Study in Russia

Study in Russia

Russia boasts the highest literacy rate in the world and several world-class colleges, making it the most popular higher education destination for students from all over the world. Study in Russia is most renowned for its outstanding academic schools in Physics, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. It is a well-educated and highly skilled population with a growing economy.

Why choose Russia

  • Internationally recognized qualifications
  • A competitive educational system with high UNESCO and WHO ratings.
  • Scholarships and tuition fee concessions
  • Peaceful and secure
  • Quality of life
  • Historical and rich with culture
  • No IELTS/TOEFL needed


  • St. Petersburg University (SPbU) Scholarship Program- Russia
  • DBT-REMS India and Russian Ministry of Education and Science

Student visa for Russia

  • A Russian student visa is only valid for 90 days when it is first issued. It must be renewed for the whole term of the program at your Russian institution.
  • Apply for a Humanitarian visa, which is valid for up to 12 months if you wish to do postdoctoral research or attend seminars in Russia.
  • Apply for a work permit if you are a student having a Russian student visa.
  • Only full-time students at a Russian state-accredited institution who are at least 18 years old will be issued a work permit when studying in Russia.

Documents required to apply:

  • A letter of invitation from a Russian university.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover course and study expenses in Russia.
  • A passport that is both valid and original.
  • A visa application form that has been completed, printed, and signed.
  • A copy of the applicant's health insurance policy. (It is possible to apply for it once you are in Russia.)
  • Information about your accommodation facilities in Russia
  • A recent HIV certificate (within the past three months).
  • For candidates under the age of 18, parents must give notarized consent to travel.
  • A colour passport photo (3.5x5.4 cm) that is no more than 6 months old.
  • Documents of payment confirmation

To extend your Russian student visa:

  • Contact the university's international office 30 to 40 days before the visa's expiration date.
  • A document explaining why the individual needs a visa extension to study abroad.
  • Register at the Russian Migration Office every time you apply for an extension.
  • Copy of the enrolling contract provided by the educational institution when studying overseas.
  • Printout of the payment receipt or a stamp duty receipt (1600 roubles for a one-year extension).
  • Original passport, original migration card, and a copy of the arrival notification form provided at the migration registration desk


  • The majority of Russian universities teach courses in Russian. As part of their studies, all international students have to complete a Russian language course.


Study Cost in Russia

1. Tuition fee 

DegreeTuition Fees for International Students (Per Year)
Bachelor’sINR 1,16,917-8,39,895
SpecialistINR 1,16,917-6,03,846 


INR 1,40,300-4,39,036

Doctoral (Postgraduate)INR 75,686-3,94,178

2.  Accommodation costs


Accommodation TypeCost Range (in RUB)Cost Range (in INR)
University Dormitory500 - 5,000480 - 4803.81
Rental Apartments in Moscow & St. Petersburg (1-2 BHK) / Month20,000 - 35,00019,215 - 33,627
Rental Apartments in Novosibirsk (1-3 BHK) / Month15,402 - 43,12514,797 - 41,432

 3. Student visa fees

Students need to add the cost of applying and extending the Russian student visa to their living expenses. The Russian student visa validity is only three months, after which students must request a visa renewal when study in Russia.



4. Living expenses

Category of ExpenseCost
University Dormitory4,819
Culture, Sports, Entertainment3,855
Internet, Mobile Phone771
  • The meal expenses in Russia ranges between 8,000 and 20,000 RUB monthly.

5. Health support and Insurance

Insurance firms in Moscow provided VHI plans to students for between 4,000 and 12,000 RUB.

6. Transportation.

The average cost of urban transportation for a person per day is approx. 130-150 INR. The expense of transportation differs from city to city. In Moscow, a voyage costs 50 RUB (48 INR); in St. Petersburg, it costs 45 RUB (43.23 INR); and in Yekaterinburg, it costs 32 RUB (30 INR).

7. Taxes



Education system in Russia

Study levels:

LevelLevel According to ISCEDDuration
Preschool Education0-
Primary General Education14 Years
Basic General Education25 Years
Secondary General Education32 Years


Higher education: 

Training for ProfessionsVaries Depending on Profession
Vocation Education3-4 Years
Higher Education (Bachelor’s, Specialist, Master’s)2-6 Years
Postgraduate Education (Grad School, Residency, Assistantship, Adjunctura)2-4 Years

Fee structure:

Tuition-free to study in Russia is incredibly affordable, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 a year, depending on the topic and region, with other expenditures such as housing and board and books ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year. The maximum annual tuition fee at the country's most reputable institutions may be as high as 463,000 roubles (7,900 US dollars).


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