ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT TO STUDY IN RUSSIA
Since many courses in Russian universities are taught in Russian at the undergraduate level, it is likely that you’ll need to learn the language first and provide proof of your proficiency, possibly through writing the Unified State Entrance Examination (EGE). If you need to learn Russian in order to tackle the EGE, opportunities abound to learn Russian outside of Russia.
Are your Russian skills rusty, or non-existent? Don’t fret! Some Russian universities offer one-year preparatory programs which allow newcomers to fully integrate themselves into Russian society through courses about the Russian language, culture and lifestyle.
Entrance exams in Russia play a huge part in determining whether a student will get accepted into their chosen university or not. The Unified State Examination (EGE), like the SAT used in the United States, is a standardized test used for university admissions across the country. Top universities require the highest scores on the EGE for candidates to be eligible for consideration, making them the toughest to get into.
Also, all required documents such as your Application for Admission, ID, previous education certificates, medical certificate and passport photographs, should all be presented with official copies translated into Russian.
If you have a dual citizenship, you can apply as a foreign student using your non-Russian passport.
Graduate and Postgraduate Programs
If you are applying for advanced degrees (M.A./M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.) you will need to have proof of have your previous degree(s), like your Bachelor’s or Specialist’s degrees, in the same (or a very similar field) to the program you’re hoping to pursue. This requirement is rather strict, especially in comparison to the US or the UK. Unlike undergraduate programs, there are a larger quantity of courses offered in English after the undergraduate level.
Keep in mind that universities receive many applications throughout the year, so it’s a wise choice to send the required documents and proof of qualifications well before the deadline to avoid any unfortunate delays.
VISA REQUIREMENTS TO STUDY IN RUSSIA
Required Documents for Russia Student Visa
The main part of every Russia visa application process is gathering the requirements. The required documents for a Russia student visa are as follows:
- Visa Support for students. This is the document, which supports your claims on your purpose of entry in Russia. There are three types of acceptable visa invitations of a Russia study visa. Any of the following will be accepted:
- An invitation of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation. Your Russian university is responsible to provide you with this invitation. You must present it to the embassy in the original format, either in paper or electronic form.
- A telex invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Your Russian university should request this type of invitation at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry will then pass the invitation to the Russian embassy in your home country. The university should provide you with a six-digit number, which you need to present to the embassy.
- A copy of a direct inviting letter of your Russian university. This kind of invitation is only valid for short-term study only, without prolongation. The Rector of the university or the Head of the International Department should stamp and sign the letter. Note that the letter needs to be printed on the official paper of the Russian University.
- HIV Test (AIDS) Certificate. This test must be taken within the last three months before the application. It should still be valid for 15- 30 days on the day of your application.
- Health insurance policy document. This requirement is only for citizens of EU countries, Iran, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland. The document must be issued by a foreign insurance company or a Russian insurance company and contain:
- Your full name.
- The date when the agreement was signed.
- The policy number and full details of the insurer.
- The dates of validity. Note that for single entry and double entry visas the policy must cover the entire period of stay in Russia. On the other hand, for multiple-entry visas it must cover the duration of the first trip.
- The list of medical services that the insurance covers, including repatriation in case of death.
- The geographical area coverage the insurance covers. It must include Russia.
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