What is the difference between studyinrussia.ru and russia.study?
Studyinrussia.ru is a website of the Russian Federation Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It offers prospective students the latest reliable and detailed information on applying to Russian universities, a step-by-step guide, descriptions of the best state universities, international students’ testimonials etc. The website has a convenient search tool to browse education programmes. You can contact university staff directly, ask them questions and send your application for self-funded study. Just follow the link, create your personal account, fill out the application and select the university you want to write to. University representatives will reply to you within ten workdays. Studyinrussia.ru services for prospective students are free of charge.
Russia.study is a website of the private company tasked by Rossotrudnichestvo (Russia’s Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) to take scholarship applications from foreign nationals. Submitting scholarship documents is free. If you are requested to pay for scholarship application processing, report it to Rosobrnadzor (Federal Service for the Supervision of Education and Science).
Russia.study charges fees for other services such as sending applications for self-funded study, taking out medical insurance, transfer etc. You can avoid additional expenses if you contact the university without middlemen.