STUDY QUESTS Answers to frequently asked questions about the studies of foreigners in Russia


Applying to Russian University

When you visit our website STUDY ABROAD you will have an opportunity to apply directly to the best state universities of Russia. First, we kindly recommend you to choose you a major and university, where relevant programme is available. You can use our search engine for this purpose. Among other things, you can contacts us by witting to us email requesting for guidance on the type of educational programme to choose and we shall help me choose the right program according to your needs.
A gain after you have applied for a program , you will receive confirmation email. If you have not receive any confirmation during 5-7 minutes, please check the spam box. If there is no confirmation email either, please, write to the editors of Studyquests.com website.
Firstly, you should available go through the online application as it is in our website completing and filling in all the necessary field and uploading all the mandatory documents as requested on the online application form, very important , after completing the entire application you should be able to submit will receive it and take the necessary action , before that as per the agreement you should also deposit as detailed on the admission page or fee and cost service fee, this depends on the type of programmes you have chosen. don't hesitate to contact us of any challenges during application , our representatives are always online to assist.
Visit our website we have prepared detailed guidelines for you. Find a suitable programme then you will be able to use our online application form its well explained in procedures of which steps to follow and which documents to upload, after which you will complete by pressing the button submit your application we shall notify you of the stages of your application.
Russian laws do not limit the age of university applicants. However, applicants need to have a completed high school or vocational school education.
Following is the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official reply to the question: a foreign citizen can be denied entry to Russia if they mistake the purpose of their trip in the visa application. You cannot apply for a tourist visa if entering a university is the declared purpose of your visit. However, you can come to Russia as a tourist and combine sightseeing with applying to university or taking examinations. Please keep in mind that if you’re admitted to university, you will need a student visa to legalise your stay in the country. In that case, you will have to return to your home country to reapply for a Russian visa. To avoid waste of time and money you might want to apply for a student visa from the beginning: it is valid for three months and you can have it extended in Russia by the Interior Ministry’s Migration Department. Refer your questions to the Russian consulate or Embassy in your country first to learn the visa procedure.
Our experts have written detailed instructions How to legalise national education certificates and diplomas in your country, Its partly done by the ministry of education and Russian embassy in your county.Please remember that the preparation of documents is a serious and important procedure; your enrollment in Russian school greatly depends on it. For detailed information please contact our representatives if you are facing some difficulty in application, will explain.
This question is well discussed in our admission page , kindly take a look at it carefully and take a note of what is required of you when making an application, remember this is a very important part of application.

Study in Russia

Academic year lasts from 1t of September to 30th of June. There are two semesters: the first one is from 1t of September to 25th of January, the second one is from 9th of February to 30th of June. At the end of each semester students are passing exams. After this they have holidays: 2 weeks in winter (from 25th of January to 9th of February), 2 months in summer (from 1t of July to 30th of August).
Leading Russian universities normally offer Bachelor’s , Master’s and PHD's Degree Programmes in English. You can choose to study Russian at the university's international student pre-school or Russian language courses.
Leading Russian universities normally have preparatory departments where international students study for one year. In addition to the Russian language, students study other subjects, depending on the chosen programme, e.g. Maths, Chemistry, or Biology. For English-speaking students, the first lessons are conducted in English.
Russia’s law on education does not provide for transfer to a Russian university from any foreign university. International students have to enroll in the first year. After they have been admitted, they can present a certificate confirming completion of certain courses at their national university, which will be reviewed by a special commission. It will then decide on the student’s course articulation.
Russian universities are praised for their best price-to-value ratio. Tuition costs vary from 1000 to 6000 US dollars per year and depend on the city and thee chosen programme and university. Most Russian universities offer the option of paying for tuition by installment.

Living in Russia

The Russian law, in effect since 2016, requires foreigners to take out health insurance immediately upon arrival in the country. Importantly, even the international students studying at government-funded places in Russia should pay their own money for private medical insurance. See more information in the healthcare service section.
Russian universities may provide their full-time students with dormitory places, if available. For this, students enter into rental contracts, with monthly rates varying from 150 to 5,000 roubles, depending on the city and chosen university.
You need to have some cash to hand for day-to-day expenses. Ideally, you should buy Russian roubles in your own country. Also, you may buy roubles when you arrive in Russia, at airport currency exchanges or banks. >Many international students in Russia use two cards, one issued by their home bank and another by a Russian bank. Russia has a good banking infrastructure and you are unlikely to have any issues with card payments or cash withdrawals.
International students can work at the university (or at its organizations) on their free time. In this case you don’t need to take the relevant permit from the Administration for Migration Issues. In other cases a permit is required. Permits are issued only to students on full-time courses at state-accredited universities. Students can work only according to the profession specified in the permit, and in the region (city) where their university is located.
Foreign companies usually offer tourist healthcare policies which do not cover regular treatment in Russian hospitals. To be able to obtain qualified and prompt medical treatment throughout your studies in Russia, you need to enter into a voluntary health insurance policy with a Russian insurer. For help in arranging health insurance, contact your university's international office.
In the first place, check baggage allowance rules with the company you are going to fly with. As a rule, free baggage allowance limit for travellers in economy class is 20 to 25 kilograms. Additional charges apply in case of excess baggage at the rates set by the airline; each extra kilogramme might be quite expensive. Luggage weight rules on trains are usually not as strict. You don’t want to take too much baggage anyway; bring only the essentials. If you have been allotted a dormitory place, it is likely to have all the basic stuff a student needs.
You need a work visa or work permit to stay and land a job in Russia. The list of required documents for legal stay in Russia after completing university studies are your university's international office.

On average, a Russian student spends 300 to 400 US dollars a month. However, you need to have around 300 or 400 dollars for miscellaneous expenses, such as health insurance, household equipment (kitchenware, bed linen, and cleaning items), and certain study materials.