Russia is among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the number of foreign students

This year, more than 30,000 people from different countries have already registered to participate in the international Open Doors Olympiad, which provides an opportunity to enter the master’s and postgraduate studies of our universities without entrance examinations

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The Olympiad is held within the framework of the national project “Science and Universities” with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Rossotrudnichestvo. The project is organized by the Association “Global Universities”.

– Domestic education has always been popular among citizens of other states. Russia is among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the number of foreign students. The Open Doors Olympiad is a great opportunity for young people to enter the master’s and postgraduate programs of our universities for free without entrance examinations. This year, about 30,000 people from 176 countries have already registered to take part in the competition,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

For five years, more than 245 thousand young people from 197 countries have taken part in the Olympiad. Of these, 2.8 thousand received the right to free education at Russian universities.

The first stage of the Olympiad will be held from December 12 to 21, 2022, the second stage – from January 10 to 19, 2023, the third stage for postgraduate course participants will last from February 11 to March 9.

The lists of winners for the master’s track will be published in mid-February 2023, and for the postgraduate track – in mid-March. You can use the right to enter within two years.

— Over the past three years, the number of foreign students in our universities has increased by 26 thousand people and by the end of 2021 amounted to 324 thousand people. Now, among applicants from abroad, such profiles of the Olympiad as “Engineering and Technology”, “Clinical Medicine and Public Health”, “Computer Science and Data Science” and “Biology and Biotechnology” are the most popular. Foreigners who want to study at Russian universities have filled out more than 40,000 portfolios for participation, of which over 10,000 are on the postgraduate track, which indicates a desire to engage in science in Russia, – stressed the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov.

This year, 14 profiles are available for participants. Their list can be found at site project. Each has two tracks: master’s and postgraduate studies. Participants can take intellectual tests in several profiles at once, and one or both tracks.

Foreign citizens who have a higher education or who complete their studies at the appropriate level in 2023 can take part in the Olympiad – applicants for master’s and postgraduate studies, as well as stateless persons, including Russians living abroad.

You can apply for participation in the Olympiad until December 10, 2022 at link.

Young people need to fill out a portfolio and write a motivation letter about the reasons for choosing a profile, and why they want to study in Russia, as well as complete the Olympiad tasks. The postgraduate track provides for an online interview with a potential supervisor.

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