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The Russian system of education is made up by the following stages: nursery school, or kindergarten (for children under 7), primary school (1st to 4th grades), secondary school (5th to 9th grades), high secondary school (10th and 11th grades), and higher education at a university. A Russian child’s education starts at the kindergarten, so that on entering the 1st grade kids are able to read and write. At the age of 17 (11th grade) students complete their school course and take the school-leaving exams. On successful results a person receives a certificate of high secondary school education, which gives them the right to apply for entering any higher education establishment in a chosen speciality or special technical education establishment (college, industrial school and others). The language of teaching in Russian universities is mainly Russian. Some courses can be taught in English (General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Computer Science) or French (General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy). The tuition for the courses taught in English or French is 25-50% higher than for those taught in Russian. Choosing a course that is taught in English or French, applicants have to pass a language test. Studying under this programme, students learn the Russian language starting from their first year for adequate communication and for making use of the huge collections of literature on their subject in library stocks that contain millions of books.
Choosing to be taught in Russian, students are admitted to Preparatory Faculty, where within 7-10 months they study the Russian language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Mathematics and other basic subjects that are needed for further studies in the chosen speciality. You can apply to Preparatory Faculty of a Russian university from May 1st till October 1 st. Classes start from October 1st till December 1st, depending on how quickly groups of 5-10 people are being formed. The preparatory course lasts until the end of June – beginning of July.
English Tests for Universities and Foundation
Duration of the Degree in Russia
Specialties in Medicine:
General Medicine – 6 years
Dentistry – 5 years
Pharmacy – 5 years
Internship – 1 years
Clinical Residency – 2 years
Ph.D. – 3 years
Specialties in Engineering, Economics, Humanities:
Bachelor’s degree – 4 years
Specialist – 5 years
Master’s degree (after Bachelor’s) – 2 years
Postgraduate course – 3 year
Vacations in the Russian Universities
The academic year is arranged in two semesters: The first semester: September 1st – January 25th; The second semester: February 9th – June 30th. At the end of each semester, in January and in June, students take their term exams in the subjects they have studied, in accordance with the curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Between semesters, students take their holidays:
Winter holidays (2 weeks: from January 25th till February 9th), summer holidays (2 months: from July 1st till August 30th). Students can either stay in Russia, or leave for their home countries to spend their winter and summer holidays there.