Russian universities offer several types of education. Firstly, there is full-time attendance, when you need to be present at the university classes during the day. Secondly, there is the evening option, when you attend classes in weekday evenings and weekend days. Thirdly, you may choose part-time enrolment, where students listen to introductory lectures and subsequently study at home in accordance with a specially developed curriculum, and then come to the university to pass tests and exams. There are several levels of higher education: You can study in programme that award a Bachelor’s, Specialist, Master’s, or Postgraduate Degree as well as professional training programme or career advancement programme, or you can simply come to study Russian language.
Benefits of studying in Russia
One of the positive effects of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the need of the country’s economy for highly qualified specialists. In this regard, a lot of attention is paid to the development of the education sector. At the moment, the Russian educational system fully complies with international standards as it is preparing bachelors, masters and doctors of sciences. The Russian educational system stimulates the innovation process through a combination of studying and research activities. This is why the leading Russian universities represent a number of advantages, having their own scientific schools with huge resources and teaching staff to help students in conducting the research in various fields.
Education in Russian universities is a vivid example of the optimal balance of affordable price and high quality. Higher education received in Russia is a good foundation for a future career. Throughout the world, the graduates from Russian universities, that have a degree in medicine, information technology, natural and mathematical sciences, are highly valued.
Preparations for studying in Russia
Teaching in Russia is done in the Russian language, so the actual studying is usually preceded by a one-year course of the preparatory faculty, which begins on October 1, lasts for 7-10 months, and does not include the winter holidays. There are also accelerated (intensive) courses of pre-university training that are held from February (duration – 6 months). Submission of documents for preparatory courses is carried out not later than 2 months before the start of training.
At the preparatory faculty students study the Russian language and prerequisite subjects, depending on the future direction of education (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geography, History and Literature). After the end of training at the preparatory faculty and successful completion of the exam tests, the student receives a certificate of the preparatory faculty, which gives him an opportunity to be enrolled in most Russian universities without entrance examinations.
For admission to the preparatory faculty, you need to provide a scanned copy of passport and a certificate of education, translated into Russian or English. When applying, you have to ask the coordinator in the international department of the university if any places at the dorm are available.
If a student chooses a program in English, he does not need to be trained at the preparatory faculty; he goes directly to the first course. An application and a set of documents must be submitted in advance according to the terms stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Russia
For admission to the bachelor’s degree program, you have to submit a document on the secondary (full) general education or secondary vocational education. For admission to the master’s degree program, you need to provide a bachelor’s degree diploma or a diploma of higher professional education.
Filing of an application for the basic educational programs is performed from March to July. Training begins on September 1. Winter vacation period is 2 weeks (in most universities it is the last week of January and first week of February). Summer holidays begin on July 1 and last until August 31 of each year.
Invitation from the Russian University
After the university’s consideration and approval of the candidate, it will send an official invitation to him, stating the applicant’s passport details and the full name of the university. In general, the preparation of invitation takes 30 to 45 days. This invitation is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, and during this period it is necessary to apply to the Russian Embassy with a request for a visa.
Procurement of student Visa to Russia
The student must apply for a visa as soon as he receives an invitation. The visa processing can take 2-3 weeks, and the student must enter the territory of the Russian Federation not later than 30 days before the expiration of the entry visa. When the foreign student enters the country, the university helps him to register and apply for multi-entry student visa. The turnaround time of this visa is 25 days, during which the entry visa must be valid. In connection to this, the application and documents for receiving multiple-entry student visa must be submitted to the international department in advance, (28-30 days before the end of the primary visa).
List of documents for the entry visa:
- Passport (valid for at least one and a half year);
- Filled out application form;
- Invitation letter from the university;
- Certificate on the absence of the HIV infection (the document is valid for 3 months);
- Degree documents;
- Confirmation of tuition payment.
Working while studying in Russia
Foreign students that study full-time in Russian state-accredited universities can carry out labor activities on the basis of a work permit. Permit processing can be done in the Migration Service within 10 working days, by providing employment contract with the company.