Russian Education vs Indian Education

Russian Education vs Indian Education

Russian education vs Indian education has some similarities and differences that are considered in detail below.

Pre-school Education

Russian preschool education is a system of public and private kindergartens with established learning programme and sanitary standards. Children go to such facilities at the age from 2-3 to 6-7 years and spend there all day.

In India, preschool education has in the overwhelming majority the form of family education by parents and family members. There are preparatory centers in some schools, where a child may spend an entire day.

School Education

In Russian Federation school education is compulsory and free of charge. It’s basic level comprises 9 years, after which one can stay at school for 2 years more or to get professional training in educational institutions of the 1st or the 2nd accreditation level, that is, technical secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges etc.

In India, children admit school when they are aged 4 and study there until they are 14 – this is a binding free-of-charge programme for the entire country. Along with public schools, private schools with paid education exist, with innovative teaching techniques and advanced learning of certain subjects.

Study in English

You can study in Russia without knowing Russian language. The studies are in English.

Preparatory Department for Foreigners

How to learn Russian and enter university.

Cost of Education in Russia

Tuition fees in Russian university for foreigners.


How to obtain a scholarship and study for free.

Professional Education

In Russia, a profession may be acquired either after 9 or after 11 years of attending school. After 9 years, applicants are admitted to technical secondary schools and colleges that give vocational education of a junior specialist, with studying taking 3-4 years subject to the study field and the educational institution. After 11 years at school, one can enter a university and to get a degree, this will take 5 years for most study fields.

In India, upon the completion of the mandatory first level school education one can become a college or a vocational school student and in 2-3 years get a profession that is in demand in the country. To be admitted to a university, one has to complete the second school step, which takes two years. In India higher education takes 4-6 years depending on the study area.

Higher Education

To be enrolled to a higher education institution in Russia, prospective students pass a Unified State Exam, based on the results of which admission to educational institutions takes place. There are forms of study with or without tuition fee. Russian is the language of instruction with preparatory language courses for foreigners. In some institutions certain courses are given in English.

In India, the country’s citizens may acquire higher education free of charge, whereas foreigners may study without paying a tuition fee only if appropriate scholarships are available. The higher education system aligns itself with the European one; therefore, education quality is comparable with European universities. Considering the diversity of local dialects, English is the language of instruction, whilst distance and extramural forms of study are common. 


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