Cost of Study in Russia

Some Facts about Studying in Russia

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  • After deciding to pursue a study program in Russia, it is important for students to plan their study expenses and look out for possible financial aids to support their educational trip to the country. Studying in Russia is not as costly as students might think and education expenses are very reasonable.


  • It is an affordable investment with many funding options available for a study program in Russia. It is always a misconception that international student fees are very high in Russia, which is not true.


  • However, specialized programs such as medicine or law cost considerably more. The main ‘Off Campus’ expense in Russia is to avail a ‘stay’ arrangement for the entire study period.

(Read: Russian higher education institutions)

  • Students have to afford their stay costs, which may vary according to the area and the nature of ‘comfortable stay’ they opt-for. Expenses for study in Russia may also include fees for Student Visa, passport, medical exam and student identity card.


  • There are structured private services that have experienced and knowledgeable team to help student aspirants to assist them in getting the details on the financial aids and related information.


  • Students may contact such service providers. Students can also get details of all possible financial aid information through researching on the Internet.

Medical courses in Russia

  • Apart from the financial aids, students can earn money by doing a part-time job. Students within Russia can work up to 20 hours per week on a student visa. However, employment should not be relied upon to finance any study abroad program.

Scholarships in Russia

The Government and the other funded by the Study Abroad organizations offer various types of Scholarships in Russia.

Important Scholarships in Russia

Diversity Scholarships are handed out to those applicants underrepresented in an international study program either due to economic, social or other challenges. These cover the full complement of required costs for the program including travel expenses.

  •     The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships offers funding of up to $7,000 for under graduates students. Every year the Gilman program awards over 700 scholarships for undergraduate study abroad.
  •     The AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships fund many students for an amount of  $1,000 and $2,000 to many students in a given academic year.
  •     The David L. Boren Scholarships offers funding of approx. $26,000 to under graduate students as well as to graduate students. Minority Scholarships in Russia
  •     Diversity Fund scholarships go to those students who are most underrepresented in a study abroad program whether due to social or economic challenges.
  •     HBCU Fund awards go to eligible participants whose home institution is one of the Historically Black Colleges.
  •     The School for International Training (SIT) is another large-scale study abroad provider with many innovative programs located throughout the international community. SIT Fund disburses the largest number of scholarships based on a combination of academic merit and financial need.

(Read: Scholarships for Indian Student to study in India and Abroad)

  •     Sally Bragg Baker Fund rewards an outstanding female participant. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional commitment to peace studies and cultural exchange.
  •     Overseas Russian Flagship Program is designed to fund the studies to advanced level students and professionals in deeper studies on location in St. Petersburg.
  •     Title VIII Research Scholar Program provides generous monetary assistance to students at a graduate level or higher. Research projects must be well defined and require between three and nine months in Russia.Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program is as the name suggests.
  •     The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is a not-for-profit international organization that provides various levels and types of support for scholars and professionals who study or work in the realm of social affairs, international politics and who are passionate about creating sustainable networks of collaboration and communication.

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