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Study MBA in Russia 2024

Study in Russia

Russia is a country located in northern Europe and northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world and has more than an eighth of the inhabited land area on Earth within its borders. It is also the ninth most populous nation in the world.

Russia is growing into an economic power in the modern world. Today it is the seventh largest economy by purchasing power parity, which means business studies in Russia are promising. It is also a strong military power. With over 160 ethnic groups within its borders, Russia is also a culturally diverse nation, where multiple cultures combine into one unified group.

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Sample lifestyle cost

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About Russia

Business studies in Russia take place in one of the country's many universities. With the country's rich heritage, it has developed several institutes of higher learning that are known throughout the world for their excellence in education. Most of these are located in Russia's main cities. As Russia continues to grow into an economic power in the modern world, students who study in one of these schools will position themselves for success in careers involving business related to Russia.

Studying business in Russia gives students the chance to learn about the culture of the country and the business opportunities it provides. MBA programs in Russia give students the skills needed for leadership positions in Russia and nearby countries. The goal of these programs is to give students the skills they need to improve their careers. Many programs are designed to allow working students to continue to work while studying for their MBA. Students are poised for success in business around the globe, with a special emphasis on those companies connected to or directly interacting with Russia. Further doctoral training is a possibility upon graduation as well.

The academic year in Russia runs from September or late August until the end of June. The first semester ends in January, and the second semester starts in February after a winter vacation. Tuition costs will vary depending on the university chosen. Because academic programs in Russia are taught in Russian, students will be required to pass a Russian language exam before being accepted into the program. If they are not fluent enough, they an take language classes to make up the difference.

Visa Requirements

  1. Russian Student Visa - Valid for study in any Russian college or university or for any short-term courses.
  2. Russian Humanitarian Visa – For those travelling to Russia to engage in post-doctoral research or to attend academic seminars. Valid for up to a year for purposes including those related to science or culture. (PLEASE NOTE: All further information is on Russian student visa.)

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Russian Student Visa; Russian Humanitarian Visa

Price and currency

The fees required for Russian student visa vary according to the country that issued the passport to the student, and whether you opt for standard or express service. As an example, Russian student visa costs for a UK citizen start at GBP 165. However, note that your application fee will not be refunded if your application for a student visa is refused or rejected for any reason.

Who can apply for the visa?

Citizens from most foreign countries will need a visa to study in Russia. Citizens from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries do not need a visa: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan plus the autonomous regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. If you are a citizen of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Ukraine you don’t need a visa but you do need a valid passport. If you’re a citizen of Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Southern Ossetia, Tajikistan or Uzbekistan you can come to Russia to study without a passport or visa.

Where can you make the application?

Russian Embassy or consulate / authorized visa centers

For citizens of countries that need a visa to enter, a Russian student visa will need to be obtained before traveling to Russia. You must apply through the Russian Embassy or consulate in your home country. There are also authorized visa centers in some countries.


How to make the application?

Before applying, you need to be accepted onto a course at a university so you can get an official invitation to come to Russia to study. Once you have an invitation, it is valid for three months. Then, to apply for your Russian student visa, you need to visit the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country and submit all the necessary documentation. Please note: You must get your visa registered within seven days of your entry in Russia. In case of student visas, it is normally the inviting party (University or College or Language School or Institute) that arranges for the visa registration of the students. After your registration is done, you will be provided with a proof of your visa registration, which you must retain carefully till you exit the country.

In order to apply for a student visa to Russian, you must submit a completed visa application form, original national passport (and copy of the front page), one standard picture, Money Order, original letter of invitation from your Russian host organization, original negative HIV blood test (AIDS) certificate (not older than 3 months). The national passport has to be valid for not less than one and a half-year.

When should you apply?

You can start the visa application process 45 days prior to the planned date of arrival in Russia. The processing time can be lengthy, taking from two to five weeks. The student visa is initially issued for 90 days but can be extended to a year and then renewed after that for the duration of the study.

Processing time

5 Weeks

Work opportunities

If you have a Russian student visa, you will require a work permit from the Federal Migration Service (FMS) unless this work is undertaken during the holidays or at the institution or organization where you are studying. You will only be issued with a permit to work if you are a full-time student at a state-accredited university and at least 18 years old. The permit will only allow you to work in the field or profession set out in the permit and in the city or region of your university. The cost of a work permit for those on a Russian study visa is RUB 3,500 (USD 60). If you leave your university course, the work permit will be canceled and you will no longer be able to work in Russia.

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Why do you need this type of visa?

If you present false documents for your student visa or hide or misrepresent facts in your application. You may be denied entry into Russia on a student visa if you are HIV-positive.