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Study PhD in Russia in English

Studying in English language will help you think, analyze, ascertain and reach at a conclusion the topics and issues that interest you in a language comfortable to you and native to many of our international students. It will also give you the added benefit of understanding the Russia perspective, “Russian way of doing things”, without learning the Russian language.

Come do your PhD with Council for Foreign Education in Russia, official International Education partner of leading Russian State Universities, under the Learning in Russia™ program for international students! Our partner Universities are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Petrozavodsk, Saratov, Ekaterinburg etc.

The following subjects are available in English for PhD students

  1. Mathematics and Mechanics
  2. Physics and Astronomy
  3. Machinery
  4. Psychological Science
  5. Computer Science and Engineering
  6. Economy
  7. Legal
  8. Education and pedagogical sciences

Specific specializations for each of the above mentioned subjects you must ask and confirm by e-mailing admissions@cferussia.ru / learninginrussia@gmail.com

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Study in Russia! are you thinking about it?

Why to study in Russia?

Conceived by Peter the Great as a “Window to the West,” and christened “The Cradle of the Great October Socialist Revolution,” St. Petersburg is the perfect setting to explore the intriguing complexities of Russia’s past and present. Whether you’re beginning or continuing your study of the Russian language, studying abroad in St. Petersburg will help you develop your skills while gaining a greater appreciation of Russian politics, history, and culture. And with homestays, peer tutors, volunteering, excursions, and specialized cultural events, study abroad in Russia offers you unparalleled insight into the city, county, and people, and an a truly immersive international experience.

However, you could also choose a different city to study in Russia. Moscow for example the capital. According to the 2013 issue of Forbes magazine, Moscow has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world. Moscow is the northernmost megacity on Earth. It is bigger and richer than London, Paris or Berlin.

Moscow is one of the main financial centers of the Russian Federation and CIS countries and is well known for its business schools and science centers. However, studying in Moscow is expensive than St. Petersburg or other Russian cities. It’s the price you pay in being at the commercial and power center of Russia.


Study abroad in Russia and you will:

  • Improve your Russian language proficiency, and learn about Russian culture in an authentic and stimulating environment
  • Experience a rich cultural program including local and regional excursions, visits to museums and historical sites, and theaters, and interaction with locals
  • Live in hundreds of year old cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Saratov etc.  and experience the relationship between traditional and modern forces impacting Russia today

CFER offers you an opportunity to get education within academic traditions and high modern standards under the guidance of PhD professors and lecturers at any leading State University located in Russia.


Russian State policy in regard to education is based on the following principles:

  • the humanistic nature of education, the priority of human values, of human life and health, the free development of individuals; the fostering of civic duties, industry, and respect for human rights; care for the environment, and a sense of responsibility in regard to society and family;
  • the unity of the national cultural and educational dimensions; protection and development, by the educational system, of both national cultures and regional cultural traditions in the Russian Federation as a multinational State;
  • the availability of education for everybody, the adaptability of the educational system to the levels of development and training of students;
  • the secular nature of education in the State and municipal educational establishments;
  • freedom and pluralism in education;
  • democracy and a combination of State and public components in educational administration;
  • the autonomy of educational establishments.
  • Recognition of foreign certificates and degrees

Two national bodies in the Russian Federation are responsible for the recognition of foreign certificates and degrees. The Ministry for General and Professional Education handles the recognition of certificates and degrees related to higher education and professional qualifications. The Supreme Certification Committee is responsible for the recognition of doctorates. All recognition and equivalence measures are co-ordinated by the Russian Interagency Council on the Recognition of Higher Education Certificates, Degrees and Periods of Study.

Through August 1996, there were two federal (state) bodies that exercised management and administration over the educational system in the country: the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Higher Education.

The following main functions come under the terms of reference of the federal management and administrative bodies:

  • the establishment of the procedures for the setting up, reorganization, and dissolution of educational establishments;
  • the setting up, reorganization, and dissolution of educational establishments under federal subordination;
  • the elaboration of the procedures for different forms of quality control (licensing, attestation, and state accreditation of educational institutions) and their execution;
  • the identification of the federal components of the State educational standard;
  • recognition matters and the nostrification of diplomas obtained abroad;
  • the elaboration of the attestation (evaluation) procedures for the teaching and administrative staffs of educational institutions and the setting of requirements for their qualifications;
  • the design of the list of professions and specialities covered by professional education;
  • the direct funding of educational establishments set up under their authority;
  • the working out of the state standards and norms for the financing educational institutions and for their material and technical provision as well as for the provision of the teaching-learning process;
  • control over the execution of legislation in regard to education, over the State educational standard, as well as over budgeting and financing.

As a result of the changes that occurred in the Russian Federation after 1990, and in order to ensure quality and efficiency, a new national mechanism for quality control and assessment was introduced. This mechanism includes:

  • the state educational standard;
  • licensing;
  • state accreditation;
  • state final attestation.


Admissions into Russian State Universities

In order to apply for studying in Russia an applicant should go through the following admissions procedure:

  1. Application: Submit detailed application form on-line or send a filled-in application form by e-mail to admissions@cferussia.ru with the following documents in the attachment: copy of your international passport (all fulfilled pages) and copies of your educational documents
  2. Contract: In case the set of documents provided is accepted by CFER you will be informed by an admissions officer and receive instructions
  3. Invitation and visa: In case all requirements are fulfilled by the student, CFER addresses University which applies to the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia to launch the invitation process. The FMS issues an invitation letter approximately 6 weeks after the University`s official request. The original invitation letter is required in order to obtain a student visa at the local Russian Embassy.
  4. Arrival: After you obtain the visa, you must buy the plane (train) tickets and inform CFER seven days before your arrival date. Please make sure to arrange your itinerary so that you arrive before 1500 hours weekdays at the International office of the University or Academy CFER has enrolled you.

Students must come to Russia no later than one month before the expiry of the initial three-month visa in order to have enough time to prolong this student visa. The Federal Migration Service may refuse to prolong your visa if you come to Russia later than this date.

In order to study in Russia, you must submit the following documents to the University immediately on arrival:

  1. valid national passport;
  2. migration card;
  3. originals of education documents (legalized or apostilled school certificate (or diploma) + marks);
  4. state-approved certificate of equivalence of education;
  5. international HIV certificate;
  6. photos (3х4 cm) (Some Universities require half black / white and half colored photos)

For applying to study in one of the leading National Research Russian State Universities or other Russian State Universities you may fill in all fields in our INFORMATION REQUEST Form and forward it to one of our e-mails: admissions@cferussia.ru or learninginrussia@gmail.com

Courtesy: Russian Education Ministry

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