The big beautiful Russia is one of the largest countries in the world, and every year hundreds of thousands of prospective students apply to study there. If you decide to study in Russia too, then you have a choice of around 800 universities such as MGIMO University, St. Petersburg State University, ITMO University or Lomonosov Moscow State University (which is a prestigious university, ranked as one of the best universities in Russia).
The Russian education system is not exempt from formalities, however. So while it is open to exchange students from all over the world it is not ‘easy’ to be accepted on to a study abroad program. Although like your home country and like different countries in the world there is a process to follow.
If you are interested in Discovering how to become a student in Russia then read on! We will lay it out step by step and hopefully get you on the way to your new study abroad or student exchange life in the mother Russia.
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This is not too different to what you would do if choosing to study in your home country. If you want to have a university education then you need to make some choices about what you want to study and where you want to study. While this isn’t unique to Russia the small difference is that once you have selected you need to make sure that they have an exchange program for international students that want to study the course that you are interested in.
It is worth doing the research well at this stage and writing a few emails to be sure that you have selected wisely.
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This is the first step to making your dream of study in Russia real. You must be accepted into your choose university be sure to have a top 3 list so that if you don’t get into your first choice that you have other options available. Because to be accepted at Russian universities, is not easy mainly due to the fact that there are approximately 2,400 programs available to international students all over Russia, and each has a different admission system.
In general, you must apply between January and March of the year you wish to study in Russia (for September classes).
Congratulations! If you have been accepted to study in a Russian university then you will now need to begin the formalities of applying for a student visa and setting up your life in Russia. You should have received a confirmation email with the next steps of your administrative registration, which must be followed precisely.
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Visas maybe the main cause of your stress over the next weeks. You will have to learn to follow the procedures set out for you in the instructions. If they ask you to fill in the form in black do not fill it in with blue ink because you do not have a black pen. To you, it may seem petty but to them, it could be caused to deny your application. Just follow the steps as a robot would ask when you don’t understand, get it checked before submission and provide everything they ask for and you will likely be approved the first time.
Things to know about your visa :
Once you have your Visa you can celebrate as this will be the majority of the admin that you have to do to study in Russia. Remember it will be necessary to provide the following documents:
The student visa application form may not be well translated into English, hence you may not understand everything clearly. Which is why you must get some help or at least have someone check over your form. You may be asked for other administrative steps for your trip to Russia, such as:
Fill out a file for the university,
If you don’t speak Russian you may have to take a pre-university course which will give you some valuable resources and check if you are ready to study in Russia. Since almost all courses are taught in Russian.
In the summer before your arrival in Russia, you should take a course to learn Russian language skills. Understand In Russia people speak Russian. Not English not Russ-Lish but Russian. If you don’t learn at least some of the basic like reading Cyrillic you will struggle. You could study in any of the following ways:
15,000 foreign students every year get access to a Russian government scholarship which could essentially give you free education. If you apply for your university through the Russia study website, you can apply for up to 6 universities and also apply for scholarships. Why not try to be one of the lucky 15,000 students.
You can also apply to a Russian education competition which gives the lucky winner an all-expenses paid education at the university of their choice. Just make sure to meet the deadline for the application so that you don’t miss out.
If you are not accepted then you need to think about self-funding or applying elsewhere for a scholarship. In this case, you also need to consider how you will manage funds in Russia, applying for a bank account could be useful.
Now to find out where you are going to live while you study. Russian university housing is the most common form of accommodation. But in Russia, you can select from a wide range of options but the best options, which are easiest to arrange are:
Since you will be studying overseas and plan to be in Russia for at least a year you will have to book a one way flight. However, sometimes a one way flight can be more expensive than a return. In this case, buy your flight with an airline that will allow you to have an open ticket on the return leg or that offer to let you change the return ticket for free to at a low cost. Then you will get a good price with little to no issues about returning home.
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It is time to soak up Russian culture and enjoy your time. So, are you ready to go to the Russian Federation?