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Universities in Russia

Universities in Russia

Russia is a large country, it has 766 universities located in 82 regions from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok. There are classical universities which provide training for various professions, from engineer to philologist, and specialised universities focused on technology, humanities or medicine. The map shows the best universities in Russia participating in Project 5-100 to bolster Russia’s competitiveness on the global education market, you can choose the one whose location suits you best. See more information for international students at universities websites. Each university website describes its Preparatory Department, Faculties, Education Programmes and posts international students’ testimonials, news, photos, videos etc.

5 Steps to Applying to a Russian University

1. Choose Programme & University

Choose Programme & University In Russia, prospective students have a huge range of options: You have access to the most diverse choice of subjects, from mathematics and natural sciences to drama; 766 universities across 82 regions of the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok are ready to welcome you; You can study for a Bachelor’s, Specialist or Master’s Degree, a doctorate, professional training or career advancement, and also learn Russian. At Russian universities, you can study to join almost any profession currently in demand on the global market. Applicants only need to select the programme that is best for them. Decide on your criteria (subject, town, form of study, and instruction language) and contact with us.

2 .Learn about Financing & Scholarships

Both foreigners and Russian citizens can study at Russian universities at the expense of the Russian government or on a private basis. Study Funded by the Russian Federation There are three options for enrolment in state-funded places. Candidates can: Become a winner of one of the Academic Competitions held in Russia or abroad; Pass the Unified State Examination or entrance exams; Pass competitive selection for a government scholarship (quota). Self-funded students If they have their own funds for study, applicants can select an educational institution and communicate with its representatives. Universities generally ask to send an initial application by email, and to support it with the proper documents.

3 .Prepare your Document Package

How to submit your documents: Initial Application indicating the desired area of study and your level of education; Official submission of documents to the university after your arrival in Russia.

Initial Application
  • 01. Copy of a document detailing your education (diploma, transcript), listing subjects studied and grades achieved (with translation into Russian).
  • 02. Copy of identification.
  • 03. Completed form (The form is issued by a university or a Rossotrudnichestvo office).
  • 04. Photographs (as required)

4 .Undergo Competitive Selection

Types of Competitive Selection: Entrance Exams and Introductory Unified State Examination (EGE) When enrolling at a Russian university on the usual terms, the applicants submit the results of the Unified State Examination (EGE) or pass admission tests. The EGE is the exam taken by all high school graduates in Russia. Its results are accepted for enrolment at Russian universities. International applicants can also take the EGE for enrolment to a university. All necessary information can be found on the exam’s official website. In addition, universities conduct admissions tests in the form of a written or oral examination on the discipline corresponding to the chosen subject. Enrolment decisions are made based on their results. Some universities conduct separate admissions exams for international students. Academic Competitions Every year dozens of academic competitions at various levels are held in Russia and abroad. Winners and other participants who place highly in some of these competitions can expect enrolment in Russian universities without examinations or under preferential conditions. Foreigners can participate in international and Russian competitions as well as in those specially held for them by various groups of universities. How to take part in Academic Competitions. Tests Many Russian universities conduct tests individually or jointly and select talented international applicants based on the results. Representatives of universities visit various countries or send tests assignments to their colleagues abroad. The applicants with the best test results can expect preferential terms when enrolling at Russian universities.

5 .Get an Invitation and Apply for a Student Visa

Applicants from countries with a visa free system with Russia can enter its territory by presenting their passport (the list of countries which have a visa free system with Russia is available on the Russian Foreign Ministry website). In all other cases, applicants must present a student visa in addition to a document proving their identity. More info is available in the section “How to apply for a student visa”.

An invitation is required to apply for a student visa.

Invitations to Russia are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia. Applicants who obtained their place at a university in Russia through competitive selection (quotas) get their invitation at the instruction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. At a Rossotrudnichestvo office, they are given the six-digit number of their invitation which they then quote when submitting the visa application. If the applicant obtained their place at the university through a standard procedure or is a fee-paying student, the invitation will be sent by the university. You will need an original invitation to submit the visa application.