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The Russian language is the Slavic language with the most speakers and is considered a world language. The standard Russian language is originally based on the dialects of the Moscow region and is spoken almost without variation throughout the country today. Russian is the mother tongue of around 150 million people, of which around 138 million live in Russia. Outside Russia, Russian is spoken in Ukraine (8.4 million), Belarus (6.7 million), Kazakhstan (3.8 million), Uzbekistan (4 million), Latvia (0.9 million), etc.
Russian is also a common language for science, art and technology. If you include second-language speakers, there are around 255 million Russian speakers.

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Courses offered

1) Which language courses can I attend and when?Hide

Normally,the courses are offered as follows. You can find the courses on Cmlife by entering the course number in the search box:

  • WiSe: A1 (Grundkurs 1 - 4 SWS): SR610 and B1 (Grundkurs 3 - 4 SWS): SR630
  • SoSe: A2 (Grundkurs 2 - 4 SWS): SR620 and B2 (Grundkurs 4 - 4 SWS): SR640

Please note that the courses can only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached

2) What influence does my previous knowledge have on the choice of my courses?Hide

If you have had previous instruction in a language or knowledge of a language that is very similar, you may be able to start a course at a higher level. A placement test is mandatory for this. You will find further information under "Placement" below.

3) Can I participate in courses as a member of staff or guest student?Hide

Generally, yes. You will find more information here.

Placement Test 'Einstufungstest' (please read carefully)

4) Do I need a placement test?Hide
  • If you have had previous instruction in a language, you must take a placement test.
  • If you have already taken a course or a placement test with us, you do not need a placement test.
​5) How do I register for the placement tests?Hide

Registration is via CMlife. Enter SRE00 in the search field. 

6) When do I register for the placement tests and when do they take place?Hide
  • Registration: You can register for the placement tests from October 4 until October 14. 
  • Realisation: The placement tests always take place in the first week of lectures (beginning October 14).
​7) Can I be exempted from the placement test on the basis of certificates?Hide
  • Language certificates will only be recognized if they are not older than two years.
  • Please submit your language proof via this form by the end of the 2nd week of the semester.
  • After you have uploaded your proof, it will be checked by our language officers. If your prior knowledge is confirmed by the language officer, the Language Center secretariat will remove you from the corresponding courses on CampusOnline so that you can register for the next higher course. This can take up to two working days.​

Accepted, without an additional oral test:

  • The following certificates are accepted: UNIcert, Russian as a Foreign Language (ТРКИ)

Accepted, but only in conjunction with an oral test:

  • Language certificates (not UNIcert) issued by other colleges and universities
  • Language certificates awarded by the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb)

Not accepted:

  • Language certificates from a community college (e.g. VHS) or private language schools are not accepted. Please take a placement test.

Kursanmeldung (Course registration (compulsory)

8) Do I have to register for a language course? And if so, where?Hide
9) I don't have a matriculation number yet, can I still register for a language course or a placement test?Hide

If you do not yet have a matriculation number, this means that your enrolment at the UBT is probably not yet complete. Please contact the Student Administration Office (Studierendenkanzlei). You will only be able to register for our language courses after you have received your matriculation number.

10) Will I definitely get a place on the course?Hide

No. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If the course is fully booked and you only receive a place on the waiting list (WL), you will move up the line if/when a student with a firm place (FP) deregisters. Students who are only on the waiting list may NOT attend the course.

11) I can't find my the course I would like to attend on CMlife: what's wrong?Hide

If you cannot find a course on CMlife, it usually means that this course is not required for your degree programme.

If you can see a course on CMlife but cannot register, it may mean that do not have the required language level (taken the placement test) or attended the previous course in the programme.

12) Do I have to deregister if I cannot attend a course I have registered for?Hide

Yes. Deregistration is only possible during the registration period (i.e. until the end of the second week of the semester). Students can only move up from the waiting list during this period. Once registration closes, it is not possible to deregister from a course. If you drop out of a course, "X-5,0" will be entered as your result in CMlife.

13) Can I attend a language course without taking the final exam?Hide

Technically, you can take a course without taking the final exam. However, by doing so, you may be depriving another student of a place in the course and thus of the opportunity to earn credits for the successful and timely completion of their degree. If you do not take the exam, you will not be able to take the follow-up course. In addition, you will receive no credit and ''X-5,0'' will be entered as your result in CMlife.

Course attendance and course completion (examination)

14) Is there an attendance requirement?Hide

Yes, attendance is compulsory in all language courses. You will find further information here.

15) Can I also attend the language course online?Hide

No. Unfortunately, online participation is not possible.

16) What happens if I drop out of the course?Hide

If you do not complete a course, ''X-5,0" will be entered as your course result in CMlife. You will not receive credits or a certificate for courses you do not complete.

17) Do I have to register for the language course exam?Hide

No. When you register for the course you are automatically registered for the exam final exam.

18) How many ECTS or credit points do I get for a language course?Hide

You will receive 2 ECTS for courses with one session per week and 4 ECTS for courses with two sessions per week. This may vary slightly from the number of credit points (LP) awarded for the course in your degree programme. The examinations office (Prüfungsamt) will be able to help you with any questions about this. The Language Centre cannot provide this information.

19) Do I get an official certificate at the end of a language course?Hide

Yes, on request at the Secretary's Office (Sekretariat): GW I, 0.04; Monday-Thursday, 9:00-11:00

20) What certificates can I obtain in this language in addition to confirmation that I have successfully completed the course?Hide

In addition to the final exam, you can take the UNIcert® exam after completing a specific sequence of courses. You can find more information here.

21) I did not pass the course. Can I repeat the exam or do I have to repeat the course?Hide
  • Who can take a resit exam? If the listening, reading (grammar), writing and speaking skills are graded equally (20-25% each) in a final exam, all skills must be passed. If only one skill is not passed, this skill can be repeated. However, if more than one skill is failed, the exam must be retaken in its entirety.
  • When does the repeat exam take place? At the end of the semester in which the relevant course is offered again.
  • Do I have to attend the course again? No, it is not necessary to attend the course again. You can take the repeat exam straight away.
  • How or with whom do I register? Complete this document and submit it directly to the team coordinator (see e-mail below). Your application will then be processed as quickly as possible.
​22) I was ill on the day of the final exam. Can I take the exam later?Hide

If you are ill on the day of the exam you can apply to take a make-up exam (Nachholklausur). This will usually take place as soon as you are well again (medical certificate). Please fill out this form and upload it together with your medical certificate here.  

​23) I have an exam in my degree subject at the same time as the final exam in my language course. What should I do?Hide

If you have an exam in one of your degree subjects at exactly the same time as the final exam in your language course please inform your instructor about this immediately, i.e. as soon as you are aware of the clash. Fill out this form and upload it together with full and documented details of the overlap here.  

This language is taught by:


Angelina Beck-Kolesnikova

You can find information about the lecturer here.

Do you still have questions? If so, please send an e-mail stating your matriculation number and degree programme to: angelina.kolesnikova@uni-bayreuth.de

Webmaster: Robert Wolf

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