Russia has the most prestigious educational institutions for young people with international interests. It has one of the best mass-education systems in the world, producing a literacy rate of 98% (higher than most Western European countries). The system consists of obligatory basic education and higher education. Education in Russia is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 15. The top Universities of Russia offer a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels – from engineering, international law, political science, and economics, to journalism, business management, and energy. International undergraduates in Russia can pursue intellectually challenging and exciting coursework alongside their Russian peers. Students seeking a Master degree in Russia can seek a place in one of the many Master programs taught in Russian. There is also an abundance of Master programs taught in English in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tomsk.
In the last few years, the universities have formed numerous new partnerships with leading institutions around the world, integrated fully into the Bologna accords and have come out with strict standards like European higher learning institutions. The Universities are also committed to fostering an ever-evolving student body, curriculum, and campus life that continues to reflect its reputation as the most prestigious and most advanced places for understanding international culture, mentality and affairs. Russian universities have quite a good cooperation with universities all over the world. Russian universities and technical colleges try to provide enough university places for international students and they also make efforts to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad. At Russian universities, a practical part of the studies plays an important role. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially large cities provide many opportunities for these internships.