Kirsti Dahly in Siberia picking mushrooms

For recent German and Russian majors, the job market is speaking their language. Read more about Kirsti Dahly '11 and her time in Khanty-Mansiisk, Siberia.

Small classes, close collaboration with faculty members, opportunities to practice your language skills: all these ingredients make it possible for undergraduate students to publish their work and conduct meaningful research. Students have written poetry, articles and book reviews for publications Translit, Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship, the Bulletin of the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, and the UVM History Review.

Professors often involve work-study students in their research projects. You may create databases, learn how to edit manuscripts, or research Russian newspaper research. The department also supports students in making presentations at professional meetings, giving them a unique scholarly experience.

Being part of a “Global Village”

Kevin McKenna and Russian House Students

The Russian House Program at the Global Village Residential Learning Community is a strong and popular program for Russian students, who live in the "Russian House" at the Living/Learning Center at UVM, and participate in many Russian cultural and academic events in addition to their Russian classes here at UVM. Likewise, German students have the option of residing at "Das deutsche Haus".

Living the language

In the German program, UVM participates in study abroad programs at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and the University of Augsburg, Germany. Many of our Russian majors and minors students study abroad for a semester or a year in Russia on a variety of study-abroad programs (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk, and Irkutsk). They gain a tremendous amount of linguistic, cultural and personal growth by studying in Russia for a year or a semester.

Gaining real-world experience

During summers or study abroad semesters, students have found internships with educational institutions, corporations, publishers, and the non-profit sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Russian students can participate in a study abroad Internship program in Russia: The University of Arizona Internship program in St. Petersburg, where students attend language classes in the morning and work in Russian businesses in the afternoon and evening. Students receive 15 hours of academic credit through this program.