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Open Doors: new Master’s degree experience opens up new horizons

January 18, 2018

There are great opportunities for international students wishing to pursue studies in Russia 'the land of ideas, culture and science'. Students from all over the globe can now study for free a Masters degree at one of the world’s top universities in Russia thanks to Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project. A Master's degree in Russia? Sign me up!

Internationalisation is being raised to a priority in most countries. This also includes the growing importance of institutional reputation, visibility and; the competition for talented students and scholars; the drive to produce economic gains; and the focus on graduate employability and social engagement.

Since 2013, Russia has placed such goals on a more strategic footing. Under its Academic Excellence Initiative, the country aims to strengthen its position as an outstanding place for education and research, to enhance the profile of its universities, and to bolster the nation’s international competitiveness. This effort is known as Project 5-100.

In 2017, Russia has already published a resolution developed by the Ministry of Education and Science that removes what has been a major impediment deterring foreign postgraduates from pursuing their studies in Russia. Under the decree, foreigners studying in the country’s universities may now defend their thesis in their native language rather than in Russian.

And this effort has not been alone in 2017 in rising to the challenges of today’s higher education environment openness and internatialisation. Home to many esteemed universities within QS, ARWU and THE Russia has launched Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project, joint effort of this country leading universities.

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is Russia’s first international competition for prospective Master's degree students. The competition is held with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency; the Association “Global Universities” acts as the organizer. Study in Russia is one of information partners. This project is the first to give students from all over the world a unique opportunity to enroll in a Master’s program in Russia without entrance exams and using a single-window system.

Applications are accepted from residents of any country, stateless persons and Russian nationals living abroad. An Olympiad participant is required to have a bachelor's degree or be in their final year of an  undergraduate program in 2018.

The Olympiad covers maths, computer science, physics and economics. Each field is split into several tracks which are listed on the Olympiad website. Participants can choose one or several fields of study.

The Olympiad languages are Russian and English; the competition comprises two stages. Open Doors winners are eligible for non-competitive admission to master’s program at a Russian university. Language of instruction is Russian or English upon confirmation of language proficiency level. Those who wish to improve their Russian skills are offered language courses at the pre-university training faculty.

Olympiad application deadline for international prospective students has been extended to 16 February 2018.

Winners will be admitted to tuition-free master’s program at the Russian university of their choice without entrance examinations. Register at Open Doors website and upload your portfolio to take part in the tryouts. The finals are scheduled for 5-15 March 2018. Competitors are offered to solve problems in a chosen discipline online. The results will be published in late March.

Olympiad Open Doors welcomes foreign nationals, Russians living abroad and stateless persons having a bachelor’s degree or completing their undergraduate studies later this year. The academic competition was organised by leading Russian higher education institutions including Project 5-100 – Russian Academic Excellence Initiative - universities, such as ITMO National Research UniversitySiberian Federal UniversityLobachevsky UniversityHigher School of EconomicsNovosibirsk State UniversityNational Research Nuclear University MEPhIMoscow Institute og Physics and TechnologyNational University of Science and Technology MISiSPeter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityImmanuel Kant Baltic Federal UniversityUral Federal UniversityKazan Federal University and others. Solutions can be written in Russian or English.