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UNI 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.

Tuition fee: from 1 900 USD / year

Accommodation: from 250 USD / week

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 Knowing Russian brings a great amount of opportunities - working with archival historical documents, shedding light on many global events, deeper immersion into scientific community, establishing new business relationships and year-round travel with almost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

Immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language and culture.

Courses available in St. Petersburg and other cities on one-to-one or group basis, as well as on-line from your home country! Official TRFL certificates provided.

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.

  • We place students in  schools for 1 semester (January – May, or September - December) or 1 academic year. 
  • International students attend classes together with Russian students and live in host families.
  • Extra classes of Russian language are available.
  • Depending on your school you might also be able to take extracurricular classes in dance, music, or sports.
  • International students attend all cultural events with the class.
  • A minimum knowledge of Russian language or a good command of English is recommended.
  • Our Orientation Day prior to the school start day you will be introduced to the culture of the city and enjoy a guided tour. In addition, you will be given an information and all the necessary details about the public transport, emergency phone numbers, maps and etc.

Tuition, full board accommodation, books fees:

Public school: from 8 200 USD / year

Private school: from 25 800 USD / year

Not included:
  • Tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra activities if not included in the school's program.
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
Students are not guaranteed:
  • a placement in a certain grade level
  • any transferable credits
  • that a high school diploma will be awarded at the end of the program.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL 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 6-10) 
  • 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 3 paths: a student can go to work (but they usually get unqualified jobs), go to a special vocational school or 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 is divided in 4 terms, starts on 1 September in the whole country and ends in May (in June for graduates who pass exams), with 3 short vacations in between. 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. 

There are about 700 private schools in Russia and almost half of them is situated in Moscow. Public schools average - 30 students per class, private
ones - 10 students per class.

There are also international schools, they mostly follow British curriculum. In Russia there are 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. Schools have science labs, computer centers, study rooms, art and music rooms, libraries, study centers, sport halls.

As a rule, a local child attends the school located in the neighborhood, the one which is the closest to home. However, in big cities there are also so-called "special" schools , offering more in-depth studies of the major European languages (English, French, Spanish, or German), or the advanced courses in physics and mathematics, in arts and ballet, and the children attending one of these may have to commute from home.

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

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. Both schools are meant to provide one, with the certificate of secondary education, with a number of useful skills (e.g., those of an electrician, technical, or computer operator).

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.

Tuition and full board accommodation fee: from 780 USD / session

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