The most of the higher education programs in Russian universities are taught in Russian. For the foreign students, who don’t know Russian or whose knowledge is not enough, the preparatory departments of universities provide special pre-university courses, where students are prepared for further higher education in Russia.
What do you study at pre-university courses
Except Russian, students study the subjects corresponding to their further profile. You will not only learn language, but also the main lexicon of the specialty.
How long the studies last
The Pre-university courses are calculated for one or one and a half year. During this time, you will meet the Russian culture, mentality and will get to know the city where you will study.
Pre-university courses for students under the contract
For the students studying on a fee-paying basis, the pre-university courses and the main educational program will be at the same university. The benefits of passing the pre-university courses at university where further education is planned consists in the following:
- First, the certificate of pre-university courses will guarantee proper level of preparation for further education at the chosen university;
- Secondly, as the students will continue studying at university, teachers are motivated to teach them most carefully to avoid difficulties in further learning of the program.
Pre-university courses for students on a quota (grant)
For students who won a state scholarship (quota) pre-university courses can be organized at another university or even in other city. In that case, you should be prepared for moving and in advance to take care of accommodation.
It is also important to make sure that level of preparation will fit to requirements of university where further studying is planned. Otherwise studying in Russian can be too difficult.
Some universities arrange entrance tests for the students applying for a quota (grant). If the student fails examination – he or she loses his right for quotas.