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The Russian Department at De Anza College is situated within the Intercultural International Studies Division. We offer quarter-long first year language courses that build reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural skills essential for simple conversations and basic knowledge of the language. These courses fulfill all GE requirements, are UC transferable, and meet a requirement of the A.A. Degree in Global Studies.

Please enroll and spread the word about the Russian language program at De Anza College to make it a strong, vital, and continuing part of our World Language offerings.  Students "vote" with their enrollment!


Already Know Some Russian?

You may be eligible to skip certain lower-level courses. This is called "clearing" a prerequisite.

Plan Your Progress

We offer three quarter-long courses that build practical communication skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – in the Russian language.

Offered in Fall Quarter Offered in Winter Quarter Offered in Spring Quarter
RUSS 1: Elementary Russian (first quarter)

RUSS 1: Elementary Russian (first quarter)

RUSS 2: Elementary Russian (second quarter) 

RUSS 2: Elementary Russian (second quarter) 

RUSS 3: Elementary Russian (third quarter)

These courses fulfill General Education requirements, are transferable and meet a requirement for the A.A. degree in Global Studies.

Understanding Prerequisites

Each course in Russian is designed to prepare you for the next one: Most students should take RUSS 1 before RUSS 2, and RUSS 2 before RUSS 3. These are called prerequisites.

If you already speak some Russian, or studied IRussian in high school or another college, you may be eligible to skip one or more classes in the sequence. This is called clearing a prerequisite. You must follow the clearance process so that we can accurately assess your ability – and support your success!

In general:

  • One year of high school language instruction is equivalent to one quarter at De Anza. For example, if you took Russian 1 in high school, you may be eligible to start with Russian 2 at De Anza.
  • If you skip one or more levels at De Anza, you will not receive college credit on your transcript for the courses you skipped.

Visit the World Languages Prerequsite Clearance webpage for detailed instructions and a link to the required form for requesting a prerequisite clearance.

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