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Russian Universities Guide 2019 |


centers (by 17,0 thnd. pers. overall), as well as the institutions

of the two main cities – Moscow and Saint Petersburg (by 10,5

thnd. pers. overall).

Almost 4/10 foreign students, trainees, postgraduates, etc.

(38.5% overall) were studying at the institutions of Moscow

and Saint Petersburg. However, there is a gradual decline in

number of foreign students studying at the two major cit-

ies (54.5% - in 2005/2006, 49.1% - in 2009/2010, 38.5% - in


The number of Russian institutions where foreign stu-

dents were studying at full-attendance declined during the

2016/2017 academic year as compared to the previous year,

by 5.1% (by 37 institutions) overall; mostly because of non-

governmental institutions - by 13.8% (by 31 institutions), as

well as the institutions of subjects and municipalities of the

Russian Federation – by 9.1 % (by 4 institutions). This is due to

the process of their joining and creation of larger institutions,

as well as to the closing of inefficient institutions, recalling of

licenses for conducting educational activities, recalling of state

accreditations, interdictions to accept new students.

Among the Russian cities Moscow (138) and Saint Peters-

burg (66) are the of the largest number of higher education

institutions where the foreign students studying during the

2016/2017 academic year.

Young people coming to Russia in order to obtain higher edu-

cation on the full-attendance basis prefer the state institutions:

in 2016/2017 they accounted for 97.0% of the total number of

foreign students and the remaining 3% were studying at non-

governmental institutions. Moreover, the number of foreign

students studying at non-governmental institutions has been

decreasing (5.3% in 2006/2007, 4.5% - in 2014/2015, 3.4% - in –


The most in-demand specialties among foreign students in

2016/2017 were the engineering and technical (chosen by 50,7

thnd. pers. or 22.1% overall) and medicine (45,8 thnd. pers.

or 20,0%), as well as economics and management (30,2 thnd.

pers. or 13.2%).

Among the Russian universities by overall number of foreign

students following all programs/ forms of full-attendance

courses RUDN (9,6 thnd. pers. in 2016/2017), St Petersburg Uni-

versity (5,4 thnd.), Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic

Unviersity (5,2 thnd.), Kazan Federal University (4,4 thnd.), and

Lomonosov Moscow State University (4,3 thnd.) are the leaders.

A.L. Arefi’ev, Deputy Director on Science, Center for Sociological

Research of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science

(The Federal State Autonomous Scientific Institution“Center for

Sociological Research”)