South Ural State University Welcomes International Students

South Ural State University is one of the biggest Russian multidisciplinary universities with fundamental scientific basis and high standards of specialists training. The university is multinational and nowadays is a home for more than 2,300 international students from 56 countries.

Every year Russian universities start admission of international students who are willing to get education in Russia within the quota allocated by the Government. It means that a student doesn’t need to pay for education because the government will fund it, moreover he will get a scholarship during the period of studying. The aim of the program is to increase the number of international students in Russia and attract gifted applicants to Russian universities.  

There are more than 400 universities in the program which allow to choose any level of education (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD) and any major. Also one can choose foundation programs such as languages courses or development programs.

To get the information about the quota  a person should visit the site of  Rossotrudnichestvo or request the information from the Russian Embassy in the country of an applicant. After all the documents are ready, just apply for on the link. For the application there is a list of requirements: ID documents, portfolio (depending on the initial level of education), letter of recommendation from a Russian university. After the documents are sent, an applicant needs to wait for the answer. This year applications are accepted until May 31 or even later depending on the country.

SUSU is the most famous university in South Ural and no wonder international students choose it to get their education. It offers various programs including Bachelor’s and Master’s programs taught in English language.      

 “Our international students who study within the quota usually start with the foundation program as they want to be sure in their knowledge of the Russian language. Nowadays there are 20 international students studying in the foundation program within the quota and 10 of them are planning to enter Bachelor’s and Master’s programs next year. Traditionally the highest competition is among the Chinese students and students from Arab countries. The most popular programs among the students are connected with Engineering,” commented Liudmila Lapina, Head of the International Student Support at the International Office. 

We talked to some international students who started their education in SUSU to learn what motivated them to study abroad.

Rony Alrahi, a student from Lebanon, is one of the students who uses the opportunity to get his education in Russia within the quota.

“I learnt about the opportunity to study in Russia free of charge on the site of Rossotrudnichestvo. To my mind, Russian education is one of the best in the world and if you get your diploma here you will become a highly-qualified specialist. Now I study Russian in the foundation program and next year I am planning to become a student of the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service majoring in Hospitality. The university is really great - it moves forward and is always noted in prestigious university rankings. As for Russian people I can see how proud they are about their ancient history and culture, how willingly they tell about it.”

Another student, Mulham Shaheen from Syria, is a first-year student of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (major: Software Engineering). His acquaintance with South Ural State University started in 2018, when he got enrolled on Russian Language course.

“I think that Russian teachers are the best, they are always ready to help. The atmosphere at the university is wonderful, there are lots of activities for students. I play the guitar and take part in many contests and get prizes in them. This spring I took the second and third prizes at Spring at SUSU 2020 Student Creativity Festival Music in the "INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC" nomination. My extracurricular activity helps me learning the Russian language better. I am deeply interested in Russian history and even passed the exam with good mark. Although my favourite subject is mathematical programming,” says Mulham. 

If you want to apply for the quota, but you are not sure about the correct paperwork, you can get advice from the specialists of the SUSU International Office by sending an e-mail to pentegovavv[at]susu[dot]ru.

Let us remind that foreign citizens who want to get a prestigious degree at SUSU can learn all the details regarding the procedure of admissions via the portal for university applicants by clicking the link. If any questions, please also send an email to applicant[at]susu[dot]ru. (International Student Support at the SUSU International Office).

Valentina Metelyova, photo by Oleg Igoshin
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