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Study in Russia

Sprawling across two continents and spanning an incredible nine time zones (having cut down from 11 in 2010), Russia is the largest country in the world by far. Within its vast boundaries lie some of the planet’s most luxurious palaces, extensive plateaus, highest mountains, coldest cities, strongest spirits, best ballet companies, and largest collections of stacking dolls. In terms of culture, literature is one of the country’s most notable displays; Russian authors such as Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Dostoyevsky and Nabokov are celebrated worldwide for creating some of the greatest works of the 19th and 20th centuries.

One of the fast-growing economies in the world, alongside the other BRICS countries, Russia is keen to internationalize its higher education system, and is investing in developing its universities and extending support for international applicants. Considering whether to study in Russia? Read on for our guide to Russian universities, cities, applications and study costs…

Fast Facts

  • The world’s largest country, with an area of 17 million sq km (the same surface area as Pluto and almost double the size of the US.
  • Capital and largest city is Moscow.
  • Population: approximately 144 million
  • Currency: ruble (one ruble = 100 kopecks)
  • Government is led by President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
  • The President’s official residence is the Kremlin in Moscow, a fortified complex which includes four palaces, four cathedrals and numerous other historic buildings.
  • The world’s largest railway, the Trans-Siberian, traverses the entire country – from Moscow in the west to Vladivostock in the east, or a shorter option, the Trans-Mongolian to Beijing, China.
  • Moscow’s planned Crystal Island, often referred to as a ‘city within a city’, will be the world’s largest building, and one of the most energy-efficient.
  • The 20 richest people in Russia have a combined net worth of US$227 billion, a figure larger than Pakistan’s GDP.
  • International dialing code is +7 and the internet domain is .ru.
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