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Study in Russia

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Study in Russia 

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Why Russia 

Study in Russia-2021

Russia is an amazing country with a long history, traditions, rich and diverse culture. Russia is one of the three most reading countries, and Russian education is considered one of the best in the world. Every year thousands of international applicants from all over the world enter Russian universities. Preparatory departments and short-term Russian language courses help them adapt to life in a new country. In Russia, some students are eligible to receive state support through scholarships and discounts on tuition. You can find student stories about their education and life in Russia here.

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Study in Russia 

Russian education is known for its centuries-old history, classical traditions, strong scientific base and high level of training. The years of experience are closely linked to modern technology, comfortable campuses and innovative laboratories. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever for international applicants to receive higher education at a Russian university: both on a commercial basis and state scholarship. Governmental support and adaptation programmes for international applicants are constantly evolving. Every year scholarships are allocated, and new forms of funding evolve, including international grants and new scholarships. You can choose a suitable education programme and submit unlimited applications through our website for free!

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Russia

All programmes in Russia

Russia is the largest country on the planet – spanning eleven time zones from West to East – and, with well over 140 million people, the 9th most populous country.

Russia’s popularity among international students has grown over recent years. To say that as a foreign student in Russia you can expect an exciting time would be a severe understatement.

Universities in Russia

Russia is a highly educated country, with a long academic tradition. Its universities have spawned many great minds, among them a number of notable Nobel prize winners.

In recent years, Russia has been making an enormous effort to modernise its higher education system and open it up to foreign students. At the same time, the government-led “Project 5-100” has been aiming at bringing at least 5 Russian universities into the top 100 into the most respected global university rankings. The initiative has started to show results; more than a dozen Russian universities are now among the world’s top 500, and the results are improving every year.

The most prestigious by far is Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). But there are countless other great universities in Russia. All in all, if you want to study in Russia in English, you can choose from well over 500 Bachelor programmes, Master programmes and PhD options, and that number is growing every year.

Tuition fees in Russia

As a foreign student studying in Russia, you will find relatively affordable tuition fees. Most of the study programmes – regardless of whether you want to get your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Russia – cost well below 5,000 euros per year, and many even less than 2,000 euros per year. Students from certain regions and with an outstanding academic track record might even qualify a for government scholarship, covering the tuition and in some cases also the cost of living.

Education in Russia guarantees competitive positions on the international labour market and gives the chance to remain in the country to be engaged in research and scientific activities or to find job.

We prepared the overview of the main expense items for you to be prepared for a trip and to plan the budget correct.

Application and education fees

For the full support service in getting admission to the university to study under contracts for paid educational services (paid education under a contract), a service fee is collected. The amount of the service fee is determined by the existing visa regime with the country of the applicant, and a competition for admission to a particular university. For visa-free countries, the service fee is $490, for visa countries, it is $590. This amount is paid through a personal account on Russia.Study as part of the application for education under the contract. The operator also reserves the right to provide discounts.

Education in Russia costs by 5-7 times cheaper, than in Europe and the USA: the cost varies from $1 300 to $4 000 per year.

Bachelor’s degreeMasters degree
The average cost of education on programs for a bachelor’s degree is $2 000 per yearThe average cost of education on programs for a master’s degree is $2 500 per year

Residence cost

The average budget of the Russian student on accommodation constitutes 35 000 rubles per month (about $450). Of course, the budget will depend on the place of residence and manner of life.

Health insurance

Every foreign student in Russia must have health insurance. It is better to receive health insurance before arrival to the country to be secure from troubles. The cost of an insurance constitutes from 6 000 rubles to 20 000 rubles depending on a set of services and the cost of a covering (approximately from $90 to $310).

List of Study Guides and Student Handbooks

All the necessary materials for studying are given in library of university so you will not have to buy anything.

The decision of moving to another country is a real and serious step and it needs thorough preparation. You’ll need to adapt to different types of conditions in a new life: another culture, psychology of local citizens, different climate and sure you’ll have to study the new language. In this section we collect the most important information, which will help you to get ready for this step.

Housing

Universities in Russia offer accommodation to all foreign students with full-time education. Students studying with distance education are offered accommodation for examination period. Cost of accommodation is 300 – 6 000 rubles (approximately $5 – $90) per month; the price depends on comfort level in a specific university residence hall. Fees can be paid monthly, every term or once a year according to specific university internal regulations.

If you do not want to live in a university residence hall, you can rent a room or an apartment, which will cost you about 10 000 rubles (approximately $150) for a room in a shared apartment and 25 000 – 35 000 rubles (approximately $370 – $520) for apartment in big cities. It will be much cheaper in non-metropolitan areas.

Prices

Russian national currency is Russian ruble (RUR). Approximate exchange rates for the beginning of 2019 are:

  • 1 USD – 66,86 rubles
  • 1 EUR – 77,21 rubles
  • 1 GBP – 85,29 rubles

All payments in Russia are accepted only in rubles. You can exchange currency in any bank, but note that international credit cards are accepted anywhere. To receive a money transfer you can use your credit card or Western Union. 
Here are some main expenses: studying, accommodation, health insurance, food and transport.

For 2018 the living wage in Russia is 10 451 rubles (approximately $160), it is the minimum you spend for food and pocket money. But keep in mind that prices in Moscow and St. Petersburg are much higher than in non-metropolitan areas, where your expenses will be lower. 
It should be noted that students often have discounts up to 50% in museums, cafes, sport and fitness clubs, shops. Travel by public transport for students is also cheaper.

Free time

In Russian Universities student life is very active and interesting – you can participate in conferences, exhibitions and science or educational seminars.

You can also take part in sport activities, in each university there are basketball, football, volleyball and other teams.

Cultural live is also reach: there are creativity competitions, beauty contests and KVN (clubs of funny and inventive people which are humor contest clubs run by university students).

Transport

If you choose accommodation in a residence hall on campus, you’ll live near the university. If you’ll live far from University you should buy student travel card for using public transport. 
Considering student discount your expenses to travel by metro in Moscow will be 395 rubles per month and to travel by surface transport – 260 rubles per month. Total sum is only 655 rubles (approximately $10). Have in mind that in other cities cost of travel will be even lower.

The most of foreign students enter Russia with passports and student visas. There is a visa-free regime between Russia and some countries. As a rule visa-free period lasts from 1 to 3 months and don’t suit for longer stay or permanent living.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan can enter Russia with internal (national) passports (IDs). Students from other countries, including CIS countries, should have valid international passports.

Who doesn’t need educational visa

Students from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, South Ossetia, Armenia, Ukraine, Abkhazia can study in Russia without student visas.

How to apply for educational visa

You should apply for a student visa to embassy or consulate of Russia in your country, or to visa service center.

Step 1. Formalization of invitation


For those who study on a contract basis the university will issue the invitation. If you apply via Russia.Study, we will check that invitation is issued on time and we will e-mail you a copy.

Step 2. Documentation package preparing


After receiving an invitation you should prepare documentation package for applying to embassy (consulate) of Russia. Here is the list of necessary documents:

  1. International passport (original) and copy of title (main page).
  2. Invitation (original) to Russia.
  3. Application form (electronic).
  4. Photograph 3,5×4,5 сm.
  5. Certificate of the HIV-negative status of the applicant.
  6. For under 18 – Parental Consent to Travel for Children under 18, certified by notary.

In Russian embassy (consulate) or visa application center in your country you can clarify which documents exactly you need.

Step 3. Applying to Russian embassy (consulate)


With full documentation package you can apply to embassy (consulate) of Russia in your country. After passing an interview you should pay for student visa. The student visa turnaround time is 2-3 weeks.

Educational visa validity

For the first time educational visa is valid for 3 months. For extension you should apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs. There you can apply for multi-entry visa for 1 year. During this period you can stay in Russia or leave and return. Upon the expire you should apply for extension again and thus till the end of your studying.

How to extend a visa

For educational visa extension you should apply to university department for work with foreign students before 30-40 days before expiration.

Here is the list of necessary documents:

  1. Application form.
  2. Photograph.
  3. International passport.
  4. Contract for study (copy) or assignment for study by Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
  5. Intercession from University in written and free format, indication the reason to extend visa.
  6. Receipt confirming the payment of State duty.
  7. Detachable section of the notification form (issued during migration registration).
  8. Admission form (original and copy).

State duty for 1 year educational visa is 1 600 rubles (approximately $30).

Pay attention that every time after visa extension you should pass migration registration once again. Apply to the university department for work with foreign students.

Registration

Upon arriving in Russia every foreign citizen should fill admission form and always have it in possession during his or her stay in Russia. In 2 days you should apply for primary migration registration with documentation package.

Migration card

The purpose of migration card is to verify that foreign citizen crossed the Russian border legally. Without a migration card a foreign citizen cannot live, study nor legally work in Russia.
You can get a free migration card form onboard your plane, in a train or in passport control zone at the airport or railway station.
Admission form is valid during all the time of your staying in Russia. When leaving the country you should leave it at boarder control post. When returning to the country you should fill in a new migration card.

Migration registration

In 7 days after entering Russia foreign citizens should apply for migration registration. For this purpose you should submit necessary documents to the University in 3 days after arriving. Here is the list of documents:

  • Passport (or any document of identification).
  • Visa (if available).
  • Admission form.

In the University you will get detachable section of the notification form. This is the document of migration registration. It allows you to stay in Russia during the period indicated. Primary – 3 month, further – 1 year.

How to extend migration registration

For extension of the period of migration registration you should apply in the University department working with foreign students before 15-20 days till expiration.

If you lost migration documents

In case of lost or damage of admission form you should in 3 days apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs. You will receive a free copy upon presentation of passport, visa, student’s card, detachable section of the notification form.
It’s important to apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs in term of 3 days after lost.

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Work During Study

Here are some main conditions for foreign citizens working in Russia: you should be adult (18 years and more) and have corresponding permission of General Directorate of migration of Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs.

If foreign student works in the University or any university organization, or on holidays (without limitations within the University), he doesn’t need any permission. In other cases special permission is needed. Students from Eurasian Economic Community (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan) don’t need to have permission for work.

Permission for work

Permission for work is released only for full-time education students of the universities that have a state accreditation. All state universities and most of the private ones do have the accreditation. It’s important that you can work only by profession stated in permission and only in the region (city) of your university.

Permission for work validity

The permission for work is valid for 1 year. After 1 year permission for work should be prolonged for a new term. If a student drops out studying his/her permission for work is cancelled. As for changing place of work during permission validity the student can easily do it without releasing a new permission. All that he should do is to inform migration service about changes in 7 days.

Who can release permission for work

For releasing permission for work you should apply to Federal Migration Service of Russia.

Visa

The most of foreign students enter Russia with passports and student visas. There is a visa-free regime between Russia and some countries. As a rule visa-free period lasts from 1 to 3 months and don’t suit for longer stay or permanent living.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan can enter Russia with internal (national) passports (IDs). Students from other countries, including CIS countries, should have valid international passports.

Who doesn’t need educational visa

Students from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, South Ossetia, Armenia, Ukraine, Abkhazia can study in Russia without student visas.

How to apply for educational visa

You should apply for a student visa to embassy or consulate of Russia in your country, or to visa service center.

Step 1. Formalization of invitation


For those who study on a contract basis the university will issue the invitation. If you apply via Russia.Study, we will check that invitation is issued on time and we will e-mail you a copy.

Step 2. Documentation package preparing


After receiving an invitation you should prepare documentation package for applying to embassy (consulate) of Russia. Here is the list of necessary documents:

  1. International passport (original) and copy of title (main page).
  2. Invitation (original) to Russia.
  3. Application form (electronic).
  4. Photograph 3,5×4,5 сm.
  5. Certificate of the HIV-negative status of the applicant.
  6. For under 18 – Parental Consent to Travel for Children under 18, certified by notary.

In Russian embassy (consulate) or visa application center in your country you can clarify which documents exactly you need.

Step 3. Applying to Russian embassy (consulate)


With full documentation package you can apply to embassy (consulate) of Russia in your country. After passing an interview you should pay for student visa. The student visa turnaround time is 2-3 weeks.

Educational visa validity

For the first time educational visa is valid for 3 months. For extension you should apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs. There you can apply for multi-entry visa for 1 year. During this period you can stay in Russia or leave and return. Upon the expire you should apply for extension again and thus till the end of your studying.

How to extend a visa

For educational visa extension you should apply to university department for work with foreign students before 30-40 days before expiration.

Here is the list of necessary documents:

  1. Application form.
  2. Photograph.
  3. International passport.
  4. Contract for study (copy) or assignment for study by Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
  5. Intercession from University in written and free format, indication the reason to extend visa.
  6. Receipt confirming the payment of State duty.
  7. Detachable section of the notification form (issued during migration registration).
  8. Admission form (original and copy).

State duty for 1 year educational visa is 1 600 rubles (approximately $30).

Pay attention that every time after visa extension you should pass migration registration once again. Apply to the university department for work with foreign students.

Registration

Upon arriving in Russia every foreign citizen should fill admission form and always have it in possession during his or her stay in Russia. In 2 days you should apply for primary migration registration with documentation package.

Migration card

The purpose of migration card is to verify that foreign citizen crossed the Russian border legally. Without a migration card a foreign citizen cannot live, study nor legally work in Russia.
You can get a free migration card form onboard your plane, in a train or in passport control zone at the airport or railway station.
Admission form is valid during all the time of your staying in Russia. When leaving the country you should leave it at boarder control post. When returning to the country you should fill in a new migration card.

Migration registration

In 7 days after entering Russia foreign citizens should apply for migration registration. For this purpose you should submit necessary documents to the University in 3 days after arriving. Here is the list of documents:

  • Passport (or any document of identification).
  • Visa (if available).
  • Admission form.

In the University you will get detachable section of the notification form. This is the document of migration registration. It allows you to stay in Russia during the period indicated. Primary – 3 month, further – 1 year.

How to extend migration registration

For extension of the period of migration registration you should apply in the University department working with foreign students before 15-20 days till expiration.

If you lost migration documents

In case of lost or damage of admission form you should in 3 days apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs. You will receive a free copy upon presentation of passport, visa, student’s card, detachable section of the notification form.
It’s important to apply to General Directorate of migration of RF Ministry of Internal Affairs in term of 3 days after lost.

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