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Why Study in Russia?

From its glorious architecture and fabled history to its vibrant culture and dazzling nightlife, there’s no end of things to see, do and discover in Russia. Lovers of the arts and sporting enthusiasts are equally likely to find plenty to love in Russia.

Russia is a vast country where you can choose not only a course of study or university, but even your preferred climate – from a moderate continental climate in the European part of the country to the subtropical Black Sea coast of the Caucasus and southern Crimea.


Interestingly, Russia is a highly educated country with over half of its residents holding a university degree. Moreover, Russian universities regularly place in the top of international rankings. Education in Russia is much more affordable than in the USA or UK. Moreover, international students have the opportunity study for free at the expense of the Government budget. Each year Russia accepts students from all over the world, from nearly 170 countries, and you can join them.

In Russia, you can acquire in-depth, fundamental knowledge in all subjects, but the country is best known for its strong academic schools in physics, mathematics and natural sciences. Russia is a recognised world leader in training mathematicians, physicists, chemists, geologists, engineers, programmers, physicians, and specialists in other natural sciences.

Higher Education System in Russia

Higher education is provided by public and non-public (non-State) accredited higher education institutions. There are two levels of higher education:

Basic higher education (4 years) leading to the Bakalavr’s or Bachelor’s degree, the first university level degree. This is equivalent to the B.Sc. degree in the US or Western Europe

Postgraduate higher education (5-6 years or more). After two years, students are entitled to receive a Magistr’s or a Master’s degree. This is equivalent to a Master’s Degree (M.Sc, M.A.) in the US or Western Europe. After a Master’s degree, students can continue to study towards a doctoral degree: KandidatNauk degree (the first level, equivalent to Ph.D.) and DoktorNauk degree (the second, highest level, equivalent to Professor).

In addition, Russian universities also offer preparatory programmes (training for enrolment on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialist Degree courses), short courses (summer university, a single term in Russia, summer schools), Russian as a foreign language courses, professional development and additional vocational training.

Top Universities in Russia

The top Universities in Russia are:

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Novosibirsk State University

Saint- Petersburg State University

Tomsk State University(TSU)

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University

Bauman Moscow State Technical University(BMSTU)

National Research Nuclear University “MEPhl” (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

National Research University- Higher School of Economics(HSE)

Moscow State Institute of International Relations- MGIMO University

Tomsk Polytechnic University(TPU)

Popular Courses in Russia

The most popular courses in Russian universities are:



Natural Sciences

Business Studies

Arts and History

Tuition Fees and Cost of Living

The different degree programs typically cost around US $2,000 to US $8,000 in tuition fees per year, including both Bachelor’s as well as Master’s programme, which roughly converts to about INR 1,38,200 to INR 5,52,800 annually. However, the exact cost varies depending on the major taken as well as the institution granting the degree.


Whereas, the average cost of living in Russia is about US $650 per month, that is, US $7,800 per year (~INR 5, 39,000 yearly).

Application Procedure and Admission Process

In order to undertake admission in a Russian University, you need your valid passport, foreign documents of education along with the original documents of secondary school certificates (or diplom as), personal statement recommendation letters, pictures, university form and CV providing all the relevant information.

However, for Masters or Specialist degrees; you need to send your original bachelor’s degree to the university. A subject specific research statement is also required for post graduate study in Russia.

Career Prospects in Russia

To work in Russia, foreign citizens must be of majority age (18+ years) and hold the relevant permit from the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.

The biggest benefit is that international students do not need any permits if they are employed at universities  (or affiliated organisations) outside class time (including vacations).In all other cases, a permit is required. Permits are issued only to students on full-time courses at state-accredited universities. Students can work only according to the profession specified in the permit, and in the region (city) where their university is located.

Scholarships in Russia

In order to obtain Scholarships in Russian Universities, foreign students are eligible to apply for degree programs in all subjects. Under the name of “Russian State Scholarships for Foreign Students”, a total of 15,000 government scholarships are available, which would cover tuition fee, monthly stipend and residence.


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