Study in Russia

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Russia is increasingly becoming a preferred destination for students from around the globe. The country has a culturally diverse environment. Thus, International students will surely get high-quality education in such a diverse environment. If you are an aspiring student to study in Russia, here is the complete guide for you.

Requirements to study in Russia

Students can apply online. After proper research about the university and tuition fees of the course on the university's website, you have to choose the course. After choosing the course, start the application process. Here are the documents requirements: 

  • The completed form (The form is issued by a university or a Rossotrudnichestvo office) 
  • Copy of valid Passport. (minimum valid for two years)
  • Copy of Higher Secondary School Certificate 
  • Transcripts of degrees and diploma courses.
  • medical certificate 
  • passport photographs, 
  • Copy of identification
  • Statement of purpose (if asked)
  • Letter of Recommendation(if asked)

Russian universities ranking

International students have a broad spectrum of university options for studying in Russia. The quality of education is maintained in each university of Russia. Here is the Russian university list with their rankings:

University QS world university ranking
Lomonosov Moscow State University  74
Saint Petersburg State University  225
Novosibirsk State University  =228
Tomsk State University  250
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT / Moscow Phystech)  281
Bauman Moscow State Technical University  =282
HSE University (National Research University Higher School of Economics)  =298
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)  =314
RUDN University  =326
Ural Federal University - UrFU  =331


Best courses to study abroad in Russia

Universities in Russia offer courses to the international students at three levels, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral. Students get a plethora of choices of subjects to study in Russia.  Here are some popular courses to study in Russia for indian students :

  • Study International Business in Russia
  • Study philosophy in Russia
  • Study medicine in Russia
  • Study Journalism in Russia
  • Study in Russia engineering
  • Study Sociology in Russia
  • Study MBBS in Russia
  • Study Biology in Russia
  • Study dentistry in Russia
  • Study Finance in Russia

How much does it cost to study in Russia

Study in Russia cost can vary with the chosen university, course of study, city, lifestyle you choose. Tuition fees for international students in Russia can also differ from institution to institution. Russia tends to be an inexpensive country in Europe, especially concerning the high quality of education. Here are the details of tuition fee to study in Russia for international students :

Study program Tuition fee
 Bachelor’s degree RUB 220,000 to 240,000 per year
Specialist’s degree RUB 220,00 to 240,000 per year
Master’s degree RUB 240,000 to 260,000 up to RUB 450,000 per year
Postgraduates course RUB 72,000 to 250,000 per year


Study in Russia scholarship

Not only the Russian government but also universities and external organisations provide scholarships to international students. It is not possible to study in Russia free completely, but you can cover a part of your expenses during the studies with the help of scholarships. Here is the list of scholarships to study in Russia :

1. Government of Russian Federation Scholarships 

2. Non-governmental Russian scholarships 

  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships 
  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) 
  • BP in Russia Research Scholarships
  • American Councils Scholarships 
  • Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

3. Russian universities scholarships for international students

  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) 
  • HSE University
  • National University of Science and Technology MISiS
  • Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University 
  • Tomsk State University
  • Russian International Olympic University 

Study in Russia in English

Universities in Russia are increasingly offering several study programs which are taught in English. The requirements for getting enrolled in a Russian English-taught program are listed below:

  • Proof of your English language proficiency with the asked score by the specific university. You don’t need to prove this if you are a native speaker.
  • Some universities might also require you to submit a CV, portfolio, and complete an interview in English.

Russian universities offering English-language programs

The following table presents the bachelor English taught programs offered by the particular university:

University English taught undergraduate program
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) It offers aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and computer science in English.
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) Offers bilingual English/Russian programs in various subjects
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) English-taught undergraduate degrees are offered in mathematics, politics, business, management, Russian studies and economics
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) It offers English-taught programs in humanities subjects, regional studies, linguistics, and state and municipal management.
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University  It offers a bachelor’s degree in International Business in English


The following table presents the Graduate English taught programs offered by the particular university:

University English taught masters program
Lomonosov Moscow State University It offers the programs within the faculties of biology, economics, political science, the business school etc are available in English
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) English-taught postgraduate degrees are available in mathematics, computer science, aerodynamics etc.
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) 31 English-taught master’s degrees
National University of Science and Technology MISiS English-taught masters programs are the Quantum Technologies program and Physics of Condensed Matter, open in the areas of Materials Technology and Physics and Astronomy.
Novosibirsk State University It offers 5 postgraduate degrees including materials science, classics, and financial management are available in English.
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) It offers several English master’s programs such as chemistry, organic farming, economics, and international and law.
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University It offers postgraduate degrees in engineering, natural sciences, and management subjects in the English language.
St Petersburg State University 14 master’s degrees taught entirely in English
Tomsk Polytechnic University English-taught master’s degrees such as big data solutions, nuclear medicine and physics.
Ural Federal University   It offers 13 master’s degrees fully taught in English language and one degree which is a partial English master’s degree.


Student Visa for Russia: 

In the first instance, a student visa is issued for only 3 months for Russia. After this period you should apply for the extension of the visa. The Federal Migration Service issues a 1-year extension of the validity period of the visa. When your visa is about to expire, you should apply for a further 1-year extension, and continue the same for the duration of your academic programme. 

Documents required for the study visa for Russia are:

  • International passport (original) and a copy of the front page. 
  • The official invitation for entry to Russia (original).
  • Application form. 
  • Latest Photographs of the size 3.5 x 4.5 cm 
  • Certificate of HIV-negative status.
  • parental consent to travel certified by a notary is compulsory for the applicants under 18 years old.

Study and work in Russia

International students are allowed to work during their studies in Russia. Students will need to get a work permit from the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia. However, they can only work in the profession mentioned in the permit, and only in the city, where the institution is situated. The following documents should be submitted to get work permit: 

  • Application
  • Migration card 
  • Passport 
  • Receipt of fee payment 
  • Employment contract 
  • Certificates of HIV-negative status, no infectious diseases or drug addiction.
  • A statement from a university proving that the student is admitted on a full-time course.

The government of Russia is keen to attract international students more and more each year. So if you are planning to study in Europe, do not forget to consider Russia on your study abroad list.

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