Demand for studying abroad grows among Russian applicants – Kommersant


Russian applicants are interested in options for higher education abroad, despite the international situation, said Vedomosti representatives of services providing services for admission to foreign universities. Among the problems that arise are long waiting times for registration at visa centers, large commissions for transferring tuition fees, as well as the impossibility of short-term internships in some countries.

Irina Golotova, General Director of Univibes, said that the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania do not accept Russians for training. According to her, in the fall of 2022, about 400 students left the company abroad, this year it is planned to send 600. “For 2024, 170 people are already working with us on admission, and the recruitment continues,” she specified.

Smapse Education at the end of September 2022 noted an increase in demand for services to provide assistance for admission: the average number of applications per day then grew by 50%. Education Index founder Yana Drapkina-Uehara said that Russians still have a demand for education in the UK, USA, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Canada. According to her, the service did not encounter cases of discrimination against Russian students after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

Darya Milyaeva, Head of the Department of International Cooperation at Moscow State Pedagogical University, said that students began to more actively reorient themselves towards entering other countries, including Asian ones. She called the countries of Latin America, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, China the most popular. Among European countries, according to her, contacts are maintained with Hungary, some universities in Italy and Spain.

Vyacheslav Lychagin, General Director of Global Dialogue, also told Vedomosti that in 2022 the number of applications for studying abroad has increased and continues to grow. He clarified that students face a number of problems due to anti-Russian sanctions. “It has become more difficult for students to pay bills for studies, accommodation, and for parents to transfer money to children. This is due to the blocking of Russian cards abroad. We try to help, we use friendly jurisdictions to make bank payments,” said Mr. Lychagin.

Laura Keffer

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