The best way to learn Russian is with immersion, this is true of the languages of different countries and is no different for Russian. If you want to study in Russia whether in a university, with a host family or as part of an exchange program. Russian is always easier to learn if you are in contact with the locals, especially if you are living in Russia and are surrounded by Cyrillic.
Russia is a country that fascinates as much as it intrigues. To realise your dream of foreign study, you must apply to the university, be accepted, get your student visa, find your living accommodation, book your flights, move to Russia and of course make sure that you have paid for your studies. If you do not have eligibility for internships or scholarships, then you need to convert your money to spend in the local currency rubles.
So the challenges that can be faced while in the University application stages, language learning stage and student visa application stages can take some time. But generally, it does not really put many people off as the benefits of studying in Russia are so high. Especially as Russia welcomes more and more foreign students each year.
Stay in the home of a local Russian family. Photo Source: Unsplash
Your visa is essential for all parts of life in Russia. Photo Source: Unsplash
If you take your entire degree in Russia, it may not have the same weight and the same degree program in the UK. You must understand this before studying, or maybe you will find that you have a masters degree that is equal to a bachelors degree upon your return home.
To get a good idea about the life of a student in Russia you can meet people on Facebook, via your school’s exchange program and speak to alumni who have returned, you can even search for blogs of the international student and learn about their experience to prepare for the trip. Whatever you choose, ask questions when you can and soak up everything that you need to know.
The questions you could ask:
Make sure you have enough money to cover your entire study program
Rough expenses to cover your costs:
To apply for a visa you need to provide a list of documents. Photo Source: Unsplash
If you decide to study in Russia you will not be disappointed as it is very affordable, well renowned, offers a huge number of courses and… well, it is Russia.
To choose your university, here is a table of the best Russian universities to study in and an example of the course and disciplines:
There are courses to cover all interests such as
You will need to apply for a visa, and for this, you need to provide the following documents:
To arrange to stay in the home of a local Russian family, it would be best to go through your university approved list first. Of course, if you are going to live with a family, you want to be sure that they have been vetted and approved. You should also make sure that the family has some kind of references to show that they have experience as hosts and the kind of experience other students have had.
The worst thing would be to fly to Russia and find yourself living in a place that isn’t suitable for you. Things such as loud environments that disturb your studying or exams etc. may be a problem that could affect your studies. This is going to be the time of your life, but you should take some care of making your selection.
Of course, there are many options for student housing in Russia, not just homestays.
A benefit however of learning Russian with locals makes learning to speak easier and faster. Even more than with private teachers because you are surrounded by Russian every day not just in class a few times a week. For native Russian speakers, hosting a foreign student is a winning option! Before looking for your Russian host family, it will be necessary to determine the nature of your stay:
As well as your university there are specialized agencies that will help you to find a host family. If you are not using your university be careful as scams do exist.
Being fully immersed in the Russian Federation, as a student in a program or as an independent student will be a life-changing experience. Ready to try the adventure? Book the ticket and become multilingual!