Engineering Education in Russia for Foreign Nationals


Engineering Education in Russia for Foreign Nationals
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Prestigious Russian universities’ doors are open to prospective students from foreign countries.

Engineer is a most sought-after profession in the modern world because of the ongoing development of industry and new technologies. Engineering occupations are found in many fields such as electric and heat power engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics, power engineering, metallurgy, IT technology, mining, civil engineering, aircraft and rocket engineering, medicine etc. Depending on the major, engineering universities’ graduates can be employed as mechanical engineers, technologists or design engineers to create, improve, test and put various machines in operation.

Russian engineering universities offer high-level education which attracts applicants from all over the world. They gain profound theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. Among other advantages of study in Russia are affordable fees, the opportunity to enrol in an English-taught programme and double degree programmes allowing students to earn a degree from a Russian and a foreign university.

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Russian state universities offer a wide range of engineering professions. The list approved by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has several dozen majors, from aircraft and rocket engineering to bio-engineering. Use the convenient search tool on our website to choose the appropriate education programme and the university. Sign into our website to write to the university directly (application submission/processing is free).

Some of Russian engineering education providers are listed below:

  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology trains specialists in applied maths and physics, software engineering, system analysis and management, cyber security etc. MIPT consistently appears in the prestigious QS, ARWU and THE university rankings.

  • National Research Nuclear University MEPhI offers international prospective students more than 100 focus areas; the most popular are nuclear physics, operation of nuclear power plants and system programming. MEPhI is the acknowledged leader in training nuclear power engineers.

  • National University of Science and Technology MISIS is a leading Russian engineering university having an extensive experience in training engineers in materials science, metallurgy and mining. There are also programmes in IT technology and nanotechnology.

  • National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University is an engineering education provider in the fields of nanotechnology, oil and gas field development, mechanical engineering, materials science, software engineering etc.

  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is one of Russia’s oldest engineering higher education centres. International students often choose programmes in power engineering, information technologies and civil engineering.

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  • Samara University is a science and education centre specialising in training aerospace industry engineers. The most popular programmes are aircraft engineering, rocket complexes and cosmonautics. Other technical focus areas include informatics and computer science, theoretical mechanics etc.

  • Siberian Federal University was established to train specialists in industry and power engineering. It currently provides higher education in metallurgy, geotechnology, power engineering, biotechnology, communication systems, oil and gas field development etc.

  • Engineering education in Russia’s Far East has a long history. In 2018, the Far Eastern Federal University School of Engineering marks its centennial. There are more than 80 majors on the list of education programmes of different levels including oil and gas field development, mining, mechanical engineering and robotics, shipbuilding, electric power engineering and electrical engineering etc.

  • Novosibirsk State University provides engineering education in nanotechnology, laser systems, electronics, medical biotechnologies and information technologies. The university is located in the Akademgorodok science centre which offers excellent research opportunities to students.

  • Ural Federal University’s popular engineering programmes include mechanical engineering, metallurgy, IT, biotechnologies and power engineering.

  • Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI” specialises in training professionals in electronics, radio and electrical engineering, control systems, instrument engineering and information technologies. The university has trained more than 3,500 engineers over the past six decades.

  • ITMO National Research University is focused on training engineers in information technologies. ITMO students have repeatedly won top places at international programming competitions. The university also provides good education in photonics and optoinformatics, laser engineering and food biotech.

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  • Tomsk State University is one of Russia’s oldest education centres having the status of national research institute. Foreign nationals can enrol in various engineering programmes, for example information technology, aircraft and rocket engineering, bioinformatics, mechanics, mechanical engineering etc.

  • South Ural State University is yet another engineering education provider. International students often choose IT technologies, civil engineering and architecture; many other fields are available as well such as metallurgy, materials technology, technosphere safety, electronics etc.

  • University of Tyumen is a classical Russian university offering engineering programmes. Oil and Gas Field Development is one of the most popular fields. For example, the university offers the graduate programme in conceptual engineering for the oil and gas industry; classes are conducted by university teachers and representatives of Russia’s largest engineering companies. During the study, students work on real projects ordered by well-known domestic company Gazprom Neft.

International students can take engineering programmes both in Russian and English. Use our search tool to find the appropriate programme selecting English as language of instruction. If the applicant wishes to study in Russian but cannot speak it well enough, they can enter the Preparatory Department which is available at a majority of Russian universities. They can take a year-long course in Russian and engineering disciplines (physics, maths, informatics etc) necessary for further studies. After completing pre-university training, the student takes examinations and gets a certificate. Then they can enrol in a basic education programme.

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How to apply to a Russian engineering university

Russian universities applicants have to pass a rigorous selection procedure. A student planning to study under contract must pass the entrance exams specially held for foreign nationals. The cost of education in Russia is lower than in Europe or America. For example tuition fees for undergraduate and specialist’s degree programmes in mechanics, mathematical modelling, fundamental informatics and information technologies start upwards of 89,000 rubles ($1,480) a year1. Tuition fees for radiophysics, chemistry, physics, mechanics of materials, civil engineering, software engineering, information security, electronics, instrument engineering, electrical and heat and power engineering, mechatronics, robotics and metallurgy start at 102,000 rubles ($1,700) upwards a year. Annual tuition fees for such programmes as nuclear physics and thermal physics, aircraft and rocket equipment, shipbuilding and nanoengineering start upwards of 153,000 rubles ($2,550).

An international applicant can take the Unified State Exam which is held in 14 subjects in Russian. As a rule, engineering majors require entrance examinations in maths, physics and informatics and sometimes in biology or chemistry for related professions such as bioengineering. Universities websites have detailed information on the subjects required for a particular profession.

Talented prospective students with good grades in their education certificates can try to win a government scholarship contest or take part in an international Olympiad arranged by the university. See more information on Olympiads. 

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International students participate in research under the guidance of experienced teachers and have regular internships at Russian companies which improves their chances to get a prestigious job upon graduation. For example, St Petersburg Polytechnic University cooperates with Russian construction, oil/gas and energy companies providing practical experience to students. Power engineering students of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Siberian Federal University and other education centres study the operation of nuclear power plants. Prospective programmers from Novosibirsk State University get placements at Siberian software companies and institutes of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Today, the engineering profession is among the most popular careers as no company can function without specialists in this field. That is why a majority of engineering universities’ graduates quickly land highly-paid jobs.

Don’t waste time if you want to get a degree in engineering. Use our search tool to find the appropriate programme. Sign into the website and send your application to the university directly; you can also forward your questions to International Office personnel and expect a reply within ten workdays.


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