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Going for a diploma

Going for a diploma

The number of foreign students in Russia will grow threefold

Text: Irina Ivoylova

By 2025, up to 760,000 foreigners will study in Russia. This was stated by the Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva at the forum of interregional cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan. She noted: "This year, we have 273,000 foreign citizens studying. We have ambitious plans."

According to the foreigners themselves, Russian universities are very interesting for them in terms of price-quality ratio. But there are obstacles: strict migration requirements, ignorance of the Russian language, difficulties with housing, a small number of comfortable hostels and campuses.

One can send applications to universities almost all the year round abroad, and admission period is strictly one month in our country - from the end of June to the end of July, which limits the possibilities of potential entrants. In some countries, by that time, school leavers still do not have documents on education.

To make the study in Russia more accessible to foreign students, the law is amended. Including those that will facilitate the acquisition of Russian citizenship. "It is right to alleviate migration conditions for foreigners, but this applies only to those who graduate from university with excellent marks," the minister explained.

The first steps are made. Thus, foreign graduate students who have prepared their thesis are now granted the right to defend it in a foreign language, in case this possibility is provided. Registration for a foreign student is given for the entire period of study, and it is not necessary to renew it every year. Here, however, the problem still remains: having gone on vacation - one is considered to have left the country. When you return, you will again have to go to the migration service.


Our universities are attractive for foreigners. But strict migration requirements, ignorance of the Russian language, difficulties with housing are extra obstacles.


One of the problems is the knowledge of the Russian language. One year in the preparatory department to learn "great and mighty" is not enough. All the rectors are unanimous: the first two years for foreign students are the most difficult. There is a proposal: to teach Russian potential students in their countries, on the basis of large universities, so that when they come to Russia, they could already speak Russian. Some other problems - to oblige our universities to prepare several versions of the website in various languages, to provide foreigners with grants to pay for health insurance, allow migration register via Internet ...

I must say that 15,000 foreign students have the opportunity to study at Russian universities for free and get a scholarship. Winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad "Time to study in Russia", which has been held in schools abroad for five years, can count on free tuition right within the quota and scholarships.

For those who want to obtain a Russian diploma, a special web portal RUSSIA.STUDY has been created to help apply to our universities.

Many universities select future applicants abroad. For example, this year representatives of the Baltic Federal University, Moscow State University of Design and Technology, the Pacific Southwest State University visited Bishkek. It was possible to pass the Russian language test right at these meetings.

The Southern Federal University programs’ presentation has just finished in Yerevan, the St. Petersburg State University has become a participant in the educational exhibition in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

Our students also have the opportunity to study abroad for free. As Minister Olga Vasilyeva reminded, since 2014 the Global Education program has been launched for masters who want to study abroad. 516 grants have already been issued. 40 people have returned and are working now. 117 graduates are expected to return this year. On average, more than 2 million 700 thousand rubles per person are allocated from the federal budget.


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