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Want to study in Russia in English? Russian universities are offering a growing number of degrees taught in English, and the Russian government is keen to attract international students, currently offering 15,000 state-funded places to international applicants, which include full tuition, dormitory accommodation and a monthly maintenance allowance of ₽1,630 (~US$25).

Read on to find out how you can find the right English-taught program for you, and how a degree from Russia, one of the world’s fastest-growing economic powers, could get your future career off to a strong start.

How to study in Russia in English

Although many Russian universities offer preparatory language courses to help students gain the necessarily skills to study in Russian, there are a range of English-taught programs available if you’d prefer English as the language of instruction.

The majority of courses taught entirely in English are at master’s level. A useful search tool for finding English-taught programs at Russian universities can be found on the website StudyinRussia.ru, allowing you to narrow down your search by degree level, field of study/subject, mode of study, course length, city, and of course your preferred language.

The exact requirements for getting admitted to an English-taught program at a Russian university will vary, but in general you will need to provide a document such as a diploma or certificate that certifies your previous education, a cover letter and proof of your English language proficiency with the required score on a test such as IELTS or TOEFL (not required if you’re a native speaker). Some universities might also ask for a CV, portfolio, references from teachers, and for you to complete a Skype or phone interview in English.

Russian universities offering undergraduate English-language programs

As mentioned above, the majority of opportunities to study in Russia in English are for master’s degrees, so you may need to be flexible about your choice of program. However, some universities do offer English-taught bachelor’s degrees, often in science subjects. Bachelor’s degrees in Russia take four years to complete. A quick search on the StudyInRussia.Ru’s search tool finds courses from Russian universities such as:

Russian universities offering graduate English-language programs

Please note that these lists are not exhaustive. This article was originally published in November 2012. It was last updated in March 2019.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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