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Russian grant means students could study abroad for free

Russian students interested in studying abroad will be able to get their tuition fees and living costs paid for after the Russian government approved a funding program.

The Global Education program funds Russian students looking for graduate programs of study abroad, providing they agree to work for a Russian company on graduation for a minimum of three years.

The students can choose from an approved list of 150 schools in 25 countries. “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).

Higher education is free in Russia for students achieving the required score on the entrance exam, meaning few Russia students opt to study abroad. By offering to pay tuition fees, the Global Education program hopes to encourage more students to benefit from a foreign education.