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Higher Education in Russia for Brazilian Nationals

Higher Education in Russia for Brazilian Nationals

Russian universities offer prospective Brazilian students a broad range of education programmes, from nuclear physics to philology. Read the article on how to prepare for university entry and meet document requirements.

Russia and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1828. Though wide apart, the two countries cooperate in aerospace, power engineering, tourism, culture and education.

For example, Brazil currently uses the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system designed by the Roskosmos company and has already launched several differential correction stations. Some of them were installed on university campuses to enable young scientists to use GLONASS equipment.

In 2017, a Russian telescope was set up at the Pico dos Dias observatory in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais to monitor the movement asteroids and other space objects. Prospective Brazilian students often choose professions related to aircraft and rocket engineering such as rocket complexes and cosmonautics and maintenance and repair of aircraft. Brazilian nationals also select humanities, for example management and international relations. These programmes are available at leading Russian universities.

Russia and Brazil also cooperate in power engineering. Russia’s Rosatom and Brazil’s Electrobas, the largest power utility company in South America, develop joint projects to build new nuclear power plants and maintain existing NPPs. Rosatom and Rosneft have agreements with Brazilian companies to jointly develop natural gas fields.

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The two countries develop contacts in education. In 2013, they signed a cooperation agreement based on the Brazilian programme “Science Without Borders”1 to provide opportunities to Brazilian students to study in Russia.

Brazilian universities representatives are interested in partnership with Russia as it promotes joint research and projects in education such as double degree programmes, as well as student exchanges. Cooperation agreements were signed between Samara University and Federal University of Minas Gerais, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and Federal University of Espirito Santo.

Applying to Russian university

A prospective student can prepare for university entry unassisted.

In the first place, you have to choose your profession, education level, university and language of instruction. Use the search tool on the studyinrussia.ru website to browse tuition fees, education programmes and their detailed descriptions.

Training is provided in Russian or English. Regardless of the chosen programme you have to prove your language proficiency in accordance with university rules. If you do not meet proficiency requirements for studying in Russian, enter the university Preparatory Department to take a course in Russian and career-oriented disciplines. After pre-university training, students take examinations and apply for undergraduate, graduate or PhD programmes.


After you have decided on the key criteria, sign into the website to contact university representatives over application deadline, examinations, document requirements and tuition fees. University representatives will reply to you within ten workdays.

Payment options

Next, you have to decide on the payment option. Prospective Brazilian students can get into a Russian university as scholarship or self-funded students.

Paid education in Russia

Education programmes at Russian universities are more affordable than in Europe, America or Canada. For example, tuition fees for an undergraduate programme in aircraft and rocket engineering range from 164,520 rubles ($2,530) to 293,000 rubles ($4,510) a year, graduate programme fees range from 175,000 rubles ($2,690) to 330,000 rubles ($5,100) a year and PhD programme fees average 375,000 rubles ($5,770) a year. These programmes are available at Samara University, ITMO National Research University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Tomsk State University and other higher education centres.

Fees for an undergraduate programme in nuclear power engineering and technology range from 264,000 rubles ($4,060) to 632,580 rubles ($9,732) a year; graduate programmes cost from 276,400 rubles ($4,250) to 415,220 rubles ($6,388) a year, and PhD programmes from 112,224 rubles ($1,730) to 413,400 ($6,360) a year. These programmes are offered at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI etc.

Fees for undergraduate programmes in management vary between 99,000 rubles ($1,520) and 440,000 rubles ($6,760) a year; graduate programme fees range from 127,0000 rubles ($1,950) to 350,00 rubles ($5,380) a year.

Fees for an undergraduate programme in international relations range from 135,240 rubles ($2,080) to 620,000 rubles ($9,540) a year; graduate programme fees vary between 150,120 ($2,310) to 350,000 rubles ($5,380) a year.


Training for this profession is provided at Russian People’s Friendship University, Ural Federal University, Kazan Federal University,Far Eastern Federal University, Higher School of Economics etc.

These are reference prices. To find out the precise tuition fee for a particular programme, use our search tool or request this information from the university.

Russian government scholarships

If you seek a government-funded place at a Russian university, remember that candidates have to be well-prepared. Prospective undergraduate students must have good grades in their education certificates, and research achievements are required of candidates for graduate, PhD or internship programmes.

Scholarship options:

  • Take part in an international Olympiad.

These are annual academic competitions arranged by Russian universities, their associations and the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation. The winners are eligible for uncompetitive admission or extra points for individual achievements which the Admissions Board takes into account. International applicants are invited to competitions in engineering fields, humanities and natural sciences. However, most of them are Russian medium competitions so participants have to be highly proficient. Higher School of Economics arranges English medium Olympiads. Those who wish to study for a master’s degree can take part in HSE’s International Olympiad Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project. More information is here

  • Win the Russian government scholarship contest.

It is the most difficult way as the amount of quotas allocated by the Russian government is limited and the scholarship contest is serious. Candidates’ are assessed on grades, research papers, Russian language proficiency and social activity. Rossotrudnichestvo distributes quotas; in Brazil, it is a branch of the Russian Embassy at the address Avenida das Nacoes, SES Q.801, Lote A, Brasilia-DF. Contact Rossotrudnichestvo over scholarship quotas.

Do not be upset if you failed to qualify for scholarship. Submit your application as a self-funded student using your personal account on studyinrussia.ru. It is convenient and won’t take much time.


Meeting document requirements

The next step is to prepare documents.

A prospective student sends an initial application designating the field of study and stating their current level of education. A University representative will ask you to email document scans. As a rule they are a copy of passport and education certificate (school certificate or university diploma if you plan to seek admission to a graduate or PhD programme). All documents have to be translated into Russian and notarised while education documents have to be apostilled as well. This service is provided by notary offices in the capitals of the Brazilian states. Some universities accept education or degree certificates without authentication, but you’ll need it anyway when you submit documents in person. More information on authentication (apostille) is in the section on requirements for education certificates issued in foreign states and on the websites of Brazil’s National Council of Justice and the Foreign Ministry.

If you plan to enrol in a graduate or PhD programme at a Russian university you have to produce a certificate of your qualifications. Your certificate has to pass the required recognition procedure in Russia. Choose one of the two options:

  1. Submit your documents to the Main State Expert Centre for Education Estimation (Glavexpertcentre) for the procedure of recognition and equivalence assessment. Visit its website for details on timeframes and documents.

  2. Apply to one of the 46 universities (see the list) authorised to handle the recognition procedure for foreign education certificates on their own.

The recognition procedure is not required for degrees from a number of international universities including Brazil’s Universidade Estadual de Campinas and Universidade de Sao Paulo. If you a graduate of any of the university on the list you do not need the recognition procedure.


Degree from Russian university in Brazil

Russian universities graduates must have their degree certificates apostilled in Russia. This service is provided by regional branches of the the Federal Service for the Supervision of Education and Science (Rosobrnadzor). Then the graduate has to verify their degree in the home country to start working. See details on the website of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Find more information in the section Russian diploma abroad: legalisation and recognition.

Entry into Russia

Brazilian nationals planning to study in Russia need a student visa. Visas are issued by the Russian consulates in Brazil located in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Their addresses and visa-related information can be found on the website of the Russian Embassy in Brazil.

An applicant has to register their de-facto place of residence with Russian migration authorities within seven days from the date of arrival in the country. If the student lives in a university dormitory, the registration is completed by dormitory staff. If you plan to rent an apartment, the apartment owner will complete the registration for you. More information on migrant registration rules. 

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