Russia is a highly educated country with over half of its residents holding a university degree. Russians have rich centuries-old education Traditions. Russian Universities provide their students with comfortable studying and living conditions and help them adapt to the country. Russian universities train a wide variety of specialists, both in engineering and the humanities, and regularly place at the top of international rankings. Education in Russia is much more affordable than in the USA or UK. Moreover, international students have the opportunity to study for free at the expense of the Government budget. Each year Russia accepts students from all over the world, from nearly 170 countries, and you can join them.
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Russia has the most educated population in the world, outperforming Canada, Japan, Israel, and the USA. More than half of Russians have higher education qualifications. More than 200,000 people from 168 countries come to study at Russian universities.
There are a lot of advantages to studying in Russia:
Comprehensive University Education
In Russia, you can acquire in-depth, fundamental knowledge in all subjects, but the country is best known for its strong academic schools in physics, mathematics, and natural sciences. Russia is a recognized world leader in training mathematicians, physicists, chemists, geologists, engineers, programmers, physicians, and specialists in other natural sciences.
A Wide Range of Universities and Study programs in Russia, international applicants can choose from:
- 896 Universities in 85 regions of the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok;
- 205 fields, from mathematics and natural sciences to the dramatic arts;
- 657 subjects in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist and Postgraduate Programmes (medical traineeships, postgraduate military courses), and internships and assistantships.
Russian universities also offer preparatory programs (training for enrolment on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialist Degree courses), short courses (summer university, a single term in Russia, summer schools), Russian as foreign language courses, professional development, and additional vocational training.
Optimum Ratio of Price and Quality of Education
The self-funded study is much cheaper at Russian universities than the equivalent in the USA, Canada, and the UK, and in terms of the level of training provided, leading Russian universities compete on par with educational institutions in the West.
Russia is one of the few countries to offer foreign citizens the opportunity to receive free tuition. Every year, the Russian government awards several thousand Scholarships (quotas) to international students. For example, in 2015 universities were allocated 15,000 quotas. In addition, some categories of foreign citizens, including compatriots, may apply for state-funded places on equal terms with Russians but outside the quotas. Another possibility is taking part in university academic competitions: the winners and laureates of these competitions are given preferential terms when enrolling at leading Russian universities (on a quota basis and for state-funded places).
Opportunity to Obtain Dual Diplomas
In 2003, Russia signed the Bologna Declaration, assuming several obligations as part of the creation of a common educational space of participant countries. Diplomas of Russian universities are recognized in most countries. This procedure is facilitated by intergovernmental agreements of Russia with more than 60 countries, including Finland, Spain, Cuba, India, Vietnam, China, Venezuela, and Namibia, while in June 2015 this document was also signed with France. Furthermore, many Russian universities are implementing joint programs with foreign universities and are issuing dual diplomas to their graduates. In other words, by studying in Russia you can receive a Russian diploma and a diploma from a European university.