Study in Russia
Although it would be easy to dismiss Russia’s accomplishments and just list a number of political leaders who shaped the world politics, the truth is that Russia has given us more than just the cute waltz of “Once upon a December” from Anastasia. From athletes like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova, to composers like Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, or Shostakovich, to great authors like Nabokov, and Dostoyevsky (and all other “-evsky”s, and “-ov”s and “-ova”s), Russia gave us of the most influential people in history.
You have to assume that a country that gave us so many celebrities has its universities and teaching system in order, right?
Why study in Russia?
Studying in Russia means being able to choose from 21 universities featured in the World University Ranking. Besides the obvious high quality of teaching, we have to mention the great campuses and facilities: seeing as Russia is the largest country in the world, they can afford to turn a huge plot of land into a campus, adding parks, fountains, museums, and even botanical gardens.
Still, you do have to keep in mind that winters in Russia can be rough and the climate can be fickle.
What to study in Russia
Russia, being the behemoth country we know and love, is famous for covering all fields and offering Master’s degrees in all disciplines, ranging from Business Administration to Russian Studies (which sounds amazing, honestly).
Still, because we are helpful, we searched and made this list of the most popular degrees you can study in Russia.
Here are some good Bachelors we recommend in Russia:
If you're looking for Masters, there are plenty to choose from:
Major cities in Russia
Russia is the biggest country in the world, and 77% of it is just a vast, open and frozen field (never change, Siberia). Also, there are around 15 secret cities, with unknown locations, and mere mentions in top-secret documents.
Considering all this, you can’t be too careful where you end up in Russia, so here are two safe and known cities, where students go to study an international degree. These are:
Which universities and colleges to attend in Russia
With so many options (merely 850 universities, give or take), you will need to sort through them thoroughly; and, let’s be honest, nobody has the time. However, if it makes your decision easier, you can check out universities like:
How to apply to universities in Russia
In Russia, the Ministry of Education and Science created a website that connects students with universities. You can find here contacts from the international department, descriptions for the programmes, and the curator’s phone number.
After you have settled on the university and programme, the documents you will need to present are:
- Application for admission;
- Your ID;
- Previous education certificates;
- A medical certificate;
- Passport photographs.
You should note that all documents should be presented with an official copy, translated to Russian.
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Russian university
Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Russia, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Russian, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
In order to follow a Master’s degree in English in Russia, you will have to submit, besides an English certificate, your previous diploma and a cover letter.
The English certificates accepted by Russian universities and organisations are the basic ones, like:
Some universities also accept GRE and GMAT certificates. Please refer to their webpage.
Still, be aware that some programmes may require you to submit your CV, a portfolio, references from teachers, and an interview in English, via phone or Skype.