Russian University Enrolment Advice for Mongolian Nationals

Russian University Enrolment Advice for Mongolian Nationals

Russian education is in demand in Mongolia. Official statistics say that more than 2,000 Mongolian nationals1 were taking undergraduate, specialist or graduate programmes at Russian universities in 2016/2017 academic year.

Russia and Mongolia are long-standing partners. The two countries signed their first friendship treaty in 1921 and a year later, prospective Mongolian students were admitted to Russian universities. More than 65,000 Mongolians have graduated from domestic education centres since, and the number of those choosing Russia as their study abroad destination keeps increasing. In the past few years, applicant-to-place radio for Mongolians has been four to one. The Russian language has been increasingly popular in Mongolia. It is included in comprehensive schools curriculum for grades 7-9; in grades 10 to 12 it is an optional subject. Also, Mongolia has schools with advanced study of Russian.

Russian universities are interested in attracting prospective students from Mongolia. Their personnel present education programmes and admission requirements at the annual education fair in Ulaanbaatar. Thirty-one universities from across Russia took part in Mongolia’s education fair 2018. Many Russian universities cooperate with Mongolian education organisations. Partnership agreements were signed between Ural Federal University and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology and National University of Mongolia and Siberian Federal University and Higher School of Economics. HSE personnel visit Ulaanbaatar and host Mongolian schoolchildren coming to Russia, arrange their meetings with university teachers and show them around the campus.


University Enrolment Options

Russian universities offer education in many sought-after fields. They train skilled engineers, programmers, doctors, linguists and top professionals in other areas. If you have decided study in Russia, choose the appropriate programme and the university first. Use our search tool. Sign into our website and apply to the university: it’s free and won’t take much time. You will receive a reply within ten days.

Affordable fees are a key advantage of education in Russia. Study in Russia is more advantageous than in Europe or America. In 2018, tuition fees start upwards of 89,000 rubles ($1,480) for undergraduate programmes in humanities, 95,000 rubles ($1,580) for Master’s degree programmes and 103,000 rubles ($1,700) for PhD programmes. These are the minimum fees set by the Education Ministry.

Nuclear power engineering and technology is one of the most popular majors priced upwards of 153,000 rubles or $2,550 (undergraduate level), 153,000,000 rubles ($2,680) for a masters programme and 160,000 rubles ($2,670) for a PhD programme. These are reference prices; the tuition fee depends on the region, university, education level etc.


The most talented and successful students with good grades in the education certificate can apply for scholarship to study at a Russian university. They can choose one of the following options:

Take the Unified State Exam

Mongolian applicants have the right to take the Unified State Exam. It is held in 14 subjects; the applicant can choose the disciplines corresponding to their future major. The examination is usually taken at special centres. Mongolia will have two such venues in 2018: the comprehensive school under the Russian Embassy in Mongolia and the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics branch in Ulaanbaatar. For details visit the website of the Federal Service for the Supervision of Education and Science (Rosobrnadzor).

Take a Top Place in University Olympiad

Russian universities, academic associations and the Rossotrudnichestvothe Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) hold international Olympiads in different disciplines. National Research Nuclear University MEPhI arranges an Olympiad in maths and Physics at the Mongolian-Russian school in Ulaanbaatar every year. Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia holds Open Olympiad for foiregn nationals in several subjects in Russian and Mongolian in Ulaanbaatar for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. There is also Ocean of Knowledge, the Olympiad in nine subjects held by Far Eastern Federal University; in Ulaanbaatar, it takes place at three schools with enhanced study of Russian. See the list of other intellectual competitions open to prospective Mongolian students. Winners and runners-up are entitled to various incentives, from extra points to the score in the profession-oriented subject to admission without taking entrance examinations.


Win the Russian Government Scholarship Contest

Every year, the Russian government sets aside 15,000 university places for foreign nationals. In 2018/2019 academic year, 500 government-funded university places were allocated to Mongolian applicants. The recommend fields include linguistics and literature, pedagogical sciences, mass media, economics and management and nuclear engineering and technology. Prospective students having top grades in their education certificates take examinations in the profession-oriented subjects depending on their field of study. An applicant then is interviewed for Russian language proficiency. If they show a high level, they are admitted to the first year. Students with insufficient Russian language skills enrol at the Preparatory Department. For additional information contact the Russian Centre for Science and Culture at 12th neighbourhood, 39 Tokyo Street, Ulaanbaatar.

Preparatory Department provides pre-university 10-month courses 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. More information on preparatory departments.

Document requirements

An applicant has to submit their certificate of secondary education which is recognised in Russia under the agreement2 between the countries. The agreement covers undergraduate, specialist, graduate and PhD degrees. A prospective student should also submit an application to the university, their passport and a medical certificate. Document requirements differ from university to university so contact the Admissions Board for accurate information.


Entry into Russia

Mongolian nationals need a visa to enter Russia for a period exceeding 30 days. To obtain a visa, an applicant has to receive an invitation from a Russian university or the Russian Education Ministry (if they are quota students) and submit other documents. Students have to register with Russian migration authorities within seven days from the date of arrival in Russia; university staff provides assistance in registration. Contact the Russian Embassy in Mongolia (Enkh Tayvan Avenue A-6, P.O. Box 661, Ulaanbaatar) for visa enquiries. See more student visa information on our our website.


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