Foreigners, Russians living abroad and immigrants can apply for state scholarships on the same terms as Russian citizens once they pass entrance exams or Uniform State Examination (EGE). Every year Russian government provides so-called ‘state-funded spots’ at universities to international applicants. In 2019, 15,000 such spots were granted. Allocation of quotas is carried out by Rossotrudnichestvo (The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) through its international network of offices, as well as through embassies of Russia abroad.
There are 5 Steps to Applying to a Russian University:
- Finding information about the regional office that chooses international applicants for studying in Russia on the website Studyinrussia.ru.
- Contacting the united operator in your country and get information about available scholarships and fields of study.
- After registering on the website, you will need to fill out an electronic form and submit your application.
- Waiting for an invitation to participate in the selection process (interviews, tests, examinations).
- Finding yourself on the list of candidates (based on the results of tests/examinations), and if you are on the list of candidates, please prepare additional documents.
The government scholarship includes: free tuition for the entire duration of the chosen programme; maintenance allowance (for the entire duration of study regardless of the candidate’s success). In 2019, an average scholarship amounted to 1,484 roubles a month (approximately USD 22); dormitory accommodation (if available).
The government scholarship does not include: travel costs; living expenses; voluntary health insurance policy.
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