Academic Competitions for International Applicants

Academic Competitions for International Applicants© FEFU

Russia hosts dozens of academic competitions, but the rights of preferential enrolment at all Russian universities are only given to the winners of the All-Russian Olympiad of School Students and academic competitions (level 1, 2, and 3) included in the list annually approved by the Russian Ministry of Education.

The benefit can be of two types: enrolment at a university without an entrance examination or the award of maximum marks in the Unified State Examination (EGE) in the student's specialised subject in the competition (or for an additional entrance test). The type of enrolment benefit depends on the level of the competition and the status of the diploma (winner or awardee). Each university makes its own decision on which privileges to provide and publishes the corresponding announcement every year on its website.

Academic Competitions for International Applicants© UrFU

It is established by law that the winners of the final of the All-Russian Olympiad shall be enrolled at universities without entrance examinations in the corresponding subject. The same rule may apply to the winners of the level 1 competitions from the list of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. The winners of levels 2 and 3 are usually granted extra points to their state exam result (check the information with university admissions boards).

International applicants can participate in the All-Russian Olympiad (if they study in Russian schools), in some competitions of the list of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, as well as in local academic competitions held for international students, or in competitions run by individual universities (in this case, as a rule, achievements are taken into account only for enrolment at the university that holds the contest). Participation in all competitions is voluntary and free of charge.

Academic competitions which are open to foreign citizens*

Academic Competitions for International Applicants

Organiser

Participants

Level/Benefits to the winners

Phystech.International Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics

Official website

Run by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), supported by Rossotrudnichestvo

Eligibility: students of 10th/11th grades (or grades 11th/12th in case of 12-year secondary education systems) residing outside Russia. Russian citizens not eligible.

Winners and awardees of the final round of the Olympiad get benefits in admission to MIPT.

"Time to study in Russia!"

Official website

Conducted by a consortium of leading Russian technical universities under the aegis of the Federal Agency for the CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation and with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

Open to high school graduates from foreign countries.

The winners receive government scholarships to study at Russian universities within the quota allocated by the Russian Government.

International Youth Olympiad

Official website

Held by the Higher School of Economics.

The contest is for high school students aged 13 and above and young people under 30 who live outside Russia.

Olympiad winners and awardees have the opportunity to apply to HSE Bachelor’s programs without having to take other exams and to receive scholarships.
All Olympiad participants can present their results to receive an advantage when applying to HSE Bachelor’s programs.

Competitions for Russian and foreign nationals

Organiser

Participants

Level/Benefits to the winners

Olympiad for students and graduates

Official website

Held by the Higher School of Economics.

The contest is for students of Bachelor’s and Specialist Degree programmes, and graduates of higher educational institutions, regardless of citizenship.

The winners will be granted privileges for enrolment to the master's programmes of HSE corresponding to the subject area of the competition.

Open Programming Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Lomonosov Moscow State University supported by Moscow City Department of Education

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Level I Olympiad (Computer Science).

Rosatom Industrial Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics for Schoolchildren

Official website

Held by NRNU MEPhI together with State Corporation Rosatom

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Multi-tier Olympiad: Level I (Physics), Level II (Mathematics).

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have benefits in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

International Mathematics Olympiad Tournament of Towns

Official website

Held by Moscow City Department of Education

Eligibility: schoolchildren from 10th and 11th grades from Russia, CIS and other countries.

Level I (Mathematics) Olympiad.

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have preferences in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

Pan-Siberian Open Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Held by the Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation Policies of the Novosibirsk Region and Novosibirsk National Research State University (NSU)

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Multi-tier Olympiad: Level I (Chemistry, Physics), Level II (Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology).

Winners get benefits in admission to Russian universities. Please check the type of benefits on the website of the Olympiad/university.

All-Russian Academic Olympiad for School Students

Official website

Held by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

The competition is open to Russians and foreign citizens studying at Russian secondary education institutions.

The winners and the awardees of the final of the Academic Olympiad can expect to be enrolled without entrance examinations.

"Conquer Sparrow Hills"

Official website

The contest is held by Moscow State University (MGU) and Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and stateless persons studying at secondary education institutions (aged 10 and above).

Level 1 competition (Biology, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies and Physics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Nanotechnology — a Breakthrough to the Future"

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU) and the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programmes.

The competition is open to high school students aged 12 and above, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers, and enthusiasts of nanotechnology development in Russia, the CIS and other countries.

Level 1 competition (Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

The Olympics are open to students from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

Level 1 competition (Сhemistry).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

N.D. Kondratiev Olympiad

Official website

The event is organized by the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Ural Federal University, Financial University under the Government of Russia, and others.

The Olympics is open to school students from Russia and the CIS who are interested in the study of economic theory.

Level 1 competition (Economics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

School Students Olympiad in Informatics and Programming

Official website

Held by the St. Petersburg National Research University (ITMO).

To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above from Russia or another country.

Level 1 competition (IT).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Blue Riband"

Official website

Conducted by the Higher School of Economics together with several other Russian universities.

The contest is for high school students aged 12 and above from Russia and the CIS.

Multi-level competition:

Level 1 (Journalism, Mathematics, Social Science, Law, Russian, Economics);

Level 2 (Oriental Studies, Design, History, History of World Civilisation, Literature)

Level 3 (Electronics, Psychology, Physics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Lomonosov"

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and to stateless persons. .

Multi-level competition:

Level 1 (Biology, Geography, History, Literature, Mathematics, Social Science, Law, Russian Language, Chemistry);

Level 2 (Foreign Languages, Foreign Language and Literature, Computer Science, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology);

Level 3 (Biology, Geography, Ecology, Mathematics, Physics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Phys/tech"

Official website

The event is conducted by a consortium of Russian technical universities (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University,

Ufa State Aviation Technical University, North Caucasian Federal University).

The contest is for high school students aged 14 and above, regardless of their citizenship.

Multi-level competition:

Level 1 (physics), Level 2 (mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

United Interuniversity Mathematical Olympiad

Official website

Conducted by a group of universities, includin

Moscow Aviation Technology Institute,

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Far Eastern Federal University, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, and a number of others.

To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above studying in Russia or another country.

Level 2 competition (Mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

Interregional Academic Olympics at Kazan Federal University

Official website

Held by Kazan Federal University.

To participate, you need to be a student aged 14 or above from Russia, the CIS or other countries.

Multi-level competition:

Level 2 (Physics),

Level 3 (Chemistry).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the Kazan State University website.

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