Tips for Kyrgyz Citizens Applying to Russian Universities

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Find out how to choose an education programme and apply to university, and explore admission and funding options.

More than 5,500 Kyrgyz students1 studied in Russia in 2016. Russian universities offer training for a variety of professions, from nuclear physicist to doctor. Prospective Kyrgyz students prefer the following majors: oil and gas field development, IT, transport, civil engineering, agriculture and medicine.

Prospective students can enrol for bachelor’s, specialist’s, master’s and postgraduate degree or internship (if they pursue a degree in medicine). Russian universities offer full-time, on-campus/off-campus and online modes of study. Use the convenient search service on our website to choose an appropriate education programme: After selecting a programme, create an account and apply to university free of charge. The university’s International Office will reply to you within ten days.

Russian universities maintain close contacts with representatives of Kyrgyz educational institutions. The Russian higher education centres interacting with Kyrgyz colleagues include National Research Tomsk State University, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Siberian Federal University and Kazan (Volga region) Federal University. Russian universities present their programmes at education fairs in the Kyrgyz cities of Bishkek and Osh every year.

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Russian University Entry Options

A Kyrgyz citizen can seek a government-subsidised place. The first option is to take the Unified State Examination. The admission score and the list of entrance tests are available on universities’ websites.

The second option for a prospective student is to apply for training within the quota. Russia annually allots 15,000 scholarships to foreign citizens. In 2017-2018, 400 scholarships were allotted to Kyrgyzstan. Priority fields of training are maths, natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, humanities, culture and arts. Quota students can only enrol for full-time study.

Admitted Kyrgyz students are eligible for monthly grants. Please contact the Kyrgyz office of Russia’s Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation located at 2/1 Bulvar Erkindik, Bishkek, over student grants.

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Thirdly, prospective Kyrgyz students have access to Russian academic competitions. Contest winners enjoy university admission preferences. Russian universities take part in all-Russia and in-house academic competitions. See complete list of academic competitions:

Kyrgyz students can also sign a study contract with Russian universities. Russian universities provide world-class education while their tuition fees are much lower than in Europe, America or Canada. Contract students admission is based on competitive selection as well, so entrance tests are obligatory for all prospective students.

If a prospective student’s Russian language proficiency is insufficient for study, they can enrol at the preparatory department of any Russian university where they will study Russian language for a year along with the subjects per requirements for their degree course. Select a preparatory course and submit an application from our website

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Education costs in Russia

Education costs depend on the higher education level, the form of study, the major and the university.

Bachelor’s degree

A bachelor’s degree takes four years to complete. A students earns bachelor’s degree upon completing an undergraduate programme and can pursue a career or further education. Tuition fee for full-time students ranges between 70,000 rubles ($1,170) and 420,000 rubles ($7,000) a year.

Specialist’s Degree

Specialist’s degree programme takes at least five years to complete. After thesis defence, the graduate is certified as specialist and can enrol for graduate or postgraduate programmes. Tuition fee for full-time students is 75,000 rubles ($1,250) to 490,000 rubles ($8,170) a year.

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Master’s degree

Master’s programme increases the student’s knowledge of the major. Education lasts two years; the graduate earns master’s degree. Graduate tuition fee ranges between 90,000 rubles ($1,500) and 450,000 rubles ($7,500) a year.

Postgraduate Study

A postgraduate course will take at least three years to complete. Postgraduates defend a thesis to earn their Ph.D. degree. Average and maximum tuition fees for postgraduate programmes are 75,000 rubles ($1,250) and 330,000 rubles ($5,500) a year, respectively. On-campus/off-campus and online study costs are lower.

The cited prices are approximate. To get detailed information on tuition fees, follow link and use our service to choose an appropriate programme. Select education level, field of study, major, mode and length of study and language of instruction. The tuition rate is designated2 in the description. Put the appropriate programmes in the ‘favourites’ folder for later comparison. More information on tuition rates can be supplied by the university you have chosen.

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Russian Universities Admission Requirements

Kyrgyz citizens need a valid domestic passport to enter Russia. A student visa is not required, but the visitors have to register with migration authorities upon arrival in the country. The university’s International Office provides details on completing this procedure.

The list of application documents might vary depending on the university. Contact your university’s International Office for the list of documents. Moscow and Bishkek have an agreement on mutual recognition and equivalence of education documents, academic degrees and titles, therefore the secondary education certificates issued in Kyrgyzstan do not require legalisation. Russian university degrees are recognised in Kyrgyzstan in accordance with the same document. The agreement applies to all education levels3.

If you wish to study at a Russian university, don’t waste time, get to work on it now! Keep in mind that preparing to enter university and drawing documents take a long time. The sooner you contact the university’s International Office to find out all details, the more chances you have to be admitted. Create a personal account on our website and apply to your university free-of-charge now.

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