll spend a year studying at the Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University (MGU). You will benefit from expert instruction in intensive language classes, as well as optional seminars on topics such as history, grammar and the media. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time outside the classroom to travel and explore the real Russia. You may choose to live in halls of residence or move into private accommodation with a family, an option which greatly enhances the knowledge of conversational Russian.

Whilst in Russia, there is constant liaison between the institution and the University of Leeds to provide guidance, support and advice. You'll be able to use the student blog and SlavSoc society have a well-established Facebook group to discuss living and studying in Russia.

For many students this is the highlight of the course, through which they gain insights into the real Russia, broaden their mind, and make new friends. Moscow is fast becoming one of the liveliest and most vibrant cities in Europe with an exciting cultural life and ample opportunities to meet people. 

The year abroad is essential not only in developing the Russian language skills you will have acquired during your first year, but also in deepening your understanding of Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia. The language skills developed during your Year Abroad will be built on when you return to Leeds to complete your degree.

Joint Honours student Michael spent a year studying in Moscow. Read his story here.