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Study in Belarus

A landlocked, former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe, Belarus maintains close cultural ties with its neighbor Russia, but has a unique, proud culture of its own to appreciate too. It might not be your first choice when you think of studying abroad, but Belarus has a lot to offer, with lush green spaces, historical but modern cities, and friendly, welcoming people. It’s also very affordable – another key attraction for the 6,000 or so international students who come here every year.

Want to join them? Read on to find out how to study in Belarus.

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Minsk
  • Population: 9.5 million
  • Currency: Belarusian ruble
  • Official languages: Belarusian and Russian. However, the main language of instruction at Belarusian universities is Russian.
  • Gained independence from the Soviet Union on 25 August 1991
  • Average international tuition fees: US$2,000-3,500 a year
  • Average amount needed for living costs per year: US$2,400-3,600
  • All international students need a visa (Belarus is not a member of the European Union).
  • Main industries in Belarus include mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, food, textiles and agriculture.
  • At 207,600 square kilometers (80,200 sq mi), Belarus is slightly smaller than the United Kingdom.
  • Temperatures range from -8.5°C in the depths of winter to 18-20°C or more in summer.
  • Belarus has a very low unemployment rate – only 0.5 percent.
  • Popular traditional Belarusian dishes include machanka (pork stew), vereshchaka (homemade sausages), draniki (thick potato pancakes), kolduny and kletski (dumplings) and babka (baked grated potato pie).
  • Nearly one third of Belarus is made up of forests. There are also thousands of lakes.
  • Belarus has borders with Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland and Latvia.
  • More than half of the population are religious, with Eastern Orthodoxy and Russian Catholicism the most common religions.
  • Belarus doesn’t use Daylight Saving Time.
  • There are still around 400 monuments to Vladimir Lenin in Belarus.