Highly ranked education, unique culture and unforgettable experience
Russia is the largest country in the world and covers nearly the entire Eurasian continent. It is so big that has even 9 time zones! If you take a train ride from Kaliningrad, the westernmost point of Russia, to Vladivostok, a large easternmost city, the beautiful landscape changes every 100 KM or so from outside the window due to the great size and diversity of the country. When traveling around, you will observe vast valleys, green forests, beautiful lakes and rivers, some rare and not so rare animals, as well as will have a chance to get to know the good hearted people who live there.
If you want to take part in a more authentic cultural experience in Russia, you should travel outside the major cities of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Even though these cities are iconic to Russia, the people living outside of them represent roots from older traditions, which have been followed for many generations.
Higher education in Russia
There are more than 800 higher education universities in Russia, and all of them are governed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The quality of education has always been one of the best in the world. Lomonosov State University (MSU) has remained one of the top universities of Russia for a very long time. In 2016, it has taken the 87th place in the ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities).
In the higher education system, university, institute or academy, it requires 4-6 years of studies to complete a bachelor degree. There is also a possibility for you to continue education by getting a master degree or PhD. In almost every university setting in Russia there are a great variety of faculties, so when it comes to studies, there is generally something for everyone. If your field of studies is not offered in public schools, you can be assured that you will find a degree program in a private school instead!
There are many universities where you can study for free if you pass all entrance exams successfully. However, there is also an opportunity to pay for education if you didn’t get enough scores in the entrance exam. The cost of tuition for studying in one of the highest ranked educational institutes of Russia can be quite high (around 5 000 EUR per year), but these prices are very affordable in comparison to other countries. Other universities have lower fees (around 2 000 EUR per year). Erasmus students don’t need to pay those tuition fees what makes life in Russia very accessible. Moreover, different educational organizations offer student accommodation available for international students, which can be the most affordable way to live in.
Student life in Russia
If you choose Russia as a study destination, we can assure that you will never get bored, especially if you study in a big cities like Moscow, or, in the second cultural capital of the country, – Saint-Petersburg. There you will always be able to experience life full of bright events and fun activities.
Although studies take most of the time, students in Russia try to get most out of the student’s life doing something in their spare time. So get yourself ready to the active lifestyle: various student festivals and contests, sports competitions, exhibitions and other events are waiting for you! For example, every year at the end of July there is Afisha Picnic Festival in Moscow. This is one of the best-known music festivals in Russia. It attracts big Russian and international names, like Kaiser Chiefs, Courtney Love, Jamiroquai and Madness.
In addition, each university has its own student theatres, sports teams, volunteer associations, etc., so you will have great variety of options to choose from when you study in Russia.
In addition, students are entitled to various student benefits:
Full-time students of state-accredited Russian universities can get significant discounts for a public transport. Usually, in order to obtain it, you have to show your passport and student ID card.
Discounts for places of cultural interest
Russia has a rich cultural heritage and it is very important that all cultural places are affordable for students. Therefore, students in Russia have various discounts for visiting museums, galleries, exhibitions, etc. For example, at the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum students are able to buy tickets at a reduced price. At the Hermitage and the Kolomenskoye Museum you can get even a free pass. For those discounts, you also have to present your student ID.
Shopping and Services
A lot of companies and service providers offer special discounts for students as well. Especially, it’s very popular during student holidays or at the start of each academic year. More information can be found online at the company’s or service website.
In Russia, you will be able to study without knowing the language since Russia’s leading universities have programs offered in English. Study In Russia search service will help you to find suitable program in English.
However, universities also have preparatory department where they offer foundation language course for foreigners before starting your bachelor or master degree. We would recommend taking this one not only because of the language skills you will obtain, but also because it will help you to adapt to the new lifestyle more easily. For example, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has such preparatory cources as well as other cources offered in English for exchange and degree students.
Applying to Russian universities
Since the rules for applying to different universities may vary, we recommend to visit university’s website for detailed information regarding entrance exams and documents which are necessary to provide along with the application.
It is important to know that the seats in the Russian higher education system are limited and are offered strictly on a first come first served basis, therefore make sure that you are right on time.
When the student gets letter of confirmation, it it necessary to visit nearest Russian Embassy to make visa and other documents if needed.
Find out more about the applying procedure to a Russian university here.
Russian universities recommended by Study Advisory:
Universities of Saint-Petersburg are very popular among students. Here are the ones which have been reviewed by Russian or international students:
Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) was founded in 2012. The University consists of three Institutes: Institute of Economic, Institute of Management and Institute of Tourism and Service, therefore you can have great variety of courses up of your choice.
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia is known for its high-quality education and active student life. In addition, the university is located in the heart of the city what makes it even more attractive.
At Saint-Petersburg State University of Technology and Design you can study advertising design, interior, costume and fashion design, journalism , publishing, editing and much more. It has received very positive review regarding the teaching style which is very interactive.
If you want to experience life in the north part of the country, you can try Murmansk Arctic State University. It has also received very positive feedback. The university offers faculties of History and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Art, Technology Design and many many others.
Top 3 reasons to study in Russia:
- High quality education at a competitive cost of tuition.
- Student benefits to lower cost of living.
- Opportunity to discover the true spirit of Russia.
Find out more about studying in Russia at the Study in Russia website!
Did you know this about Russia?
- Each year in May, almost all Russian cultural attractions are open to the public for free as a part of the Night of Museums. Visitors can attend special exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops, etc. free of charge.
- Competing with only New York City, London and Hong Kong according to Forbes, Moscow is one of the top cities with the highest population of billionaires calling it home.
- Kant Baltic Federal University is closer than you think if you are from Europe! Philosopher Immanuel Kant taught in this university.
- Want to buy a bunch of flowers for someone special? Never give them to someone in an even number! This is considered bad luck, and flowers given in even numbers are also linked to funerals.
The official website of Study in Russia has all information regarding study programs and required documents