Seven Reasons to Study a Russian & East European Languages Degree

Russia and East European countries cover a large amount of land mass, thus bringing an extensive amount of educational potential. We've compiled a list of our top reasons why we believe that studying for a degree in this subject area would be a worthwhile thing to do:

1. It may be an unusual choice, but it's also a relevant one

As most schools do not have classes specifically related to Russian & East European Languages, this subject area is perhaps one of the less obvious university routes. Do not let this put you off however, as knowledge and experience of these countries and languages are incredibly valuable in light of the current politics of the world.

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2. You'll cover a broad range of topics

From film studies to international relations, Russia and East European countries have vast histories that you will learn about in great detail. There are also rich cultures to explore. Take Russia, for example, which is home to intriguing visual art, theatre, ballet and more, and is the native country of icons such as Leo Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky and Anna Pavlova.

3. You can combine your degree

If a course focusing solely on one language is not for you, then you have the option to combine your studies with another language or even different subjects, such as Philosophy and Economics. This way you will have the ability to broaden your horizons and bring fresh ideas to a normally linear focus.

4. You'll have the chance to study abroad

Most universities offer students who are studying a Russian & East European Languages course the opportunity to study a semester or year abroad. Not only will this allow you to experience the culture first-hand, but you'll be speaking like a local in no time.

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5. There are lots of professional roles to enter into

Graduates of Russian & East European Languages can pursue a range of different career paths, including translation, tourism, finance, media and teaching. If your dream is to work abroad, this degree will certainly be a good start to help make this a reality!

6. Your starting salary as a graduate will be good

If you're wondering whether a Russian & East European Languages degree will put you in a good position economically, then take a look at our What do graduates earn? table. In 2017, graduates of the subject area earned over £24,000 on average, which is nearly £1,000 above the average graduate salary. 

7. You'll gain transferable skills

Skills that you will develop during your degree will set you up for the professional world, whether you choose a career directly related to Russian & East European Languages or not. These skills include presentation, organisation, interpretation and team work, which many employers prize and look for in potential employees.