Study in Russia! A cheap way to get international education, see the world and become an expert on one of the world’s Developing Shumbas

by Andy Kozlov

Last update March 17, 2014

When I stopped by Rotary centre in central Harare (between the US and Russian Embassies) last March to have lunch at the school of hospitality that operates from there – Meikles-like meals for less money – I was greeted by an usual poster. “Study in Russia!” announced a message fashioned in a colorful way. What I was to find out in a room next door was that RACUS, a Russian organization, was holding an educational exhibition there for Zimbabwean aspirants. The exhibition was held by the official delegation from Russia conjointly with their local representative in Zimbabwe TP World Students Services.

Meikles Hotel in Harare is one Zimbabwe’s premium lodgings

Zimbabwean school pupils and their parents, current students, and graduates of Russian universities visited the presentations at Rotary. The visitors considering Russia as a place of study were provided with necessary information about education in more than 15 Russian state universities. These offer more than 300 medical, technical, engineering, economical specialties and the humanities.

Last year I trained a group of young Zimbabwean marketers about place/nation branding techniques. (See Destination marketing: lessons for Zimbabwe) In a flash exercise, I asked them to write down five words that come into their mind when they think of Russia. Needless to say, most of my students thought of something either ‘soul-warming’ like vodka or ‘blood-freezing’ (AK rifles) – all the way down to sub-zero cold (vast land under the blanket of  snow). (See Nenets of the North)

Despite such popular perceptions, Russia, the largest country in the world by territory, has lots of assets that Zimbabwean youth can benefit from. Plus, the Russian government is ready to pay for such opportunities.

Russia boasts a great number of Nobel Prize winners, world-wide known names in culture and sport as well as rich natural resources. Today dozens of students from all parts of the world come to Russia to get education for reasonable prices. There are more than 165,000 foreign students from 200 countries who study in Russia.

The education for foreign students at Russian state universities is retorted to be partially subsidized by the Russian government (up to 80%). The average cost of tuition and accommodation in university hostels depends on the specialization, university, city and the language of education (USD 2,500 – 4,500 per one academic year). Food expenses per one month are about USD 250-300.

RACUS, a group of more than 15 Russian universities, has been helping foreign students and their parents to make the right choice of an university for more than 20 years.

According to RACUS, upon completion of studies, the graduate receives a higher education degree of Russian national standard and also an additional document upon request – “European Appendix” to the degree. This allows its holder to get equivalence to educational documents either in Russia or in any Western country.

The name RACUS is an abbreviation of its first four departments:

DEPARTMENT №1

Russian-Arabic Centre for
University Service

DEPARTMENT №2

Russian-Asian Centre for
University Service

DEPARTMENT №3

Russian-African Centre for
University Service

DEPARTMENT №4

Russian-American Centre for
University Service

DEPARTMENT №5

Department of the Commonwealth
of Independent States (CIS)
and Europe

Did you know? Facts about the Russian Federation

Russia is the biggest country in the world by territory, and home to 160 different ethnic groups.

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (See Switch on Ukraine! – To then do what?)

Circa 80% of professors at Russian universities hold at least one PhD degree.

International students entering a Russian state university through RACUS get all necessary professional support and guidance throughout the whole period of study (up to 7 years).

The Russian language is one of the key languages of international communication. It is one of the United Nations official languages. Russian is the most geographically widespread language in Eurasia. More than 350 million people speak at least a bit of Russian. Russian is the official language of space. All astronauts learn Russian.

Russian tourists travel to all corners of the planet. Knowledge of Russian often helps those in the hospitality business to move up the career ladder. (See Global Tourism Prospects and Trends)

Russian is an Indo-European language. It borrowed many words from other European languages. Because of this fact, it’s easier to learn Russian (rather than, say, Mandarin). (See Kramatorsk. A Global Intersection) By learning  Russian, you get introduced to French and German. (See What’s in your bag, Wladimir Kaminer? Slash 8, a piece of ginger and other requisites of Russo-German creative scapes)

Learning Russian will give you the opportunity to read the masterpieces of world-class writers, who wrote in Russian, in the original: Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Gogol. (See Tendai Huchu’s review of Marina Lewycka’s Two Caravans and The Russian Barber of Harare)

Alexander Pushkin’s great-grandfather was a native Ethiopian who assisted the Russian Emperor, Peter the Great, to modernize Russia several centuries back. (See Multikulti Ukraine)

You can write to Andy Kozlov on a.kozlov@steppesinsync.com

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83 thoughts on “Study in Russia! A cheap way to get international education, see the world and become an expert on one of the world’s Developing Shumbas”

    1. Dear Lisa Karuganga! We would like to thank you for your interest in Russian higher education!

      The Russian higher education system consists of more than 650 state universities where about 7 million people study; more than 210 000 of these come from about 200 different countries.

      Please advise the country of your permanent residence, we’ll forward to you the contacts of our representative in your country to whom you can appeal.
      To start your admission, please provide us with copies of:
      – passport (it should be valid at least 2 years after your supposal arrival in Russia)
      – Higher School Certificate with transcript / Degree with academic transcript for postgraduate programs

      If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

      1. hi sir/mardam lm a zimbabwean who is will to advance the level of my education am l have advance diploma,certificate and N2 in automotive electrical but am looking for donation to advance my study in automotive engineering in an country in europe my current country is south africa am original from Zimbabwe email me at victormatare@gmail.com for any help or contact +27719864605 Capetown

  1. ι would love to study for an MSc in politics in Russsia. How do ι apply? ι am a citizen of Nigeria. All the documents are ready.

  2. Hi
    I live in South Africa and would love to pursue an education in Russia. Please send me details about who I can contact i South Africa so I can apply. Thank You – I tried opening the edurussia.ru website but it doesn’t want to open I can only access the racus.ru website. Kind Regards

  3. please i want to study Medicine in Russia this August. I want to know the university with the lowest tuition fee and affordable accommodation and living cost.

    1. The average cost of tuition ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 U.S. dollars depending on the university, specialty and medium of instruction. The average accommodation fee: 400 USD per 1 year, living cost: 200-300 USD per 1 month. please fill in application form online on the website http://www.edurussia.ru

    1. Dear Calistus, depending on your knowledge of other Slavic languages. It’s like knowing Kiswahili it is a snap to speak chiShona in no time. The same with Russian. If you understand Polish or Ukrainian, mastering Russian should not take you long.

    1. Yes Linda. They are:
      Astrakhan State Medical Academy
      Saint-Petersburg State Chemical Pharmaceutical Academy
      Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications
      Saint-Petersburg State University for Civil Aviation
      Saint Petersburg State University for Cinema and Television
      Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping
      Saint-Petersburg State Technological University
      Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University
      Tambov State University
      Federal University of North Caucasus
      Novgorod State University
      Pyatigorsk Medical Pharmaceutical Institute
      Saratov State Agricultural University
      Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy
      Nizhny Novgorod State University
      Nizhny Novgorod State University for Architecture and Civil Engineering

    1. Yes, Tinani check with one one of these schools:
      Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy
      PYATIGORSK MEDICAL PHARMACEUTICAL INSTITUTE
      Astrakhan State Medical Academy
      Saint – Petersburg State Chemical Pharmaceutical Academy

  4. I want to study Commercial law in Russia at any state university there, is it there? I’m from Zimbabwe and I would like to ask how much is the lowest tuition fees plus accomodation and the name of the university please? Is there any varsity which has tuition fees of USD 800 per semester because I heard some speculation?

    1. Law ts offered in Nizhny Novgorod State University.
      Please follow the link to find out more about the university: http://www.racus.ru/?page_id=477
      The tuition for cheap specialties might be around 2000 USD per year / 1000 USD per semester. But the tuition fee of the specialty of Law is about 3000 USD per year. Kindly appeal to our official representative in your country:
      «TP World Student Services»,
      Tel: +263 774168628, +263 773477803, +263 715898934.
      E-mail: tpworldstudents@gmail.com
      info@tpworldstudents.com

  5. I am Zambian male, I wish to study medicine in Russia on a scholarship(in English),in November/December intake.
    I want to know the qualifications please email me.
    your reply will be highly valued.

    1. We are happy to invite you at our educational exhibition
      “Study in Russia – 2014” in Zambia!
      Date: 9 of June
      Time: 10.00-15.00
      Venue: The conference hall of «Taj Pamodzi Hotel»
      Church Road, Lusaka

      Kindly appeal to our official representative in your country:
      Russian Center for Science and Culture in Lusaka
      Mr. Phiri Kennedy
      Tel.: (260-1) 231369,
      E-mail: zambiaracus@yahoo.com;
      Freedom Way, Stand # 148
      P.O. Box 30198, Lusaka

    1. It’s offered in Nizhny Novgorod State University. Please follow the link to find out more about the university: http://www.racus.ru/?page_id=477
      We are happy to invite you at the international educational exhibition
      Namibia Career Expo 2014!
      Date: 27th and 28th of May
      Time: 8.00-15.00
      Venue: Stand of “Group of Russian State Universities”
      Windhoek Country Club – Western Bypass, P O Box 30777, Pioneers Park, Windh Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek N/A

      Kindly appeal to our representative in your country:
      EDUEXCON – Namibia Education Exchange and Consultants,
      Windhoek, City Centre Building, 1st Floor
      Tel. (office): (+264 61) 223 663
      or (+264) 811 402 034
      Fax: 088 619 655
      e-mail: eduexcon@iway.na

    1. Dear Matheus, while there doesn’t seem to be a proper MBA program withinn the RACUS network, please consider the economics and management program at Tambov: http://www.racus.ru/entrant/universities/tambov-state-university/

      Similar programs are available from
      Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping
      Saint-Petersburg State Technological University
      Saint-Petersburg State University for Civil Aviation
      Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow)
      Tambov State University
      Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University
      Saratov State Agricultural University
      Nizhny Novgorod State University
      Nizhny Novgorod State University for Architecture and Civil Engineering
      Federal University of North Caucasus (Stavropol)

  6. im caesar in botswana.whats the minimal qualification thats required for one to study in russia.hav an intermediate certif in it.

  7. Woa! So good I was here. Please rep, my question is; I’m from Nigeria and am on really on the verge if studying medicine and surgery in a Russian medical institution in kursk state medical school because a friend of mine told me the lectures are offered in English language unlike st.petersburg medical school…. Please what does it take to study there____ I mean the tuition, accommodation fee and also the cost of living?. Thanks a lot………

    1. Hello! General Medicine, English Medium is offered at the following universities nowadays: Astrakhan State Medical University, Tambov State University, Saratov State Medical University, Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Moscow State Medical University. You may find more information at our website http://www.edurussia.ru

  8. My child has been accepted in one of the Russian Universities under a private agent buy i want to transfer hom to Racus how to i do it?

    1. Russian Government gives 15000 scholarships to the foreign citizens annually. You may appeal to the Russian Embassy in your country for the scholarship (if you have more that 80% academic progress in your school results)

  9. i want to enroll for a an aircraft engineering course , i got a certificate in airframe mechanics, how do i go about it

  10. Please Derek Prince Ampofo is my identity,19years of age and a ghanaian by nationality.Last year graduate from the High school.I have really learnt a lot about Russia and have the dream on persuing medicine in Russia.Though my WASSCE results is not that excellent,I know I have reached the code of satisfaction.My results is not worthy of a scorlaship and my parents too are not financially sound to pay the huge amount of 2500-4500 USD not considering the high exchange rate of the dollar in my country Ghana.I have the dream to be a passion medical doctor but we are financially low.
    Please I had a friend who was teaching me russian language bit by bit but It didnt work out and I stopped because of this money issue.Please cant I get any help from this specualted noble group?Like scorlaship?

    1. Russian Government gives 15000 scholarships to the foreign citizens annually. You may appeal to the Russian Embassy in your country for the scholarship (if you have more that 80% academic progress in your school results)

  11. Studying in Russia would be an opportunity of a lifetime and i would do everything humanly possible to honour the opportunity if awarded one……i am from Zimbabwe….

    1. Kindly appeal to RACUS official representatives in your country:
      HARARE: «TP World Student Services»
      Tel: +263 774168628, +263 773477803, +263 715898934.
      E-mail: tpworldstudents@gmail.com
      info@tpworldstudents.com

      GWERU: «Protégée International»
      Tel: +263 778381424 / or send SMS or use “whatsapp” +27844814460
      E-mail: protegeeaupairs@live.com

      BULAWAYO: to know the contact details please contact the central office via
      E-mail: education@racus.ru

  12. am oyuki godfrey ,from uganda, may you help me with the contact information of our ugandan representative, because i don’t want to miss this opportunity

    1. Kindly appeal to any of RACUS official representatives in your country:
      The name of the representative: Mr. Evgeniy Gorobtsov.
      Upper Mawanda Road behind Mawanda Road Corner House, Kampala, Uganda
      Tel.: +256 750 887 166, +256 750 799 166
      E-mail: sambo.trust@yahoo.com

      The name of the representative: Mrs. Natalia Nyombi.
      Tuffnell Drive Road , Plot 232 ( Kamwokuya ) , opposite of Observer, Kampala, Uganda.
      Tel. +256 -712 988080, + 256-776 988080.
      E-mail: nyombin@yahoo.com

      1. Maria, our readers would be interested in reading more from your in-country reps. Could you please consider linking Steppes in Sync with Mr. Evgeniy Gorobtsov and Mrs. Natalia Nyombi for an in-depth interview on the exigencies of Ugandan students, their aspirations and how they eventually apply the knowledge they acquired in RF back at home?

  13. Hallow im fenny From Namibia and i would like study my higher studies in Russia persuing a career in enviromental geology im currently doing my grade 12 how do i apply ?

  14. Hie Sir/Madam…I’m from Zimbabwe and I would like to know if there are February/March intakes at Russian Universities

  15. are there proteege international representatives in harare Zimbabwe if so can I have their details

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