According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Russia has the most educated population in the world, outperforming Canada, Japan, Israel and the USA. More than half of Russians have higher education qualification. More than 200,000 people from 168 countries come to study at Russian universities. There are a lot of advantages to study in Russia, here are just a few:
Comprehensive University Education
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 recognized world leader in training mathematicians, physicists, chemists, geologists, engineers, programmers, physicians, and specialists in other natural sciences. This is confirmed by the positions of Russian universities in world rankings (For more details, see the “Russian Universities in World University Rankings” section).
A Wide Range of Universities and Study Programs
In Russia, international applicants can choose from:
- 896 universities in 85 regions of the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok;
- 205 fields, from mathematics and natural sciences to the dramatic arts;
- 657 subjects in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist and Postgraduate Programs (medical traineeships, postgraduate military courses), and internships and assistantships.
Russian universities also offer preparatory programs (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.
Optimum Ratio of Price and Quality of Education
Self-funded study is much cheaper at Russian universities than the equivalent in the USA, Canada and the UK, and in terms of the level of training provided; leading Russian universities compete on par with educational institutions in the West.
In 2016, the cost of studying at Russian universities in full-time Bachelor’s Degree Programs started from 63,000 rubles a year (1,100 US dollars), depending on the subject studied (according to the standards established by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science). The maximum tuition fee at the most prestigious universities in the capital was as high as 344,000 rubles a year (6,100 US dollars), according to data from ratings agency Expert1.
If you are considering universities located outside Moscow or Saint Peters burg, tuition and accommodation costs will be lower: prices in the regions are much lower than in the capital (see university websites for more detailed information on the tuition fee).
Opportunity to Study in English
Haven’t had time to learn Russian? No problem! More and more Russian universities are offering programs taught in English.
Comfortable and Well-Equipped Campuses and Dormitories
In terms of study facilities, Russian universities are a match for many western universities. High-level equipment for laboratories, scientific centers and study facilities are now a reality of student life today. Most Russian universities have their own dormitories with a relatively low cost of accommodation (For more details, see the “Accommodation” section).
Easy Adaptation for International Students
Russia is a multinational country where representatives of the most diverse countries and cultures can easily adapt to life here. Russia is home to more than 200 ethnic groups that speak more than 100 different languages and dialects. The Russian constitution guarantees freedom of conscience: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Judaists, and representatives of other faiths peacefully coexist here. The country’s multinational and ethnic structure illustrates the diversity of all spheres of life, from cultural to domestic. Unsurprisingly, many foreigners arriving in Russia feel at home here. Russian universities are proud of their long experience in the training and acclimatization of international students: supervisory programs are arranged for first-year students and there is an established network of student communities.
Different Climate Zones
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. (For more details, see the “Climate” section).
Most people associate Russia with its culture, and Russians rightly take enormous pride in it. Russia has given the world many great writers, poets, philosophers, composers, artists and musicians: Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Feodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Rerikh, Sergey Rachmaninov, Boris Pasternak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergey Eisenstein, Mstislav Rostropovich… Literature, ballet, classical music, architecture, painting, theatre and cinema: this is how Russia wins the hearts of people the world over. Russian cities today are centers of cultural life, where exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shows, performances and other cultural and entertainment events take place on a national and international level.
Students in Russia are eligible for a range of discounts (more “Benefits for Students”) including for travel on public transport, for visiting museums, libraries, theatres, concert halls, parks and other public and entertainment facilities.
Exciting Student Life
Students in Russia are never short of something to do after class. They take part in sports competitions, contests, student festivals and other recreational events. Universities have their own student theatres, sports teams, volunteer associations and student construction teams. A unique creative outlet for Russian students is the humorous KVN games (Club of the Merry and the Quick-Witted): the best university KVN teams take part in a televised contest broadcast on a central Russian TV channel.
5 Steps to Applying to a Russian University
- Choose Program & University
- Learn about Financing & Scholarships
- Admission Applications
- Undergo Competitive Selection
- Invitation and Application for a Student Visa