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Russia's vast size and proud culture are reflected in its higher education system. A Masters in Russia means studying in a country responsible for some of the most important developments in modern science and technology, with access to unique research and training opportunities.
Russia may not seem like the most obvious choice for postgraduate study abroad, but its historic universities are performing increasingly well in international rankings and becoming established in targetted tables such as the BRICS and Emerging Economies list.
They also have much to offer adventurous international students. After all, Russian research has helped produce some of the most advanced technologies in the world - from nuclear power to space exploration.
The modern Russian Federation is also the product of a rich and often turbulent history, offering arts and humanities postgraduate an unparalleled way to encounter some of the most challenging ideas of the last hundred years, from the political philosophy of Vladimir Lenin to the critical theory of Mikhail Bakhtin.
Whatever you focus on with a Masters in Russia you'll have an extraordinary study abroad experience, living in historic cities and encountering a part of the world still comparatively under-explored by other tourists and travellers.
Russia is one of the world's most popular study abroad destinations, with over 225,000 international students.
Russian universities are increasingly adopting a western-style degree system, with separate Masters degrees lasting around two years. However, some institutions follow an older format, awarding Masters degrees as the culmination of a longer, six-year, education cycle. Note that, in Russia, the term 'postgraduate' is generally used to refer to doctoral ('Candidate of Science') and post-doctoral ('Doctor of Science') degrees.
The academic year in Russia runs from September to June.
Russian citizens can usually study at state universities for free, but tuition fees are charged to international students in Russia. These are at least $300 per month, but can be up to $450 for Masters degrees and other courses at 'postgraduate' level.
However, international students at public universities can be eligible for support from the Russian state. This usually provides a basic living stipend and accommodation in student hostels (university halls of residence), together with some medical cover.
Some Masters degrees in Russia are available in English (this is increasingly likely in science, engineering and medical subjects designed to attract international students). Other courses will require applicants to demonstrate proficiency in Russian - including the ability to submit any coursework or thesis in this language.
Yes, international students require a visa to study abroad in Russia. Visas are normally issued with the support of universities and are valid for an initial three-month period. They can then be extended up to a year and can normally be renewed for subsequent years if required to meet the duration of a course.
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