Need help to study in Russia? Having some questions in mind?

The most common questions are answered here, please do get in contact if you have a query that is not listed.

Q1) Where is Russia located?
Russia is located in Northern Europe and Asia, it is all one country just uniquely covering 2 continents.

Q2) What is the Capital City of Russia and what is the population?
The Capital City of Russia is Moscow, the population is about 143 Million

Q3) What is the major religion followed by the people of Russia?
Orthodox Christianity

Q4) What is an Admission
Admission is the charge to enter or register a place at university in Russia

Q5) What are the Universities you are covering in Russia?
Contact us for a list of universities

Q6) Does the Medicine faculty requires entry exam in Russian universities?
Please Contact us for detailed information.

Q7) Are these universities recognised or affiliated by any board of education or educational council?
Yes, they are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Russian Federation,
and accredited by the WHO, UNESCO, European Council, USA and Canada etc.

Q8) What is the duration of the programme in Russia?
Depending on the course, the duration is anywhere between 2 and 4 academic years

Q9) What is the currency used in Russia?
The currency is the Ruble

Q10) What language is spoken in the Russian Federation?
The main language spoken is Russian, English, German and French, however different republics with the federation do have their own recognised languages

Q11) What is the medium of instruction?
Russian, English, and French

Q12) Do I need to have additional English tests such as TOEFL or IELTS for seeking admission into a Russian university?
No, it is not mandatory, however there are educational support programmes available to those who need extra help in areas like ESL or those with learning disorders

Q13) Can we apply for a work permit after completion of the programme?
Yes, some universities will even provide work placements in Russia or other western countries according to your qualifications

Q14) I am living outside my home country, does the student have to return to their home country to apply?
No, it is not necessary

Q15) Can we apply for permanent residency and citizenship of Russia?
Yes, but not until you have resided in Russia for 2 continuous years.

Q16) Are Russian degrees recognised globally

Q17) What are the accommodation arrangements and what are the charges?
The hostels are available for accommodation, charges are vary from university to another which also depends on the city

Q18) Can we pay the tuition fee in instalments?
Yes, you can pay the fee in instalments starting from the 2nd year in Russia

Q19) Do we need to pay for books or the exam fee?
No, this is included in the package fees

Q20) Are any other facilities provided within the fee?
Yes, we provide bank account opening etc. within the package, for more details please check our services, and what’s included

Q21) Can we travel to other countries while studying in Russia, if so, which countries and for how long?
Yes, you can travel to other countries like Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany etc. during the winter and summer vacations

Q22) In what languages do the teachers use?
Studies are provided in Russian, English and French

Q23) What services offer to foreign students?
- We provide international students with all the information about the Russian higher education system and offer consulting support right from the time you first contact us with reference to higher education in Russia all the way through the 2 – 6 years of your programme.
- We also offer things that could be considered a service including Information about the different higher education establishments of the Russian Federation.
- Processing of students documentation with the chosen university for the chosen course
- Processing the admission letter and visa support letter from the university
- Assistance in obtaining life and health insurance as required by Russian Law
- Meeting students on arrival at the international airport and accompanying them to the university and the hostel.
- Assistance with hostel accommodation
- Assistance with registration and documentation at the university
- Assistance in opening the bank account and in sending fax and electronic messages
- Consultation and help in all regards during the period of study, with the university, teachers and fellow students
- Transferring students from one university to another, including all required documentation
- Communication with parents regarding the academic and other behaviour of the children during the educational period
- All assistance and guardianship whilst completing the educational period

Q24) What is the visa invitation for education?
This is an official document that is processed by the passport department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, it confirms that the student is admitted to a particular university. It includes your passport details, and the full name of the university you are attending.
This invitation support letter is required by the Russian Embassy to stamp the visa in your passport. Usually it takes around 21 days for this invitation letter to be processed at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The invitation is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, and you need to apply for your visa with the Russian Embassy during this period.

Q25) What is the migration card?
This is the card that states you have crossed the border into the Russian Federation. It is a mandatory document for further processing of the student registration so it is a very important document.

At immigration customs in the International airport, the immigration officer will stamp both parts of the card and keeps one, the other is then handed to you. Before you leave the immigration desk, you need to ensure that you have received the stamped card back from the officials. You must keep this card with you all the time you are in Russia.

Q26) Is there a luggage allowance?
There is no general restriction on the luggage brought from your hometown, most airlines allow 20-25kgs of luggage to be carried free of charge.All excess baggage is charged at a price per kg and can become very expensive, so it is advised that you only bring the necessaries required and things you feel cannot be bought in Russia. Many items are available to be purchased in Russia.It is recommended that you carry with you warm clothes like coat, boots, hat, gloves, scarves etc. and things for personal hygiene. If your journey is during September – October you could also include a lightweight jacket, jeans, socks and sports boots.

Q27) Will I incur additional expenses on arrival in Russia?
On arrival the student should pay the university the official charges for registration, usually this is about $50-$80. In some cases, the university will require the student to be re-tested for HIV or medical fitness which could cost and extra $100.

Q28) What are my monthly expenses likely to be?
Usually, the first month’s expenses of staying in Russia are more than the rest. You will need about $500 for the first 3 months. This is because you need to pay the registration charges, purchase necessary items etc. After this the monthly expenses for food are about $80-$150 per month.

Q29) How can my parents send me money?
Your parents can send to your bank account in Russia by wire transfer or Western Union Transfer. You are recommended to open up a bank account as soon as the registration process is completed, this normally takes 5 days.

Once the student visa registration is complete the student is required to come to our office, where one of our representatives will assist you in opening a bank account. You will need to deposit a minimum of $20, this account will be the one your parents can transfer money into.

Q30) Why are life insurance and health insurance necessary?
Before your arrival in Russia, we will process the life and health insurance on your behalf. Within the first few days after your arrival, the certificate is given to you.

The health insurance guarantees you will get the required medical aid in times of illness according to the cover of the policy. The policy will have the names and telephone numbers of the doctors and hospitals.

The insurance company will also inform us of the illness of the student who has applied for medical help. We are therefore not only in a position to monitor and supervise treatments, but to keep the parents informed of the progress of the student’s health.

If you do not have the health insurance policies, the registration cannot be processed. This means that both the policies are mandatory if you are studying in Russia.

Q31) What is the preparatory faculty and what is it for?
The preparatory faculty is a special educational programme, it lasts 1 academic year (6-8 months). At this faculty students study the Russian language and the special disciplines required depending on the future chosen speciality (medicine, pharmacy, mathematics, science, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history and literature).

After completion of the preparatory faculties the students pass the course by taking an examination, if successful, the student receives the Certificate of preparatory faculty, this entitles the student entry to Russian universities without having to take entrance examinations.

If the student chooses to study in English or French languages they do not need to enter the preparatory faculty and enters directly into the first year of the degree course. Studying at the preparatory faculty starts between September 1st and February every year, depending on the formation of the groups (around 4-8 students per class).

Q32) Is it difficult to study at the preparatory faculty?
No, the programme of the preparatory faculty is worked out for an ordinary level of difficulty. Any student, who attends all classes, carries out the practical’s and completes the homework, will not have any problems studying in the faculty.

If the student doesn’t manage to successfully complete the preparatory faculty, they will have the opportunity to repeat the training at the preparatory faculty at the same or a different university in the next academic year. Repeating the preparatory faculty means the student would have to pay the tuition fees again.

Q33) Will my parents be informed of my progress?
We constantly supervise the progress of the studying and we receive updates on the progress on a regular basis. Our representatives speak to the professors about the behaviour and progress of the students. This information is sent to our representatives in your country who in turn pass this onto your parents.

Q34) How can I get information on the University I will continue by education at after completing the preparatory faculty?
In the months of April – May every year in Russia, we organise an educational exhibition for the students of the preparatory faculty. Students can come to the office and get information on the universities most suitable for studying the speciality chosen.

Our managers give the information on the universities, cost, duration of studying, help the students to make the correct choice, legalise the official and correct paperwork, carry out transfers and admission to other universities.

Our operational experience and high standard of professionalism means we can guarantee all the necessary procedures connected to the admission of the student for studying in any of the universities in the Russian Federation, depending on the chosen speciality.

We are highly recommended by past and current foreign students and the universities themselves.

Q35) When do the vacations begin in universities in Russia?
At the preparatory faculty, the programme of study is not divided into semesters, as a result the winter vacations are not stipulated. At the end of January students who have successfully passed all tests get one week of rest. Students who failed the examination try to pass the tests again. Summer vacations last 2 months, from 1st July until 31st August every year. As for the degree course (2-4years) the winter vacations last 2 weeks from the last week of January until the first week of February every year. Summer vacations are the same as the preparatory faculty – 1st July to 31st August every year.

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