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Transcript to the Order of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation from 28.07.2014 N844

Selection of foreign citizens for studying in the Russian Federation within the framework of admission quotas


Selection procedure comprises the following actions:

1. Selection procedure of foreign citizens is accomplished according with the admission plan of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation where there is a fixed amount of places for admission of foreign students on each profession, specialty and field of study in the sphere of secondary vocational education and higher education, including additional professional programs.  

2. The procedure of selection is conducted in 2 stages. 

The first one includes the selection on the territory of a foreign country (homeland of foreign students), then they became the candidates.

The second stage proposes the host educational organization, ready to accept the potential students who chose this organization to study in before, to sort out the candidates from the list of those approved and selected on the first stage.

3. Before the October 1 in the year preceding the first stage of selection process educational organizations provide the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation information about the quantity of foreign students they are about to accept in the frame of quotas on admission the next year concerning profession, specialties, training programs and additional professional programs.

4. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, not later than  October 15 of the year preceding the year of enrollment, informs the authorized institutions of the foreign countries about Russian educational organizations willing to enroll foreign citizens within the admission quota in accordance with the established procedures and their proposals about the quantity of students they are able to accept.

5. Summarizing the results of screening tests of the first stage of selection not later than March 1 of the enrollment year the list of candidates is worked out, formed by the authorized institution or organization of the foreign country according to the established procedure.The list of candidates is varied in descending order considering  the results of screening tests. Whereafter information list with the data for every candidate is compiled.    

The quantity of foreign citizens must not exceed the quota set with the reference to the plan promoted by the host country.

6. To participate in the second stage of the selection candidates must have the following documents:

    а) participant form on education, containing the following information:

      surname, name, patronymic name (when... has); date of birth, country of residence ;

      level of professional education which candidate aspires to get or wishes to master additional professional program;

      profession, specialty or training program which cahdidate wishes to study (for candidates planning to study essential professional educational programs); 

      level of Russian language proficiency (in case if the level of Russian language proficency is not enough to acquire essential professional educational program, additionally in the application form there is pointed out the necessity of studying additional comprehensive programs providing training to the foreign students to master professional educative programs in Russian on the preparatory faculty, preparatory division in the educational organization.

      reference to educational organizations where potential students (from the list of educational organizations) would like to study and aspire and those which are ready to accept foreign students in the frame of admission quota. 

      each candidate has a right to mention not more than 6 educational organizations, not more than three in one federal region, while in the federal cities he/she can choose up to 2 educational organizations in each one.

In the application form candidate puts the educational organizations in the descending order of his/her priority, where the first organization is the most preferable;

    b) copy of a list with the results of screening tests;

    c) copies of documents confirming level of education or qualification, given in the foreign country adjudged in accordance with  international treaties of the Russian Federation, regulating the issues of validation and equivalence affiliation of foreign education or foreign qualification by the legislation of the Russian Federation:

      for foreign citizens enrolling on essential educative programs of secondary vocational education - document of foreign education corresponding or equal to the secondary vocational education;

      for foreign citizens enrolling on essential educative programs of higher education ( bachelor and specialist programs) - document of foreign education or qualification 
               higher or сorresponding to the secondary vocational education;

             for foreign citizens enrolling on essential educative programs of higher education (master              programs) - document of foreign education or qualification corresponding or equal to the  professional higher education essential programs (bachelor and specialist programs);

      for foreign citizens enrolling on training programs of scientific and pedagogic personnel in postgraduate studies (military postgraduate studies), residency programs, assistantship and internship programs - document of foreign education or qualification corresponding  to the level of professional education on the essential educational programs of higher education;

      for foreign citizens enrolling on additional professional programs - document of foreign education or qualification corresponding  to the level of secondary vocational education or higher education.

* In case if a foreign citizen, willing to study programs of secondary vocational or higher education, in connection with the features in the organization of educational process in a foreign country, does not have the document of foreign education or foreign qualification then he/she is provided with a document which contains the information about the results of the last efficiency report, given out to the foreign citizen by the educational institution of the host country.

In case if the foreign education or qualification are not admitted in the Russian Federation in accordance with the international treaties of Russia, regulating the issues of validation and equivalence affiliation of foreign education or foreign qualification and also if the foreign education or qualification was received in those foreign educational institutions not included into the list, established  by the Government of Russian Federation, then a foreign student must promote the certificate of recognition of his/her education or qualification by December, 31 of the year of admission of foreign citizens. 

    d) document of medical institution of candidate's country of residence, confirming the absence of medical contraindications for studying in Russia ;

    e) document of medical institution of candidate's country of residence, confirming the absence of human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) and AIDS.;

    f) positive results of passing obligatory medical checkups;

    g) list of published scientific works or reports;

    h) translations of provided documents into Russian certified in due order, underlined in the subparagraph 6 of this.

7. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation investigates the shortlist of candidates and their documents, mentioned in paragraph 6, addressed by authorized body or organization of a foreign  country in established order. 

8. The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia brings to the attention of educational organizations, ready to see foreign citizens acting as their students, shortlists of candidates, who want to study in appropriate educative institutions, and their documents provided in the paragraph 6.

9. The second stage of selection process is conducted by educational organizations not later than June 15th of the year of admission.

On the condition that candidates do not have the necessary level of Russian language proficiency to сope with the educational program in Russian that candidate is assigned to the preparatory department  by the Ministry of Education and Science to get the relevant direction of education course chosen by candidate as a training program of scientific and pedagogic personnel in postgraduate studies (military postgraduate studies).

10. Foreign citizens willing to study professions, specialties and training programs which require their special creative, physical and psychological abilities pass additional entrance trials on creative or professional direction of training by August 1 of the admission year. These trials are run by educational institutions on the Russian territory. 

11. Based on the results of the second stage challenge educational organizations present the lists of  selected candidates to the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia no later than June 1:

    list of candidates selected by an educational organization to study essential professional educative programs entering the relevant institution in the admission year;

    list of candidates selected by an educational organization to study essential professional educative programs, entering the institution the year going after the year of selection (if there is a necessity to send candidates to the preparatory department). 

12. List of candidates selected for study by educational organizations must contain the following information:

    a) surname, name, patronymic name (when... has);

    b) date of birth;

    c) country of residence;

    d) level of professional education which candidate aspires to get (or was enrolled on) or reference to  additional professional program;

    e) profession, specialty or training program which candidate (requires the reference of his/her education level) wants to study( (for candidates planning to study essential professional educational programs); 

13. From the perspective of lists of candidates chosen by educational institutions, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation officialy registers (by July 1 of admission year) educational referrals for foreign citizens in that educative organization which has smaller sequence number in the candidate's application form from the quantity of educational institutions which selected the foreign students. 

For the purpose of foreign students' entry in Russia and their matriculation to the educational organizations the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation finishes the assignation of foreign students to the educational organizations till August 1. 

14. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation transfers data on issued refferals (for foreign citizens) to the foreign countries as long as the whole of its preparation goes no later than July 15 of admission year.

15. In case if by the time when the second stage begins  foreign citizen does not have the document of foreign education or qualification (taking into consideration the organization of educational process abroad) the period of such citizen's arrival is prolonged up to October 1 of admission year. 


Text of original protocol on foreign students admission quota for period of 2017/2018

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