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Seven reasons to study Russian & East European Languages

For those considering a degree in Russian & East European Languages but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. An important international presence

Russia and Eastern Europe cover huge landmass, have large populations and come with influential political and economic powers. To study the region is to gain a deep understanding of the role it plays in the world.

Many employers look for those who can work well within a Russian and Eastern European context, such as in roles in the media, civil service, NGOs and law.

2. Fascinating cultures to explore

From film studies to international relations, Russia and East European countries have vast histories that you'll learn about in great detail. There are also rich cultures to study.

Take Russia, for example, which is home to intriguing visual art, theatre, ballet and more; the native country of icons such as Leo Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky and Anna Pavlova.

3. Learn a second language

There are 300 million Russian speakers in the world, making it a very widely-spoken language. Knowledge of a second language, especially one that is so popular, is a very impressive skill in the eyes of many employers.

It doesn’t mean that you’re set for a career in translation – many graduates use this skill for interpretation, negotiation, presentation and daily communication.

4. Study abroad opportunities

Most universities offer 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.

5. Course combinations

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 or economics. This way you have the ability to broaden your horizons and bring fresh ideas to a normally linear focus.

6. Career pathways

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 making that a reality.

7. Transferable skills

Skills that you'll 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 teamwork.

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