| Russian Universities Guide 2019
Foreign students at Russian universities
In the recent years studying at Russian higher education
institutions has become an attractive idea for foreign youth.
Russia holds the 7th place in the world by the total number
of students undergoing all education and training programs
(full-attendance and distance, 313,1 thousand people overall
in 2016/2017 academic year) after the USA (1,1 mln. pers.),the
United Kingdom (501,0 thnd. pers.), China (442,8 thnd. pers.),
Germany (362,0 thnd. pers.), Australia (327,6 thnd. pers.) and
France (329,3 thnd. pers.).
In order to create more suitable education environment for for-
eign students in Russia a priority national project was approved
in May of 2017 called “Development of export potential of the
Russian education system”. An ambitious goal was set for 2025 –
increase the number of foreign students studying at full-attend-
ance at the Russian universities, as well as at the institutions of
secondary vocational education up to 710 thousand people.
The total number of foreign students, trainees, postgraduate
students and attendants of preparatory programs studying at
the Russian universities in 2016/2017 at full-attendance (229 230
thnd. pers.) has increased by 28,6 thousand people or 14.2% as
compared to 2015/2016. The biggest community of foreign stu-
dents signed for the full-time courses in 2016/2017 consisted of
citizens of Kazakhstan (39,7 thnd. pers.), China (26,8 thnd. pers.)
and Turkmenistan (17,3 thnd. pers.).
The growth in the number of foreign students signed for the full-
time course took place mostly at the institutions of the Russian
Ministry of Education - by 13,7 thousand people, and institutions
of other subordinations (mostly the Ministry of health) - by 14,6
- located in three federal districts – Central
(by 9,5 thnd. pers.), Volga (by 6,4 thnd. pers.) and Siberian (by 4,3
thnd. pers.). The increase of number of foreign students, trainees,
postgraduates, attendants of preparatory programs and other
categories of students was assured mostly thanks to the institu-
tions located in capitals of Republics, regional and administrative
Foreign students were studying at full-attendance during the 2016/2017 academic year at the institutions of 23 different ministries and agencies, as well as the institu-
tions pertaining to 27 municipalities or subjects of the Russian Federation.