Professeur associé
  • Department Languages and Civilizations
  • Areas of research Intercultural Communication, Didactics of Foreign Languages
  • Teaching fields Russian Language and Culture, Intercultural Communications, French Culture


Originally from Russia, and passionate about languages from a very young age, Irina Sussin arrived in France in 1992 after obtaining her first Doctorate in Pedagogical Sciences from the University of Saint Petersburg. She began by teaching Russian to High School students, before deciding to embark on a second Doctorate in the Didactics of Languages and Cultures, which she defended in 2006 at the University of Nantes. For a period of three years, she worked at the University of Nantes as a temporary Teacher and Researcher, as well as working for the CNED (French National Distance Learning Centre), participating in writing a method for learning Russian.

Irina Sussin joined Excelia Business School in 2008, as a Lecturer. Today she is an Associate Professor, and teaches Russian and Intercultural Communications. She has been Head of Languages for more than 10 years, and with the support of her teams, she coordinates and implements the learning of the 10 foreign languages taught at the School.

A long-standing member of the Droujba association (meaning ‘friendship’ in Russian), Irina contributes, together with other volunteers, to the development of twinning and cultural exchanges between her home country and France.