Russia is the biggest country in the world with the population of over 144 million people, with large technological, economic and intellectual potential. The system of secondary and higher education in Russia is governed by the state and is very well developed. There are over 1 100 state and private universities with over 6 million students. There are about 70 thousand secondary schools with over 20 million students.

Annually, over 60 thousand Russian students enroll in language courses and academic programs overseas. According to the statistics every fourth university graduate in Russia wishes to continue education abroad. However distribution of students among countries could be influenced greatly by the global situation.

The below map was designed by UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, it displays the TOP-destinations that Russian students choose for their studies:

Apart from students’ desire to continue their education overseas, it’s necessary to ensure that they get their visas. The refusal rate of student visa applications from Russian and other former Soviet Union students is comparatively high. Undoubtedly, some of these refusals are fair. However, in our opinion, almost half of refusals are caused by incorrect filling out student application forms, inaccurate presentation of supporting documentation, wrong choice of study program, inconsistent to applicant's educational background or irresponsible attitude to getting a visa in general. Only 2% of students, who are guided by Students International, get refusals, based on our 25-year experience. We advise our potential students on educational institutions and their study programs. Moreover, we make sure that our students obtain the correct type of visa and provide the correct necessary supporting documents.

Today SI runs IELTS Test Centers in Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka and in Ukraine - Kiev and arranges regular IELTS sessions in over 30 cities across Ukraine and Russia. To learn more visit: and

Russia enforces strict laws regarding foreign currency circulation, forbidding local citizens to have accounts with overseas banks without a special approval of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. Russians also cannot transfer money overseas except for the purpose of paying for education, medical treatment, pocket money for children and in some other exceptional cases. This policy of the Russian government indirectly contributes to the market of overseas educational services development.

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