Russian Dept. Director: Kristine Shmakov | Sylvania CT 219 | 971-722-4841

Why Study Russian?


There are more than 140,000 Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Census indicates that the Pacific Northwest has had the greatest influx of Russian-speaking immigrants anywhere in the nation over the last 10 years, making Russian one of the most commonly spoken languages in the region.

Russian is the second most sought-out language by employers in Oregon and Washington, and the second most commonly spoken language in the state of Oregon.

Russian has been designated a language of "critical need" by the U.S. government.

Why Study Russian at PCC?

The Russian program at PCC boasts the largest enrollment in the state for first and second year courses. All PCC Russian courses are taught using an immersion method. The object of all Russian courses at PCC is to help students develop communicative competence and proficiency in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Russian, as well as cultural awareness. Since 2010, sixteen PCC Russian language students have won the U.S. State Department's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship and studied for 8 weeks in Russia all expenses paid:

PCC Russian language students also have been recognized in the ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay contest for their Russian language skills. Since 2005, we have had two gold medal winners, three silver medal winners, two bronze medal winners and three honorable mentions.

Russian classes at PCC feature:

  • Language immersion with emphasis on speaking skills.
  • Relaxed, fun classroom environment.
  • Instructors with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Russian, native/near-native fluency and more than 25 years of teaching experience.
  • Full integration of speaking, grammar, writing, listening and culture at every level.
  • Partner and small group activities during class every day.
  • Inexpensive, instructor-written textbooks – just $80 for a full year.
  • Free Russian tutors to help you learn and practice.
  • Classrooms with computer podium, large screen and stereo system for viewing videos, as well as a new language computer lab for student and class use.
  • Course Web pages with online activities for extra practice.
  • Additional elective courses on Russian culture and literature during winter and spring quarters (conducted in English).

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer