This programme is only offered in Danish.

The key to the world’s largest state

Russia is the world’s largest state, and it reaches from Europe (just east of the Danish island of Bornholm) to the Pacific Ocean. Russia is just as multifaceted in terms of culture, society and political history as it is extensive in geographical terms. Would you like to get a better understanding of this enormous country and learn to speak and read Russian? If so, the subsidiary subject in Russian might be the right choice for you.

Rapid development

Today – almost 20 years after the fall of communism – Russia is an important trading partner for Denmark, offering cheap labour, skilled employees and a good infrastructure. There is therefore a growing need for graduates who are familiar with the Russian language, culture and history. Having studied the subsidiary subject in Russian, you can help build and maintain contact with Eastern Europe, communicate knowledge about Russian culture, act as an intermediary and work as a teacher.

Europe’s enormous neighbour

Now that Russia is no longer one of the world’s two absolute superpowers, it is much easier to establish personal, professional and economic contact with the Russians, especially if you master the language.

In fact, you don’t get very far with English in this multinational state, where Russian is the common means of communication for the country’s 150 million inhabitants. You are also limited in how far you can get with the study of the country’s history and current conditions, its culture and art without understanding how the Russians themselves express these issues.


In your first and second terms, you have an intensive propaedeutic course, which enables you to follow your lessons throughout the rest of your studies.

Russian questions

In Russian studies, we deal with many topics and issues, including:

  • What events led to the October Revolution in 1917?
  • Which authors and works are at the centre of Russian literary history?
  • How can Eastern Europe compete with Asia regarding cheap labour and production, now and in the future?
  • How significant was the fall of communism for Russia? And the rest of Europe?
  • How do I express myself correctly in a normal conversation? Or in a business context?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Structure bachelor

Student life


Russian lessons are held in small groups, where teachers and students make presentations about a subject that is subsequently studied and discussed.

Reading groups

You and your fellow students are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important for both academic and social reasons, as it enables you to exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, as well as socialising outside university hours.

Studies and leisure time

In addition to your studies, there are other activities available in your spare time.

  • Pod stolom: This is the name of the student association at the Department for Slavic and Hungarian, and it is responsible for both academic and social events.
  • This is a forum where students write articles, download lecture notes and search for information. There is also a comprehensive collection of links to almost anything related to your subject. See for yourself!

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With the subsidiary subject in Russian, you are qualified to teach at upper secondary schools, language schools, evening classes and folk high schools.

You should note, however, that Russian is a minor subject at upper secondary school and that not all schools offer this subject. You can improve your job prospects by combining Russian with a major subject such as Danish, English, history, mathematics or social science.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or

Consultancy, culture and language

In addition to teaching, you are qualified to apply for jobs in other sectors, such as: consultant, export assistant, cultural communicator, promoter of collaboration between Danish and Russian companies and institutions, translator or interpreter – in the EU, in private sector companies or as a self-employed person.

Competence profile

As a student of the subsidiary subject in Russian, you acquire the following competence profile:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Russian language, culture, history and society.
  • The ability to facilitate communication between Danish-speaking and Russian-speaking people.
  • The ability to translate and use Russian material.
  • The necessary qualifications to teach the culture, language and history of Russia.
  • The ability to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural situations.
  • The ability to work independently, critically and methodically.