Study language, history, and the traditions of the world’s largest country. Russian language has been designated as a critical language of strategic importance. Russia, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Natural resources potential of Russia is over 20% of the world’s reserves. Russian culture has a long history, steeped in literature, philosophy, architecture, painting, theatre and classical music. The country has a flavorful material culture and a rich tradition in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Russian is the eighth most commonly spoken language in the world and it is one of the five official languages of the UN. Having a working knowledge of Russian helps you succeed in fields including the sciences, art, history, politics, and economics.