There are over 880 institutions of higher education in Russia. The country is going through an ‘educational revolution’ and pouring U.S. $13.5 million between 2011 and 2015 to improve equipment, facilities and staff training. It is also changing the traditional educational system and making it more compatible with that of European nations, and has signed the Bologna Process to make this a reality. Hence, Russia is becoming the ideal study abroad destination for many foreign students.
Education is considerably cheaper than most western and European countries, as it is government subsidized. Russian medical degrees are recognized by WHO and UNESCO. Cost of living is also much cheaper for foreign students.
The number of undergraduate courses taught in English is now increasing, there are still only a limited number of courses totally taught in English. That is why students planning to go for undergraduate studies have to take a one year preparatory language course. Students wishing to take medicine, medical engineering, information technology, management in English and electrical technology do not need to take the preparatory course as these subjects are totally taught in English.
Professionals looking to enhance existing or learn new skills can opt for one of the many short term courses offered in different locations in the country. Courses in subjects like information technology, aerospace, linguistics and history combine group discussions, lectures and practical practice to enhance the learning experience. Many universities also offer language courses during the summer for interested students. These courses can be taken as a part of cultural exchange programs as well.