Last Updated on December 24, 2022
It is not that easy. There are plenty universities in Russia that accept international students, and the and prices can vary widely enough even within a single university. The approximate prices level of the capital universities (data as of 2016/2017 academic year): MSMU. From RUB 187,000 (Clinical Psychology), RUB 230,000 (Pediatrics); RUDN University. Prices start from RUB 100,000 (agricultural, engineering or geological fields of study); SPbPU. Academic year will cost approximately 185,000 rubles and more. The most affordable fields of study are Cultural Studies, Politics, History. Therefore, to find cheap universities in Russia for international students, you should investigate this topic carefully. The cost of programmes is different everywhere, you have to choose the study field and compare the conditions and prices. Use our search engine, you can also add programmes to Favourites, and then compare them. As for the living cost, indeed, in capitals, everything is more expensive, but the students have many benefits. If you are going to find the cheapest university, explore the list of educational institutions in Tomsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Krasnoyarsk and Chelyabinsk. Prices there are considerably lower and the range of study areas and the high standards of teaching is not inferior to the capital ones. For example, 2017/2018 autumn semester in the Siberian Federal University for the most fields will cost from RUB 35,000 to 62,000. Considering that SibFU is in the top leading Russian universities, this option deserves closest attention of the applicants.
1. University tuition fees in Russia
Tuition fees at public universities
When compared to higher education institutions from the US or the UK, Russian universities are very affordable. International students usually pay:
- between 1,475–10,600 EUR/year for Bachelor’s degrees
- between 1,770–5,540 EUR/year for Master’s degrees
- between 1,475–7,600 EUR/year for Specialist’s degrees (degrees with a more practical focus, which are awarded after at least 5 years of study, e.g. Medical degrees)
- between 950–5,000 EUR/year for PhD degrees
- Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) – Masters start at 0 EUR/year
- Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” – Masters start at 1,410 EUR/year
- Tomsk Polytechnic University – Bachelors start at 2,075 EUR/year
- Voronezh State University – Masters start at 2,370 EUR/year
These institutions should be enough to get started. But you can find other Russian universities with low tuition fees (under 3,000 EUR/year).
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) – around 5,670 EUR/year; the university also offers tuition fee waivers for international students who meet their criteria
- HSE University – between 1,900–5,150 EUR/year
2. Student living costs in Russia
International students need around 300–600 EUR per month to cover their living costs. These include accommodation, groceries, transport, and social activities.
The national currency is the Russian rouble (RUB). At the time of writing this article, 89 roubles equal around 1 EUR.
3. Student accommodation costs
In Russia, the most popular types of accommodation are:
- Student dormitories: 5.60–56 EUR/month, by far the cheapest option. Some universities even offer a discount if you pay for the whole year in advance.
- Privately rented flats: 170–395 EUR/month plus the initial deposit and monthly utilities
4. Food costs in Russia
Food and groceries will cost around 120–150 EUR per month, but this largely depends on your lifestyle. These are some of the average prices for food products in Russia:
- 1 loaf of bread: 0.40 EUR
- 1 litre of milk: 0.70 EUR
- 12 eggs: 0.90 EUR
- 1 kg of apples: 1.10 EUR
- 1 kg of bananas: 0.75 EUR
- 1 meal at affordable restaurants: 5.60 EUR
5. Transportation costs
- monthly transport pass (bus, tram, subway): 5 EUR with a student discount
- taxi: starting fee of 1.20 EUR; around 0.20 EUR per km
6. Extra costs in Russia
- monthly phone bill: 4–5 EUR
- entertainment (e.g. cinema, concerts, theatre): 40–60 EUR/month
- private medical insurance: in the form of voluntary health insurance (VHI) policy, costing between 55–145 EUR