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  • Learn Russian with your degree

Russian language

Russian has 140-150 million native speakers, and is spoken as a second language by over 120 million people in Russia and the neighbouring countries of Central Asia. As one of the BRIC countries, Russia has been identified as one of the four major world powers whose influence is growing fast.

British Council, (2014) Languages for the Future


Taking Russian with IWLP as part of your degree (for 20 credits)?

  • If you are in the first year of your course (Part 1 or PGT) - select through online module selection as you do for your other modules. If the selection window has closed go to module surgeries or support centres.
  • Returning students (Parts 2/3 and 4) - please discuss with a support centre how to change/add your module choices.
  • During the enrolment process you may be asked to complete a Placement test

(NB: During the COVID-19 pandemic - While at home, if you are unable to print your test to complete, please write the parts requiring Russian characters on a sheet of paper, take a photo and attach it with the rest of the test.)


Taking the language with IWLP but not as part of your degree (as non-credit)?

(Please note that applications for non-credits opens on 1st September 2021)

If you are unsure or have any further queries please contact the IWLP Team on or telephone 0118 378 7318.

LA1PR1-IWLP Russian Level 1

Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Russian language, this beginner module enables students to acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate at a survival level. It will also provide students with an insight into aspects of society and every-day life in Russian-speaking countries. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class.

LA1PR2-IWLP Russian Level 2

Intended for students with some previous basic knowledge of the Russian language, such as that acquired by taking IWLP Russian 1 (A1 of the CEFR or equivalent), this post-beginner module enables students to consolidate and further their basic understanding of the language and their ability to communicate in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. It will also continue to provide students with further insights into aspects of society and every-day life in Russian-speaking countries.

LA1PR3 - IWLP Russian LEVEL 3

This lower intermediate module is intended for students with an entry level of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2 in Russian.  On successful completion of the module students will have achieved CEFR B1.  This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain confidence, effectiveness and accuracy in expressing themselves in Russian, and in understanding oral and written Russian, concentrating on its communicative use in a variety of situations.

If you wish to take Russian at a higher level than we currently offer, please be in contact with us via


Classes are 3 hours a week split into a 2hour and a 1hour session on different days. You need to attend all 3 hours every week.


No additional fees are required for IWLP modules if you are:

- A current Undergraduate/Postgraduate Taught student taking IWLP modules as part of your

120/180 credits for the year (with permission by your School in your module specifications).

For other students:

- Non-credit fees for 2021/22 are currently £340 for the year. This will be billed to your student account during November.


- PGR students: If your School is going to fund your IWLP module please get the

 signed by your School Director of Teaching & Learning. Those not being PGR agreement form

funded will be charged £340 to their student account in November.

- Staff: All staff are required to pay for their IWLP module. The fee is £340. If your School/Dept

are willing to fund your module, please complete and return the Staff agreement form

All forms can be emailed to


We hope you will enjoy your IWLP module. If however there is a reason you need to withdraw, you will need to complete a withdrawal form . We cannot remove you from our records until we have received this form, even if you have told your home department/tutor.  You can withdraw before Friday of Week 4 in Autumn term (22nd October) without being charged.  Any withdrawal after this date, you will need to pay the full £340.

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