More than 16,000 Tajik students1 were studying at Russian universities in 2016. Some 5,000 Tajikistan residents applied for undergraduate programmes in 2017. Economics, law and medicine were the most popular academic fields with Tajik students.
Prospective Tajik students can enrol in undergraduate, graduate, specialist and postgraduate programmes as well as in medical internship. Russian universities offer full-time, extramural, part-time and online modes of study and a wide range of majors. Knowledge of Russian is not a must; many universities have preparatory departments providing year-long courses in Russian and profession-oriented subjects before enrolment in basic programmes.
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Many Russian universities such as National University of Science and Technology MISIS, University of Tyumen, Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, Higher School of Economics, Siberian Federal University and Ural Federal University cooperate with Tajik educational institutions. National University of Science and Technology has a branch in Dushanbe while Siberian Federal University plans to launch a Career Guidance Centre in Khudzhand in 2018.
Tips for Prospective Tajik Students Applying to Russian University
Tajik citizens can study at Russian universities as scholarship or contract students. There are several options to apply for a government-funded place. First, an applicant has the right to take the Unified State Examinations on equal terms with Russian citizens and then apply to the university. Admissions scores are available on universities’ websites.
Second, prospective Tajik students can seek a scholarship within the Russian government quota. Six hundred scholarships were allocated to Tajiks in 2017-2018, up 100 from 2016-2017 intake. Tryouts for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and internship programmes usually take place in Dushanbe, Khudzhand, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tyube in early March. The Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Dushanbe (28 Mirzo Tursun-Zade Street) offers consultations on workdays to those planning to study at Russian universities.
Third, Tajik applicants can try their hand in Olympiads arranged by Russian universities. Olympiad participants are entitled to various preferences, from extra points in the profession-oriented subject examination to non-competitive admission, depending on the level of the academic competition.
Signing a study contract with a Russian university does not exempt a Tajik citizen from entrance exams. Tuition fees and living costs at Russian universities are much lower than at European and American universities.
Russian universities tuition fees
Tuition fees at Russian universities depend on the region, education level, mode of study and major.
Preparatory departments offer a standard nine-year course in Russian and basic subjects. Tuition fee ranges between 84,000 rubles ($1,400) and 230,000 rubles ($3,830) per course. Many universities offer shorter low-cost programmes for those having basic Russian skills.
Bachelor’s degree studies last at least four years. Graduates get a bachelor’s certificate and can apply for a master’s programme. Tuition fee for full-time students ranges between 70,000 rubles ($1,200) and 420,000 rubles ($7,300) a year. Tuition fee for certain engineering majors is higher. For example, it reaches 630,000 rubles ($10,900) a year for the Nuclear Power Engineering and Technology major.
A specialist’s degree programme takes at least five years to complete. Graduates are awarded a specialist’s degree. Tuition fee is 75,000 rubles ($1,300) to 490,000 rubles ($8,500) a year. A majority of medicine majors are specialist's degree programmes.
Postgraduate studies last at least three years ending in thesis defence which earns Ph.D. degree. Tuition fees for postgraduate programmes range between 75,000 rubles ($1,300) and 330,000 rubles ($5,700) a year.
These are reference prices, precise tuition fees are found in the Programmes section where you can choose the education level, major and mode of study and compare prices. You can also ask the University International Office staff to provide information.
Required application documents
Tajikistan residents can enter Russia with a foreign travel passport, no visa is required. However, they have to register with Russian migration authorities within 15 days from the date of arrival in the country.
Russian university applicants have to prepare a package of documents. State-recognised certificates and diplomas issued by Tajik educational institutions are valid in Russia and do not have to be apostilled, in accordance with the agreement between Moscow and Dushanbe2.
The list of required documents might vary depending on the university and has to be checked in advance with the International Office of the chosen university. Its staff will answer all your questions. Contact the university as soon as possible as the preparation of documents takes time. Create a personal account to apply to university for free without intermediaries.