16. How much money will it take to live in Russia per month?
Average cost of living depends on chosen city. For example, living in big cities such as Moscow or Saint-Petersburg is more expensive than in provinces.
17. Can I visit my country during vacation?
Yes. Even during your study you can come back in your country, but only if you have the permission from university to miss classes.
1. How many scores do I need to enter the university?
To enter any Russian university it’s enough to have a certificate about successful passing examinations (scores aren’t important).
2. When should I apply documents for study?
Applications for study on a foundation course are accepted from 1st March until 1st December. To revise information about applications for study on main courses (first and subsequent years) send request to our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Can I apply documents for study, if I don’t have a certificate about general education?
Yes, but you should provide another education certificate or diploma.
4. Can you offer me Master degree programs or Postgraduate course, if I’ve already graduated university in my country?
Yes. It’s necessary to graduate courses of Russian language and provide certified by the consulate of your country translation into the Russian language of the education Certificate and its annexes (if provided by the laws of the state in which the document was issued) .
5. If at this moment I’m studying at university in my country, can I transfer into Russian university on the same specialty and year?
6. In which languages are thought in Russian universities?
Studies in Russian universities are carried out in Russian language. In some specialties the training is also delivered in English and French. But studies in English and French is more expensive than in Russian.
7. What is a foundation course and is it obligatory for applications for study?
А foundation course is obligatory for all students who don’t speak Russian. Choosing to study in Russian, he/she spends the first year on a foundation course, where for 7-10 months he/she studies Russian language and other major subjects of the future specialty: medical & biological stream – chemistry and biology; economic and engineering stream – math, physics and information technology; humanities stream – history, social science, literature etc.
After graduation a foundation course the student receives a certificate that gives the right to enter any Russian university. Irrespective of medium of instruction, knowledge of Russian language is essential for international students in Russia for everyday life, communication in and outside the university, and for comprehensive use of the millions of pieces of educational literature available throughout the whole period of study.
8. Is a foundation course obligatory for native Russian speakers?
No, but you must have an interview (at the university, where you are going to study) to check their language competency upon arrival.
25. Which necessary stuff should I bring to Russia?
Complete package of documents, military service book (when available), warm clothes – warm jackets, scarves, gloves, warm shoes (because students usually arrive in Russia in autumn, an average temperature is +10C). Anyway, in every city in Russia you can easily buy clothes of all possible brands, so it’s recommended to buy warm clothes on arrival in Russia.
15. Is living in student dormitory obligatory or I can rent a room?
Yes, you can rent a room. Living in student dormitory isn’t obligatory.
9. What specialties are the best to study in?
10. What can become a reason of my expulsion and deportation from the country?
The average cost of tuition depends on the university, specialty and medium of instruction. To get an exact cost of the chosen specialty, please, send an inquiry to: , indicating the specialty of interest.
Most foreign students choose such specialties as medical, engineering, technical, economic and humanitarian, because all of them are well developed in Russia and popular.
In Russia, the protection of public safety is performed by the state enforcement service – the police, which ensures the safety of Russian and foreign citizens residing in the country. Particular attention is paid to the safety of foreign students. All the buildings of educational institutions and student hostels are protected twenty-four-hour by security department of the university, or by specially hired staff of professional security companies. In all university buildings and student hostels there is an access control system. In university campuses all students have a special student pass, which they receive on admission to the university. The student must obey the laws, respect the customs and traditions of Russia and follow basic rules of personal safety, as in any other country in the world. Foreign citizens as well as the citizens of Russia bear administrative and criminal responsibility for crimes committed on the territory of Russia. Senior officials of universities organize meetings with newly arrived foreign students to explain the basic rules of stay, behavior, residence and security maintenance in Russia.
The entertainment industry in Russia is actively developing and more and more leisure options are offered. Outdoor recreation, from picnics at beautiful places to many-day walking trips, is popular. Floating down the rivers in boats and canoe, songs to the guitar near the fire, a cooking pot with stewed meat for the whole company – there are many followers of camp romantic in Russia. In spite of not the best road conditions, cycling tours are also popular.
In recent years healthy style of living has become more popular. Many fitness centers open in the cities for those who want to keep fit. Even in the yards chin-up bars and common training devices are installed.
Meeting friends is another popular way of spending free time. Heart-to-heart talks, shared meals, table games – a visit to a friend’s home usually takes the whole evening.
Shopping or just going around malls is also very popular. As a rule, modern malls have restaurants and cinemas, so it is possible to spend a whole day there moving from one place to another.
Another “point of attraction” in warm season is the parks. Now many Russian parks are being modernized: wi-fi is offered, numerous places for work and rest are equipped, interesting events are organized – from open-air yoga classes to street exhibitions.
Cultural entertainment and going to concerts are also quite popular. There are very long queues to some museum exhibitions. Various dancing, drawing, foreign languages training courses and schools are also very popular.
Whatever kind of leisure in Russia we choose – first of all, this is interaction. Interaction with people or just with nature – and the best thing is to combine both.
The reason for student’s expulsion from the university and deportation from country can be mission classes without any valid excuse or an outrage of Russian Federation.
A student must make full payment for a foundation course at the beginning of his study. Study on main courses (first and subsequent years) is possible twice a year.
22. If during study I marry a Russian citizen, will it have any influence on my stay in Russia and getting a work permit?
11. How much does the tuition cost?
12. How does the student pay for the education
(full payment or partial payment)?
23. Does my country's embassy in Russia provide any material support or other assistance to me?
24. Can I visit Russia for couple of months to learn something about a country and its language and make sure to apply documents for study?
20. Is it easy to communicate with Russians?
21. Is it possible to work during study in Russia?
18. How are foreign students secured in Russia?
19. How and where can I spend my free time in Russia?
13. Will my diploma be recognized in my country?
Upon successful completion of university, graduates receive higher education degrees of the Russian national standard confirming the obtaining of higher education and indicating the degree/qualification (“Bachelor of Science”, “Master of Science”, “Specialist/Engineer-Specialist”) and specialty. The recognition of Russian degrees all over the world is guaranteed in accordance with concluded intergovernmental and international agreements. At the present time all Russian state university degrees are recognized all over the world.
14. Does applications for study depend on my citizenship?
No. According to the rules currently in force in Russia, every foreign citizen has the right to be engaged in labor activities in Russia only having a work permit. You get students Visa without a work permit. Working illegally you may be deported from the country. Work should not interfere with student learning, as being absent at the lessons may lead to expulsion from the university for poor academic performance.
Yes. Russian people are very hospitable and responsive, that’s why you won’t have any difficulties to find common topics with Russian students and make your communication useful and interesting.
Yes. It’s possible by a tourist visa.
In this case, if your marriage was registered in Russia, you can ask for a temporary residence and a work permit at the Federal Migration Service of Russia.
No. Your country's embassy deals with only issuance of documents and does not intervene in students' problems during their study.