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Russia: A hot education destination for international students

This article provides information about living and studying in Russia. Details include facts and figures about country, lifestyle, visa requirements and admission procedure in colleges, universities and institutes of higher education in Russia.


About Russia

Russia or Russian Federation is the largest nations in the world covering 6,612,100 sq mi which is larger than one eight of total inhibited land area on earth. It’s a sovereign state. According to 2015 estimates Russian populations stands tall at 144 million. Bordering countries to Russia are Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and South Korea. Maritime borders are Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.

India and Russia shares good bilateral relations. If you are planning to study abroad in Russia I am quite sure it will be a fun filled experience. 

Russia was called Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), a republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Following Russian Revolution USSR dissolved in 1991 and RSFSR became Russian federation. Boris Yeltsin became the first elected President. Now country is one of the member states of G8 Nations and regarded as superpower in the fields of energy. In terms of geography Russia is the largest nation in the world.




Climate in Russia is humid continental and prevalent in all parts of the country other than the tundra regions and the extreme southeast. Russia enjoys mainly two weathers i.e. winters and summers. The autumn and springs are normally the transition between from very low and from very high temperatures. Coldest month is January. Mercury rose to highest mark in July. In extreme winters temperature can dip as low as -96 degree Fahrenheit or beyond. In hottest summers temperature can go above 45 degree Celsius. All major Russian cities have well developed public transport like bus, trolleybus and tram.  Moscow Metro and Saint Petersburg Metro are busiest Metro systems in the world.

Popular cities in Russia are: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Samara, Yekaterinburg, and Kazan. 

Do you know the Periodic Table was invented by Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev and hence in his honor called the Mendeleev’s Periodic table.

Russian is official language but states can also implement their own language. Russian is one the most searched language on Internet after English, one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations (UN) and one of the two official languages aboard the International Space Station. Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University are the largest and the oldest institutes of higher education in Russia. In 2000s, government brought “federal universities” plan. Under this either institutes were merged together or made up new. The new institutions are Southern Federal University, Siberian Federal University, Kazan Volga Federal University, North-Eastern Federal University, and Far Eastern Federal University.

Visa Requirements To Study In Russia 


International Students require applying for a Visa to study in Russia. The common minimum requirements to apply for a Russian student visa are:

  • Accepted by a college / university in Russia to pursue a Full Time Course.
  • Possess required eligibility certificates to take admission in one such.
  • Hold a valid Passport for the intended period of stay.
  • Proof of income or sufficient means to support studies in Russia
  • Health Certificate issued by a competent hospital from the home country.
  • Candidates holding above documents may apply for Visa with nearest Foreign Mission Office of Russia in the home country. 

Russia also welcomes candidates for part time studies, log term studies like research programs and training programs etc. For detailed visa requirements for different level of studies you are advised to check with Official Website of Russia Government.

List of Universities in Russia


Russia @ A Glance


Capital: Moscow

Largest City: Moscow

Coordinates: 55°45′N 37°37′E

Official languages: Russian

Recognised languages: 35 other languages co-official in various regions

Demonym: Russian

Government: Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic

 Legislature: Federal Assembly

 Russian Federation: 25 December 1991

Adoption of the current Constitution of Russia: 12 December 1993

Total Area: 6,592,800 (Crimea not included) sq mi

Population: 144,192,450 (2015 estimate) (Crimea not included)

Currency: Russian ruble (₽) (RUB)

Time zone: (UTC+2 to +12)

Date format: dd.mm.yyyy

Drives on the:  right

Calling code: +7

Internet TLD: .ru .su .рф

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