Advice for Vietnamese Students on Applying to Russian University


Study in Russia. Advice for Vietnamese Students on Applying to Russian University
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Many prospective students from Vietnam choose Russia as their study abroad destination. According to 2016/2017 academic year data, Russia provides higher education to more than 3,000 Vietnamese nationals1.

Russia and Vietnam began to cooperate in the field of education in the 1950s. Domestic universities have trained more than 30,000 Vietnamese specialists since, including more than 2,000 PhDs and Doctors of Science2. The universities having partnership relations with Vietnam include National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, Far Eastern Federal University, Siberian Federal University, National Research Tomsk State University and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. Russian universities representatives are regular visitors to Vietnamese schools presenting study in Russia opportunities and their education programmes. Olympiads are held in Vietnam in February-March every year; the winners can seek Russian government scholarships.

Among the fields mostly preferred by prospective Vietnamese students are power engineering, oil/gas production, economics, IT technology, international relations and agriculture. Use our convenient search tool to choose the appropriate education programme. Sign into studyinrussia.ru and write directly to the university. University representatives will reply to you within ten workdays.  

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University Entry Options

Vietnamese citizens can receive education of any level (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) and also finish internship if they train for medical specialties. They can study as contract or Russian government scholarship students.

If a prospective student seeks a state-funded place, they can choose a university entry option.

Option 1: take the Unified State Exam or university entrance examinations

Prospective Vietnamese students have the right to take the Unified State Exam which includes 14 general subjects; the choice of subjects depends on the future profession and university requirements. The Unified State Exam for foreign nationals is held at Russian Embassies’ schools, for example in Hanoi (Ba Dinh, 191 La Thanh Street). 

Option 2: win university’s international Olympiad

Many Russian universities organise their own international Olympiads in different disciplines. Academic competitions in exact sciences such as mathematics, physics, informatics and chemistry are usually arranged by Russian engineering universities. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology holds the Olympiad “Phystech.International” every year, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI holds the Olympiad “Rosatom” and ITMO National Research University holds an Olympiad for schoolchildren in computer science and mathematics. Vysshaya Proba (Tiptoppers) is an academic competition in humanities organised by Higher School of Economics; in 2018, it covered 22 subjects.

International university competitions are an excellent opportunity to test one’s skills in the solution of challenging problems, prepare for entrance examinations and get bonus points when entering university. Olympiad winners and runners-up can expect extra points for individual achievement or principal subject in the Unified State Exam; some Olympiads offer such incentives as admission without examinations. The complete list of Olympiads for international students is available at our website.

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Option 3: win the Russian government scholarship contest

Prospective Vietnamese students can apply for budget-funded places at Russian universities. Every year, the Russian government sets aside 15,000 university places for foreign nationals. The scholarship quota for Vietnamese residents increases every year. Whereas it amounted to 210 scholarships in 2007/2008, as many as 958 scholarships were provided a decade later. The annual Olympiad arranged by Rossotrudnichestvo (Russia’s Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) in Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Tam Ky, Da Lat etc. is one of the most popular and effective forms of scholarship tryouts. Schoolchildren can take part in Olympiads in Russian, mathematics, physics and computer science. The most talented children get the opportunity to study at best Russian universities. Tryouts usually take place in February-March. Forward your questions concerning scholarship to the Russian Science and Culture Centre in Hanoi (Ba Dinh District, 51 Kim Ma Street, 501).

Education contract

Vietnamese nationals can sign an education contract with Russian universities. Tuition fees in Russia are much lower than at European or American universities. Every year, the Russian Ministry of Education and Sciences sets the minimum price of programmes. In 2018, tuition fees for undergraduate and specialist's degree programme in computer and information sciences, economics and management, political science and regional studies start upwards of 89,000 rubles ($1,480). Prices for masters and PhD programmes start at 95,000 rubles ($1,580) and 103,000 rubles ($1,700), respectively.

Tuition fee for physics, heat and power engineering, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries undergraduate programmes starts upwards of 102,000 rubles ($1,700), 109,000 rubles ($1,800) for masters programmes and 144,000 rubles ($1,900) for PhD programmes.

Nuclear power engineering and technology is one of the most popular majors priced at 153,000 rubles or $2,550 at undergraduate level, 161,000 rubles or $2,680 at graduate level and 160,000 rubles or $2,670 at PhD level.

To look up the tuition fee for a programme, use our search tool or sign into the website to send your enquiry to the university. Application processing is free, no registration fee is charged; you contact the university directly, without intermediaries.

What if students do not speak Russian

Russian universities offer training in English but a majority of programmes are taught in Russian. If a foreigner who plans to enter a Russian university is not proficient enough in Russian, they can enrol at a Preparatory Department which offers a ten-month course in Russian and profession-oriented subjects. At the end of the academic year, a student takes final examinations, gets a certificate and applies for a basic Russian language programme. Many universities offer short intensive Russian language courses. Another good option to brush up your Russian is to take part in a summer language school held at many Russian universities.

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Documents Required for Russian University Admission

An international prospective student who applies to a Russian university submits a package of documents including an application, a passport and an education certificate. Russia and Vietnam have an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications and academic degrees3. Under the document, the sides accept secondary education certificates, bachelor’s, specialists, master’s and PhD degrees awarded in these states. The agreement also applies to certificates of completing internship in medical or pharmaceutical specialties. The requirements for other documents can vary depending on the university; accurate information is supplied by the Admissions Board. 

Entry into Russia

Vietnamese students require a visa to enter Russia; visa applications are submitted at Russian consulates in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnamese citizens are not charged any fee for a Russian visa4. Students have to register with Russian migration authorities within seven days from the date of arrival in Russia; university staff provides assistance.

If you plan to enrol at a Russian university, don’t waste time, study the information on the website, choose the appropriate education programmes, sign into the website to write to university representatives, learn all details and send your application. Our website lists only prestigious state universities.

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