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Alex Droznin-Izrael, Russian major, has won the 2014 Humanities Prize from Phi Beta Kappa for his essay "The Female Death in Tolstoy's War and Peace." Congratulations, Alex!

The 2014 Luba Zinkowsky Friedman Fund Slavic Department Prize for Excellence in Russian Studies goes to Mr. Igor Bazay. A gifted student of Russian, Igor has been instrumental in co-running the Russian Club at Penn as well as in organizing the Russian Nights series of cultural and academic events at the Harrison house.

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is home to a diverse group of scholars and students joined in the study of the languages and literatures of Russia (our central focus), the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltics regions and other past and present territories and states of those regions. The Slavic Department offers course work in all of these areas, as well as a selection of undergraduate majors and minors and a language certificate in Russian. Although we do not currently offer a Ph.D. in Slavic, we participate in graduate programs in Comparative Literature and History and we offer a graduate certificate in Russian Literature, Culture and History. We sponsor a great number of events related to our areas of study throughout the year—in particular our film series, our annual undergraduate research conference (the Slavic Bazaar) and annual faculty colloquium (the Penn Slavic Symposium). Many members of our faculty participate as well in the Faculty Working Group on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies . For more information on all of these topics, please explore our site.


No advance notice is required for a class visit. Please be ready to introduce yourself in the beginning of class.

  •    Russian Placement Test Dates (location TBA):
    •   Monday, August 25,    9am-11am, Williams Hall 24
    •   Tuesday, August 26,    4pm-6pm, Williams Hall 24

  •    Russian Tea, a Russian conversation hour, will resume in the Fall semester. We look forward to seeing you there!