Educational System in Russia
The educational system in Russia is similiar to the European and American ones:
The main difference between Russian and European educational systems is our: 5-year engineer / Specialist programs.
Russia signed the Bolonia agreement (Integrating process of developing a common European educational system). As a result, the number of non-degree programs in Russia is decreasing.
If you have the Secondary School Certificate or an equivalent, you can study through all levels, from Bachelor to Doctoral Studies.
A degree or diploma holder of institution of higher education can be admitted to the appropriate learning level after accreditation of his/her prior education. The university can offer you instruction either in Russian or in English.
Those who would like to take courses in Russian must be fluent in Russian and present the Russian Language State Certificate as evidence. The most effective way in reaching this goal is to take one-year Preparatory Course.
International students who intend to take in Russian must first take a one-year Preparatory Course. Russian language training is the core of this course; however, at the same time, you will improve your knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology and will be familiar with Russian history and culture. Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Preparatory Course Certificate. The Russian Language State Certificate (TORFL) will be granted upon successful passing the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language at the First Level. Both certificates are recognized by any Russian university.
Tomsk Polytechnic University offers international students a wide range of bachelor's degree programs in Russian and English.
The first two-year study level includes modules in natural sciences, mathematics, socio-economics, humanities and a few specialty oriented modules. The study modules of the second level (the next two years of study) include advanced profession-oriented modules, subjects in natural sciences, electives from special socio-economics modules and training in industrial and other companies. A Bachelor's degree holder could be employed as a middle-rank engineer/specialist.
Note! The holder can continue his/her studies to earn the Master's Degree (2 years).
Tomsk Polytechnic University offers international students a wide range of Engineer / Specialist programs in Russian.
The professional study courses leading to the Engineer/Specialist ensure the training of well-qualified professionals in engineering and technology (Engineer) or in economics, humanities, etc. (Specialist). The engineer's courses include special disciplines and modules in modern technology and technological equipment oriented towards engineering creativity and invention, carrying out the interdisciplinary projects, and industrial training.
Note! The Engineer/Specialist and the Master's degree are equal both for recognition and post-graduate education in Russia and overseas.
Tomsk Polytechnic University offers international students a wide range of master's degree programs in Russian and in English.
The professional educational courses leading to the Master's degree (two years after Bachelor's level) include special disciplines and modules, which explain new achievements in science and technology, in addition to those in the Bachelor's degree courses. The courses are oriented towards scientific creativity, pedagogical activity, and practical and research work.
Note! TPU Master's degree holders have the opportunity to continue their research and to earn Ph.D. after 1-2 years.
Doctoral Studies (Ph. D.)
Tomsk Polytechnic University offers international students a wide range of Post-graduate studies.
The training of well-qualified specialists in teaching and research lasts for 3 to 4 years and ends with the public defense of a Ph.D. thesis. If you are studying at Ph.D. as a full-time postgraduate you can expect to finish your research within 3 years. If you take the university's Master's degree track you will have the opportunity to continue your research and to earn your Ph.D. after 2 years. As a rule, students carry out real scientific and engineering investigations with the use of modern laboratory equipment, prepare scientific papers for publication and participate in national and international scientific conferences. All this activity is carried out under the guidance and supervision of leading university scientists.