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Study in Russia

Although it would be easy to dismiss Russia’s accomplishments and just list a number of political leaders who shaped the world politics, the truth is that Russia has given us more than just the cute waltz of “Once upon a December” from Anastasia. From athletes like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova, to composers like Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, or Shostakovich, to great authors like Nabokov, and Dostoyevsky (and all other “-evsky”s, and “-ov”s and “-ova”s), Russia gave us of the most influential people in history.

You have to assume that a country that gave us so many celebrities has its universities and teaching system in order, right?


Why study in Russia?

Studying in Russia means being able to choose from 21 universities featured in the World University Ranking. Besides the obvious high quality of teaching, we have to mention the great campuses and facilities: seeing as Russia is the largest country in the world, they can afford to turn a huge plot of land into a campus,  adding parks, fountains, museums, and even botanical gardens.

Still, you do have to keep in mind that winters in Russia can be rough and the climate can be fickle. 

What to study in Russia

Russia, being the behemoth country we know and love, is famous for covering all fields and offering Master’s degrees in all disciplines, ranging from Business Administration to Russian Studies (which sounds amazing, honestly).

Still, because we are helpful, we searched and made this list of the most popular degrees you can study in Russia. 

Here are some good Bachelors we recommend in Russia:

If you're looking for Masters, there are plenty to choose from:

Major cities in Russia

Russia is the biggest country in the world, and 77% of it is just a vast, open and frozen field (never change, Siberia). Also, there are around 15 secret cities, with unknown locations, and mere mentions in top-secret documents.

Considering all this, you can’t be too careful where you end up in Russia, so here are two safe and known cities, where students go to study an international degree. These are:

Which universities and colleges to attend in Russia

With so many options (merely 850 universities, give or take), you will need to sort through them thoroughly; and, let’s be honest, nobody has the time. However, if it makes your decision easier, you can check out universities like:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Russia

In Russia, the Ministry of Education and Science created a website that connects students with universities. You can find here contacts from the international department, descriptions for the programmes, and the curator’s phone number.

After you have settled on the university and programme, the documents you will need to present are:

  • Application for admission;
  • Your ID;
  • Previous education certificates;
  • A medical certificate;
  • Passport photographs.

You should note that all documents should be presented with an official copy, translated to Russian.

 Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Russian university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Russia, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Russian, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

In order to follow a Master’s degree in English in Russia, you will have to submit, besides an English certificate, your previous diploma and a cover letter.

The English certificates accepted by Russian universities and organisations are the basic ones, like:


Some universities also accept GRE and GMAT certificates. Please refer to their webpage.

Still, be aware that some programmes may require you to submit your CV, a portfolio, references from teachers, and an interview in English, via phone or Skype.

Living in Russia

What is it like to study in Russia?

Ignoring everything you know about Russian people, you should know that most students praised the welcoming environment, and how teachers are easily approachable and willing to help with any problems or issues.

Further down the list of “wrong preconceptions about Russia” is the idea that you will only meet surly Russian students. Nope! The selection process is very competitive, the environment dynamic, and the atmosphere multicultural.

Also, the universities encourage students to study on their own, giving them only guidelines and allowing them to go wild with the subjects. For this, they provide great facilities and amazing libraries.

Tuition fees in Russia

Seeing as Russia is a rather cheap country, there’s no wonder tuition fees are on the small side (if you get to consider the global landscape). Now, without further ado and not to keep excited students waiting, the educational costs in Russia are:

  • On average, between 2.200 EUR to 2.500 EUR / year;
  • The highest tuition fee can be around 6.500 EUR / year;
  • The lowest tuition fee can be around 1.200EUR / year.

Accommodation, housing, food and other expenses

As we established before, Russia is really cheap, compared to other international destinations. Living costs amount to 400-800 EUR/month. Seeing as it’s one of the most popular and biggest Eastern European countries, the prices conform to the standards. That’s why some of the prices students can find in Russia are:

  • A regular meal at a restaurant can be around 8 EUR;
  • A cup of coffee is around 1.80 EUR;
  • A loaf of bread is only 0.5 EUR;
  • A ticket for the local transportation is 0.5 EUR;
  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the centre is 415 EUR.               

About Russia

The Russian Federation is situated in the eastern part of the Europe and the northern part of Asia. The capital city of the Russian Federation is Moscow. The population of the Russian Federation is 144 million with a density of 8.7 people per 1 sq. km.

Fun facts about Russia

Quick! When you think of Russia, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said “vodka”, shame on you for being so culturally insensitive! Still, we can’t judge, because, on our research, we uncovered that:

  • There are over half a million alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year;
  • The word “vodka” comes from the Russian word “voda”, which means “water”;
  • During times of economic disparity or high inflation, teachers can be paid in vodka. Teachers only, though, so don’t go asking for a raise at your part-time student job.

Also, besides being huge fans of “water that burns”, you should know that Russians also possess some quirks that can only make you smile and shrug, saying to yourself “that’s Russia for you”. For instance:

  • The Imperial Russian Olympic Team arrived in London 12 days late for the games, in 1908, because they were not using the Gregorian calendar yet (not because of the vodka, as we first assumed);
  • Japan and Russia still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II, due to a territory dispute. So, yes, technically, Russia and Japan are still fighting World War II to this day;
  • In 1959, Russian Scientists domesticated Foxes just as if they were dogs. And the best part of this fact? It’s an ongoing project. Guys: foxes can fetch in Russia. This is huge!
  • In Megion, a region in West Siberia, the mayor banned excuses. And you have to assume he proclaimed it in the thickest accent ever, while twirling his moustache and laughing maniacally;
  • There is a day, Subbotnik, when citizens go out to sweep and tidy up the streets;
  • Also, in Russia, there’s a “Temple of all Religions”, where different peoples are welcomed, in order to pray peacefully together;
And, if that didn’t bring a smile to your lips, then you should also know that a museum in Russia hires cats to protect the artwork there against rodents. 

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The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe. It comprises 26 cantons and has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is not member of the European Union and has the swiss franc as currency. It is the country with the highest wealth per adult in the world.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
Australia is well known for its warm climate, great beaches and exceptional higher education system. It has strong influences from both Europe and Asia, and with the worlds second highest development index, it is a fantastic place to study!