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5 Facts about Russian Education

5 Facts about Russian Education
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System of education in Russia has long-time and strong traditions. Even after signing the Bologna declaration there are still a lot of differences and preferences that other countries don’t have.

Here are five interesting Russian education facts.

  1. Free Higher Education Opportunity

Higher education in Russian State universities can be free of charge. The opportunity to study on the state-funded spots is available to international students, who can apply for an educational scholarship. Russian and foreign students are equal in rights to get study for free, one should pass exams. The competition for state-funded places is always high, so not everyone manages to be admitted. In this case, the applicants can study under contract.

  1. Reasonable Tuition Fee

Even under a contract, study in Russia is cheaper than in Europe. Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Russia costs RUB 120-140 thousand a year on average (2100-2400 dollars); study under Specialist’s degree programmes costs RUB 150-170 thousand a year (2600-3000 dollars); obtaining a Master’s degree costs RUB 160-180 thousand a year (2700-3000 dollars); postgraduate study costs RUB 200-220 thousand a year (3440-3800 dollars). In addition, many universities provide foreign students with a university residence, so the accommodation fee is usually much lower than the cost of renting an apartment, and, in general, life in Russia is cheaper than in Europe.


  1. European Education System

Until 2003, when Russia joined the Bologna process, students in Russia studied in universities for 5 or 6 years, such system was called a specialty and was typical particularly for Russia. Now the most of Russian universities work under the Bologna system adopted in Europe and consisting of two levels – Bachelor’s degree, which lasts 4 years, and two years of Master’s degree. However, there are still fields of study where education is provided under Specialist programmes — medical and technical areas.

  1. Personalized Teaching and Individual Training Approach

The Russian education is more personified than the European, for example. Lectors pay more attention to each student, it is always possible to get advice or ask teacher a question. The curator helps writing the thesis, explains everything in detail. During study in Russia you will have a lot of practical work. University professors will check your knowledge level not only at examinations, but also throughout all educational process.

  1. Study in Russia May Be Not Only in Russian
Usually, education in Russia is provided in Russian, but many universities have English language programmes. This is relevant for foreign students going to study in Russia, but who do not know the Russian language at a sufficient level. Also, you can study Russian for the period of 1-2 years. It is possible with Preparative Department Courses, which are conducted by all leading universities. 
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