The Russian Federation provides an opportunity for foreign citizens to study in Russian universities on a free and contractual (paid) basis within the scope of the program RUSSIA.STUDY . Every year, before February 10, Australian citizens can apply for BA course, specialitet, MA course, postgraduate, medical residency, internship, as well as for summer and winter language schools (http://russia-edu.ru).

Many universities in Russia offer educational programs in English and other languages. For those programs where Russian is the only option a preparatory course of the Russian language is available (3-12 months).

Academic year in Russia consists of 2 semesters: the first semester starts in September, the second one – in February. There are 2 weeks of vacations in January – February and 10 weeks in June – August.

The FAQ section is available on the web-site of the online navigator «Russia’s best universities: choose yours» .

Scholarship

Students who are awarded a government scholarship (quota) study free-of-charge for the entire duration of the chosen program and at a preparatory course (if they do not know the Russian language enough for their chosen subject). Those students receive a monthly maintenance allowance of 1 300 RUB (around AUD 30) for the entire duration of studying regardless of their success.

The government scholarship does not include travel costs, living expenses and voluntary health insurance policy.

Graduates from high schools, colleges or universities who passed a competition in their own country are eligible to participate in the program.

Life in Russia

Many universities have their medical centers, gyms, swimming pools and sport centers where services are cheaper than in a city or even free for students.

Students are provided with a comfortable room in dormitories, most of which have disposal laundries, dry-cleaners and cafes with different national cuisines. The accommodation fee (including communal public services cost, water and electricity) is set by the university and starts from 1 500 RUB per year (around AUD 33).

Remember, you can get a place in a dormitory through a representative of a university only under a tenancy agreement. Companies and agents who claim that they can find you a place in a dormitory are fraudsters.

The living wage in Russia in 2016 is 9 976 RUB (around AUD 220). A student in Russia needs in average 35 000 RUB per month (around AUD 775). When you select a city for education, please keep in mind that the highest prices are in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, while expenses in other regions will be lower.

Students are often provided with discounts in museums, sport centers, cafes and shops. Under a student discount one can get a monthly ticket for public transport for 600 RUB (around AUD 13) in Moscow. The price is lower in other cities.

Permission for work

Foreign citizens are eligible to work in Russia if they are 18 years old or older and have a special permission from the Main Department on Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Permission is not required if a student works in a university or while in vacations (including if the job is not in a university).

Only students who study full-time in accredited universities can obtain a permission for work. It is allowed to work only in the field of your study (which is stated in a permission) and only in a city/region where your university is located.

Visa

Initially, a student visa is issued for three months in a consular section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia. After this period a student should apply for its extension (one-year multi-visa) to the Main Department on Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. When a visa is about to expire a student should apply for a further one-year extension (until the end of studying).

(!) Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 18 months from the date of your planned arrival in Russia and it should contain at least two blank pages.

The cost of a three-months studying visa is AUD 135 (express visa – AUD 270), a one-year extension is 1 600 RUB (around AUD 35).

Medical insurance policy

Foreign students should have a voluntary medical insurance policy (it is better to get one before the arrival). The cost starts from 3 500 RUB (around AUD80).

Education fee

Students who were not awarded a government scholarship can apply for studying on a contractual (paid) basis.

Education in Russia is up to 7 times cheaper than in the EU and USA: average tuition fee for a BA course is 120 000 RUB per year (around AUD 2 650), for an MA course – 150 000 RUB per year (around AUD 3 300).

A rental apartment cost starts from 25 000 RUB a month (around AUD 550) in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, a price of a room – from 10 000 RUB a month (around AUD 220). Prices in other regions will be lower.

 

Australian citizens can apply for studying in Russia in two ways: via the official web-site of the program RUSSIA.STUDY or directly contacting a chosen college or university.

 

Applying via the website of the program RUSSIA.STUDY

RUSSIA.STUDY allows Australian citizens to file the documents regardless of actual whereabouts being up-to-date on results of the competitive selection.

In order to participate in the program you need to:

Step 1. Register on the official web-site RUSSIA.STUDY (free-of-charge).

Step 2. Fill out your profile and upload all copies of documents required with certified translations (made by translators who are officially accredited
in Australia):

a) copy of an application form with a photo and signature;

b) copy of a passport;

c) copies of educational certificates;

d) copy of a medical certificate of overall health condition;

e) copies of HIV + AIDS certificates;

f) copy of a police clearance certificate;

g) copies of documents which confirm the knowledge of the Russian language (if available);

h) copies of documents which confirm the compatriot status (if available);

i) copy of a notarized letter proving a child has the permission of parents to travel alone with an apostil of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (for minors).

Step 3. After receiving a letter confirming accuracy of your application and being interviewed in the Embassy, send to the Consular section  all original documents (in English) with original certified translations (in Russian). The price of notarization of documents (for 1 page) – AUD 41, the price of notarization of certified translations (for 1 page) – AUD 68. The final cost would be announced to you in a letter from the Consular section. Please also send a self-addressed return Register/Express envelope.

Step 4. Wait for a letter confirming your enrollment in the university and containing information about your next steps. In certain cases applicants interested in enrollment in Arts and Humanities must sit additional examinations (creative contests).

 

Applying via an educational institution directly

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian).

In Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS, UK) in 2016 MSC is included in Top-50 of universities around the world by subject “performing arts” (27th).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA and specialitet (in Russian).

SPbSC has an agreement for cooperation with the University of Melbourne.

In QS Rankings in 2016 SPbSC is included in Top-50 of universities around the world by subject “performing arts” (47th).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian). Applicants can enroll at a preparatory language course.

MSU has agreements for student exchange and academic/research collaboration with the Australian National University, Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, agreements for academic/research collaboration with the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland, as well as an agreement for student exchange with the University of Melbourne.

In Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE, UK) in 2016-2017 reporting year MSU is the 30th by “world reputation”, in Top-50 of universities around the world by subject “computer technology” (43rd) and in Top-100 by subject “arts and humanities” (66th).

In Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU, China) in 2016 MSU is included in Top-100 universities in the world and in Top-75 by subject “physical sciences and mathematics”.

In QS Rankings in 2016 MSU is included in Top-50 of universities around the world by subject “linguistic” (17th), “physics and astronomy” (27th), “mathematics” (33rd) and in Top-100 by subject “archaeology”, “English language and literature”, “modern languages”, “philosophy”, “computer science and information systems”, “engineering – mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing” and “chemistry”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian, English or Chinese). Australian citizens can apply for studying via an open contest for a Russian Government scholarship (more than 300 places) or on a contractual (paid) basis.

SPbSU has agreements for student exchange and academic/research collaboration with Macquarie University.

In QS Rankings in 2016 SPbSU is included in Top-50 of universities around the world by subject “engineering – mineral and mining” (26th) and in Top-100 by subject “linguistic”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English).

ITMO University has an agreement for academic/research collaboration with the Australian National University.

In THE Rankings in 2016-2017 reporting year ITMO University is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “computer technology” (56th).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, MA and postgraduate (in Russian).

In THE Rankings in 2016-2017 reporting year MIPT is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “natural sciences” (78th).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English).

In THE Rankings in 2016-2017 reporting year HSE is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “business and economics” (83rd).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate and doctoral candidacy (in Russian).

In QS Rankings in 2016 University is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “engineering – mineral and mining”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA (in Russian), MA (in Russian or English) and postgraduate (in Russian).

In QS Rankings in 2016 University is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “engineering – mineral and mining”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English).

In QS Rankings in 2016 MEPI is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “physics and astronomy”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA (in Russian, French or German), specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English).

In QS Rankings in 2016 NSU is included in Top-100 of universities around the world by subject “physics and astronomy”.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for BA course (in Russian or English) and MA course (in Russian or within the scope of a double-degree program in partnership with international institutions in English).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for BA course (in Russian), specialitet (in Russian, English or French) or MA course (in Russian, English, French or Spanish), as well as take accelerated courses of the Russian language during a preparatory year.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian), as well as take accelerated courses of the Russian language during a preparatory year.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialitet degree courses, Russian language courses and Degree courses in English. Lobachevsky University participates in the Russian and French Dual Degree Program in «Economics» and «Management». In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, it’s in the global top 300 in Physics and Astronomy. Lobachevsky University within QS Stars Rating System is rated 5 stars in teaching, employability, innovation and facilities. Students, who have graduated from the University, can get the European Diploma Supplement, which meets standards agreed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialitet degree courses in Russian. KFU has 270 agreements with partner universities from 55 countries, 9 double degree courses and 18 degree courses, taught in English. KFU is ranked among the top 550 universities in the world, in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, it’s in the global top 200 for linguistics, and the top 400 for both mathematics and physics. KFU has also been rated three stars overall in the QS Stars evaluation system, achieving the maximum five stars in the ‘facilities’ and ‘innovation’ categories, and four stars for ‘teaching’.

 

The University is running more than 300 degree courses of vocational, higher, postgraduate education. Foreign citizens can apply for Bachelor’s degree (for linguistics and construction in English), Master’s degree (for linguistics, sociology, political science and functional nanomaterials in English) and Specialitet degree in Russian. In BRICS ranking in 2016 Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University is ranked among the top 150 universities.

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English). FEFU is the first university in Russia to launch Master's degree programs in English in collaboration with world-renowned universities. FEFU has developed partnership projects and academic exchange programs with approximately 100 universities, earning it high recognition abroad. Networked countries include the USA, Japan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Great Britain, France, Australia, Thailand, India, and Vietnam. The University of Queensland is among partners sharing the expertise for the development of the educational programs. In the QS World University Ranking 2016, it is in the global top 600 universities. In the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2016/17 (EECA) it was ranked among the top 100 universities (78th).

 

Foreign citizens can apply for several courses: BA, specialitet, MA and postgraduate (in Russian or English). Omsk State Technical University take part in worldwide network of leading technical universities and offers several exchange programmes. OmSTU offers over 40 Bachelor degree programmes and 32 Master of Science degree programmes, 23 Doctoral programmes, which are taught in Russian and English. Omsk State Technical University welcomes international students to attend Summer school of Russian Language and Country Studies 1-15 August 2017.

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For further information, please contact the Embassy of the Russian Federation by e-mail (edu.australia@mid.ru) or phone (02-6295-9033).