Foreign Languages

Faculty of Foreign Languages

Dean: Professor Svetlana G. TER-MINASOVA
International Students Office: phone: +7-095-939-2244, fax: +7-095-932-8867, -932-9916

General Information

The Faculty of Foreign Languages was established in 1988 on the basis of University departments of foreign language teaching. Approximately 200 professors, assistant professors and highly qualified teachers work here. Scientific research covers a wide range of issues of cross-cultural communication, and the interaction of language and society. The study of languages of Western and Eastern Europe within the sociocultural context is conducted in three directions:

  • Applied Linguistics (linguodidactics and methods of teaching foreign languages includes Russian as a foreign language, comparative study of languages, theory of translation, monolingual and bilingual terminology and terminography)
  • Theory of Speech Communication (general and practical rhetoric, language of mass media, textology of intellective communication, communication and marketing)
  • Cultural Studies (history of culture, cultural anthropology, applied cultural studies)


  • Translation and Foreign Languages
  • International Educational Programs
  • World Languages and Cultures
  • Preparatory
  • Continued (Second Higher) Education


  • Theory of Foreign Language Teaching
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Lexicography and Theory of Translation
  • Theory and Practice of Speech Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Slavic Languages
  • English for the Humanities
  • French for the Humanities
  • German for the Humanities
  • Foreign Languages for the Faculty of Economics
  • Foreign Languages for the Faculty of Geography
  • English for the Faculties of Biology, Soil Science, Basic Medicine
  • French for the Faculties of Natural Sciences
  • Modern Languages for the Department of International Educational Programs


  • Computer
  • Technical Equipment/Resource Centre
  • Centre of Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Centre for Testing
  • Foreign Language Courses

Bachelour Degree

4 years full-time


  • Linguistics

Some courses are taught in English.

General Courses

  • Philosophy
  • History of Russia
  • Principles of Economics
  • Basic Law
  • Principles & History of Natural
  • Sciences
  • Computer Studies
  • Introduction to Arts
  • History of World Culture
  • Rhetoric
  • Russia & Russians
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • General Linguistics
  • Modern Russian Language
  • Latin
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Lexicology
  • Translation Theory
  • Theory & Practice of Intercultural Communication
  • English Language Theory
  • Practical Course of English (written & oral)
  • The World of the English Language
  • English/Russian Translation & Interpreting
  • Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish, Russian)
  • The World of the Foreign Language
  • Foreign Language / Russian Translation & Interpreting

Elective Courses

  • Sociology
  • History of Religion
  • Biopolitics
  • Comparative Politics

Master Degree

2 years full-time


  • Applied Linguistics – Foreign Language Teaching
  • Communication Studies and Public Relations
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Contrastive Studies of Languages and National Cultures


Applied Linguistics – Foreign Language Teaching (Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Bulgarian)

  • Language Theory
  • Principles and Practice of FL
  • Teaching
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Classroom Discourse
  • Linguodidactics
  • Pedagogical Psychology
  • Designing FL Education
  • Computer Studies
  • National Literature
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy
  • Elective Courses (History of the Language, Linguistics of Text, Language Assessment)
  • Area of Concentration (Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading, Language for Specific Purposes, Language and Culture, Teaching Literature, Teaching Business Language, etc.)

Communication Studies and Public Relations (PR)

  • Language Theory
  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • Theory of Mass Communication
  • Theory of Argumentative
  • Speech
  • Theory of PR
  • Social Psychology
  • Presentation Skills
  • Conflictology
  • PR: Strategy and Tactics
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Intercultural Communication and PR
  • Business Language and PR
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy
  • Elective Courses (management, marketing)
  • Area of Concentration (Discourse-Analysis, Interpersonal Communication, Negotiating, PR and Business, PR and Finance, etc.)

Intercultural Communication

  • Language Theory
  • Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice
  • Theory of Communication
  • Theory of Culture Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Social Psychology
  • Russia and the West: Dialogue of Cultures
  • Intercultural Communication in Education, Business and International Management
  • Business Language in Terms of Intercultural Communication
  • Mass Media and Intercultural Communication
  • Conflictology
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy
  • Area of Concentration (the Russian World in the Context of World Civilization, Dictionaries and Culture, History of European Culture, Language and Culture, etc.)

Contrastive Studies of Languages and National Cultures

  • Language Theory
  • Cross-cultural Aspects of Language
  • Philosophy of Culture
  • Russian Lexis: Cross-cultural Aspect
  • Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice
  • Russian Culture: Problems of Development
  • Russian Literature of the XIX-XX Centuries: Aspects of Cultural Evolution
  • Comparative Mythology
  • Archetypal Characters in World literature
  • Epochs of European Culture
  • Traditional Culture and its Heritage
  • Latest Trends in World Literature

PhD Degree

3 years full-time


  • Germanic Languages
  • Romance Languages
  • Methods of Teaching FL and Russian as a Second Language
  • Theory of Cultural Studies
  • Historical Cultural Studies
  • Applied Cultural Studies