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Study in Moscow: Higher education in Moscow

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If you're looking to study in Moscow, this guide on higher education in Moscow explains how to choose a course, apply and get a scholarship for studying in Moscow.

If you're looking to study in Moscow, you'll find a wide range of education with over 40 universities in Moscow. The capital is home to top universities such as the Lomonosov Moscow State University and The Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The main language of instruction is Russian, although universities also offer some English courses.   

How to apply to study in Moscow

In Russia, a student is allowed to apply to only one institution at a time. Applicants are expected to have an educational level equivalent to the complete secondary education in Russia. Applications must be submitted by 15 May of the year in which the applicants wish to begin their studies. The academic year lasts ten months, from 1 September to 23 June and it is divided into 2 semesters.  

The admission to higher education establishments is competitive. The procedure is based on entrance examinations, certificates, as well as interviews. Admission depends on the marks obtained in the examinations as well as on the number of places available. The decision might also depend on the certificate from the previous educational institute if there are identical examination results for multiple candidates.

It is also possible to apply as a fee-paying student. There is not as much competition for these places; therefore the admission requirements may be lower. Tuition fees usually will exceed USD 300 per month, although they vary from one institution to another. Students are advised to contact the Department for Specialist Training for Foreign Countries at the institution they are interested in.  

Foreign documents have to pass the procedure of recognition and equivalence assessment. The student has to submit:

  • The document on education or the academic rank.
  • Supplement to the document on education indicating studied courses & final marks and other parts of the academic process.
  • A certified translation of the diploma.
  • These documents need to be sent to one of the expert centres, which are responsible for the document examination and recognition. For Moscow, check this site


Foreign students are required to attend a preparatory course which involves studying in Russian and in relevant academic subjects. This is a prerequisite for admission to study places which are free of charge. Students paying tuition fees are required only to pass the language test to qualify for admission.

Choices of study in Moscow

A student can choose between university level and non-university level of education.

Degrees & diplomas offered at university level:

  • Intermediate diploma (at least two years)
  • Bakalavr diploma (at least four years)
  • Specialist diploma (five to six years)
  • Magistr diploma (six year of study)


The Bakalavr and Magistr diplomas are equivalent to the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Post-graduate programmes:

  • Aspirantura (graduate school, internship, residency etc.)
  • Doctorantura (doctoral studies)


Studies offered in non-university level professional education:

A Tekhnikum usually covers humanitarian, social & natural sciences, economics & mathematics, general professional and specialised courses and practical training. The programmes for colleges, in addition to the educational programmes of the Tekhnikums, include a programme up to a one-year with theory and professional training, including in-depth practical training. Students entering after a basic general education can enter the disciplines for secondary general education.

The diploma of non-university level allows the student either to pursue a professional career according to their qualifications, or to continue to university under the same conditions as students with a certificate of upper secondary education.

Funding your studies in Russia

The Russian government offers scholarships to foreign students. To be eligible, the students must have the educational level equivalent to secondary education in Russia as well as pass marks not lower than 80 percent on basic courses.

The scholarship covers all expenditure related to education, rent and medical care. The monthly payment is currently RUB 75 000 (about USD 2,500) per month. A student also needs at least an extra USD 50 to cover expected living expenses. The documents should be submitted to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation through the Russian Embassy. All candidates should also undergo medical examination including an HIV test.

Fee-paying students are responsible for their own costs and should be prepared to pay between USD 3,000 and 10,000 per annum depending on their institution and line of study.

Students may work part-time during their studies. Job opportunities are available on campus and also through employment agencies. Work permits for students should be discussed with the institution.

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