Do you wish to pursue your higher studies in Russia? Here is what you need to know on the Russian higher education system.
Thousands of students across the globe dream of studying in Russia. If you are one of them, you are advised to inquire on related formalities beforehand. In fact, Russia has set up a series of regulations regarding foreign students’ registration in Russian universities. But these should not be difficult if you have made appropriate planning.
Studying in Russia will not only be a unique experience but also a valuable asset on your resume once you have joined the international labor market.
Higher education system
Russia hosts many public and private higher education institutions and universities. So if you wish to study there, you first have to decide where you would prefer to enroll. Here are a few key points which you might consider before choosing:
Higher education institutes
The country has 2,500 higher education institutes, among which a hundred are private institutes. You have to pass an examination to be admitted in the selected institution. Moreover, yearly fees may amount between 400 and 8,000 euros per year.
Moreover, some 700 institutes are modeled on American universities and offer preparatory training for 3 to 4 years. You can choose between those offering short technological training and those offering more conventional academic training.
Students seeking professional training for a maximum of two years can turn to “Technikum”.
Russia hosts some 500 public universities and 400 private universities offering various programs, mainly in the fields of humanities, natural and social sciences, etc. Some programs are taught in English and French. However, you will have to pass the TRKI which is compulsory for registration to a Russian study program in a Russian university. This will require advance preparation (7 to 10 months).
Note that the University of Moscow and the University of St Petersburg are Russia's most famous universities. Their entry is free of charge. If you wish to join these universities, you will have to enroll between May 1st and October 15th. Students have to attend all classes. Failing to do so, you may risk being expelled.
The academic year covers 10 months and is divided into two semesters, the 1st starting on September 1st and the 2nd starting on June 30th.
Good to know:
Enrollment procedures in Russia are quite complex. Hence, you are advised to start tackling the various formalities at least 9 months before your scheduled date of departure.
For enrollment in a Russian university, you will have to produce the following documents:
- copies of all your recent qualifications, such as your secondary school certificates
- a list of all your fields of study in your home country along with a copy of your result slips
- a copy of your passport
- your TRKI language test or any other certificate indicating that you are eligible to follow any course in the Russian language.
Note that enrollment application forms are generally available on most universities websites. You can print them to fill in and sign.
You will definitely need a visa to be allowed to study in Russia. However, you are advised to wait for the university's decision before applying for the visa as you will have to include this official document in the visa application request.
Hence, documents to be produced to apply for a study visa are the following:
- an invitation to visit Russia which has been established by the Russian Federal Migration Service
- the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to issue a visa or an official written document issued by a Russian host organization
- a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages for the visa stamps (it should be valid for at least 6 months following the visa expiry date)
- a duly filled and signed visa application form which is available at visa.kdmid.ru
- a 3.5 x 4.5 cm color photograph of on a light background, showing a clear image of your face, without glasses or tinted glasses and without headgear (excluding national or religious affiliated foreigners who can be photographed with a head covering in their passport)
- a medical insurance covering the whole duration of your stay in Russia (except in cases of reciprocity agreements)
- an AIDS screening certificate if you wish to stay for more than 3 months
- proof of sufficient funds to be able to cover your expanses during your stay in the country (a total of some US$ 3,500 to US$ 4,500 per year, including US$ 1,500 to US$ 2,000 per year for tuition fees, some US$ 300 to US$ 600 per month for rent, around US$ 105 to US$ 200 per year for insurance fees and about US$ 150 per month for your meals).
Expat.com - Russia Forum
Moscow State University www.msu.ru
St Petersburg State University eng.spbu.ru
Top Universities – List of universities in Russia www.topuniversities.com
Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation – Education for foreigners en.russia.edu.ru