"I could have opted for majoring in another subject, if the ministry's policy change happened earlier," Wang Huan, a 27-year-old man working with a travel agency, told China Daily on Tuesday.
He majored in Russian language, but found his Bachelor's degree was not good enough to win him a decent job in 2006.
"Now most of my classmates are working in fields that do not require Russian-language skill, and I have forgotten how to speak Russian," he said.
Wang Bing, who manages a company for facilitating business in Russia, told China Daily that Russian language graduates used to be sought after in Northeast China years ago.
"But we have rarely hired graduates majoring in Russian language in recent years," he said on Tuesday.
However, teachers of the now-unpopular subjects have reasons to worry about the new policy.
"Enrollment was cut down from 50 students in 2008 to 25 this year," a Russian teacher in Shenyang Normal University, who refused to be named, told China Daily. "The new policy will further downsize our department, and many teachers might lose their jobs," the teacher said.