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BA Modern Languages (Russian)

Catalog id : R711
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15295 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

Studying Modern Languages provides both practical training in written and spoken language and also an extensive introduction to European literature and thought. You will learn to write and speak the language(s) fluently, and will be able to choose from a range of options including linguistics and film studies.

  • Modern Languages have been taught in Oxford since 1724. The faculty is one of the largest in the country, with a total intake of more than 250 students a year (including joint courses).
  • Undergraduate students can use the Taylor Institution Library, the biggest research library in Britain devoted to modern languages.
  • The University’s excellently equipped Language Centre received special praise in the last Teaching Quality Assessment.
  • Some of its resources are specifically tailored to the needs of Modern Languages students.

Language Careers:

  • Employers value Modern Languages graduates because they are competent in one or two languages, have acquired a range of transferable skills and have first-hand experience of other cultures.
  • Modern Languages graduates from Oxford regularly enter careers focused on languages such as translation and teaching, or go into areas such as law, management consultancy, accountancy, international press agencies, the media, advertising, the Foreign Office and the performing arts.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent

For Czech, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Russian:

  • Please note there are different course codes for these languages, depending on whether or not you have studied them before.
  • Beginners’ courses allow students to start studying one of these languages from scratch – otherwise they would be expected to have an A-level or equivalent (or, for German, an A-level or equivalent proven competence).
  • The Beginners’ German course also includes an intermediate option for those who have studied some German.

English Language requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.


Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year


Two-language course

practical language work
study of important works and/or topics in the literature of each language
One-language course: as above, plus

for French or German, additional options: introduction to film studies; literary theory (French only); medieval studies (German only); key texts in French or German thought
for other sole languages, linguistics options (general linguistics; phonetics and phonology; grammatical analysis)

2nd year


Two-language course
practical language work
a period of literature in each language
optional subjects, including linguistics; medieval literature; authors prescribed for detailed study
One-language course
as above, but including a greater range of optional subjects

3rd and 4th years

Year 3

Spent abroad

Beginners’ Russian: Students spend the second year in Russia, and the third year following the second-year course in Oxford.

Year 4

Continues the course from year 2, plus special subjects across a wide range of options

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written work in the target language:

  • All candidates must submit one piece of marked classwork, normally a few hundred words in length, written in each language which you plan to study, and in which you will have A2 (or an equivalent standard) before university, by 10 November 2016.
  • This will demonstrate to interviewers how you are developing in your use of the target language(s) in work you have completed in the normal course of your A2 (or equivalent) study.
  • If you are applying for a language in which you will not have reached this standard before university, you do not need to submit anything in that language.

Written work in English:

  • All candidates must also submit one piece only of marked writing in English.
  • The particular topic of your essay and the A-level (or equivalent) subject from which it is drawn are not important; it is intended to show how you construct an argument and express your ideas in English.
  • If you do not have any recent marked work written in English (for example, because of the combination of subjects you are currently studying), you may submit a separate piece of work, such as an essay in English on one of the topics you have been studying for your language A-level (or equivalent).
  • It may be helpful to seek guidance from your teachers in devising a suitable title. In such circumstances, it would not normally be expected for this piece to have been marked, as it will not have been done in the normal course of your studies.

Written tests: 

All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT), normally at their own school or college, on 2 November 2016. Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test.

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