Applicants from the CIS Opt for Russia


08 August 2016 Applicants from the CIS Opt for Russia © TSU

Higher School of Economics presented report on academic mobility of international students.

A total of 238,000 international students was at Russian universities in 2015/16. Most of them have come from the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries with Kazakhstan leading in terms of the number of applications submitted (36% of all applications from the FSU countries), followed by Uzbekistan (11%), Ukraine (11%), Turkmenistan (9%) and Belarus (8%).

Russian universities are popular with students from Asia (56.8% of the whole foreign cohort, almost half of them from China), Middle East and North Africa (18.5%), Sub-Saharan Africa (15.9%) and Europe (5%). Interestingly, FSU students find extramural programs almost as attractive as intramural ones (44% and 54%, respectively), while the lion’s share (98%) of students from other regions go for intramural programs.

52.3% of international students are enrolled in bachelor programmes, 38% – specialist courses, and 9.7% - in master’s. The most popular fields among overseas students include Medicine, Economics, Management, and liberal arts. They are followed by Russian Language, Architecture and Law.

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