Study in Moscow
All the information you need about studying in Moscow as an international student.
Why study in Moscow?
Moscow is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, steeped in history and culture. As Russia’s capital, Moscow boasts an abundance of world-class attractions and all the amenities you’d expect from a megacity with a population of nearly 12 million people.
The city’s rich and complex history makes it a fascinating place for international students to study, and landmarks like Red Square and the Kremlin make for a stunning and inspirational backdrop.
Moscow’s location in the west of Russia means it’s well connected with the rest of Europe. There are three international airports in the city so you should have plenty of options for travelling home or exploring the rest of the continent.
Universities in Moscow
Moscow is Russia’s largest hub for higher education, with more than 200 institutions and 60 state universities. With so many universities and colleges, the city has a large and vibrant student population.
The city is home to several of the country's top ranked universities, and you can study a wide range of subjects at all levels including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
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How to study in Moscow
If you want to study in Moscow, you’ll first need to find a university you want to attend and a program you want to study.
To make an application you’ll need to create an account on the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation website, and then fill in your details and select the program you want to study.
Some universities will ask you to sit an entrance exam as part of the process. Once you’ve accepted a place at a university in Moscow, you’ll need to apply for a student visa before traveling.
What to study in Moscow
With so many higher education institutions, your study options are pretty much endless in Moscow. Whatever subject you want to study, there’s a good chance you’ll find a program that suits you.
The city is developing a reputation for strong business related programs, and there are also several popular sciences and technology universities and colleges you could attend.
Moscow also has a long and proud performing arts tradition, making it a popular destination for students wanting to study things like dance, drama or music.
Cost to study in Moscow
University tuition fees in Moscow can vary depending on the university, and whether it is a state or private institution. Bachelor’s programs tend to cost around $3,000 and year, but some courses can set you back as much as $8,000 per year. Postgraduate courses like master’s and PhDs are slightly more expensive in general, and can range between $1,300 and $8,000.
Moscow is generally considered an affordable city to live in, and is much cheaper than other major European cities like London and Paris. Private rent can cost around $850 a month in the city center, but it can be much cheaper to live in university halls if you can.
Key facts of Moscow
63/16°F Summer/winter temperature
11.9 million Population