Study in Russia

Welcome to Know About Study in Russia

We provide complete information regarding to study in Russia. In Russia there are world’s most prestigious universities. According to Academic Ranking of the World Universities [ARWU] 49 of the top 100 Universities are present in Russia. Russia is ranked 28th in QS world ranking for the Education System Strength.

One of the fast-growing economies in the world, alongside the other BRICS countries, Russia is keen to internationalize its higher education system, and is investing in developing its universities and extending support for international applicants

With more than 1000 courses and degrees being offered in English & Russian, Russia ranked as the 6th most-popular destination for international students.

  • Acceptance Rate  – 98%
  • Average Study Cost – USD 7000
  • Total Institutions – 766

5 Steps to Applying to a Russian University

Step 01

Choose Program & University

Step 02

Learn about Financing & Scholarships

Step 03

Prepare your Document Package

Step 04

Undergo Competitive Selection

Step 05

Get an Invitation and Apply for a Student Visa

Exams for Russia

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is an international standardized test that measures the level of English language proficiency…

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international standardized test conducted to assess the level of English fluency of non-native speakers…

Uniform State Examination (EGE) is a Russian government scholarship program provides so-called ‘state-funded spots’ at universities to international applicants…..

Why Study in Russia?

Russia has a long tradition of education, and has a highly educated population. Entry into Russian universities can be highly competitive, and there is a strong emphasis put upon gaining technological and scientific degrees. In 2003, Russia signed the Bologna Declaration, which allowed them to streamline their higher education, moving from 5 year degrees to 4 year degrees at undergraduate level. Universities in Russia offer courses at three levels; bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral.

There are 15 of Russia’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500.

  • Visa Policy : The Russian visa application process is relatively simpler and shorter which encourages international students to study in Russia, this process is done by the institution.Once student have officially been offered a place, the international department will complete the application for them. In addition, Russian universities and colleges allow international students to stay back in Russia for employment opportunities. Within seven days of student’s arrival in Russia, student will need to register the visa. The visa is only valid for three months when he/she initially obtain it, so student will need to extend it once student is in the country. When student extend it, he/she will likely also be asked to take a medical examination and HIV test.
  • Tuition-free university education : There is low tuition fee. Students have to pay a nominal fee of 3000 USD-8000 USD per year, which covers the administrative costs. International students can get scholarships that cover their tuition fees, accommodation and health insurance.
  • A Wide array of courses : There are more than 3600 international programs along with Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degree programs to choose from.
  • World-class universities : There are above 82 institutions of higher education.
  • Dual Education System : Allows students to pursue an apprenticeship in a company along with a vocational course at a vocational school after getting a work permit. International students can earn up to 17-50 USD per hour.
  • Economical cost of living :  The cost of living in Russia amounts to 2500 USD – 4500 USD per year, which is quite low as compared to its European counterparts.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships : Plenty of scholarships are offered to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Russia by Russian Universities and Russian Government. Several kinds of scholarships, grants and bursaries are available for international students who are planning to study in Russia, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.
  • A Massive Job market for graduates : One of the advantages Russian international students studying in the Graduation. Sometimes universities’ International Offices help students find employment such as contract work. In this case student don’t need to take the relevant permit from the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia. In other cases a permit is required. Permits are issued only to students on full-time courses at state-accredited universities. Students can work only according to the profession specified in the permit, and in the region (city) where their university is located.
  • Standard of Living : According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Better Life Index, Russia performs average in various measures of well-being as compared to other countries.
    • The average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is lower than the OECD average of USD 33 604 a year.
    • When we talk about employment, 70% of people aged 15 to 64 in Russia have a paid job,above the OECD employment average of 68%. Some 76% of men are in paid work, compared with 66% of women.
    • Quality education and work-related skills are prerequisites for finding work in Russia. Around 94% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, much higher than the OECD average of 78%. This is truer of women than men, as 93% of men have successfully completed high-school compared with 95% of women.
    • In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in the Russian Federation is 72 years, eight years below the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 77 years, compared with 67 for men.

In general, Russians are less satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Russians gave it a 5.8 grade on average, lower than the OECD average of 6.5.

With the low amount of tuition fees, less expensive standard of living and innumerable career opportunities, it is safe to assume that Russia has proven itself to be one of the most coveted countries for international students.

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Russian University Ranking
UniversityQS Ranking 2020THE Ranking 2020ARWU Ranking 2019
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)8418987
Novosibirsk State University231501401
St Petersburg University234601301
Tomsk State University268501801
Bauman Moscow State Technical University284801
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)302201401
Higher School of Economics (HSE)322251901
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)329401601
Ural Federal University3641001701
MGIMO University366
Tomsk Polytechnic University387601
Kazan Federal University392601801
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia392801
ITMO University436401801
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University439501
National University of Science and Technology MISiS451601801
Saratov State University5211001
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)5311001
Southern Federal University5411001
Lobachevsky University6011001
Samara University6511001
Plekhanov Russian University of Economics751
Novosibirsk State Technical University8011001
South Ural State University8011001
Voronezh State University8011001
Bashkir State University1001
Belgorod State National Research University1001
Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas1001
Kazan National Research Technological University1001
Moscow Aviation Institute1001
Moscow Power Engineering Institute1001
Moscow Technological University1001
Perm National Research Polytechnic University1001
Perm State University1001
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University1001
Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”1001
Saint-Petersburg Mining University801
Sechenov University1001
Siberian Federal University1001
Ufa State Aviation Technical University1001
Volgograd State Technical University1001
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Cost of Studying in Russia
LevelCost (CAD)
Undergraduate$3,690- $13,540
Post Graduate$4,000- $7,000

Note: During Vacation You Can Get Full Time Work Permit

Top courses to study in Russia
Top Universities in Russia
UniversityQS Ranking 2020
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)84
Novosibirsk State University231
St Petersburg University234
Tomsk State University268
Bauman Moscow State Technical University284
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)302
Higher School of Economics (HSE)322
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)329
Ural Federal University364
MGIMO University366
Why Russia is emerging as the best option for Education?
  • It’s home to a breadth and depth of prestigious universities.
  • You can get a top-notch education for much less than you’d find elsewhere.The Russian government grants thousands of scholarships to international students every year. University academic competitions also offer financial incentives to academic superstars
  •  Innovation and research are alive, well and heavily prioritized in Russia.
  • Russia 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.
  • It’s an amazing place to live
Fees of Degrees Programs in Russia
CoursesAverage  Tuition Fee 
MBBS $4000
MBA$2632 – $9213
Engineering$2000 – $3700
Under Graduates$3690 – $4000
MIM$2900 – $3165
Aviation$4500 – $8500
Great Job Opportunities

Russia has a flourishing economy with ample job opportunities available for both natives and immigrants. At present the top recruiters in Russia belong to the following sectors:

  • Healthcare/ Pharmacy/ Biotechnology
  • Energy/ Utilities/ Mining/Oil and Gas
  • Aviation
  • MBA
  • Computer Science

Jobs in Russia are available for students of all the levels, graduates and professionals alike. Following are the job opportunities available for graduates from Management, Engineering and Medicine fields:

Top Russia Graduates & Alumni Salaries - By  Degree
DegreeAverage  Salary
Doctorate $102,000 
Masters of Arts$63,000 
Top Russia Graduates & Alumni Salaries - By  Job
FieldJob AvailableSalary
ManagementCompliance, AML, KYC & Monitoring$143,000 
Public Sector & Not For Profit
Financial Services$103,000 
Finance Control & Strategy$61,000 
Legal & Paralegal
Risk manager/Financial Risk Assessment Specialist$19,350 – $67,725
SAP Consultant$30,960 – $67,725
EngineeringDrilling Engineer/Foreman$17,415- $34,830
IOS and Android Developers$27,090 – $46,440
Big Data Analyst$27,090 – $48,375
Java/Ruby Programmer$27,090 – $90,945
MedicineR&D, Pharmaceuticals & Biotech$107,000 
Dentist$13,545- $67,725
Obstetrician-Gynecologist$15,480 – $96,750
AviationCivil Aviation Pilot$30,960 – $125,775
Maritime Ship captain$35,797.5 – $96,750
Scholarships and Financial Aids

To reduce the financial burden, students can apply to scholarship programs for international students initiated by the Universities & Government of Russi . In Russia there are 400+ scholarship programs are available.

ScholarshipStudent , Degree, CountryAmount
Government of Russian Federation ScholarshipsRussian and Foreign citizens$3483 per year (taxable)
The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) –Lists scholarships to study abroad in Russia and other former Soviet states, most of which are specifically for US students.$5,576 per year
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarshipsfor US undergraduate citizens to study or intern abroad. Applicants who are studying a foreign language (such as Russian) while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award$8,000 total
BP in Russia Research Scholarships  Students studying for degrees in energy and economics at one of the partner Russian universities. Applicants must be studying on state grants, have excellent grades and aim to develop in their chosen subject in the future$6,576 per year : RUB 15,000 – 35,000 ($240-560) per month
American Councils Scholarships Various scholarships related to Russian language training and research in Russia, including the Title VIII Research Scholar Program, a scholarship for students to conduct independent research for three to eight months in one of the selected countries in Central Asia or Eastern Europe, including Russia.$7,000 – $25,000 total
Open Doors: Russian Scholarship ProjectScholarships are available for international students from any country to study a master’s degree in mathematics, physics, computer science or economics in Russia. Offered by the Russian Association of Global Universities, the scholarships cover the entirety of tuition fees.

HSE UniversityCovering 25 to 100 percent of the tuition fees of outstanding international students at all study levels.25% – 100% of tuition fee
National University of Science and Technology MISiSStipends are available for international students commencing English-medium MSc STEM programs, both for those who are admitted via the Russian government scholarship program and those who are covering tuition fees using their own funds.

Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University Individual scholarship opportunities are available for master’s degree programs studied in English at the university. The scholarship could cover tuition fees during one semester or costs of accommodation in the university dormitory
Tomsk State University for international student
Russian International Olympic University The Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s Olympic Scholarships Program offers 20 Russian scholarships to study a Master of Sports Administration program at the university, providing tuition, accommodation and a monthly stipendtuition, accommodation and a monthly stipend

Russian Student Visa

International students must obtain a study permit to study in Russia. A Russian student visa is valid for 90 days but can be extended to a year and then renewed after that for the duration of the study. This visa is valid for study in any Russian college or university or for any short-term courses.

When should you apply for the study permit?

Planning is the most important part when deciding to study abroad. Students aspiring to study in Russia are advised to apply for their study permit 2 to 3 months prior to the beginning of their classes.

What documents are required to apply for the student permit?

  • letter of acceptance from the designated learning institution (DLI) is mandatory to apply for a student visa.
  • Valid passport or travel document
  • Identity proof, authorized by the resident’s government.
  • Medical certificate less than three months old showing that you are clear of HIV (AIDS). You may be asked to present the certificate in both Russian and your own language and include your passport details, information on the duration of the stay in Russia, details of the HIV test (date, medication series, official stamp of the clinic or hospital that carried out the test, signatures of the doctors and your own signature).
  • A letter defining your statement of purpose to study in Russia and how will you add to the pool of resources there.

Apply: Application for Russia Student Permit can be made online and offline via:

  • Russian Embassy or consulate in your home country
  • Visit the nearest VAC (Visa Application Centre) or apply at the entry port

All foreign visitors to Russia are required to register their stay at the local GUVM branch within seven days of arrival. If you are studying in Russia, this will often be done by the university or academic establishment where you are enrolled but you should check if this is done. Failure to register with the GUVM can result in a fine and in some cases expulsion from Russia

Your initial Russian student visa will generally be valid for 90 days. After arriving in Russia, you will need to arrange a Russian student visa extension through the GUVM to cover the duration of your course, up to a maximum of three years.

Working in Russia as a student

If you have a Russian student visa, you will require a work permit from the Federal Migration Service (FMS) unless this work is undertaken during the holidays or at the institution or organisation where you are studying.

You will only be issued with a permit to work if you are a full-time student at a state-accredited university and at least 18 years old. The permit will only allow you to work in the field or profession set out in the permit and in the city or region of your university.

The cost of a work permit for those on a Russian study visa is RUB 3,500 (USD 60). Foreign nationals caught working in Russia without a valid permit can be fined up to RUB 7,000 and potentially deported from Russia.

It usually takes about 10 days to get a work permit from your regional Federal Migration Service (eg. Moscow). You’ll need to submit the following documents:

  • Your passport
  • Your migration card
  • Application form
  • Your employment contract
  • A medical certificate confirming your HIV-negative status, no infectious diseases or addiction to drugs
  • Confirmation from the university that you are enrolled on a full-time course.

Russian work permits for foreign students are valid for one year and can be extended for the duration of the employment contract. You can change jobs during this time but you must inform the Migration Service. If you leave your university course, the work permit will be cancelled and you will no longer be able to work in Russia.

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