Education in Russia

Benefits of studying in Russia

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Russia is the most educated country in the world, ahead of Canada, Japan, Israel and the United States. More than half of Russians have higher education. More than 270,000 people from 168 countries of the world come to study at Russian universities annually. Education in Russia has many advantages, here are just a few of them: Fundamental nature of university education In Russia, you can get deep, fundamental knowledge in all areas, but most of all the country is known for its strong scientific schools in the field of physics, mathematics and natural sciences. Russia is a recognized world leader in the training of mathematicians, physicists, chemists, geologists, engineers, programmers, doctors and specialists in other natural sciences. This is confirmed by the positions of Russian universities in international rankings (see the section “Russian Universities in World Rankings”). Large selection of universities and educational programs

Foreign applicants in Russia are expected: 741 universities in 82 regions of the country – from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok; More than 400 areas of training – from mathematics and natural sciences to acting; More than 650 specialties for bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, postgraduate studies (residency, postgraduate studies), assistantships, internships. Russian universities also offer pre-university preparatory programs (preparation for bachelor’s, specialty and master’s degrees), short programs (summer university, semester in Russia, summer schools), programs for studying Russian as a foreign language, professional retraining and advanced training programs.

If you choose universities that are not located in Moscow or St. Petersburg, tuition and accommodation will be cheaper – the price level in the regions is noticeably lower than in the capital. (Detailed information on tuition fees can be found on university websites).

Possibility of training on a budget basis

Russia is one of the few countries that provide foreigners with the opportunity to study free of charge. Every year the Russian government allocates several thousand budget-funded places in Russian universities for foreign citizens (15,000 places were allocated in 2020). In addition, some categories of foreigners, including compatriots, can apply to budget-funded places outside the quotas on an equal basis with Russians. Another opportunity is to take part in university olympiads, the winners and prize-winners of which are provided with privileges for admission to leading Russian universities. Opportunity to study the Russian language Russian is spoken by about 260 million inhabitants of the planet, about 10.5 million foreigners are constantly studying Russian. Russian universities offer various programs for the study of the Russian language – courses, summer schools, and distance learning. For foreigners, within the framework of the preparatory department, a one-year course of training in the Russian language is provided, for students admitted under quotas (state scholarships), it is free. Opportunity to study in English Didn’t have time to learn Russian? Not scary! More and more Russian universities offer programs in English.

Opportunity to get double diplomas In 2003, Russia signed the Bologna Declaration, taking on a number of obligations within the framework of the creation of a common educational space for the participating countries. Diplomas of Russian universities are recognized in most countries of the world. This procedure is facilitated by intergovernmental agreements of Russia with more than 60 countries, including Finland, Spain, Cuba, India, Vietnam, China, Venezuela, Namibia, in June 2015 such a document was signed with France, and in October and November 2016 – with Cyprus and Malta, in May and October 2019 – with Uzbekistan and Cambodia. In addition, many Russian universities implement joint programs with foreign universities, issuing double diplomas to graduates. That is, while studying in Russia, you can get both a Russian diploma and, for example, a diploma from a European university. Comfortable and well-equipped campuses and dormitories Russian universities in terms of the degree of equipment of educational complexes have long been on par with many Western universities. The high level of technical equipment of laboratories, research centers and educational buildings is the reality of today’s student life. Most Russian universities have their own dormitories, the cost of living in which is quite low (see the “Housing” section). Easy adaptation for foreigners Russia is a multinational country, representatives of various countries and cultures can easily adapt here. More than 200 peoples live on the territory of Russia, speaking more than 100 languages ​​and dialects. The Russian constitution guarantees freedom of religion: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and representatives of other religions peacefully coexist in the country. The multinational ethnic composition of the country determines the diversity of all spheres of life from cultural to everyday life. It is not surprising that many foreigners who come to Russia feel at home. Russian universities are proud of their many years of experience in teaching and adapting foreigners: there are programs for supervising freshmen, the institute of student fellowship is developed. Different climatic zones Russia is a huge country, here you can choose not only a program or a university, but even a climatic zone that is comfortable for yourself – from a temperate continental climate in the European part of the country to a subtropical one on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus and southern Crimea. (see section “Climate”). Russia is a country with a great culture Culture is what foreigners most often associate Russia with, and what most Russians are proud of. Russia gave the world great writers, poets, philosophers, composers, artists and musicians – Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nicholas Roerich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Boris Pasternak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Mstislav Rostropovich … Literature, ballet, classical music, architecture, painting, theater, cinema – this is what Russia is winning the hearts of people around the world with. Russian cities are centers of cultural life, where exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shows, performances and other cultural and entertainment events of international and national levels are constantly held. The opportunity to go in for sports Russians are a sports nation that gave the world great athletes: Irina Rodnina, Vyacheslav Tretyak, Maria Sharapova, Evgeny Plushenko, Alexander Ovechkin, Elena Isinbaeva, Alexander Povetkin … More than 60% of residents and 71% of students are involved in sports in Russia. Sports facilities – 70,000 sports halls, 140,000 sports grounds, 4,800 swimming pools – are available to everyone. Russian universities generally have their own sports infrastructure and offer excellent sports opportunities to their students. At universities, sports teams are created that win prestigious competitions, including the Universiades. The country has become the host of world-class sports tournaments more than once – in 2014, the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Formula 1 races were held, in 2018 the World Cup was held, in 2020 – the World Winter Universiade. In 2020, four matches of the European Football Championship, the World Bandy Championship, and the World Chess Olympiad will take place. In 2023, Yekaterinburg will host the World Summer Universiade.
Exciting student life Students always have something to do after their studies. They participate in sports competitions, competitions, student holidays, festivals. The universities have their own student theaters, sports teams, volunteer associations and student construction teams. A special creative type of activity of Russian students, which is not found in any other country in the world, is the humorous games of KVN (Club of the cheerful and resourceful). The best KVN teams from universities participate in a television broadcast by the central Russian TV channel. Traveling all year round The Bolshoi Theater, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum, the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral are world-famous Russian cultural attractions that annually attract millions of tourists. However, this is only a small part of the places worth visiting. UNESCO World Heritage Site