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Study in Russia - Requirements, Universities, Cost

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Why study in Russia?

(Disclaimer: The following figures apply to the country in peacetime)

Studying in Russia is quite popular thanks to its high academic standard and the long history of the world’s largest country. Russia’s culture includes some of the world’s greatest composers, writers, athletes and painters. The country is full of palaces from the time of the tsarist empire, but also of the best examples of Russian avant-garde architecture.

The most popular fields to study in Russia are economics, political and social sciences, arts, technology and engineering studies. One reason many choose Russia for their studies is the low tuition fees and affordable accommodation. The cost of living for an undergraduate or graduate student in Russia is on average 300-600€/month and their currency is the Russian Ruble (RUB).

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Bachelor’s in Russia

Bachelor’s in Russia include all modern fields of science and are renowned for organization, rigor and academic distinctions of graduates. There are programs in English, but basic knowledge of the Russian language is recommended. If you don’t know it well before you go, there are several courses you can take to quickly learn it. Although it is a difficult language, with daily friction and practice, you will soon speak it satisfactorily.

Bachelor’s studies in Russia are suitable for those who want to get to know a country with a huge history and worldwide reputation. It is also very affordable and therefore a value for money option.



Master’s in Russia

Master’s degrees in Russia are a career investment, especially in the fields of technology, engineering and medical sciences. Also, art degrees are highly valued worldwide, as Russia is a cradle of world culture.

Another reason why master’s degrees in Russia are a good choice is their low cost and the opportunities to gain professional experience in one of the world’s strongest economies.



Requirements for studying in Russia

Requirements for studying in Russia include English language certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.), a valid passport, a translated copy of your high school diploma and a copy of your master’s degree, as well as a student visa for a residence permit in the country. Note that depending on the university, you may also need proof of Russian language proficiency.

Additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation, curriculum vitae, translated transcript and personal statement, may be required for applications to postgraduate programs in Russia.



The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad.



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships to study in Russia

Students who meet certain criteria can apply for scholarships to study in Russia through the universities themselves, but also seek government scholarships.

You can also look for scholarships in your country of origin (for example in Greece there are scholarships for studying abroad for Greek citizens), while another way to obtain funding is to apply for studies in Russia through Brive and claim one of our scholarships.

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Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in Russia?


The best cities to study in Russia are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar.

What is the average cost of living for students in Russia?


Average accommodation costs for students in Russia are around €50 per month for a hostel or shared accommodation and €170-400 for renting a private apartment, but this varies by city, region and type of house.

In what languages are bachelor's and master's degrees offered in Russia?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in Russia are Russian, English and Chinese.

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