Why Study in Russia?
Learn about Russia as a destination for international students
Russia is the largest country in the world, covering over six million miles of land. Russia covers all of northern Asia and spans nine different time zones. So why study in Russia? Studying in Russia is a popular choice for international students with a wide variety of interests, be they literature, art, history, or Russian language studies. International students in Russia will receive a high quality education in a culturally diverse environment.
Wondering what’s waiting for you there? Let’s count down five reasons to include Russia on your list of prospective international study destinations.
- It’s home to a breadth and depth of prestigious universities.
As the world’s largest country, it’s hardly surprising that Russia is home to so many universities — 950 of them, to be exact. What may come as a surprise? How many of its higher education institutions offer world-class, globally-recognized educational opportunities. Russia now participates in the Bologna Process, and many of its premier universities are members of the European Universities Association. A whopping 22 Russian universities, meanwhile, earned spots on the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.
There’s a reason why Russia’s best and brightest high school grads fight so fiercely for sought-after spots at the country’s universities. From engineering and economics to law and medicine, Russia offers near-endless opportunities for academic enrichment.
- You can get a top-notch education for much less than you’d find elsewhere.
According to data provided by Study in Russia, the maximum cost of tuition at the country’s most elite universities tops out at 344,000 roubles annually — that’s $6,100 a year. Meanwhile, full-time bachelor’s degree programs start at just 63,000 roubles a year — or $1,100.
The only thing better than cheap tuition? Free tuition. The Russian government grants thousands of scholarships to international students every year. In 2016, for example, 15,000 scholarships were granted to international applicants covering full tuition, a maintenance allowance, and dormitory accommodations.
Lastly, university academic competitions also offer financial incentives to academic superstars.
- Innovation and research are alive, well and heavily prioritized in Russia.
While mention of the word Russia may initially bring to mind the austerity of a post-Cold War landscape, the country has come a very long way since then. Not only are many of its facilities state-of-the-art, but it also places a premium on international collaboration. If you’re looking for a truly global, cutting edge international study experience, it may well be waiting for you in Russia.
- You can learn an in-demand language.
Not only is Russia currently a regional power, but it is returning as a world power. Because of its emerging status, everyone from the federal government to global corporations are looking for Russian language specialists.
Planning on a career in science or technology, meanwhile? Russian is also increasingly important in these fields — following only English in terms of number of academic publications in fields like mathematics, geology, physics, chemistry, and biology.
- It’s an amazing place to live.
From its glorious architecture and fabled history to its vibrant culture and dazzling nightlife, there’s no end of things to see, do and discover in Russia. Lovers of the arts and sporting enthusiasts are equally likely to find plenty to love in Russia.
Top 10 Universities in Russia:
1. Lomonosov Moscow State University
2. Novosibirsk State University
3. Saint-Petersburg State University
4. Tomsk State University (TSU)
5. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University
6. Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU)
7. National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)
8. National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE)
9. Moscow State Institute of International Relations – MGIMO University
10. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)
Documents needed for a student visa:
- An original, valid, and signed passport with at least one blank page, valid for 6 months after the end of your stay.
• A copy of the Russian visa application form, completed and signed.
• Two passport-size photos, signed on the reverse.
• A letter of invitation from a university/school in Russia, which can only be issued by the local Visa Service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (OVIR) .
• An original HIV Certificate showing a negative result is required for stays of more than 3 months.
• A copy of your diploma/certificate or examination results from your previous or current place of study.
• A copy of the invoice issued by the university/school in Russia proving that you have already paid for tuition.