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Preparatory Department for Foreigners: How to Enter in 2019

Preparatory Department for Foreigners
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If you want to get higher education in Russia but do not know the language, apply to the Preparatory Department. Read the article for useful tips.

International applicants study Russian and field-specific subjects in order to be able to enrol in majors. Preparatory Department offer various fields such as engineering and technology, humanities, natural sciences etc. The choice of the field depends on the applicant’s future profession. Those who wish to focus on physical sciences have to take engineering and technology at the Preparatory Department. Aside from Russian, they will do physics, mathematics and informatics. Some universities offer a course in Russian as a foreign language without other disciplines.

As a rule, the length of study at the Preparatory Department is two semesters (nine months), but shorter or longer courses are available as well. Classes usually begin in the autumn; some programmes start in the winter or spring. Many universities applications are open all year round; if you have missed the beginning of the course, you will be admitted to the next one.

After completion of Preparatory Department studies, international students take examinations and get a state certificate with a transcript detailing the subjects, the number of class hours and grades. Prospective students then can apply for Russian-taught programmes.

Our website presents foundation programmes at Russian universities. Choose your fit; to apply to the university Russian universities. Choose your fit; to apply to the university create a personal account and write to the Admissions Board; you will get a reply within ten days.
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Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Preparatory department for undergraduate, graduate and specialist students

Application dates: 1 May - 30 June

Period of study: October - July

Fields: humanities, engineering and technology, medicine, economics

Tuition fee: 130,000 rubles ($2,000)

End-of-course exams: Russian and general subjects (depending on specialisation).

Additional information: Take optional TRKI exam (Level B1) to get an international Russian proficiency certificate. To enrol in majors, Preparatory Department graduates take an entrance examination in Russian.

Contacts: interadmission@kantiana.ru

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Far Eastern Federal University

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, specialist, graduate, PhD and medical residency students

Application deadline: three months before the course start date

Period of study: two semesters: September - August; three semesters: April - August of next year

Fields: humanities, economics, engineering and technology, medicine and biology

Tuition fee: Two semesters: 140,000 rubles; three semesters: 215,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, field-specific disciplines

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates take entrance exams on equal terms with foreign nationals who have not taken pre-university training.

Contacts: crlc@dvfu.ru

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Course in Russian as a Foreign Language

Application deadline: three months before the expected course start date

Period of study: one to ten months (1 month = 80 class hours)

Tuition fee: upwards of 20,000 rubles (depending on length of study)

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National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

Preparatory Department for undergraduate and graduate students

Application deadline: two-semester study: 1 July: three-semester study: 15 December

Period of study: two semesters: September - June; three semesters: February - June of next year

Fields: engineering and technology, natural sciences, medicine and biology, humanities, economics

Tuition fee: two semesters: 115,000 rubles; three semesters - 155,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, field-specific subjects

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors have preferences.

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National University of Science and Technology MISIS

Preparatory department for undergraduate/specialist, graduate and postgraduate students

Application dates: 20 June - 31 August

Period of study: September - August

Fields: natural sciences, engineering and technology, economics

Tuition fee: 150,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian and general subjects (depending on the field of study)

Additional information: Preparatory Department finals are not counted as MISIS entrance exams.

Contacts: welcome@misis.ru

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Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Foundation programme (intensive)

Application dates: 1 March - 1 October

Period of study: November - June

Fields: engineering, economics, humanities

Tuition fee: 175,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, mathematics, physics (engineering); Russian, mathematics, geography (economics), Russian, geography, history (humanities)

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors have to pass an interview or a test.

Contacts: interadmission@spbstu.ru

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Foundation programme (standard)

Application dates: 1 March - 1 October

Period of study: September-November - August

Fields: engineering, economics, humanities

Tuition fee: 195,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, mathematics, physics (engineering); Russian, mathematics, geography (economics), Russian, geography, history (humanities)

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors have to pass an interview or a test.

Contacts: interadmission@spbstu.ru

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Pre-entry training. Russian as a Foreign Language

Application dates: 1 March - 1 October (depending on the programme)

Period of study: 1 September - 1 July

Fields: humanities

Tuition fee: 170,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors have to pass an interview or a test.

Contacts: interadmission@spbstu.ru

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Ural Federal University

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Applications open all year round

Period of study: September - June

Fields: natural sciences, engineering and technology, medicine and biology, humanities, economics

Tuition fee: 140,000 rubles for one-year course

End-of-course exams: tests in general subjects, final exam in Russian as a foreign language

Additional information: full course is necessary for students with no knowledge of Russian. If a student makes Level B1, they can begin training in the second (spring) semester. Certified Preparatory Department graduates who apply for UrFU majors do not take the examination in Russian.

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ITMO National Research University

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Applications opening date: 1 May

Period of study: 1 October - 30 June

Fields: engineering and technology, natural sciences, economics

Tuition fee: 177,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, mathematics, field-specific subject - physics/chemistry/ informatics/social science (for prospective undergraduate students), Russian (including knowledge of terminology) for masters and PhD studies

More information: Preparatory Department graduates take ITMO entrance examinations on equal terms with other prospective international students.

Contacts: evgurzheeva@corp.ifmo.ru; int.students@corp.ifmo.ru

Kazan Federal University

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Application deadline: 30 June

Period of study: 1 September - 30 June

Fields: natural sciences, engineering and technology, economics, medicine and biology

Tuition fee: 110,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, field-specific disciplines

Contacts: admission@kpfu.ru

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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Applications open all year round

Period of study: September - June

Fields: engineering and technology (Russian, mathematics, physics, informatics); natural sciences (Russian, mathematics, physics, chemistry/biology).

Tuition fee: 150,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian as a foreign language (B1 Level Certificate test), exams in all field-specific subjects

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates have to take entrance tests to enrol at the university.

Contacts: intoff@mipt.ru

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Samara National Research University named after Academician S.P. Korolev Preparatory

Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Applications opening date: 1 February

Period of study: 1 September - 30 July

Fields: engineering and technology, economics, medicine, humanities

Tuition fee: 130,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, mathematics, physics (engineering and technology); Russian, mathematics, social science (economics); Russian, biology, chemistry (medicine); Russian, history, social science (humanities)

Additional information: Preparatory Department’s self-funded graduates take entrance exams on equal terms with other prospective international students.

Contacts: admission@ssau.ru

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Siberian Federal University

Course in Russian as a Foreign Language

Application dates: 10 January - 1 August (for both yearlong courses and half-year course (autumn semester); 10 January - 1 December (for half-year course/spring semester)

Period of study: 1 September - 31 August (extended yearlong course); 1 September - 30 June (yearlong course); 1 September - 31 December (half-year course/autumn semester); 1 February - 30 June (half-year course/spring semester)

Fields: humanities, natural sciences, engineering and technology, economics

Tuition fee: extended one-year course: 140,000 rubles; one-year course: 100,000 rubles; half-year course: 50,000 rubles; each extra course in chosen field: 13,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: students take internal exams in Russian and field-specific subjects (if any)

Additional information: optional international TRKI-I/II exam to get a state Russian language proficiency certificate.

Contacts: preadmissionrfl@sfu-kras.ru

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Higher School of Economics

Preparatory Department

Application dates: all year round (Applications submitted after 15 August deferred for next year course)

Period of study: October - July

Fields: economics, engineering and technology

Tuition fee: 174,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian (TRKI-1), field-specific subjects

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates applying for undergraduate/graduate studies can expect a 25-percent discount.

Contacts: prepyear@hse.ru

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Intensive course in Russian as a Foreign Language

Application dates: all year round (after 1 November applications deferred for next year course)

Period of study: February - July

Tuition fee: 96,400

End-of-course exams: Russian (TRKI-1), examinations in field-specific subjects (if chosen by students)

Additional information: optional field-specific subjects

Contacts: prepyear@hse.ru

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Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"

Preparatory Department for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students

Applications open all year round

Period of study: October - July

Fields: engineering and technology, economics, humanities

Tuition fee: 170,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: Russian, mathematics, physics, informatics (engineering); Russian, mathematics, informatics, social science (economics); Russian, Russian history, world culture history, social science (humanities)

Additional information: top Preparatory Department final exam results earn extra points for prospective undergraduate students; Preparatory Department final exam results can be counted as a portfolio element for masters and PhD programme applicants.

Contacts: 2343553@mail.ru

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National Research Nuclear University MEPhI

Russian as a Foreign Language (foundation course for undergraduate, specialist, graduate and PhD students)

Applications open all year round

Period of study: nine months starting from the arrival of all students of the group, but not later than mid-November

Fields: engineering and technology, economics, humanities, biology (MEPhI Obninsk branch)

Tuition fee: contact university representatives for accurate information

End-of-course exams: mathematics, physics, Russian, informatics (engineering and technology); mathematics, Russian, history, social science (economics), Russian, history, social science, literature (humanities); mathematics, Russian, chemistry, biology (biology).

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors take entrance examinations on equal terms with other international students.

Contacts: ogchugunova@mephi.ru, ONPetukhova@mephi.ru, OVLikhacheva@mephi.ru

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University of Tyumen

Application dates: 1 March - 31 July (full course); till 15 December (intensive programme)

Period of study: 1 October - 31 June (full course); 1 February - 31 August (intensive programme)

Fields: engineering and technology, economics, humanities, natural sciences

Tuition fee: 98 800 rubles

End-of-course exams: mathematics, physics, informatics, social science (engineering and technology); mathematics, social science, history, informatics (economics); social science, history, literature, informatics (humanities); mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics (natural sciences). All applicants take a Russian examination.

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors take entrance exams on equal terms with other prospective international students. Examinations are often held as online tests.

Contacts: n.n.dzida@utmn.ru, interoffice@utmn.ru

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Tomsk State University

One-year foundation programme

Application deadline: 10 August

Period of study: 1 October - 30 June

Fields: humanities, engineering and technology, econimics, medicine and biology, natural sciences

Tuition fee: 156,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: literature, history, social science (humanities); mathematics, physics, informatics (engineering and technology), mathematics, history, social science (economics); physics, chemistry, biology (medicine and biology), mathematics, physics, chemistry (natural science). All Preparatory Department students take a Russian examination.

Additional information: Preparatory Department finals are counted as entrance examinations.

Contacts: dovuzatsu@mail.ru

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Half-year preparatory course in Russian and field-specific subjects (basic knowledge of Russian at level A2 is required)

Application deadline: 10 December

Period of study: 10 February - 30 June

Fields: humanities, engineering and technology, economics, medicine and biology, natural sciences

Tuition fee: 78,000 rubles

End-of-course exams: literature, history, social science (humanities), mathematics, physics, informatics (engineering and technology), mathematics, history, social science (economics); physics, chemistry, biology (medicine and biology), mathematics, physics, chemistry (natural sciences). All graduates take a Russian examination regardless of the field of study.

Additional information: Preparatory Department finals are counted as entrance examinations.

Contacts: dovuzatsu@mail.ru

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South Ural State University

Foundation programmes for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students

Application deadline: 31 July

Period of study: September - June

Fields: economics, medicine and biology, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and technology

Tuition fee: 89,000 rubles ($2,080)

End-of-course exams: Russian, field-specific subjects

Additional information: Preparatory Department graduates who apply for majors have to show their pre-university training completion certificate and pass an interview. No other entrance tests are taken.

Contacts: applicant@susu.ru

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