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  • CAPITAL Moscow
  • LANGUAGE Russian (official)
  • MAJOR CITIES Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Omsk, Kazan, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Rostov, Volgograd
  • CURRENCY Ruble (RUB)

About Russia

The Russian Federation is situated in the eastern part of the Europe and the northern part of Asia. The capital city of the Russian Federation is Moscow. The population of the Russian Federation is 144 million with a density of 8.7 people per 1 sq. km.

Russia, the world's largest country, obviously defies a "brief description," as it covers 9 time zones, all climate zones except tropical, with land that stretches almost halfway around the planet and a population of 138,082,178.

In fact, by jet from Moscow, it takes about eight hours to reach Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean coast. If you were to take the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, you can count on your journey taking at least 4 days minimum.

Russia has over 1,000 major cities, 16 of which have a metro population of more than one million; the most populated cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

Moscow, the capital, with over 12 million (metro) residents, is the country's major economic and political center - the seat of the President, the government and the State Duma.

The Russian landmass west of the Ural Mountains (shown above in a lighter shade of grey) is referred to as European Russia by most educational atlases and geography experts. It is not a separate country, but rather called that because of its political, cultural and geographical blending with Europe.

Why Study in Russia?

Russia has 21 universities in the World University Ranking, so it’s no wonder so many students choose to come and study here. Besides the obvious high quality of teaching, we have to mention the great campuses and facilities: seeing as Russia is the largest country in the world, they can afford to turn a huge plot of land into a campus, adding parks, fountains, museums, and even botanical gardens.

Still, you do have to keep in mind that winters in Russia can be rough and the climate can be fickle. But, luckily, Russian kindergartens allow children to run outside in their underwear, and then dump freezing water over them to strengthen their immune system. So, students can brave the weather and bring mittens from home.

Living in Russia

Ignoring everything you know about Russian people, you should know that most students praised the welcoming environment, and how teachers are easily approachable and willing to help with any problems or issues.

Further down the list of “wrong preconceptions about Russia” is the idea that you will only meet surly Russian students. Nope! The selection process is very competitive, the environment dynamic, and the atmosphere multicultural.

Also, the universities encourage students to study on their own, giving them only guidelines and allowing them to go wild with the subjects. For this, they provide great facilities and amazing libraries.

Tuition fees in Russia

Seeing as Russia is a rather cheap country, there’s no wonder tuition fees are on the small side (if you get to consider the global landscape). Now, without further ado and not to keep excited students waiting, the educational costs in Russia are:

  • On average, between 2.200 EUR to 2.500 EUR / year;
  • The highest tuition fee can be around 6.500 EUR / year;
  • The lowest tuition fee can be around 1.200EUR / year.

Minimum wage per month

10,024.54 Russian Ruble

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