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The Department of Russian Studies at UCM has been providing the doctoral program in Russian language and culture in professional communication since 2016. The graduate profile of this doctoral program is based on a broad general background and a narrower specialization, which the doctoral student pursues mainly in the second and third years of study and within the framework of which he or she writes his or her dissertation.

This program prepares graduates as Russian language specialists who are sufficiently prepared for independent professional activities in linguistically, historically, culturally, or socially oriented research, as well as professionals who can work in teaching practice, in cultural institutions, industry, tourism, as translators or interpreters, or even in journalism and the diplomatic service.

By the end of their doctoral studies, students possess an extensive body of knowledge, skills, and professional competencies that organically complement the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired during the first and second degrees of higher education.

prof. Oleh Tyshchenko, DrSc.

His research focuses on corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, ethnolinguistics, Russian and Slovak phraseology, general and comparative linguistics, cognitive linguistics, linguoculturology, and the language of Slavic folklore. He is the editor-in-chief of the international scientific collections Linguistic worldview of Slavs vs. culture 1 and 2; a member of expert council in the field of comparative, historical, and typological linguistics at Kyiv National Pedagogical Dragomanov University; the deputy editor in chief of the scientific journal Lviv Philological Journal; a member of editorial board of scientific works Man. Computer. Communication (Department of Applied Linguistics, Lviv Polytechnic National University) and an organizer of many conferences, such as Linguistics at the Turn of the Century: New Trends and Prospects of Development; Ethnos, Language, Culture: Past, Present, Future and others. Many of his scientific studies are actively used in the educational process within the framework of profile subjects in the doctoral program.

doc. PhDr. Andrea Grominová, PhD.

In her academic and research work, Andrea Grominová deals with the problem of intercultural communication, reflection on the translation of Russian literature in Slovakia, the artistic model of the world in Russian literature, and cultural and translatological issues. She is a member of the editorial board of the prestigious international scholarly journal Philological Class, included in the Web of Science and ERIH PLUS databases, and the international scholarly journal Scientific Bulletin of South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky: Linguistic Sciences (Ukraine). She is a member of the Slovak Society of Translators of Professional Literature, which is a member of the International Federation of Translators (FIT) within APTOS (Association of Translation and Interpretation Organizations of Slovakia) and a member of the SAIA committee for selecting applicants for internships abroad (to Russia).

doc. PhDr. Lukáš Gajarský, PhD.

Lukáš Gajarský is the author of the first scientific monograph on Russian-Slovakian interlingual homonymy in Slovakia and co-author of the first textbook and dictionary on this subject in Slovakia. In addition to interlingual homonymy, his research focuses on axiology, asymmetry in vocabulary with positive and negative appraisal components in journalistic texts, comparative aspects of Russian-Slovak phraseology, and gender stereotypes. His publications are actively used in the educational process within the framework of subjects in the program.

Mgr. Andrea Spišiaková, PhD.

Andrea Spišiaková is the first graduate of the doctoral program Russian Language and Culture in Professional Communication at the Department of Russian Studies at UCM, where she is currently working as a senior lecturer. Her spheres of scientific interest are phraseology, tendencies in the contemporary Russian language, and didactics of the Russian language.


The Institute of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University has provided doctoral studies since 1992, but the tradition of their organization within the faculty is much longer, since the 1950s. Since 1992 there have been several changes due to accreditations and re-accreditations, but also due to the development of the Institute of Slavic Studies, which teaches not only Russian, but almost all Slavic languages. The training was extended to other Slavic languages and literatures, for which an independent program of study was accredited, which – like all other doctoral programs – has been subject to the Bologna Declaration.

Doctoral studies gradually became open not only to young members of the Institute of Slavic Studies, but also to graduates who wanted to develop further, not only in their academic careers, but also in other fields of humanities (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, etc.). In addition to graduates of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University, graduates of other universities, including foreign ones, were increasingly accepted.

In the field of Russian studies, until 2021 there were separate specializations in Russian language and Russian literature, and in 2021 the Russian studies program was merged with the rest of Slavic Philology to create two doctoral programs: Slavic Languages and Slavic Literatures. Students who have not yet graduated have been transferred from the "old" programs to the new ones in 2022, so that from September 2022 there will be only these two programs concerning the Russian language and literature program. In addition to these programs, the Institute of Slavic Studies also offers doctoral programs in Philological and Areal Studies and Comparative Literary Studies.

prof. PhDr. Josef Dohnal, PhD.

Contact Person (Coordinator) for Masaryk University in Brno

Prof. Dohnal specializes in the history of Russian literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, the relationship of literature to psychology and philosophy, and methods of teaching literature. He is a member of editorial boards of foreign academic and professional journals, such as Opera Slavica (responsible editor for literary studies, Czech Republic), Pedagogy of Art (Russia), Literature in the borderlands (Poland), Samara Scientific Bulletin (Russia), Sultanov Readings of the Prikarpatskiy National University named after Vasil Stefanovik (Ukraine), Ivano-Frankovsk. The author is the chief organizer of the international conferences Values in Literature and Art I – V (2012 – 2021). In addition, prof. Dohnal is a member of the boards of doctoral programs at Charles University in Prague, Palacky University in Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno and is the author of more than 140 research outcomes.


The University of Granada has a long tradition of language teaching and was the first Spanish university to teach Russian in the 1950s. It should be noted that Spain has a distinct scientific and academic tradition in the teaching and research of Slavic languages. First, the teaching of Slavic languages in universities began relatively late. Second, Russian, one of the major Slavic languages, has never been part of the school system, despite all the efforts of Russian scholars. Finally, there have never been separate doctoral programs in Russian studies because it has always been considered part of Slavic studies programs. The four main profiles of doctoral studies and the programs of the Faculty of Humanities, in which dissertation defenses in Slavic philology usually take place, have been integrated into the doctoral program in Language, Texts and Contexts. The doctoral program in Language, Texts and Contexts covers 11 different areas of research, including Slavic Studies. The aim of the Language, Texts and Contexts program is to prepare future Ph.D. students in the fields of philology, linguistics, literature, translation and interpretation, and to equip them with the professional, theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for advanced research that will enable them to respond to societal needs in a timely manner.

The Languages, Texts and Contexts doctoral program has a strong research infrastructure that allows it to train future doctoral students at the highest academic level. It brings together numerous research groups and active scientific and academic projects, which provides opportunities for doctoral students in an international research network, mostly in Europe and the United States.

Doctoral students find this program an ideal place to learn about cutting-edge research and to complete their doctoral tasks, at the end of which they can earn a doctorate from the University of Granada and, if necessary, an International Doctorate.

doc. PhDr. Simón José Suárez Cuadros, PhD.

Contact Person (Coordinator) for the University of Granada in his research specializes mainly on lexicology, phraseology and contrastive phraseology between Ukrainian, Russian and Spanish languages. Along with this, he has read lectures about the history and culture of Slavic countries, the comparative grammar of Slavic languages, etc. He has 20-year long experience in teaching university students and used to teach in a Slavic environment too. His department has long and extensive experience in training PhD. students, therefore, he and his team can share their know-how with other partners, which will undoubtedly be of great asset to the applying institution. He is also a Member board Direction of the Department of Slavic Philology, a Member on of the International conference organizing committee, Head of the Slavic Department at the University of Granada, Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Mobility at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Granada.

PhDr. Benamí Barros García, PhD.

He is a permanent lecturer at the Department of Greek and Slavic Philology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Granada, and participates, among other things, in the teaching of doctoral students. His research interests include digital humanities, translation, and comparison of Russian and Spanish, and discourse analysis.

PhDr. Irina Votyakova, PhD.

She works as a junior lecturer at the Department of Greek and Slavic Philology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Granada. Her research interests include applied linguistics, intercultural communication, teaching Russian as a second language, and didactics.

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