Education abroad becomes easier than ever before

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July 30, 2014
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Class of 2012 university graduates after the ceremony presenting diplomas with honors in the Main Building at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. © Ramil Sitdikov, RIA Novosti.

thinkRUSSIA takes a look at Russia’s newly redesigned Global Education Program and what it means for young Russians. 

What is the Global Education Program?

Studying abroad has been associated with academic, linguistic, cultural, personal and career benefits, developing a well-rounded individual that has a broader awareness of how the world operates.  Such an international experience is not only enriching, but an intellectual gain for the country’s workforce.  Understanding these advantages, Russia has redesigned the Global Education Program. This state-funded project is aimed at financing tuition to give Russian students the opportunity to study abroad. Because the cost of education is often higher for non-residents in foreign countries such as the United Kingdom, United States or Japan, this program will help facilitate more opportunities for Russian students. The program funds graduate studies in high-tech, public administration, education administration and social services fields.

In order to be eligible, students need to independently apply and be admitted to a Master, PhD or post-doctoral program at a top 300 ranked institution. Once a student is selected, they will receive up to $45,000 per year to cover expenses. The only condition laid out by the program is that students who benefit from the program return to Russia to work for a Russian company for three years.

What are the benefits?

Russia has always been at the cutting edge of some of the world’s most advanced innovations, an advantage that it is keen to preserve and further develop. Thanks to initiatives such as the Global Education Program, Russia is investing into the country’s next generation, paving the way for the country’s economic future. But most importantly, the program helps improve equal opportunities for all strata of Russian society, allowing those who perform best the chance to study in another country. Beyond equal opportunities, the program helps address the growing issue of student debt that is quickly becoming a ticking time bomb in many countries. Also, it’s an incentive for students to perform better in school.

Have you had a study abroad experience? Do you see the value in such programs? Does your country have such an initiative? 

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