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Russia, Russian-dolls, Matryoshka

Many of the best Western experts in Russian affairs started as Russian language and literature students and now largely define Western policies towards Russia in America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Russian offers courses in the region's language, culture, history, and society. Find out more about the courses we offer. Explore the full list of undergraduate and Honours courses in Russian by following the link below.

If you are interested in undertaking Masters or PhD study, you need to determine whether our staff share your research interests.

Find out more about undertaking an Master of Arts (MA) at UC.

Find out more about undertaking an Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UC.

Visit the College of Arts webpage for information about processes, resources and regulations.

International students

Look at the research interests of the staff in Russian to see if your own interests are covered. Email your CV, your academic record and your research proposal to the Global, Cultural & Language Studies administrator.

You will be informed promptly by the school advising you if there is a suitable supervisor and if the school can support your application.

A number of scholarships are available to students of Russian. Visit the UC Scholarships homepage for information or to search the scholarships database, or you may be eligible  to apply for the following:

NCRE Masters and Doctoral scholarships and awards

Students working on a thesis on a European-related topic are encouraged to apply for scholarships and awards offered by the National Centre for Research on Europe, which offers Domestic Fees Scholarships on a competitive basis and Research Awards to support bona fide research or conference expenses. Applications must contain a thesis proposal (1000 words for a masters thesis, 2000 words for a PhD thesis), and indication of support from the prospective supervising department, an official university academic record and a curriculum vitae. Applications normally close in September for the following year. For further information, contact the centre's Director, Professor Martin Holland, and consult the centre's web page.

Russian Ministry of Education and Science Scholarships

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has launched three State Scholarships for New Zealand students to study in Russian federal state tertiary institutions.

The three scholarships are as follows:

  1. To study for a bachelor, specialist or master degree;
  2. Postgraduate courses (including internship and clinical studies), doctoral degree;
  3. Short-term training courses. Find out more about terms and conditions of study, list of documents and requirements as well as on the list of majors.

Our staff can also offer scholarship support and advice

Evgeny Pavlov

Associate Professor
Head of Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies (On sabbatical Semester 2, 2023)
Logie 502
Internal Phone: 95190

Henrietta Mondry

Russian Programme Co-ordinator
Karl Popper 605
Internal Phone: 95978

Scholarships through UC

The Scholarships Office database has details of general scholarships and prizes available through UC:

Undergraduate Scholarships available for students studying Russian
Postgraduate Scholarships available for students studying Russian


Moscow Exchange

UC takes part in a vibrant exchange arrangement with the School of Translation and Interpretation at Moscow State University (MSU), which allows senior students from UC's Russian programme to spend a semester studying at the oldest and largest university in Russia. In exchange, senior students from MSU spend a semester at UC. Contact Russian staff for more information.

More information

See the Course Information website for more details about studying Russian.

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