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How to find us

International Cooperation office

183038, Murmansk, ulitsa Kapitana Egorova 15, office 203, Russia


Mikhail Uksusov


8 (8152) 21-39-01


Anastasia Pozdnyakova


8 (8152) 21-39-01


183038, Murmansk, ulitsa Kapitana Egorova 16, office 116, Russia


Victoria Piksendeeva

Ph.D. of Philology, graduate of level-up program in Russian as a foreign language (Pushkin State Russian Language Institute)

8 (8152) 21-38-00; 8 (958) 586-99-53

Full-time learning implies physical presence of a student in a classroom and personal contact with the teacher and fellow students (unless remote communication option is organized through videoconferencing).

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Opportunity to receive monthly allowance
  • Bonuses: discounted tickets in public transport, discounts for various events/museum/theatres etc.
  • Easier to get a place in a dormitory
  • Deferment from the military service
  • Deeper immersion in the study area
  • Simplified employment scheme for students with a study visa
  • More expensive training on a paid basis compared to part-time form
  • Tight schedule
  • Difficulties in combining studies and work in terms of workload

Part-time learning does not imply constant physical presence of a student at a university, which means maximum self-education self-learning. Lectures are usually organized either online or in face-to-face sessions 1-2 times a year. The teacher sets the study vector and provides information on where to draw knowledge rather than delivers instruction.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Cheaper compared to full-time
  • Easier to enter
  • Can be easily combined with work
  • Flexible schedule
  • Study from anywhere
  • Need for good discipline in order to study material on your own
  • No additional bonuses like student discounts
  • Tuition-free places are very rare
  • Hard to get a place in a dormitory
  • You cannot get a study visa
  • You cannot work in Russian without special permission

These terms are legible for full programs only — exchange studies and short-term courses do not apply here.

The “Tuition-free” is understood as a format when a student does not need to pay for studying at a university — it is paid by the Russian government. However, this does not relieve the student of the need to pay for visa/insurance/travel/personal and living expenses, incl. in dormitory.

The "Tuition-paid" is the format when students (or their legal representatives / parents / friends, etc.) pay for the studies.

These terms are legible for full programs only — exchange studies and short-term courses do not apply here.

They can! Applicants from some particular countries can get tuition-free (state-funded) places on a par with Russian citizens (subject to certain conditions). Citizens of other countries can also receive a “Quota” for tuition-free studies, or go through the procedure for recognizing themselves as “compatriots living abroad”. See this page for more info.

All other categories of foreign citizens that do not fall under the described parameters can study in Russia on a paid basis (tuition-paid: see above).

Yes, the document must be translated and notarized. Moreover, if there is no agreement between your country and the Russian Federation on the mutual recognition of documents on education, then you will need to contact Main State Center for Education Evaluation for legalization and nostrification of the documents. Beforehand, you can pass an express check or contact us by e-mail or

This is a key question for foreign citizens wishing to study in Russia on a tuition-free basis full-time.

Temporary stay (vremennoe prebyvanie) – is a format when a foreigner holds a Russian visa (or does not need it according to inter-governmental agreements, but still has no residence or temporary residence permit). Needs migration registration at the place of stay.

Temporary residence permit (razreshenie na vremennoe prebyvanie — RVP) — a document, allowin a foreigner to work and live in Russia for 3 years.

Residence permit (vid na zhitelstvo) — a document issued to a foreign citizen confirming the right for permanent residence in Russia, as well as the right to freely exit from the Russian Federation and come back. Issued after RVP. Gives more opportunities for tuition-free studies in Russia.

Yes, in case of studying full-time (see above). In addition, foreign citizens legally working in the Russian Federation can also study at MASU. Part-time studies do not entitle students to work in the absence of a special permit or work visa.

It is recognized in whole or in part, depending on existing international treaties concluded between the Russian Federation and a specific foreign state. In the absence of such an agreement, the employer or foreign educational organization may require you to undergo the procedure of apostille and/or recognition/translation of the diploma received at MASU. Quite often, the European Diploma Supplement with ECTS credits is enough for foreign organizations, which is issued to all foreign students of MASU free of charge if needed (provided that the foreign student did not acquire Russian citizenship before graduation from MASU).

Students from other cities and countries live in MASU dormitories (see details here) or rent accommodation on their own. Please note that there are certain migration requirements associated with the stay of international students in the Russian Federation (see more details here).

MASU alumni can apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified format if they worked in Russia for a year after graduation.

See more details here

MASU cooperates with large companies of the Murmansk region and, during the course of study, offers students various vacancies depending on their profile and level of training.