ADMISSION INTO RUSSIAN STATE UNIVERSITIES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Brice Bomo (Deputy Head of Brookes Moscow)
- Is the IB diploma recognised by Russian state universities?
Yes. Russian state universities view the IB diploma as an international high school qualification. As such, Brookes Moscow graduates must submit their legalised IB Diploma Programme Results, together with a notarized translation of the IB Diploma Programme Results to the Main State Center for Education Evaluation (Главный государственный экспертный центр оценки образования) in Moscow. The centre subsequently issues a Certificate of Recognition of a foreign qualification.
Russian state universities accept the IB diploma only when there is a Certificate of Recognition attached to it. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics National Research University and Moscow City University are among Russian state universities that have formally indicated to the IB that they encourage applications from IB Diploma Programme students.
- Are Russian students attending Brookes Moscow (or international schools in general) required to take the Russian unified state examinations (ЕГЭ) in order to enter Russian state universities?
No. Brookes Moscow students, who do not take the Russian unified state examinations, apply as fee-paying (or “contract-based”) students. They have to pass the respective universities’ internal entrance tests.
- Are graduates from Brookes Moscow at a disadvantage compared to students from Russian state schools?
The main difference is that students who passed the Russian unified state examinations once accepted by a state university immediately qualify for state (or “budget”) funding.
The Moscow-based Russian State Humanitarian University, for example, makes it clear that Russian students coming from international schools like Brookes Moscow can apply for state funding. The final decision is however up to the competent authorities.
- What are (some of) the advantages of the IB diploma for Brookes Moscow graduates?
In addition to receiving an IB education, IB diploma holders:
- may be exempted from taking English language proficiency tests (IELTS, TOEFL);
- may qualify for university credits in selected countries;
- may be eligible for scholarships designed for IB diploma holders in selected universities.
- Has Brookes Moscow established relationships with Russian state universities?
We have started to develop links with a number of universities and have contact details to liaise with, in order to find answers to questions from Brookes Moscow’s families.
- Will there be someone at Brookes Moscow in charge of university applications?
Yes. There will be a staff member in charge of university counselling. Our students will receive individualised support for the choice of their fields of studies and universities, as well as for the preparation of application packages, interviews and other aspects of the university application process.
- Who should we contact for more information?