Requirements

The certificate requirements can be satisfied by either lower or upper division courses. Students who have studied Russian in high school or speak Russian at home can take higher level language courses.

Upon completing the program, students will receive an “Certificate in Russian Language and Culture for Engineers and Applied Scientists” issued by the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

  • Russian Language:

    A minimum of one year of Russian language (three courses, 12-15 units, 120-150 hours). This requirement can be satisfied by an intensive eight week summer course at UCLA (12 units - Russian 10), one course per quarter during an academic year at UCLA (15 units), or an equivalent summer intensive language course taken at another institution in the United States or in Russia. This requirement can be waived for students who pass an equivalency test. Students who have completed one year or the equivalent may choose to take a higher level Russian language course in summer or during the academic year.

  • Two courses that focus on Area Studies for Russia
    (6-8 units):

    a) Some examples of area study courses that also satisfy the engineering GE requirement for the Foundations of Arts and Humanities:

    • Russian 25: Russian Novel in Translation
    • Russian 90: Introduction to Russian Civilization
    • Russian 90B: Russian Civilization in 20th Century

    b) Some examples of upper division area study courses that can satisfy the certificate requirements and do not require prerequisite courses:

    • Political Science 128A, 128B, 156A
    • History M127A-D
    • Russian 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 107A, 107B, 107C, 108, M118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 124C, 124D, 124G, C124N, 124P, 124T, 129

    Other courses with a focus on Russia may be considered in discussion with the Slavic Department Advisor.

  • One Independent Study (2 units):

    Through guided self-directed research, students will explore the role of culture in engineering design and problem solving in Russia and make a presentation at the annual Undergraduate Slavic Research Conference. This course can be taken P/NP during the academic year.

  • Experience Abroad:

    Students will be required to spend 6-8 weeks in Russia, depending on the type of program. This time can be spent in a formal language study program, as a participant in an independent or guided research project, internship or volunteer work. Students may be able to receive credit for the internship or volunteer work through the UCLA Center for Community Learning.

    Internships can be arranged at institutions that have MOUs with UCLA, for example St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), Moscow State University, or National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) in Moscow, all well-known engineering/applied science schools. Internships may also be possible at multinational companies in Russia.

    Students can attend a summer language program in Russia and complete an internship at the same time. Students on financial aid who attend the summer UC EAP program in Russian will be able to get the same level of financial support they receive during the academic year at UCLA.

    The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will review and approve as necessary transfer of credits from summer programs to UCLA. Courses taken at foreign institutions may count towards areas studies and language requirements for this certificate.

    Table 1: Suggested Certificate Program Tracks for Students with No Prior Russian Knowledge

  •   Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
    Step 1

    8 week summer language intensive – 12 units

    (summer after freshman year at UCLA)

    In-country Russian language course

    (summer after freshman year at UCLA)

    8 week summer language intensive – 12 units

    (summer before freshman year at UCLA)
    Step 2

    GE requirement – area studies courses

    (during academic year and/or summer after fresman year at UCLA)

    Concurrent GE courses at Russian university in English

    (summer after freshman year at UCLA)

    GE requirement – area studies courses

    (during freshman year at UCLA and/or summer after freshman year)
    Step 3

    Independent study course

    (during academic sopomore year at UCLA)

    Independent Study Course

    (during sophomore year at UCLA)

    Summer experience in Russia

    (summer after freshman year at UCLA)
    Step 4

    Summer experience in Russia

    (summer after sophomore year at UCLA)
     

    Independent study course

    (during sophomore year at UCLA)
  • Table 2: Suggested Certificate Tracks for Students with Prior Russian Knowledge
      Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
    Step 1 Table 2: Top 3 Suggested Tracks for Completing the Certificate Program for student with prior Russian knowledge Student passes language evaluation test and language requirement is waived

    Student passes language evaluation test and elects to take Russian 20 summer intensive course

     (summer after freshman year at UCLA) or a quarter long upper division language course during the year
    Step 2

    GE requirement – area studies courses

    (during freshman year at UCLA)

    Summer experience in Russia

    (summer after freshman year at UCLA)

    GE requirement – area studies courses

     (during sophomore year at UCLA)
    Step 3

    Summer experience in Russia

    (summer freshman year)

    Concurrent GE courses at Russian university in English

    (summer after freshman year)

    Independent study course

    (during sophomore year)
    Step 4

    Independent study course

    (during sophomore year)

    Independent study course

    (during sophomore year)

    Summer experience in Russia

    (summer after sophomore year)