At Keele we offer 6 levels of Russian, from absolute begineer to intermediate, available to all Keele students and staff.

Russian is currently the 7th most spoken language – spoken by almost 300 million people in 16 countries, covering almost a quarter of the world’s land surface, making it an already indispensable language on the world stage, and is becoming more so in our world of ever burgeoning international trade links and cultural exchange.

All major business spheres; banking, trading, manufacturing, mineral resources/ mining, computing, technology & innovation and space exploration, all welcome specialists with a knowledge of Russian, and some even demand it.

Russian is one of the six official languages used in: The UN, UNICEF, The EC, WHO, OPEC, and is one of only two languages spoken in space!

Russia’s contribution to world culture is immense. Try going a single day without coming into contact with Russian music, art, literature or theatre. Knowledge of Russian is extremely beneficial to those wishing to mine the marvellously vast depths of Russian culture and history – in all their myriad facets.

While it is renowned for being one of the more difficult languages in the world language basket, Russian is surprisingly simple to learn at a basic level.

See the module catalogue for the descriptions of:

Semester 1
Semester 2

Russian 1

Russian 2

Russian 3

Russian 4

Russian 5

Russian 6

Which level do I choose?

There are 6 levels (stages 1-6). The qualifications table will show you the most appropriate module for your level of language competence. Where GCSE qualifications are given, we assume these were taken 2-5 years ago.

Keele Students

If you choose a Modern Language module as a free-standing elective within your undergraduate degree programme there is no additional cost.

If your principal programme does not allow you to take any free-standing elective modules you can still enrol on one language module per semester free of charge.  Equally, if you can only choose one free-standing elective per year you can take a second module in the same language without additional charges.


Students who have sufficient free-elective space but would like to take one or more Modern Language modules in addition to their degree have to pay a module fee of £250 for the first module and £199 for a second module in the same language in the same year.

We are pleased to offer our PGT and PGR students a number of free places on our language modules (subject to availability). For details please e-mail

Please contact the Language Centre office ( who will be happy to advise on any of the above.

Keele Staff

As part of Keele's international strategy, the Language Centre offers free places on credit-bearing language modules to staff.


Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and will be available from the beginning of the academic year.

It is possible for students to spend 3-4 weeks at Aver State University in Russia, allowing students the chance to get first-hand experience of language and culture during the vacation period - see Residential Summer Language Courses.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Russian Modern Language modules:

"If I had question at any time, my teacher was glad to help and explain, be it the feedback on my work or a general question about the language."

"An entertaining insight into a culture that one is not normally exposed to. The lectures were well organised and concise. Overall while quite scary learning a language, I enjoyed it a lot and hope to continue."

"What an amazing tutor, very supportive of everyone and always happy to help even out of class time!"