Study in Russia
The Russian higher medical Universities & Engineering Universities are some of the best in the world. Russia has always been ahead in the field of education and more specifically medicine, engineering and other fields. Studying in Russia is easy, cheap, and flexible. It's also an inexpensive way for travellers to engage in the cultural life of Russia's cities.
Russia has a long-standing tradition in high-quality education for all citizens. It probably has also one of the best education systems in the world producing a literacy rate of 98%.
There are 609 state and 206 private accredited higher education institutions in Russia; the Ministry of Education finances 315 of them (state). Other Ministries or the local authorities finance the rest of the programmes.
Student information about cities in Russia
Find the best information about what to expect when studying in top cities in Russia. Read about degree course offers, career opportunities, student life, living costs, and more.
- Study in Saint Petersburg
- Study in Moscow
Higher education system
Russia's participation in creating the Joint European Area of Higher Education facilitates the mutual recognition of the Russian degrees in the Europe and vice versa. Russia’s adherence to the Bologna process has facilitated the recognition of the Russian degrees all over the world via the legalization of the degrees.
State and private accredited institutions (universitites, academies, institutes, etc) provide higher education study programmes. Education in state universities is not often free of charge - mostly for those students who show higher results at entrance exams. Approximately one-third of the students pay tuition fees. In private higher education institutions, all students have to pay for tuition.
Russian State Universities has a special unit, The Institute of International Education (IIE), which provides training for international students and promotes a wide spectrum of educational programs.
General application requirements
A foreign citizen who wishes to apply for studies at Russian State University have to submit some or all of the following documents:
- Application form;
- Higher secondary school completion certificate;
- Medical certificate stating general health condition, X-ray (roentgenogram), X-Ray Description and HIV test results;
- Page of Passport with your name and photo;
- Scanned copy of bank transfer: Processing fees (to start the process of your admission for study in Russia).
After receiving all required documents the International Relations Department send you an official invitation and I will send it to the address that was indicated in your application form.
Universities may require additional documents in order to complete de application procedure. Make sure to ask the university representatives for detailed information before applying.
Academic study programmes
The system of education in Russia has considerably changed over the past five years. Universities have begun implementing a system similar to that of Britain and the USA: 4 years for a Bachelor's degree and 2 years for a Master's degree. These changes are still in progress; some universities offer the new system, others still work according to the prior 5-year system.
After completing higher education, one can pursue postgraduate studies (aspirantura in Russian), which takes three years. After the defence of the thesis, 'Candidate of Science' (or Kandidat nauk) degree is awarded. This is considered equivalent to the Ph.D. degree according to the American system.
There is one more scientific-degree in Russia higher than 'Candidate of Science'. It is the 'Doctor of Science' (or Doktor nauk) degree. This postdoctoral education, known as doctorantura in Russian, takes three more years. The 'Doctor of Science' degree is awarded after defending the doctoral thesis.
In Russia, the duration of studies at the faculty of medicine or engineering depends upon the medium of instruction. The faculty with Russian language as the medium of instruction offers a study-program of seven years or five years in case of engineering, which includes one year training in Russian, at the preparatory faculty.
Students who opt for English as the language of instruction do not have to undergo the one-year training at a preparatory faculty.
After receiving the invitation letter, the student must contact the Embassy of the Russian Federation in his / her country in order to apply for the student's visa. The following documents must be provided:
- Application form
- 3 photographs (3x4cm)
- Original invitation letter
- Medical health certificate
- HIV/AIDS test
- Certificate of Completed Higher Secondary Education
- Official bank documents (bank receipt) confirming full payment of tuition fees (for students coming to Russia for the first time).
In order to enter the territory of the Russian Federation and to be admitted into a university, students should present the following documents:
- Original of Completed Higher Secondary Education School Certificate
- 2 notarized at Russian Embassy/Russian Consulate copies of the legalized Completed Higher Secondary Education School Certificate;
- 2 translated copies of the legalized Completed Higher Secondary Education in Russian language, certified by a notary from the Russian Embassy in your country.
- Medical health certificate
- HIV/AIDS free certificate
- 15 passport size (3x4 cm) photographs in matt finish, black and white.
Ask for detailed information at your local Russian embassy or consulate.
English language preparation for studying in Russia
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