irbytremor wrote:I'm going to Oxford - will mainly be doing French Literature, but the faculty is offering to pay for a course at the language centre, and I figured it would be more useful to have a teacher for a tricky language like Russian, so started looking into it, and now I'm hooked!
Cheers for the recommendations - one of my friends lived in Nizhny for a year so I'll have to ask her what she thinks of it too. Have you lived in Russia at all?
Must be nice. I got waitlisted from them 2 years in a row for the Russian MPhil and MSc
If you've got a free course in Russian, then by all means, that sounds great. Get to a high level, then when you go back you'll reap all the more benefits. I'm not sure what partnerships, if any, Oxford has, but Higher School of Economics in Moscow has Summer University (and SPb & Nizhny - not sure what modules they offer, I did Moscow) but I think they offer the language in all 3 cities.
If the politics/history ever interest you, look up Roy Allison at St Anthony's. He is awesome, and wrote one of the best books on Russian foreign policy.