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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