There is a wide variety of education programs for foreign students in the Russian Federation. The information on all the programs and enrollment is available on the Russian Education Ministry’s webpage. You may also find detailed information about a Russian University of your choice at the 'Russia's Best Universities' portal.
For the legalization and visa-related issues, please visit the consular section’s page.
If you are looking for a tuition-free opportunity for a Master's degree in Russia, you may want to compete for one at the OpenDoors website.
Another option to study in Russia is within the Russian Government Scholarship quota
(100 slots in 2020/2021).
Under this bilateral program, a Nigerian student enjoys a state-sponsored higher education on a common basis with Russian citizens and additional monthly allowances provided by the Nigerian Government. Students, who travel to Russia for the first time, will also enjoy a one-year Russian language course, preceding the main education program and fully covered by the scholarship.
In order to apply for this program, an aspirant should comply with the Eligibility Criteria.
The eligible candidates should take the following steps to join the competition.
1.The FSB tests:
1.1. Apply for and attend tests at the Federal Scholarship Board of Nigeria (the FSB). This is the obligatory part of the selection. Only those who pass the FSB tests are admitted to further competition.
1.2. Students who graduate in Russia and want to continue their education at higher levels (MA, Ph.D., etc.) should come to Nigeria and follow the same procedures, even if they had been through the selection before.
1.3. Basing on your results, you may be promoted to the second level of the selection, which will be communicated to you by the FSB.
- While registering your account, please follow this guide. If you temporally lack information that is required to complete your profile and submit an application, please enter several "a" or "1", or upload several blank "1.jpeg" files where necessary. Don't make any delusive entries.
- Make sure you keep your login and password in a safe place.
- Make sure you specify your personal data (spelling and order of names, date of birth, etc) in strict accordance with your ID.
- Make sure you specify your functional contacts (e-mail; phone number), as these channels are used to communicate to you the necessary information on the following steps in the program.
- Please note: up to 20% of applicants lose their scholarships because of negligence.
2.1. If you are an undergraduate aspirant:
2.1.1. Pick one of the education programs from this List of Russian Education Programs determined by the FSB. Make sure that the code of the program in your FIR account corresponds to the code of the same program from the List (e.g. «00.00.00»).
2.1.2. Your documented personal achievements will determine your rating after being processed in line with the methodology of the Undergraduate aspirant assessment list. Make sure you apply to the right program that is consistent with your best subjects. The higher marks in key subjects will give you a higher rating.
2.1.3. Consider all the categories of the assessment list and make sure you provide all the documents that may affect your rating, including achievements at the olympiads giving extra points in 2020-2021.
2.1.4. Print out your application form, sign it, scan and upload again the signed copy to your profile.
2.1.5. Press 'submit application', when it is ready. Otherwise, it won't be accepted for the assessment.
2.2. If you are a master's degree aspirant:
2.2.1. Pick a program and Universities in accordance with your previous specialization. Postgraduate programs in the Russian language are available for holders of bachelor/specialist degrees from Russian universities only.
2.2.2. Your documented personal achievements will determine your rating after being processed in line with the methodology of the Master's aspirant assessment list.
2.2.3. Consider all the categories of the assessment list and make sure you provide all the documents that may affect your rating, including achievements at the olympiads giving extra points in 2020-2021.
2.2.4. Print out your application form, sign it, scan and upload again the signed copy to your profile.
2.2.5. Press 'submit application', when it is ready. Otherwise, it won't be accepted for the assessment.
2.3. If you are a Ph.D. aspirant:
2.3.1. Pick a program and Universities in accordance with your previous specialization. Ph.D. programs in the Russian language are available for holders of specialist/master's degrees from Russian universities only.
2.3.2. Your documented personal achievements will determine your rating after being processed in line with the methodology of the Ph.D. aspirant assessment list.
2.3.3. Consider all the categories of the assessment list and make sure you provide all the documents that may affect your rating.
2.3.4. Print out your application form, sign it, scan and upload again the signed copy to your profile.
2.3.5. Press 'submit application', when it is ready. Otherwise, it won't be accepted for the assessment.
As a result of the assessment, you may be promoted to the third level of the selection. In this case, a «Letter of congratulation» will be sent to your mailbox (specified in the FIR account). In the third level of the selection, the universities that you mentioned among the preferences will choose you based on the quality of your results and documents.
3. Documents and Consular Services:
If you’ve received the «Letter of congratulation», please submit to the Consular Section of the Embassy the following documents:
3.1. Print-out of your «Letter of congratulation» (as your identification);
3.2. International Passport that is valid at least till April 2022;
3.3. Certificate of Medical Fitness, legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that covers: (1) General medical report of your health condition; (2) COVID-19 report; (3) HIV/AIDS report; (4) Tuberculosis and x-ray report; (5) Hepatitis B, C report. Please note: We recommend you to make a one-page Certificate of Medical Fitness. Thus, you will save money on ministerial and consular legalization. At the same time, please mind that COVID-19 tests have a short expiration period.
3.4. Eight photos [3x4]
3.5. Diploma of the previous degree:
3.5.1. For undergraduate aspirants: original WAEC Certificate legalized at (1) the Ministry of Education and at (2) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
3.5.2. For postgraduate aspirants without Russian diplomas: original diploma of the previous degree legalized at (1) the Ministry of Education and at (2) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
3.5.3. For postgraduate aspirants to programs in the Russian language, holding diplomas of Russian universities: upload a copy of your Russian diploma to your FIR account.
(!) Make sure, all your documents indicate the same personal data: the order and spelling of your names, your date of birth should be the same in all the papers. Each inconsistency will lead to additional fee-based consular actions or will incur a rejection of your dossier.
4. Completion of FIR dossier.
4.1. After collecting your documents from the Consular Section of the Embassy, make high-quality soft copies («.pdf») thereof and upload the copies to your FIR account, completing your dossier.
4.2. If there have been any corrections in the application form, print it out, sign and upload the signed copy again to the dossier. On this stage, you will have to address the technical support of FIR to effect corrections in your dossier.
4.3. Print out, fill in, sign, and upload a copy of the Certificate of Acquaintance with Special Conditions of the Russian Governmental Scholarship Program of 2020/2021.
4.4. Only after the upload of all the required documents to the FIR account, your FIR dossier will be accepted and transferred to the level of selection, where universities choose the students.
4.5. The quality of your FIR dossier and time of its acceptance influence the chances of your allocation to the universities.
5. Russian student visa.
5.1. When a Russian university is ready to accept you, it informs about it via diplomatic channels. When it happens, you will receive a notification to apply for a student visa in line with the above procedure
5.2. After receiving a personal notification, please fill out online the visa application form, print it out, sign, and adhere your photo. When filling out:
- Specify the Ministry of Education of Russia as your inviting organization;
- Dates of entrance and departure, unless otherwise advised: September 1 – November 15, 2020;
- Don’t worry if some of the requested information is unknown to you.
5.3. Apply for a visa at the Consular Section of the Embassy.
5.4. Transfer to the Russian Federation is organized and funded by the FSB.
6. Schedule for 2020:
6.1.Tests by the FSB – As defined by the FSB
6.2. Registration at FIR – June 20, 2020
6.3. Assessment – August 12, 2020
6.4. Submission of documents for consular services – Agust 31, 2020
6.5. Completion of FIR dossier – August 25, 2020