International students seeking scholarships at Russian universities can apply for the Russian Government Scholarship 2021-2022 Free with a full-tuition scholarship. This is a merit-based scholarship that completely waives tuition fees for selected full-service programs.
Read on to learn more about the Russian Government Scholarships 2021-2022, selected scholarship programs, eligibility criteria, and how to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship.
But first, there are a few obvious reasons why you should study in Russia or at a Russian university.
Advantages of studying in Russia
1. Fundamental education
On a global scale, Russia is recognized as a leader in the training of mathematicians, engineers, programmers, doctors, physicists, and chemists, as well as representatives of creative professions. Almost every year Russian universities are in leading positions in world rankings.
2. A wide range of educational programs.
Leading universities in Russia offer more than 4000 basic educational programs of a huge thematic spectrum, from medical, technical, and natural sciences to linguistics. The strength of education in Russia lies in the training of specialists in creative professions. Future students are offered admission to various programs at conservatories, art schools, theater and choreography, and architectural universities.
Specialists are also trained in modern profiles, such as cyberpsychology or game design. There are art and music programs for those looking for creative direction. Preparatory courses and programs for the study of Russian as a foreign language are available for those who go to Russia to study for the first time.
3. Education at any academic level
Russian universities offer Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, PhD (residency, postgraduate) and Master’s programs. Students studying in Russia for the first time can start with study programs, Russian as a foreign language courses, summer schools, etc.
4. Price & Quality
Russia offers high-quality education at an affordable price. In 2020, the cost of full-time bachelor’s education at Russian universities amounted to 83 thousand rubles per year. Try to find out the exact information about the costs directly from the university representatives.
5. Free Education
International students and foreigners have the opportunity to study in Russia for free. Every year, the Russian government allocates several thousand state-funded places to universities throughout the country. At the same time, some categories of foreign citizens can get access to non-quota places and state-funded places on an equal basis with Russians. Becoming the winner of the University Olympiad is an additional opportunity to enroll for free.
6. Study in English.
Russian universities offer applicants programs that are taught entirely in English. You can choose any major and academic level.
Every year, high-tech laboratories and campuses are opened in Russian universities and educational complexes, which have everything ready for scientific experiments and achievements. In addition, in most Russian universities, dormitories are located near academic buildings, and the cost of living in them is quite affordable.
Russian State Scholarships
Foreign students, immigrants, and Russians living abroad can apply for a state scholarship under the same conditions as Russian citizens after passing the Unified State Exam or entrance exams. Moreover, every year the Russian government provides “state-funded places” for international applicants at universities. 18,000 such places were provided in 2021.
The state scholarship includes free tuition for the entire duration of the chosen program; dormitory (if any) and maintenance allowance (for the entire period of study, regardless of the candidate’s academic performance). The state scholarship does not include living expenses, travel expenses, and a voluntary health insurance policy. International students, mainly university graduates, undergoing internships under programs of additional professional education (career growth or vocational training), will live in the dormitory of their university. However, they will not receive alimony.
Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) distributes quotas through its international network of representative offices and Russian embassies abroad.
If the application committee finds the application unsatisfactory, the scholarship will be recommended to the applicant. Full-tuition scholarships can be awarded to the winners of various student competitions.
Keep in mind that Russian government scholarships only cover tuition fees. All other expenses (including accommodation in dormitories of the Russian University) must be borne by the student.
There is also a wide range of tuition fee scholarships for international applicants who are not eligible for Russian government scholarships.
Full-tuition scholarships are available for the following programs:
- Applied and Interdisciplinary History: A Useful Past
- Applied Economics
- Applied Social Psychology
- Big Data Systems
- Business and Politics in Modern Asia
- Cognitive Science and Technology: From Neuron to Cognition
- Comparative Politics of Eurasia
- Comparative Social Research
- Data Science
- Economics: Research Program
- Financial Economics
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Management
- Linguistic Theory and Description of Language
- Management & Analytics for Business
- Political Analysis and Public Policy
- Politics. Economics. Philosophy
- Population and development
- Socio-Economic and Political Development of Modern Asia
- Statistical Learning Theory
- Strategic Corporate Finance
- Systems and Software Engineering
Russian Go will be completely exempt from tuition fees.
Selection criteria for the scholarship of the Government of the Russian Federation
The amount of the scholarship of the Government of the Russian Federation offered to international students is fixed and is provided to foreign citizens or international students for the entire period of their study. However, it will be necessary to keep the scholarship each year if you perform well. This means that the recipient must meet the following requirements listed below:
- Not subject to disciplinary action in the form of a reprimand
- At the end of each intermediate assessment (before retake), he/she must have no more than two grades below 6 (on a 10-point scale).
- Don’t miss any assessments without a good reason.
Please note that a foreign national or international student can only be awarded one scholarship at a time. If he/she is eligible for more than one scholarship from the table, he/she can only choose one scholarship at his/her discretion.