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Russian grant means students could study abroad for free

If you’re a Russian citizen, you could study abroad for free. Thanks to The Global Education Program, you can experience the huge benefits of international education without paying a penny.

How to qualify

To qualify for the government-sponsored scheme, you must have an unconditional offer for a full-time postgraduate program (master’s, PhD, or residency level).

Your studies must also fit into one of five priority areas:

Where can you study?

You can choose from 227 world-leading universities across 27 of the most popular countries for international students. With such vast choices on offer, it’s easy to find the destination that’s right for you.

What will you get?

You could be awarded up to 2.8 million rubles ($35,500) per year, or 13.8 million rubles ($177,000) over a maximum of five years.

The grant will cover all of your study abroad costs, including:

Are there any conditions?

To be eligible for the scheme, you must work for a Russian company for at least three years after graduating.

What’s the reason behind the scheme?

Higher education is free in Russia for students achieving the required score on the entrance exam, meaning few Russian students opt to study abroad.

“The aim of this program is for Russia to adopt the best foreign practices in the field of education,” said Andrei Nikitin, head of Russia’s Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).