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Russia: a popular destination for engineering

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It’s worth your while pursuing a professional degree from Russia. Not only would you be studying in a foreign country, but you can also benefit from the travel and exposure to a new society and culture. The admission process is simple and does not require candidates to take common entrance tests or the English language proficiency test. If cost is an issue, students can opt to study in Russian instead of English. However, candidates must take an intensive 10-month coaching to master the language.

Russia has become the most sought after country for aspiring doctors. Around 85 to 90 per cent of Indian students are studying medicine there, says C. Ravi Chandran, managing director of Study Abroad, an authorised education consultant for Russia. The cost of completing a medical degree is lower than that in self-financing medical colleges or universities in India. A total of 57 government medical universities in Russia are recognised by the Medical Council of India and are listed in the World Health Organisation’s Directory of Medical schools.

Russian universities have now opened their doors to aspiring engineers too. Programmes such as computer science engineering, biomedical engineering and nuclear power engineering have been launched.

At present, 20 full scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. As an increasing number of students are heading to Russia for education, the country has increased the number of scholarships.

The Russian Consulate in India has so far received over 100 applications for scholarships, says Michael J. Gorbatov, Vice-Consul of Consulate General of Russia.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education have formed a special commission to monitor the Russian universities’ claims about their programmes. The aim of the exercise is to improve funding to these institutions, and, thus, education. Russia wants to put “by 2020, at least five government universities among the top 100 institutions in the world,” says Mr. Gorbatov.

Recently, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai offered students a glimpse of what they could expect from Russia’s education system at the 17th edition of their education fair.

On whether all candidates who apply for higher education programmes qualify, Mr. Gorbatov said most of them do. “On an average, around five to six per cent of Russian students fail to qualify. But in the case of Indian students, it is around three to five per cent,” he added.

The universities offer a series of programmes to help students qualify. Students who are unable to cope with the curriculum are given training and three chances to pass a semester, says Mr. Ravi Chandran.

As for visa restrictions, there are none. Students are given a multiple-entry visa that is renewed at the end of each year.


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