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Russia is considered a promising study destination for international students who are looking for quality education at an affordable cost. Russia has the most educated population in the world, with over half of its residents holding a University degree, more than that of Canada, Japan, Israel and the USA. More the 278000 international students from 168 countries come to study in Russian Universities
Russia offers a wide range of universities and study programs. There are 741 universities in the 82 regions of the country. Russian higher institutions offer over 400 fields of study from medicine, engineering, mathematics to natural sciences. Over 650 subjects are offered in bachelors, masters, post graduate, assistantships and in internship. Russian universities offer preparatory programs such as language programs, foundation programs, vocational programs or short courses that help you to meet the requirements of a specific program or develop your skills in a specific area. Russia’s focus to bring its higher education on the global map is evident from the government-led “Project 5-100”. This project aims to bring at least 5 Russian universities into the Top 100 of the most acknowledged global university ranking system.
Russia (officially the Russian Federation) is the largest country in the world, and its area is twice that of the second largest country in the world, Canada. Russia ‘s population is 144 million and is one of the most populous countries in the world, though the population density is only around 8.4 inhabitants per square kilometre.
With a GDP of USD 1.63 trillion (2019), Russia is part of the BRIC nations- the four emerging market countries – Brazil, Russia, India & China form the acronym BRIC. Around 73 % of its population lives in the cities. It’s no surprise then that the contribution of services and industry to Russia’s GDP is around 62 % and 32 % respectively. Agriculture contributes around 5 % to the GDP.
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Avg Living costs / per year
Avg Tuition Fee/Year
Master’s degree: 4000-4300
Specialist degree (5 years ) : 3690-4000
Post graduate degree ( at least 3 years): 4300-4615
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Starts in May till August / September
Russia presents a great opportunity for international students. A country where more than half of its population holds a university degree, and has rich traditions and institutions for higher education, Russia is one of the promising study destinations for international students. Russian universities and its higher education system is highly ranked, offering a wide variety of specialisations with a reasonable fee structure. It is no wonder then, that thousands of international students come to study in Russia for building their careers.
Russia offers a wide range of universities and study programs. There are 741 universities in the 82 regions of the country. Russian Higher institutions offer over 400 fields of study from medicine, engineering, mathematics to natural sciences. Over 650 subjects are offered in bachelors, masters, post graduate, assistantships and in internship. Russian universities offer preparatory programs such as language programs, foundation programs, vocational programs or short courses that help you to meet the requirements of a specific program or develop your skills in a specific area.
As an international student you have the opportunity to study in Russian. You can take up a preparatory course in Russian language and if it is in a state funded institution it will be free of charge. Further, more and more universities are now offering programs taught in English. So, all in all, you have an opportunity to study in Russian and also the option to study in English
The quality of education, resources and training provided in Russian Higher Education Institutions is at par with leading institutions around the world. Add to that the affordability of the higher education as compared to other countries such as the UK, the USA or Canada makes Russia a promising destination for international students. Russia is one of the few countries that offers international students opportunity for free tuition as several scholarships are awarded to foreign students. Student can also participate in various university academic competitions and win awards.
The Russian qualifications such as diplomas from Russian Universities are recognised in most countries around the world. Further many universities in Russia have collaborated with Higher Education institutes from around the world and offer the joint programs. This means students can earn dual diplomas.
When it comes to facilities, Russian universities are at par with any of the western universities. Starting from high level laboratories, equipment and resources, Russia’s higher Education boasts of the best facilities. In terms of student accommodation, cost effective and affordable facilities are available for students.
Another benefit of studying in Russia is that it is a multicultural country and students who receive higher education in Russia get to experience diverse cultures from countries around the world. More than 270000 international students from around the world are studying in Russia.
A vibrant city life in cities such as Moscow, great places to travel and high quality of education make studying in Russia a very promising destination for international students.
Higher Education in Russia is a promising option for international students from around the world. Of the 4 million student population in Russia around 278000 are international students. Russia is one of the ideal options for students as it offers quality higher education in a culturally diverse environment, world class resources & facilities comparable to the European countries at affordable costs. Russian universities offer an optimum ratio of price and quality.
The Ministry of Science & Higher Education in Russia sets the minimum tuition fee. It depends on the specific curriculum. It should not be lower than the amount invested in the education of per student by the state. The quality of education, resources and training provided in Russian Higher Education Institutions is at par with leading institutions around the world. Add to that the affordability of the higher education as compared to other countries, such as the UK, the USA or Canada makes Russia a promising destination for international students. Russia is one of the few countries that offers international students opportunity for free tuition, as several scholarships are awarded to foreign students. Student can also participate in various university academic competitions and win awards.
On an average
Post graduate degree could cost between USD 4000-4285 per year
Russia is a promising study destination for Indian Students as it offers quality higher education at affordable cost. The quality of higher education offered in Russian universities is comparable to many European countries and the cost is significantly lower.
There are around 4500 Indian students studying in Russia. Increasing number of programs are now being offered in English language thus making Russian higher education attractive to Indian students. The state universities, apart from being affordable, offer many scholarships to Indian students in Russia and hence Indian students have a chance to study at a very affordable fee. They also provide support in terms of maintenance allowance and accommodation wherever available. The Russian Higher education offers additional advantage to Indian students as they do not have to legalise their diplomas. This has been possible due to the bilateral treaty between the two nations.
Moscow University, Saint Petersburg University, Moscow Institute of Physics and technology are one of the most well-known universities in the country. Medicine is one of the most sought-after programs in Russia for Indian Students. Nearly 90 percent of students from India pursue medicine in around 20 universities spread across the country. Unlike India, where the admission to the government medical college is very competitive, in Russia the admission to a medical school is relatively easier. The remaining students are studying engineering, aeronautical designing, computer science, transport technology, management, business & financial management and agriculture
So, all in all, Russia is a very big draw for Indian students.
The Russian federation is home to around 14000 members of the Indian Community. In addition, there are around 1500 Afghan nationals of Indian origin. In terms of the student population, there are around 4500 Indian students studying in Russia. Of this around 90 percent students are studying medicine in around 20 universities spread across the country
To understand the life of Indians in Russia it is important to know that India and Russia have cultural ties and cultural exchange has been the bedrock of the relationship between the two countries. Indian films and actors such as Raj Kapoor are well known in Russia and are often used to strike a conversation. The Indian Embassy in Moscow shares that the organisation, The Hindustani Samaj was set up in Moscow in 1957 and has been leading the social and cultural life in Moscow. It works closely with the embassy and helps to coordinate activities among various Indian organisations such as Gurudwara Prabandhak committee, ISKCON, Ramakrishna society. For Indians living in Russia, these organisations and the cultural activities provide a common platform for the people of the Indian community to come together, socialise, live their culture and feel at home.
The Embassy of India School is affiliated to the Kendra Vidyalaya Sangathan and helps the Indian Diaspora to access Indian School Education system. Indian foods and spices are also now available in Russia in the major cities such as St. Petersburg, Moscow and helps to forge ties between the two countries.
As an Indian in Russia, it may be worthwhile for you to be open to enjoy new experiences, culture, cuisine, appreciate a new language and views in a different part of the world. That is a very important part of the University life and Global Education
If you are travelling to Russia you do not need to have any undue concern on safety. It may be heartening to note that Indians are much loved in this multicultural and diverse country. Major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are like any other big cities in the world. Moscow is as safe for Indians as for anyone else. However, Indians need to be as careful and vigilant as they are in any other place in the world.
Indians in Moscow will do well to keep to their own business. If you do not bother people, no one will bother you. It is also advisable to carry copies of your passport when one is out to see the city. Travelling within the city is not a challenge as cabs are easily available though distances may be long. Moscow is a vast city so it will make sense to choose your hotel wisely, in an ideal location as distances can be very long. It is also expensive to travel in cabs and hence hotel location is of primary importance as it will help to save money as well. Proximity to tourists’ attractions, places of interest, and airport may be a good idea. Vegetarian food is available without much difficulty in Moscow so it will work well for Indians.
Another important consideration is the language. Not knowing the Russian language can be a dampner and can impact the overall experience. So knowing just English language is not enough. It is worthwhile to learn a few Russian words as it will make moving with the city easier. Also keep the Russian version of the address always handy in order to get from one place to the other smoothly.
So, getting around Moscow is a safe experience if one takes basic due precautions
The Russian federation is home to around 14000 members of the Indian Community. In addition, there are around 1500 Afghan nationals of Indian origin. In terms of the student population, there are around 4500 Indian students studying in Russia. Of this around 90 percent students are studying medicine is around 20 universities spread across the country
Russia is a multicultural and diverse country. Living in the Russian federation can be an interesting and beautiful life experience as hence many foreigners aspire to settle in Russia. Cities like Moscow and St Petersburg are well connected. The Russian government has a policy of welcoming foreigners and hence it is useful to understand all about the subject of settling in Russia
As a foreigner wanting to settle in Russia, you need to register your visa within three days after arriving in Russia. This needs to be done with the Federal Migration Services Office of Russia. Russia is an emerging market, being part of BRIC nations and offers opportunities in services and industrial sectors. So, finding work and prospects for employment should not be very challenging. Russia is also a promising study destination for international students who are able to access quality education at very affordable costs. The state universities provide incentives to the international students such as scholarships, resources and accommodation if available.
If you are planning to settle in Russia, it will be good to learn the Russian language. There are several schools that teach the Russian language.
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