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Why Russia?
High educational standards

There are more than 500 universities in more than 50 cities in Russia. Every year Russia welcomes up to 300 000 international students from all over the world.

Affordable tuition fee

Tuition fee in Russian universities and schools are considerably low as well as living costs.

Innovative leadership

Russia is taking leading positions in agriculture, energetics, computer technology, fertilize manufacturing, science, space technology, internet & telecommunications, metallurgy, military technology, mining, naval shipbuilding, science, space engineering and sport.
Higher education in Russia
General information
The modern higher education system in Russia is well comparable with world's best practices:

  • preparatory year for foreigners aiming on studies in Russian language: Russian language studies + basic disciplines, much like Foundation
  • undergraduate level: Bachelor's degree (4-years 240 ECTS) or 5-years Specialist diploma
  • postgraduate level: Master or Specialist diploma (2-years 180 ECTS)
  • aspirantura (Ph.D. degree studies)
  • credit transfer system based on ECTS
  • worldwide academic exchange programs with credit transfer
  • european diploma supplement

Language of instruction

For most programs, especially at bachelor level, the language of instruction is Russian. This requires solid knowledge of Russian proved by a TORFL (test of Russian as a foreign language) certificate for direct admission, or can be acquired during a preparatory year.

However, during last decades the number of degree programs completely taught in English has increased. Programs in English can be found mostly at master degree level and require advanced English language proficiency proven by an official test certificate. Apply now
Partner universities
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University
St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
St. Petersburg
Higher School of Economics
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Vologda State University (VSU)
Tomsk Polytechnic university
University of Tyumen
Lobachevsky university
Nizhniy Novgorod
Petrozavodsk State university
Preparatory courses
Before commencing a Bachelor or Master program, you can invest a year in a Foundation course at a preparatory department for international students.

You may study subjects such as Math, Physics, Biology that is needed for entrance exams. You can easily do a Foundation year at one Russian university and then apply to any other one.

All students take exams upon completion of their foundation year. Having successfully passed the exams, they are admitted to the university. Apply now

Tuition fee from: 1400 USD / year
Russian as a foreign language
Russian is spoken by about 300 million people worldwide and some 10.5 million foreigners are regularly learn Russian. That makes it the 5th most prevalent language in the world.

Knowing Russian brings a great amount of opportunities - working with archival historical documents, shedding light on many global events, deeper immersion into scientific community, establishing new business relationships and year-round travel with almost endless choice, including 26 UNESCO list sights.

These are just a few reasons for studying Russian! Apply now

Tuition fee from: 250 USD / week
Accommodation from: 250 USD / week
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High schools
Being a high school student in Russia will give you a unique opportunity to make new friends and learn Russian.

The school year runs from September to May, with three short vacations in between. Depending on your school you might also be able to take extracurricular classes in dance, music, or sports. Apply now

Public school tuition and full board accommodation from: 6400 USD / year

Private school tuition and full board accommodation from:
19100 USD / year

Junior camps
For those who want to combine studies with leisure

Junior camps in Russia invite children to make fascinating discoveries in science, sport and culture and take their first step towards choosing a professional career.

The most famous Russian junior camp in the world is the legendary Artek. Over the nine decades it welcomed about 1.5 million children and teens from more than 150 countries. Apply now

Tuition and full board accommodation fee from:
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Several types of accommodation are available for international students in Russia: a university dormitory, an apartment or a host family. Consider all 'pros' and 'cons' before committing yourself to an option. The choice of the place where you will stay in a sense defines your academic success. We will be happy to assist you with your final decission.


University dormitory is the most affordable option. International students are provided with dormitory places. Normally they are located on campus or not far from the university. In most cases from 2 to 4 students share a room. In a typical dormitory room you will find writing desks, chairs, closets, bookshelves, beds and nightstands. University dormitories are normally equipped with shared kitchens, gyms, recreation rooms, canteens, and laundromats. There are also locker rooms and bicycle sheds available. Security service is available as well.

Apartment rent

To rent an apartment in Moscow would cost you around form 500 USD a month, and a room - from: 250 USD a month. Similar apartment in St. Petersburg would be 25% cheaper and even 50% cheaper in any other Russian city.

Keep in mind that apart from the rental you will have to pay a safety deposit (100% of the monthly rent). All payments are made in advance.

Host family

Living in Russian family is a very good option. Russia is well known for its' hospitality, same goes for the families. While your stay everything will be made to make you feel at home. Usually in Russian families both husband and wife work, so you will be able to eat together only during breakfasts - which are usually consist of different porridges, or serials and dinners - which are typically long course served dish after dish meals. On weekends it is common to go as a whole family to the countryside for a picnic or a barbeque.

One thing about Russian weather you should know is that it really depends on the region. Most of Russia lies in a moderate climate zone and is quite comfortable place to live in.

Unlike many European countries, central heating in Russia is always on during the winter season. No matter where you are in your dormitory room or in a classroom, in a bus or in a cafe, you won't be likely to get cold. However, you should think about getting yourself a nice winter outfit. In autumn you can do with a light coat or a raincoat, but in winter you will need a warm coat and boots, a cap and definitely gloves.
Education system in Russia
General information
Russia is the largest country in the world by area, the 9th largest by population. Its territory incorporates 85 so-called Federal Subjects, 160 ethnic groups co-exist here. Due to this, in some republics where the majority of population identifies itself as belonging to other than Russians group, school education is sometimes performed in national languages.

Russian population constitutes more than 146 mln people. School age students amount to about 15,5 mln people

Russian school education system constitutes 11 years, 9 of them are compulsory.

The system is divided into 3 steps:
primary school (1-4 years, age of students usually 7-10)
middle school (5-9 years, age of students usually 11-15)
high school (10-11 years, age of students usually 16-18)

After the 9th year compulsory education finishes, but to get their diploma students are required to pass state exam (OGE). They have to pass 4 subjects: Maths and Russian are obligatory, 2 more they choose themselves. There mark scale in Russia is from 2 to 5, 5 being the highest (excellent), 4 (good), 3 (satisfactory), 2 (unsatisfactory). In order to pass the exam they need to get at least a 3 in each subject.

Then there are three paths: a student can go to work (but they usually get unqualified jobs), go to a special college (not the same as US college, it does not give any degree) or continue at high school.

If they choose to continue at high school, they study for 2 more years and then pass another state exam (EGE) which allows them to get a diploma and get points in order to apply to university. To be admitted to the exam they need to have at least satisfactory marks. They are required to pass 2 subjects: Maths and Russian. The rest of the subject are chose according to the program they are going to apply to at the university (universities publish the required subjects on their websites). The maximum number of points in one subject is 100. The exam is unified for the whole country.

School year starts on September, 1 in the whole country and ends in May (in June for graduates who pass exams). Holidays are unifies as well for the whole country, the dates are announced before the beginning of the year. It is usually 1 week in autumn, 2 weeks in winter, 1 week in spring. First graders have an additional week usually in February and their winter break starts earlier than for the rest.

Depending on school and the age the week can be 5 or 6 days long.

In Russia there 46 schools that follow IB program.

In St. Petersburg there are around 1 000 schools and about 45 000 in Russia on the whole

In Russia the majority of schools are public. They vary by name and specialization. There general education schools, so-called gymnasiums that are traditionally considered to be strong in Humanities and Languages and lyceums that are strong in Maths and Sciences.

There are about 700 private schools in Russia and almost half of them is situated in Moscow. There are also international schools, they mostly follow British curriculum.

There is no unified ranking for high schools in Russia. Mostly it is possible to see a ranking by the city.

Now there are 662 universities in Russia. The majority of them are public (484), the rest are private (178).

University education now comprises 4 years for Bachelor's degree and 2 years for Master's degree (after Russia has entered Bologna process). Earlier the education was 5 years long and that is why many Russian have a degree of Specialist.

Entrance rate depends on the ranking of university. Some public universities also offer free places sponsored by the state and competition for those places is especially high. Whether a student gets the state-financed place or not depends on the number of points they get at the state exam after 11 years.

There is another type of educational institution in Russia which is called college and a number of vocational institutions. Colleges are usually a way of transition: students can go there after the 9th Year at schools, study there for 2 years and then transfer to the 3rd year at university, thus, saving time. Vocational institutions usually prepare for technical professions.
Apply now, don't wait for tomorrow
Admission to a Russian university is a rather complicated process. Knowledge and time are your best tools. And we will provide you with them. So contact us today to increase your chances!

If you plan to start your education in 2018-2019, do not postpone your first step. Start now and you will have enough time to learn Russian, and pass your admission test.

Tip: tuition fee for the programs in Russian are lower than English ones.

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