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Academic Competitions for International Applicants

Academic Competitions for International Applicants
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Russia hosts dozens of academic competitions, but the rights of preferential enrolment at all Russian universities are only given to the winners of the All-Russian Olympiad of School Students and academic competitions (level 1, 2, and 3) included in the list annually approved by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

The benefit can be of two types: enrolment at a university without an entrance examination or the award of maximum marks in the Unified State Examination (EGE) in the student's specialised subject in the competition (or for an additional entrance test). The type of enrolment benefit depends on the level of the competition and the status of the diploma (winner or awardee). Each university makes its own decision on which privileges to provide and publishes the corresponding announcement every year on its website.

Academic Competitions for International Applicants
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It is established by law that the winners of the final of the All-Russian Olympiad shall be enrolled at universities without entrance examinations in the corresponding subject. The same rule may apply to the winners of the level 1 competitions from the list of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The winners of levels 2 and 3 are usually granted extra points to their state exam result (check the information with university admissions boards).

International applicants can participate in the All-Russian Olympiad (if they study in Russian schools), in some competitions of the list of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, as well as in local academic competitions held for international students, or in competitions run by individual universities (in this case, as a rule, achievements are taken into account only for enrolment at the university that holds the contest). Participation in all competitions is voluntary and free of charge.

Academic competitions which are open to foreign citizens*

Academic Competitions for International Applicants

Organiser

Participants

Level/Benefits to the winners

Phystech.International Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics

Official website

Run by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), supported by Rossotrudnichestvo

Eligibility: students of 9th/11th grades (or grades 11th/12th in case of 12-year secondary education systems) residing outside Russia. Russian citizens not eligible.

Winners and awardees of the final round of the Olympiad get benefits in admission to MIPT.

"Time to study in Russia!"

Conducted by a consortium of leading Russian technical universities under the aegis of the Federal Agency for the CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation and with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Open to high school graduates from foreign countries.

The winners receive government scholarships to study at Russian universities within the quota allocated by the Russian Government.

International Youth Olympiad

Official website

Held by the Higher School of Economics.

The contest is for high school students and young people under 30 who live outside Russia.

Olympiad winners and awardees have the opportunity to apply to HSE Bachelor’s programs without having to take other exams and to receive scholarships.
All Olympiad participants can present their results to receive an advantage when applying to HSE Bachelor’s programs.

International Olympiad Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project for prospective masters students

Official website

The academic competition organiser is Association of Global Universities supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and Rossotrudnichestvo.

Bachelor’s or specialist's degree holders from any country except Russia are welcome.

The Olympiad covers mathematics, physics, computer science and economics. Olympiad winners are admitted without entrance examinations to education programmes at any of 500 Russian universities.

Competitions for Russian and foreign nationals

Organiser

Participants

Level/Benefits to the winners

Olympiad for students and graduates

Official website

Held by the Higher School of Economics.

The contest is for students of Bachelor’s and Specialist Degree programmes, and graduates of higher educational institutions, regardless of citizenship.

The winners will be granted privileges for enrolment to the master's programmes of HSE corresponding to the subject area of the competition.

Open Programming Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow Education Department

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 9th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Level 1 Olympiad (Computer Science).

Rosatom Industrial Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics for Schoolchildren

Official website

Held by NRNU MEPhI together with State Corporation Rosatom

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 (Physics);

Level 2 (Mathematics).

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have benefits in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

International Mathematics Olympiad Tournament of Towns

Official website

Held by Moscow City Department of Education

Eligibility: schoolchildren from 10th and 11th grades from Russia, CIS and other countries.

Level 1 (Mathematics) Olympiad.

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have preferences in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

All-Siberia Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Novosibirsk Region Education Ministry, Novosibirsk National Research State University.

Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science);

Level 2 (Mathematics, Biology);

Winners get benefits in admission to Russian universities. Please check the type of benefits on the website of the Olympiad/university.

All-Russian Academic Olympiad for School Students

Official website

Held by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

The competition is open to Russians and foreign citizens studying at Russian secondary education institutions.

The winners and the awardees of the final of the Academic Olympiad can expect to be enrolled without entrance examinations.

"Conquer Sparrow Hills"

Official website

The contest is held by Moscow State University (MGU) and Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and stateless persons studying at secondary education institutions (aged 10 and above).

Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 competition (Biology, Foreign Languages, Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Physics, Journalism).

Level 2 competition (Geography, History).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Nanotechnology: Breakthrough into the Future"

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU) and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programmes.

The competition is open to high school students aged 12 and above, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers, and enthusiasts of nanotechnology development in Russia, the CIS and other countries.

Level 1 Olympiad (chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology)

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preferences on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

The Olympics are open to students from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

N.D. Kondratiev Olympiad

The event is organized by the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Ural Federal University, Financial University under the Government of Russia, and others.

The Olympics is open to school students of 5th-11th grades from Russia and the CIS who are interested in the study of economic theory.

Level 1 competition (Economics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

School Students Olympiad in Informatics and Programming

Official website

Held by the St. Petersburg National Research University (ITMO).

To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above from Russia or another country.

Level 1 competition (IT);

Level 3 competiton (Mathematics).

Winners and runners-up are entitled to free tuition at ITMO University as well as to grants proportionate to the points scored.

"Vysshaya Proba"

Official website

Conducted by the Higher School of Economics together with several other Russian universities.

The contest is for high school students aged 12 and above from Russia and the CIS.

Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 1 (design, journalism, foreign language, informatics, history, cultural studies, mathematics, social science, political science, law, Russian language, sociology, philology, philosophy, economics);

Level 2 (Asian studies, Asian languages, history of world civilisations, psychology, financial literacy, electronics and computer equipment);

Level 3 (biology, basics of business, physics, chemistry).

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preference on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

"Lomonosov"

Official website

Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and to stateless persons. .

Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 1 (journalism, foreign language, informatics, biology, history, literature, mathematics, social science, law, Russian language, chemistry, psychology, philosophy, geography, international relations and global studies);

Level 2 (geology, mechanics and mathematical modelling, political science, physics, ecology, astronautics);

Level 3 (engineering sciences, robotics, astronautics, mechanics and mathematical modelling).

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preferences on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

"Phystech"

Official website

The event is conducted by (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Kazan Federal University and other universities.

Ufa State Aviation Technical University, North Caucasian Federal University).

Participants are secondary school pupils in 9th - 11th grades from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Multi-level competition:

Level 1 (Physics);

Level 2 (Mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

Joint Inter-University Mathematics Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Held by a group of universities including Moscow Aviation Technological University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Far Eastern Federal University, St Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University etc.

To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above studying in Russia or another country.

Level 2 competition (Mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

KFU Regional Subject Olympiads

Official website

Held by Kazan Federal University.

To participate, you need to be a student aged 14 or above from Russia, the CIS or other countries.

Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 2 (foreign language, chemistry)

Level 3 (physics)

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. See the types of preferences on the KFU website.

Multi-Subject Olympiad “Young Talents”

Official website

Held by Samara National Research University and partners.

Invitations are open to schoolchildren in 9th-11th grades from Russia and other countries taking general education programmes.

1st Level Olympiad (Chemistry, Geography)

Moscow Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

Moscow Education Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National University of Science and Technology MISIS and other Russian universities.

Schoolchildren in 5th-11th grades taking general and secondary education programmes are welcome, regardless of mode of study, school location or place of residence.

Multi-level Olympiad
Level 1 (astronomy, geography, informatics, art history, history, linguistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry);
Level 2 (visual arts, social science, law, philology, economics);
Level 3 (natural sciences and engineering, robotics, financial literacy).

Online Physics Olympiad for Schoolchildren

Official website

St Petersburg State University, ITMO National Research University and other Russian universities.

Schoolchildren in 7th - 11th grades from Russia and other countries are invited.

1st Level Olympiad (Physics)

TechnoCup programming Olympiad for schoolchildren

Official website

Organisers: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Schoolchildren in 8th-11th grades from Russia and other countries are welcome.

Level 1 Olympiad (informatics).

Open Olympiad for schoolchildren

Official website

Organisers: ITMO National Research University, South Ural State University and Ural Federal University in partnership with Russian universities

Schoolchildren in 7th - 11th grades are invited.

Multi-Level Olympiad;

Level 1 (Information Technology);

Level 3 (Mathematics).

Academic Competitions for International Applicants

Phystech.International Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics
Official website

Organiser
Run by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), supported by Rossotrudnichestvo

Participants
Eligibility: students of 9th/11th grades (or grades 11th/12th in case of 12-year secondary education systems) residing outside Russia. Russian citizens not eligible.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Winners and awardees of the final round of the Olympiad get benefits in admission to MIPT.

"Time to study in Russia!"

Organiser
Conducted by a consortium of leading Russian technical universities under the aegis of the Federal Agency for the CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation and with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Participants
Open to high school graduates from foreign countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
The winners receive government scholarships to study at Russian universities within the quota allocated by the Russian Government.

International Youth Olympiad
Official website

Organiser
Held by the Higher School of Economics.

Participants
The contest is for high school students and young people under 30 who live outside Russia.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Olympiad winners and awardees have the opportunity to apply to HSE Bachelor’s programs without having to take other exams and to receive scholarships.
All Olympiad participants can present their results to receive an advantage when applying to HSE Bachelor’s programs.

International Olympiad Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project for prospective masters students
Official website

Organiser
The academic competition organiser is Association of Global Universities supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and Rossotrudnichestvo.

Participants
Bachelor’s or specialist's degree holders from any country except Russia are welcome.

Level/Benefits to the winners
The Olympiad covers mathematics, physics, computer science and economics. Olympiad winners are admitted without entrance examinations to education programmes at any of 500 Russian universities.

Competitions for Russian and foreign nationals

Olympiad for students and graduates
Official website

Organiser
Held by the Higher School of Economics.

Participants
The contest is for students of Bachelor’s and Specialist Degree programmes, and graduates of higher educational institutions, regardless of citizenship.

Level/Benefits to the winners
The winners will be granted privileges for enrolment to the master's programmes of HSE corresponding to the subject area of the competition.

Open Programming Olympiad for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow Education Department

Participants
Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 9th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 Olympiad (Computer Science).

Rosatom Industrial Olympiad in Physics and Mathematics for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Held by NRNU MEPhI together with State Corporation Rosatom

Participants
Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 (Physics);

Level 2 (Mathematics).

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have benefits in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

International Mathematics Olympiad Tournament of Towns
Official website

Organiser
Held by Moscow City Department of Education

Participants
Eligibility: schoolchildren from 10th and 11th grades from Russia, CIS and other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 (Mathematics) Olympiad.

Winners of the final (on-site) round will have preferences in terms of admission to Russian universities (find more details on the Olympiad website).

Pan-Siberian Open Olympiad for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Novosibirsk Region Education Ministry, Novosibirsk National Research State University.

Participants
Eligibility: students of general secondary education programs of 7th-11th grades from Russia or other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science);

Level 2 (Mathematics, Biology);

Winners get benefits in admission to Russian universities. Please check the type of benefits on the website of the Olympiad/university.

All-Russian Academic Olympiad for School Students
Official website

Organiser
Held by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

Participants
The competition is open to Russians and foreign citizens studying at Russian secondary education institutions.

Level/Benefits to the winners
The winners and the awardees of the final of the Academic Olympiad can expect to be enrolled without entrance examinations.

"Conquer Sparrow Hills"
Official website

Organiser
The contest is held by Moscow State University (MGU) and Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

Participants
The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and stateless persons studying at secondary education institutions (aged 10 and above).

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-tier Olympiad:

Level 1 competition (Biology, Foreign Languages, Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Physics, Journalism).

Level 2 competition (Geography, History).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

"Nanotechnology: Breakthrough into the Future"
Official website

Organiser
Held by Moscow State University (MSU) and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programmes.

Participants
The competition is open to high school students aged 12 and above, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers, and enthusiasts of nanotechnology development in Russia, the CIS and other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 Olympiad (chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology)

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preferences on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad
Official website

Organiser
Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

Participants
The Olympics are open to students from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

N.D. Kondratiev Olympiad

Organiser
The event is organized by the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Ural Federal University, Financial University under the Government of Russia, and others.

Participants
The Olympics is open to school students of 5th-11th grades from Russia and the CIS who are interested in the study of economic theory.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 competition (Economics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

School Students Olympiad in Informatics and Programming
Official website

Organiser
Held by the St. Petersburg National Research University (ITMO).

Participants
To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above from Russia or another country.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 competition (IT);

Level 3 competiton (Mathematics).

Winners and runners-up are entitled to free tuition at ITMO University as well as to grants proportionate to the points scored.

"Vysshaya Proba"
Official website

Organiser
Conducted by the Higher School of Economics together with several other Russian universities.

Participants
The contest is for high school students aged 12 and above from Russia and the CIS.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 1 (design, journalism, foreign language, informatics, history, cultural studies, mathematics, social science, political science, law, Russian language, sociology, philology, philosophy, economics);

Level 2 (Asian studies, Asian languages, history of world civilisations, psychology, financial literacy, electronics and computer equipment);

Level 3 (biology, basics of business, physics, chemistry).

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preference on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

"Lomonosov"
Official website

Organiser
Held by Moscow State University (MSU).

Participants
The contest is open to Russian and foreign citizens, and to stateless persons. .

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 1 (journalism, foreign language, informatics, biology, history, literature, mathematics, social science, law, Russian language, chemistry, psychology, philosophy, geography, international relations and global studies);

Level 2 (geology, mechanics and mathematical modelling, political science, physics, ecology, astronautics);

Level 3 (engineering sciences, robotics, astronautics, mechanics and mathematical modelling).

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. Find out more about the type of preferences on the website of the Olympiad or the university you have chosen.

"Phystech"
Official website

Organiser
The event is conducted by (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Kazan Federal University and other universities.

Participants
Ufa State Aviation Technical University, North Caucasian Federal University).

Level/Benefits to the winners
Participants are secondary school pupils in 9th - 11th grades from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Multi-level competition:

Level 1 (Physics);

Level 2 (Mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

Joint Inter-University Mathematics Olympiad for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Held by a group of universities including Moscow Aviation Technological University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Far Eastern Federal University, St Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University etc.

Participants
To participate, you need to be a high school student aged 16 or above studying in Russia or another country.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 2 competition (Mathematics).

Winners can expect preferential terms of enrolment at the universities in Russia. For details on preferential enrolment, visit the competition website or the website of the university where you want to enrol.

KFU Regional Subject Olympiads
Official website

Organiser
Held by Kazan Federal University.

Participants
To participate, you need to be a student aged 14 or above from Russia, the CIS or other countries.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-level Olympiad:

Level 2 (foreign language, chemistry)

Level 3 (physics)

The winners applying to Russian universities are entitled to preferences. See the types of preferences on the KFU website.

Multi-Subject Olympiad “Young Talents”
Official website

Organiser
Held by Samara National Research University and partners.

Participants
Invitations are open to schoolchildren in 9th-11th grades from Russia and other countries taking general education programmes.

Level/Benefits to the winners
1st Level Olympiad (Chemistry, Geography)

Moscow Olympiad for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Moscow Education Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National University of Science and Technology MISIS and other Russian universities.

Participants
Schoolchildren in 5th-11th grades taking general and secondary education programmes are welcome, regardless of mode of study, school location or place of residence.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-level Olympiad
Level 1 (astronomy, geography, informatics, art history, history, linguistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry);
Level 2 (visual arts, social science, law, philology, economics);
Level 3 (natural sciences and engineering, robotics, financial literacy).

Online Physics Olympiad for Schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
St Petersburg State University, ITMO National Research University and other Russian universities.

Participants
Schoolchildren in 7th - 11th grades from Russia and other countries are invited.

Level/Benefits to the winners
1st Level Olympiad (Physics)

TechnoCup programming Olympiad for schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Organisers: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Participants
Schoolchildren in 8th-11th grades from Russia and other countries are welcome.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Level 1 Olympiad (informatics).

Open Olympiad for schoolchildren
Official website

Organiser
Organisers: ITMO National Research University, South Ural State University and Ural Federal University in partnership with Russian universities

Participants
Schoolchildren in 7th - 11th grades are invited.

Level/Benefits to the winners
Multi-Level Olympiad;

Level 1 (Information Technology);

Level 3 (Mathematics).

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