Capital: Moscow
Languages:  Russian
Government:  Democratic federative jural state with a republican form of government
Population:  146,800,000
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)

Educational System in Russia

If you plan to pursue your higher education in Russia, it would be helpful to take a good look at the education system of Russia. Russia has one of highest literacy rates in the world (99.7%) with more than half of its population having studied till the tertiary level. Such a high rate of literacy is due to the fact that education is compulsory for children till the age of 15.


Higher Education Institutions in Russia

  • University
  • Technical University
  • Academy, University Level
  • Institute, University Level
  • Conservatory
  • College, Non-University Level Higher Education Institution
  • Non-University Level Higher Education Institution
  • Technical Institution

Entry Requirements For Russian Universities

Russia's top universities have very competitive entry requirements, and special entry exams are held each year. Applicants for advanced degrees (M.A./ M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.) should have their prior degree in the same or a very similar field.

Distance education is also offered by many Russian universities and provides courses for the public and for specific professional needs. However, such systems are usually less developed than in the US and other Western European countries.

The academic year starts from Sept 1 and ends in Mid June everywhere, with long summer vacations from July 1st to Aug 31.

Levels of Education in Russia

  • The Bachelor Level
  • The Master Level
  • The PhD Level

The Bachelor Level: The Bachelor degree programmes last for at least 4 years of full-time university-level study. It is a graduate programme which includes professional and special courses in Science, the Humanities and Social-economic disciplines, professional training, completion of a research paper/project and passing State final exams. The Bachelor's degree is awarded in all fields except Medicine after defending a Diploma project prepared under the guidance of a supervisor and passing the final exams. In Medicine, the first stage lasts for six years. Hence, Bachelor degree holders are eligible to get admission in to the master degree courses.

The Master Level: A master degree is awarded after a successful completion of two years' full-time study. The Institutes / Universities offering higher education in Russia has a total enrollment of more than two million students. The staff of the various institutions include more than 16,250 doctors of science and about 8,70,000 candidates of science who, apart from lecturing, are active in the development of new scientific trends and advanced technology.

The PhD Level: Tomsk Polytechnic University and other Universities and colleges in Russia offer international students a wide range of Ph. D. programs. The training of well-qualified specialists for teaching and research lasts for 3 to 4 years and ends in the public defense of a Ph.D. thesis. All these are fulfilled under the guidance and supervision of leading university scientists. The minimum qualification for a PhD course is a master’s degree. The period of part-time or distant doctoral training is about 4 years.

Grading System in Russia

A five point grading system is in place in Russia which is followed consistently from primary to secondary to higher level of education. The grades are interpreted in the following manner:

"5" or "Excellent": This is the best possible grade, representing excellent knowledge in a given subject.)

"4" or "Good": A 4 means that your knowledge in the subject is good.

"3" or "Satisfactory": This is the passing grade and translates to fair/ satisfactory.

"2" or "Unsatisfactory": This grade is equivalent to the 1st level of failing, denoting minimum knowledge

"1" or "Poor": This is the lowest possible grade, equivalent to complete failure and is not given very often

Often a "+" or "–" are used to give more range to the grades. For instance 3+ is a better score than 3 but is not as good as 4- .

Student Visa

The number of international students that land in Russia for higher studies is increasing every year. Although getting a student visa for Russia is quite simple,you should ideally apply for it in advance, as the process takes quite some time.


The number of international students that land in Russia for higher studies is increasing every year. Although getting a student visa for Russia is quite simple,you should ideally apply for it in advance, as the process takes quite some time.

  • You will need an invitation from the Russian University to apply for your student visa. As long as you study in the university the visa will be valid. You can do an internship but you will not be able to work with this visa.
  • Russian student visas are valid for three months only and they are issued for single entry. Once you arrive in Russia, you can extend your visa for a year or more, depending upon the duration of your stay. You can also convert it into a multiple entry visa.
  • When you have a student visa in hand, you will be allowed to stay at student dormitories only.

This type of visa is issued only for students, who come to study in Russia and enrolling on a course to a Russian university / school. This is the best kind of visa in terms of flexibility, but you can only get it if you applied to a Russian university, school or an institution and will study there.

Studying in a Russian University

If you are thinking about doing an exchange with one of the Russian universities (also known as "visiting scholars" or "stazhirovka" in Russian), you will need to submit your data to the university and the "foreign department" of the university will take care of all the formalities. 

They will submit all your data to the immigration officials and have your student invitation ready in about 2 to 6 weeks (may take longer at MGU - Moscow State University). After that, the "foreign department" of the university where you will be studying will either send you the invitation by post, by fax, or send the invitation by telex directly to the consulate where you will apply for your visa and you'll just need to know the telex number when you apply. Usually, the student visa doesn't have a limited validity, it is extended all the time, depending on how long you study.

Studying in a Language School

If your language school is attached to some Russian educational body you will get a student visa and the process will be about the same as the one described for universities above. However, if it is a private school, they will most likely make a normal tourist (up to 1 month), or so-called "business" (which is a name for a long-term visas) invitation, which you will need to submit to a Russian consulate to get a Russian visa.

Russian Visa Registration

Once you arrive to Russia, you will need to register your visa within the first 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after your arrival. It is very important to get the registration done right, so we recommend you to read our Russian Visa Registration page as well as the Status of Foreign Citizens in Russia page for comprehensive information.

It is always the obligation of your inviting party (university, language school, business organization) to arrange your visa registration, because if they don't do it, you will have to pay fines and may be deported from Russia, and they may lose their education license. So, check beforehand that the place where you're going to study can provide your visa registration without a problem.

It is very easy for universities to get your visa registered: you will just need to bring them your passport with Russian visa and migration cards (that you get at the border) and the university's "foreign department" will submit your documents to OVIR (immigration officials) to register your visa. It will take about 1 week and you will have a registration stamp on your visa.

Normally, the registration can be done for the period of your visa, however, if it is not, it will be relatively easy to prolong it if you're still studying in the university. Just don't forget to submit your documents again when the time comes.

Why study in Russia?

When we are talking of the largest country in the world which has the unique distinction of stretching across 9 time zones & 2 continents and which is home to great literature, classical music, and stunning architecture, you're bound to be interested in studying in Russia!


Russia, part of the BRICS nations, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. What's interesting is that this country is also home to around 600 varsities, out of which 11 are ranked in Top 100 Universities of BRICS & Emerging Economies, 2016. The government of Russia has been investing heavily, since 2011, to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities of its varsities and has been working hard to make its education system more compatible with the rest of the nations in the continent. An increasing number of universities in Russia are now using English as a medium of instruction, which has made the country a popular destination for higher education among students, especially in medicine (MBBS)  and engineering. 

The varsities in Russia offer courses in medicine, engineering, business management, humanities as well as economics. These degrees are recognized and accepted globally.  If you have decided to pursue your higher education in Russia, you are most likely to achieve satisfaction with the knowledge acquired and experienced gained here.

Moving abroad to study is an exciting opportunity—but the prospective students need to be aware of what they will face in the country when they arrive. Get yourself prepared, see what student life in Russia is like, and you will find it easy and enjoyable to adapt in the new country.

The migration card is the document, which testifies that the student has crossed the border of the Russian Federation. It is an obligatory document for the further processing of the student registration and hence is an important document. Without the migration card the registration on the territory of Russian Federation cannot be done and the student would be deported back to the home country. The migration card is handed out by the flight attendant on the plane. It is also available at the airport at the immigration department. The card consists of 2 identical parts, which are necessary to fill. At the immigration of the International airport, the immigration officer stamps the both parts of the card and retains one while the other part is handed over to the student. Before leaving the immigration desk, it is important to check that you have received the stamped part from the officer. It is important and obligatory to retain the migration card till the departure from the Russian Federation.

Registration gives foreign student a legal right to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for the period of registration. Usually the period of registration is one year. Registration should be renewed annually 2-3 weeks before its termination. Upon arrival at the University, the student should submit the required documents to process the registration within 3 days after arrival. The duration of the registration processing is10-15 days. The original passport of the student is taken by the concerned department. The registration is stamped on the migration card, There the address of the student hostel where the student lives is noted. The registration of the passport and the visa requires that the passport is valid for a minimum period of 2 years. It is recommended to renew the passport before traveling to Russia for the full period of study.

If there is no general restriction in the weight of the luggage that the student can bring from his/her hometown, the student should know that airlines allow to carry 20-25 kgs of luggage free of charge. All overweight luggage should be paid on a Kg basis and may turn to be expensive. It is recommended to bring only necessary things that are required and which you feel may not be available in Russia. Everything else could be purchased in Russia. It is recommended to take warm cloths like coat, boots, cap, gloves scarf etc, things of personal hygiene. For your journey in the period of September – October, you could take with you light jacket, jeans, socks, sport boots. During the winter months of November – December you need to take a warm coat, a sweater, warm trousers, boots, cap, and gloves.

When students arrive in Russia, they pay the officially established charges for the registration. It is about US $ 30. Sometimes, the University requires the student to be re-examined for HIV or medical fitness which would cost an additional US$ 15. HIV certificate is valid for 3 months.

Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Russia are more than those of the following months. You’ll need about 500 USD for the first three months of staying in Russia. That is because the student would need to pay the registration charges, purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average month expenses for food are about US$ 100- 150.

Parents can send money to the student’s bank account in Russia by the way of a wire transfer. The student is recommended to open a bank account as soon as the process of registration is completed. It usually takes about 10-15 days.

The preparatory faculty is a special educational program with duration of 1 academic year (7-10 months). At the preparatory faculty students study Russian language and the special disciplines required depending on the future specialty chosen (language of science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history, and literature). After completing the preparatory faculties the student pass through an examination. In case of a successful passing of the examination, the student receives the Certificate of the preparatory faculty. This certificate gives the student a right to enter any Russian university without entrance examinations. But if the student chooses training in English or French language (only for medical specialties) he/she does not need to study at the preparatory faculty, he enters directly the first year of the degree course. Studying at the preparatory faculty starts on the October, 1st, every year depending on the formation of groups. (6-8 students in group).

At the preparatory faculty, the study program is not divided into semesters; therefore winter vacations are not stipulated. At the end of January students, who have successfully passed all tests have one week of rest. Students, who have academic debts try to pass their tests again. Summer vacations last 2 months, from July, 1 till August, 31. As for the degree course (6 years), winter vacations last 2 weeks from the last week of January till the first week of February. Summer vacations are the same as at the preparatory faculty — from July, 1st till August, 31st every year.

If a student receives an exit visa, he/she is obliged to leave Russia within 15 days after the receiving the visa. In case of a delayed departure, strict measures — penal sanctions, arrest, holding in custody, deportation are applied. The decision on deportation is taken by a special court. In case of deportation the entrance to Russia is forbidden for the subsequent 5 years. We strictly recommend students to observe the requirements of the immigration services.

Russian education is generally considered to be one of the most qualitative and fundamental in the world. Much attention is paid both to basic theoretical knowledge of students and extensive practical skills. It allows students to find a well-paid job and start climbing the career ladder right after the graduation. Students of Russian Universities are obliged to visit all the lectures because only knowledge received during the classes allows the students to become efficient and knowledgeable professionals. Thus, it might be possible to work only after classes or on holidays or weekends. However, during the first two years we would not recommend you to combine work and study. Firstly you need to get accustomed to the new country and learn Russian language. When you become the third year student it may be possible for you to get a work only if you study well and you attend all the required classes.

How many scholarships

Russian government provides 15000 scholarships to foreign students annually to study in Russia.


What does it includes

Scholarship covers Tution Fees on the chosen specialty for the entire period of education. Also, it covers tution fee for studying Russian language at at preparatory faculty if you are willing to increase level of your Russia language.

Apart from this you will get a stipend between 1300-2000 roubles, which varies university to university.


Who is eligible

All candidates with Secondary school/Bachalor Degree or Master degree with 

  • Strong academic record
  • Involvement in sports or extra-curricular activities
  • Any sort of exceptional talent in writing, speaking etc.

and successfully passed competitive selection is eligible.


What is not covered

Scholorship does not cover international travel, transfer to University, living expenses, health insurance, visa extension and documentation.


How to get Scholarships

Applications starts from November every year till March or April. Then students application goes under competitive selection.

In 1-2 months after passing of competitive selection, application is sent to Russian universities selected by candidate (upto 6 universities can be selected). When the selection of student by university is completed, candidate is informed about results.

If competitive selection not passed, candidate can apply for contract eucation and enter the Russian university on a paid basis.


Seek Guidance?

Well, just get in touch with us and we will help you identify your eligibilty for scholarship, provide assistance with scholarship application and do our best to help you in securing one, if you are eligible. 


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Assistance to Students

Study Expert online is determined to assist the student beginning from councelling, identifying univerity, getting admission, settling after arrival in Russia till the time student pursue education.


Our trained and expert counsellors, help every student to identify their professional goals and enable them to take a wiser academic decision, and gives Personal Guidance to choose courses that perfectly fit their Career or Personal Goals. 

University Selection

  • Our counsellor’s help students to select the right university according to their need and requirement. We evaluate academic documents to make sure it is as per the norms specified by the University where student have applied.
  • Arrange the official admission letter from your chosen university
  • Deposit the course fee with the Department of Higher Education in Russia
  • Arrange the visa support letter from the Department of Higher Education in Russia, if required

Documentation Assistance

  • Passport Assistance: We provide assistance in applying for the passport. We provide you with the Admission Letter which helps you in securing the passport on Tatkal Basis.
  • Legalization of Documents: We get the Attestations, translations, all other documentation procedures of the academic documents of the student, which is required to be completed for the admission procedure.
  • Visa Assistance: We assist in getting visa invitation and getting visa stamped.

Pre-Departure Guidance

Our representatives conducts pre-departure sessions to provide the students with information and instructions of the respective country and travelling guidelines.

Forex Assistance

We provide assistance in getting currency exchange. 

Travel Assistance

Our Travel division provide full assitance with the best possible options for travel, which help you identify the right airline for excess baggage schemes.  

Post Departure Services

  • Arrange your transfer from the airport of arrival
  • Assist with Immigration Clearance in Russia
  • Providing the accommodation till the students get the hostel room
  • Arrange accommodation in a university hostel
  • Provides you complimentary 5-10 minutes call from the university to your parents
  • Assist you in getting local SIM Card in University
  • Arrange your Student ID card, hostel card and your International Student card
  • Providing assistance in obtaining the Certificate of Equivalence from the Ministry of Education of the Destination Country
  • Help you open a bank account with a Russian International Bank
  • Help you with visa support during the entire period of study in Russia
  • Arrange for a separate room for female students
  • Arrange a city exploration so you can familiarise yourself with the local environment
  • Coordination with university authorities in Monitoring student’s academic progress and behaviour
  • Assistance in providing visa to parents for their visit (if require)
  • Assist parents in their smooth travel arrangements
  • Assist you in getting air tickets throughout the period of study
  • If student wish to change the room in hostel, assistance is given, provided genuine reason given by student
  • Complete assistance is provided at the time of urgency

Other Services

  • Give guidance and information to you regarding the various universities and faculties
  • Help you with communication and liaise between yourself and the universities
  • Offer you travel related services including Visa Issuing and Medical Insurance
  • Provide you with detailed information about the country and other relevant information
  • Arranging the Medical Insurance Policy to cover emergency medical expenses in Russia
  • We will give guidance and unlimited time to your questions
  • Keep you up to date with the progress of your application
  • Ensure quick response time from universities to individual applications
  • Organise and run information sessions for potential students, family and friends throughout the year
  • Assist with local registration
  • Arrange for a car and driver for the duration of the trip
  • Arrange the transfer from airport to hotel
  • Reserve a hotel room and other attractions/dining arrangements
  • Arrange for a private translator

Expenses for every year

  • Medical Insurance: from about 60-200 USD
  • Visa Extension: ~100 USD
  • Medical checkup: ~50 USD
  • Accomodation: ~2,5 583USD per month depending on the region, type and location of the lodging (dormitory, rented room, or apartment).
  • Academic Fee: ~1,000-12,000 USD per year depending on the region, university, and discipline.
  • Meal Expenses: ~175 USD
  • Transport: ~7 USD
  • Internet, mobile phone: ~13 USD
  • Culture, sport, entertainment: ~70 USD

Prices are quoted on an average bases it can be lower or higher subject to student's life style.