Advising and Placement for Russian

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 Cyrillic Manuscript  Cyrillic Manuscript
 Traditional Dacha North of Moscow  Traditional Dacha North of Moscow
 Golden Domes in the Kremlin  Golden Domes in the Kremlin
 Russian Musical Score  Russian Musical Score
 Russian Nesting Dolls  Russian Nesting Dolls
 Novgorod the Great  Novgorod the Great
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 Cathedral of St. Basel  Cathedral of St. Basel
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For questions relating to Russian courses or advising guidance, please contact:

Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe
Lead Departmental Advisor for Russian
Irvin Hall 148
(513) 529-2526 Dept. Office
(513) 529-1822 Direct

Dr. Sutcliffe provides academic advice on what courses to take in Russian, on graduate study and employment in Russian or related fields; also check the Russian bulletin board in the department frequently for announcements from graduate and internship programs and employers in the U.S. and abroad.

Career Advice

Students who have graduated in recent years from Miami with a Russian major or minor have gone into careers including government service, international business or marketing, international banking, librarianship, and, of course, teaching. Others have gone into careers unrelated to Russian, but have found ways to make their Russian competence relevant and report that they have traveled to Eastern Europe for their firms or used their abilities in Russian-language correspondence.

The Center for Career Exploration and Success maintains a library of reference works in 228 Hoyt. This office also sponsors a wide variety of workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and career choices. The announcements from the Center are posted on the GRAMELAC bulletin board.

Course Placement

For general information about placement in Russian, please access the language placement guide at the ILRC.

If this is a new language for you (i.e., no prior experience in this language), students should enroll in Russian 101 and do not need to take a placement exam or advisement evaluation.

If you have had previous experience or education in this language, you will need to take the Russian Placement Test first to see which level you should enroll in. Go to Miami's Foreign Language Placement test web site and select Russian for your language. Then select the number of years you have previously had learning Russian. If you have had 1/2 years, round up to the next whole year of previous experience. When you are finished with the test, you will receive a raw score and a suggested placement.

If you believe that the language placement is incorrect or have doubts about the placment, please talk to the language advisor, who would be able to interview you briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening, literary, and cultural competence.