Aerospace Engineering and the Russian Program

Add Russian to Your Aerospace Engineering Degree

If you are thinking about a career as an astronaut, learning to speak Russian is a wise investment.

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering has teamed up with the Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages to provide several opportunities for AE students to learn the Russian language. They include an AE/Russian minor, an AE/Russian double major, an AE/Russian certificate, and a study abroad opportunity -- all available to both undergraduates and graduate students.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or you're interested in taking Russian classes without pursuing an official degree, contact AE academic program manager Dr. Oksana Gomas  or Dr. Dina Khapaeva

Whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, the opportunity to double-major in Russian and aerospace engineering is an opportunity worth investigating. A double-major combines high-level language and intercultural skills with rigorous cross-disciplinary study of Russian culture.

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To earn a Minor in Russian Studies, students must complete 15 credit-hours of coursework starting at the RUSS 2002 level. The coursework should include one Russian or Eurasian-themed course from outside of Modern Languages.

To receive a certificate in Russian, you must take 12 credit-hours of courses beyond the RUSS2001 course. You may transfer a maximum of six (6) credit-hours towards the certificate requirements. You may also apply a maximum of six (6) credit hours of special topics courses towards the certificate. All courses counting toward a certificate must be taken on a letter-grade basis, and a grade of 'C' or better must be received in each course. Additional requirements and information about undergraduate certificate programs can be found in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog. Students in their last semester before graduation should submit the Certificate Request form to have their certificate prepared for them.

The Georgia Tech-SPbSTU Russian Scholarship
This program is for students completing the major tracks or the International Plan in Russian. The scholarship covers all tuition and dormitory fees for Georgia Tech students studying abroad at Peter the Great Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Students  take advanced Russian and an individualized schedule of regular university courses (disciplines include Mechanical Engineering, International Affairs, History, Computer Science, Bioengineering and many others). Students completing this program have the opportunity to study and collaborate with Russian peers and can achieve professional-quality language skills.

Russian Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) Program
This provides nine weeks of intensive advanced language study for students who have completed at least RUSS 2002 or the equivalent. Students live in homestays with native-speaking families in the cities of Riga, Latvia and St. Petersburg, Russia. Separate coursework is offered at both the 3rd-year and 4th-year levels and also includes a lecture course, with lectures in English, discussion and research project in Russian, on “Contemporary Russia.” A cultural program includes site visits at Russian companies and overnight trip to Moscow. 

Spring Track Intensive Russian
The Georgia Tech “Spring Track” program addresses the needs of students who did not begin their Russian study in fall of Freshman year. “Spring Track” quickly integrates students into the Russian program through a combination of on-campus study and summer intensive study while living in Riga, Latvia and Moscow, Russia with Russian-speaking families

Special Financial Assistance Available for Students Studying in the Russian Program

The following scholarships and fellowships are of particular help to students who wish to add a study-abroad experience to their curriculum.