Academic Calendar

University course duration:

  • Bachelor's degree - 4 years
  • Specialist - 5 years
  • Master's degree (after Bachelor's) - 2 years
  • Postgraduate course (after Master's) - 3 years

International students wishing to obtain a bachelor or specialist degree in Russian or in English should have completed secondary education that is equivalent to secondary (full) general or secondary vocational education in the Russian Federation.

Those who wish to study for a Master’s degree in Russian or in English should have completed the bachelor's programme in a relevant major.

International students who have completed higher education and obtained a Specialist's or Master’s degree can be enrolled in Candidate of Science programmes (equal to PhD programmes).

International students who do not speak Russian are enrolled in the preparatory course. Its duration is one year. Upon successful completion, they will be awarded the Preparatory Course Certificate. The Russian Language State Certificate (TORFL) will be granted upon successful passing of the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language at the First Level. Both certificates are recognized by any Russian university.  

One academic year lasts for 10 months (September - June).

The academic year consists of two terms:

The first term (autumn semester) is 1 September to 25 January: 17 academic weeks and 2 examination weeks.  

The second academic term (spring semester) usually begins in the 2nd week of February and last until the end of June: 18 academic weeks and 3 examination weeks.   

The curriculum of study is approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. At the end of each semester, in January and June, students take their term exams in the subjects they have studied. After that they have holidays. Winter holidays last for 2 weeks. Summer holidays are in July and August, for most students. However, depending on the curriculum, third- and fourth-year students may have internship during this time. 

September 1 is the official beginning of the academic year in Russia. Students start their studies after summer holidays. This is also a state official celebration of the annual Day of Knowledge. 

First-year students traditionally attend an annual welcoming ceremony where they are greeted by the University officials and representatives of their faculties and departments. After the ceremony, first-year students are shown to their faculties and departments in order to meet faculty staff, receive their student identity cards and have an orientation tour around the faculty and the University.

Official holidays

1 January – New Year 
7 January – Orthodox Christmas
1-10 January are state holidays and many organizations are closed.
23 February – Defender of the Fatherland Day 
8 March - International Women’s Day 
1 May – The Spring and Labor Day 
9 May – Victory Day 
12 June – Independence Day 
4 November – Conciliation and Goodwill Day 

Autumn semester

Spring semester

Application deadline: 15 May

Application Deadline: 15 November

Start of the semester: 1 September (+orientation week before the start of the semester)

Start of the semester: the second week of February (+orientation week before the start of the semester)

End of the semester: 31 December

End of the semester: 31 May

Exams: 11 January - 25 January

Exams: 1 June - 31 June

Holidays:  the last week of January - the 2nd week of February

Holidays: 1 July - 31 August