One of the advantages of higher education in Russia is that one can start studying at a university not knowing the Russian language. Before commencing a bachelor or master programme, one can invest a year in a foundation course at a preparatory department for foreigners. An intensive programme of the Russian language, (usually, 4-6 hours per day) a foundation year entails can equip you for further studies in Russian.
Moreover, enrollees will study subjects such as Math, Physics, Biology etc. that is needed for entrance exams. You can easily do a foundation year at one Russian university and then apply to any other one.
Most foundation courses are fee-based. Use our search engine to select a foundation course that works for you and contact programme managers for any additional information. Students who received Russian government scholarship can study at the preparatory department for free if they do not know Russian language enough for study in their chosen subject.
All students take exams upon completion of their foundation year. Successfully passing these exams, they are admitted to the university. Grant holders who do not pass their exams, lose their right to free tuition. They can repeat their foundation course on a commercial basis, and then apply to the university on a common rights.
More information about the preparatory department for foreigners and the programmes offered by Russian universities you will find here.