The selection of foreign citizens to study in Russia in 2020 - 2021

St. Petersburg State Agrarian University invites foreign citizens, including compatriots living abroad, to participate in the selection company for free training within the quota for education in educational institutions of Russia.

To participate in the preliminaries foreign citizens can send documents to the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office, and in the absence of the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in the country, to the diplomatic representative office of the Russian Federation. Documents can be sent by electronic document collection form:

In total, 456 Russian universities participate in the program. SPbSAU provides 69 places for foreign citizens.

How is the competition going?

The competition for quotas for training in secondary, higher and continuing professional education programs takes place in two stages.

First, applicants are selected through a commission of the Russian Embassy in their native country, at the second stage, documents of approved candidates are sent to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, then they are sent to universities. The final decision on the admission of a candidate is made by a university.

In order to participate in the competition, you should register in the Russia Study system before February 1, 2020 and fill out a questionnaire, upload a copy of your passport pages with personal data, a copy of your education certificate, as well as your portfolio of scientific achievements, social activities, recommendations of specialists, preferably in Russian.

Selection criteria

When selecting candidates for free education in Russia, the competition committee takes into account the average score for academic subjects, grades in specialized subjects in accordance with the specialty claimed by the applicant, as well as prizes in Olympiads in specialized subjects. In addition, the social activities of an applicant, the socially vulnerable position of the candidate are taken into account.

Those who passed the initial selection will need to provide an additional package of documents by March 10, 2020. On the Russia Study personal page, you need to download copies of the signed application form, a notarized translation of the passport into Russian, a document of education and a notarized translation into Russian, documents confirming the status of a compatriot, medical certificates and others.

At the second stage, the documents of applicants are sent to the chosen universities, the status of their consideration can be monitored on the website

Contact details of all Rossotrudnichestvo representative offices can be found on the Rossotrudnichestvo website (

If there is no a representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the country, the selection functions are carried out by a diplomatic mission, including the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the country.

You can find the contacts of all embassies on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (

RUSSIA.STUDY - the official site for the selection of foreign citizens to study in the Russian Federation

If you have questions about visa extensions or stay, foreign students and students can contact the Center for International Cooperation and Academic Mobility.

Posted in News, News(en) on Dec 25, 2019