Study in Russia

General Information

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.

One of the options to study in Russia is within the Government Scholarships quota.

Russian Government Scholarship (100 for 2019)

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. Apply for and attend tests at the Federal Scholarship Board of Nigeria (FSB).

  • This is the obligatory part of the selection. Only those, who have passed the FSB tests, are admitted
    to the interview.
  • Students who graduate in Russia and want to continue their education at higher levels (MA, PhD, etc.) should come to Nigeria and follow the same procedures, even if they have passed the selection before.
  • Dates and venues for the tests are announced by the FSB.
  • Basing on your results, you may be promoted to the second level of the selection, which will be communicated to you by the FSB.

2.The RS Account. Create an account on the Russian Government Scholarships website (RS).

  • 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. Don’t fill out fields in Russian if you don’t know the language.
  • 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.
  • If you are a Bachelor / Specialist degree aspirant, pick one of the education programs from this List of Russian Education Programs determined by the FSB (the List). Make sure that the code of the program in your RS account (point 23) coincides with the code of the same program from the List (e.g. «00.00.00»). The List contains a column with universities that are recommended for mastering of particular education programs. We suggest you specify these universities among your preferences (point 25). Thus, you will (1) ensure your quality education; (2) more likely your first-year Russian language course will be at the same university as your main program; (3) most likely you will find yourself in a friendly environment of a Nigerian student organization helping you to arrive and accommodate in Russia; (4) your chances for enrollment will be higher.
  • If you are an MA / PhD aspirant, pick a program and Universities in accord with your specialization.
  • After registration, print out your application form and sign it. Don’t forget to bring it to the interview.
  • Attend the personal interview by the Joint Selection Commission (JSC).

3.The Interview. The requirements for admission to the interview by the JSC are:

  • Compliance with the eligibility criteria (see above);
  • Successfully passed tests at the FSB (see above);
  • A filled out online and signed RS application form (see above);
  • For BSc/Specialist degree aspirants: (1) WAEC Certificate/Statement of Results
  • For MA aspirants: (1) Russian BSc Diploma
  • For PhD aspirants: (1) Russian MA Diploma; (2) PhD proposal (theses) in Russian; (3) Copies of publications in scientific journals.

As a result of the interview, 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 RS account). In the third level of the selection, the universities that you mentioned among the preferences (point 25) will choose you based on the quality of your results and documents.

4.The Documents. If you’ve received the «Letter of congratulation», please submit in person to the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Nigeria the following documents:

  • Print-out of your «Letter of congratulation» (as your identification);
  • International Passport that is valid at least for another 2 years;
  • Visa application form. Fill it out online, print, sign and adhere your photo to it. When filling out:
  • Specify the Ministry of Education of Russia as your inviting organization;
  • Dates of entrance and departure: September 1 – November 15, 2019.
  • Don’t worry if some of the requested information is unknown to you.
  • 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) HIV/AIDS report; (3) Tuberculosis and x-ray report; (4) 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.
  • 8 photos [3x4] 
  • For Bachelor/Specialist degree 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.

(!) 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. Please note: Each inconsistency will lead to additional fee-based consular actions, or will incur a rejection of your dossier.

5.Consular fees. The above documents are subject to the consular processing at the Russian Embassy. The Embassy provides a discount on consular fees for the Basic Package of documents.
(!) Please note: all corrections, affidavits, repeated consular actions, additional documents beyond the basic package will be charged at regular consular rates.
You may complete your payment by a credit card (via POS) at the Embassy, or collect at the Embassy the requisites for a banking transaction.
Your documents will be processed strictly after reception of the payment.
Please note: the Embassy does not accept payments in cash.

6.Completion of RS dossier. 
After collecting your documents from the Consular Section of the Embassy, make high-quality soft copies («.pdf») thereof and upload the copies to your RS account, completing your RS dossier.
Please note: We recommend you to submit your original passport and visa application form to the FSB on the same day as you collect them from the Embassy.

  • Documents to be additionally uploaded  by MA aspirants: (1) Russian BSc Diploma
  • Documents to be additionally uploaded  by PhD aspirants: (1) Russian MA Diploma; (2) PhD theses in Russian; (3) Publications in scientific journals; (3) Curriculum Vitae in Russian

Please consult the model dossier as the guideline. Make sure again that your personal data in the Application form is entirely consistent with your documents. 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 RS to effect corrections in your dossier.
(!) Only after the upload of all the required documents to the RS account, your RS dossier will be accepted and transferred to the level of selection, where universities choose the students.
(!) Please note: the quality of your RS dossier and time of its acceptance influence chances of your allocation to the universities.

7. Russian student visa.
When a Russian university is ready to accept an aspirant, it communicates it to the Russian Embassy via diplomatic channels. Upon reception of the communication and consular fee coverage by the FSB, the Embassy issues a student visa, which allows you to enter the Russian Federation.
Please note: transfer to the Russian Federation is organized and funded by the FSB.


Schedule for 2019:

  1. Tests by the FSB – As defined by the FSB
  2. Interview by the JSC  – March 20-22
  3. Completion of RS dossier – ASAP, but before May 15