Learn Russian at the TUM Language Center

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Russian is the most spoken Slavic language in the world and is the native language of approximately 150 million people. Over 210 million people around the world speak Russian. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is the most widely used language in Europe.

Courses during the semester

We offer Russian courses from level A1 through B2 following the CEFR.

Program overview in TUMonline

Courses during the semester break

  • Intensive courses take place during the lecture-free period in spring and fall.
  • You will find the program in TUMonline towards the end of every lecture period.
  • As soon as the registration period has been set, the information will be published on our homepage.


Tandem Learning

TUMtandem brings TUM students together for structured intercultural conversation.

Read more about TUMtandem here.

Feel free to contact us via tandem@tum.de if you should have any questions.

Experience report on the tandem programs

Summer School in Saint Petersburg

The TUM Language Center keeps a strategic partnership with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and offers a 2-week intensive course in summer for students to significantly improve their Russian language skills, to get to know a modern Russian university and to experience the rich culture and history of St. Petersburg.

Information on the 2022 Summer School in Saint Petersburg will appear here in the spring of 2022.

Online-Tandem with Saint Petersburg

As part of the partnership with Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), the TUM Language Center offers participants of Russian courses (from level A2.2) a supervised online tandem with students of Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University: A special opportunity to build and intensify Russian language skills. 

In case of regular attendance, a bilingual certificate of attendance will be issued by the partner university.


Russian in Science

During the semester you can take a compact course focusing on Russian for academic and scientific purposes.

The course is accompanied by an Online Tandem for scientific communication with students of Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University. In case of regular participation, a certificate of attendance can be issued by the partner university.

Russian as a language of origin

Russian is your second, third language and/or you have a connection to Russian through your country of origin? You want to refresh your vocabulary, work specifically on grammar, reading and writing skills and build up your resources for your studies, your (scientific) career with practical conversation and discussion exercises? Starting in the winter semester 2021/22, you can take Russian as a language of origin (from B1) with us.

Online Program vhb

The Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) offers online language courses for Russian.
The courses can be a useful supplement to the Russian courses at TUM.
Please note that the TUM Language Center currently cannot guarantee that ECTS will be awarded for these courses. 
All courses at vhb are free of charge for TUM students and registration is done with the TUM ID.

Next registration starts on 01.10.2021 or 15.10.2021 (depending on the course)

More detailed information about the courses can be found in the course descriptions

Language tests/ Language certificates

You can obtain a language certificate for applications (semester abroad, internships, scholarships) if you take a language test. Please contact gauss@zv.tum.de.


Kristina Gauß

Coordinator of Russian Program

Office Hours
On Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 212, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29342

Photo Credits: The photos used were taken by students of Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) as part of the partnership with "Polytech".
Photo 1: Anton Malkov, Saint Petersburg. Photo 2: Pavel Shamraj, Moscow. Photo 3: Veronika Chromov, Northern Lights in Russia. Photo 4: Polina Maksimova, "Fiery Red Sails" (graduate festival in Saint Petersburg).