How to Study in Russia: Step-By-Step Guide

If you want to study in Russia, choose what and where you want to study. Also, check if you need a preparatory course for your Russian because most of the courses are in the Russian language. Once you decide which universities you like, try to find the money to support yourself. You will need to pass entry exams in Russia or online. When finally you receive an invitation, apply for a student visa. Or, if you don’t want to do all that, look at Russian shared university programs in your country. Let’s take a look at How to Study in Russia: Step-By-Step Guide.

1. Choose what you want to study and look for a good university, and check the teaching language

Russian universities have a wide choice of courses at every level. You can choose which subject you’d like to study and which university has a good course in that subject. 

For example, if you would like to study math, Lomonosov Moscow State University might be a good choice. 

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If you wish to study international relations the best choice could be the Moscow State Institute at MGIMO University. 

Most courses are in Russian, but some, especially higher-level courses, could be in the English language also. 

If you don’t know the Russian, you may want to apply for a preparatory course. Preparatory courses teach Russian and subjects relevant to your course. If you are receiving a scholarship, this preparatory course might be part of your funding. Otherwise, you will need to find alternative ways to do them either in Russia or in your country. 

A good official resource to understand what are your options is the Study in Russia website. This is the official website of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. It provides general information about every university and about their courses, there you can find the details for every step shown here. It is available in English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Turkish.

2. Look for a scholarship or other fundings

To study in Russia can be less expensive than the UK or the US, so you could consider paying your university fees if you can afford it. 

Another option is trying to secure a Russian governmental scholarship that is allocated to foreign candidates every year.

If you have any interest in a scholarship, you can register on the Russia Study website and then fill out a profile. Russia Study lets you apply to several universities at the same time. Once you have submitted your profile you should contact the Russian embassy in your country and find out more about the entrance exams process.

3. Prepare your documentation 

You need to send a standard bundle of documents like some photos, a translated copy of your passport, and a translated copy of your achieved certificates or diplomas. 

4. Pass entrance exams

If you applied for a scholarship, you will need to do some entrance exams. Some universities want you to sit your exams in person but other universities let you do them online. 

5. Receive an invitation and apply for a student visa

If everything is ok, you will receive an invitation from the university and then finally you can apply for a student visa.

6. Or what about Shared Programs? 

Another option is to apply to a shared program offered in your country by a Russian university in partnership with a local university. You could get two diplomas and even an international scholarship. With this option, you don’t need to gather all the documentation required by a Russian university or to pass Russian entry exams. This is all about how to Study in Russia: Step-By-Step Guide. 

Sources: Study in Russia , Ksenia Zubacheva for Russia Beyond , Sabrina Collier for Top Universities

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