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Study In Russia - International Students

Study in Russia, and find the best universities in Russia.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Russia.

Russia is one of the world’s largest countries, a traditional superpower and a centre of education for most of Eastern Europe.

Its membership of the European Higher Education Area means that many Russian universities are now offering education in a more Westernised style, but studying an undergraduate degree in Russia is about more than studying.

Russia offers stunning scenery, amazing cities and a plenty of culture, from the beauty of St Petersburg to the majesty of Moscow. Russia is a great place to be an international student, and is increasingly offering some groundbreaking courses.

As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Russia is keep to increase the number of international students studying there and is investing in developing its universities and support network for international students.

In an effort to improve standards, the Russian government is investing 390 billion roubles (US13.5 billion) in upgrading facilities and training staff.

Bachelor Degree In Russia

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Russia with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Russia

The options open to international students who want to study a degree in Russia can seem overwhelming.

Of the more than 600 state universities, 22 universities in Russia find a place on the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, with eight in the best 400 universities worldwide.

Russia has a substantial presence on the in the QS University Rankings: EECA which highlights the 200 leading universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with a staggering 64 Russian institutions making the list.

The huge amount of investment the country has made in higher education (390 billion rubles between 2011 and 2015) has seen Russian universities ranking at 26th in the world according to the QS Higher Education System Rankings.

According to the Times Higher Education Rankings 2016-2017 the highest rated university in Russia is Lomonosov Moscow State University which is home to 29,563 full time students of which 21% are international students.

This university also tops the QS University Rankings: EECA.

Tuition Fees in Russia

Explore tuition fees in Russia for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Russian universities have recently seen a move towards more Westernised modes of education in an attempt to make its system more compatible with other European countries.

Russia signed up to the Bologna Process in 2007, replacing its tradition five year educational model with a two-tiered approach: a four year undergraduate degree followed by a two-year Masters.

The vast majority of courses in Russia will be taught in Russian, so you’ll need to make sure that your languages skills are up to scratch before applying.

Immigration & Visa in Russia

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Russia, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

Russian visa requirements are notoriously tricky, so make sure you get as much information as you can before applying. All students will need a student visa to study a degree in Russia, regardless of nationality.

The process of getting a Russian student visa should take three to five weeks and cost around US$40.

Your university can issue visa documents for you providing you fulfil the following:

• You have a confirmed place accepted at the university.
• You have a certificate showing a negative HIV test (for longer stays).
• Proof of finances to cover the duration of your studies.
• You are no older than 28 for undergraduate degrees (35 for doctoral studies).

All visas must be registered in seven working days of arriving in Russia and last for just three months. If you intend to stay in Russia after 90 days you will need to apply for an extension when you have arrived in the country.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Russia

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Russia.

Finding accommodation in Russia is not easy and can be very expensive, so most international students choose to stay on campus or in university halls of residence.

This has the benefits of allowing you to make friends with other students, get support from the university and settle into Russian life more easily.

If you prefer to have a little more privacy or want to immerse yourself in Russian life, you should consider renting privately or even living in a homestay with a Russian family.

Although Moscow has a reputation for a high cost of living, many other cities in Russia can be extremely affordable if you know what to look for. Public transport is cheap and convenient, bills are inexpensive and eating local produce will cut costs.

You might find Russia surprisingly cheap.

Rent per month:
• 1 bed city centre apartment –R32,045 (£345)
• 1 bed outside city centre apartment –R21,915 (£235)
• 3 bed city centre apartment -R60,000 (£645)
• 3 bed outside city centre apartment – R40,000 (£430)

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Russia. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Russia?

Safety in Russia depends on where you live, but in general crime is no more of a problem in Russia than in other major countries or cities. The issues of racism and homophobia continue to dog Russia’s image, but steps are being taken by the government and individual universities to ensure the safety of international students.

You should follow the safety rules you would take in any major city, such as keeping valuables hidden at night and making sure you are aware of your surroundings.

Students should always take precautions to make sure they stay safe. They should take care to:

• Avoid walking alone at night
• Always carry a charged phone
• Avoid potentially quiet/ dark shortcuts
• Avoid carrying a lot of cash
• Let friends know where they are going
• Always keep a close eye on personal belongings whilst out
• Never accept things from strangers – whether this is a lift home or a drink

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Russia

Apply to Study in Russia and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Russia.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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Cities in Russia