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What is Academic session?

In Russia, the academic session starts in September. There are two semesters in an academic year, September to January and February to June. The first semester exams are held in January and the second term exams are held in June.

Do I need to qualify for any English test like IELTS or TOEFL before seeking admission into Russian Universities?

No, it is not mandatory, but there are educational support programs available for those who need extra help in areas such as ESL or who have learning disorders.

Is it necessary to know the Russian language?

Since the medium of instruction is English, it’s not necessary to know Russian language for students of Engineering and other courses, but knowing the language will be an added advantage for your stay in Russia. Conversational Russian is taught to medical students during their course as they would need it to interact with patients etc.

When does the university have vacations?

There are two types of vacations in Russian universities. Winter vacation: 20th January to 5th February Summer vacation: 1st July to 31st August

What would be the type of food generally found in Russia?

All types of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food are available. There is a rich variety of milk products and fruits available.

What is the weather like in Russia? What clothes should I bring?

The weather in Moscow, St Petersburg and Volgograd varies greatly according to season. The winters are long and cold (with lots of snow and average temperatures around -10 degrees Celsius), and the summers are hot with occasional thunderstorms. As for what types of clothes to bring, it depends on what time of year it is.

What would be the living expenses in Russia?

Living expenses in Russia are significantly less as compared to that of western countries. Living expenses for students are around US$ 200 per month in Moscow. Expenses in other cities come to around US$ 120-180 per month.

What will be my average month expenses?

Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Russia are more than those of the subsequent months. You'll need d about 500 USD for the first three months of staying in Russia. This is due to the reason that the student would need to pay the registration charges, purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average monthly expenses for food are about US$ 80-US$ 150.

Are Russian degrees valued globally?

Yes, they are valued and recognized globally.

What are the languages used in Russia?

The languages used are Russian, English, French, German, Polish and Hungarian.

What is the duration of the program in Russia?

The duration varies between 2 - 6 years depending upon the courses of study.

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