The enrollment for the course «Russian as a Foreign Language» at the N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University is open. We invite foreign citizens to study the Russian language and master a short course of profile disciplines to get ready for admission to Russian universities.

The training starts from September 1, 2024. You can apply until October 31 by clicking here:


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Ogarev Mordovia State University?

1. Ogarev Mordovia State University is a prestigious university having the status of a «national research university». There are only 29 such universities in Russia. The university has a number of awards in various fields including the Russian government’s Quality Award.Moreover, Ogarev Mordovia State University is among the top three universities according to the results of the subject global aggregate rating of Russian universities.The high positions of the university are equally confirmed by Interfax: it is rated in the TOP-50 of the best universities.

2. While studying, you will immerse yourself in the language and cultural environment including university events and student life. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of proficiency in Russian language level (A1, A2, B1).

3. The Russian as a Foreign Language course is designed on the basis of special methods and is suitable for Arabic-speaking, Spanish-speaking and other groups. 99% of the graduates successfully enter Russian universities, with 90 per cent of them going to Ogarev Mordovia State University.

4. Saransk is a lovely, affordable and safe city of short distances. It has a favourable location and well-developed transport connections to the capital and popular Russian tourist cities. For example, it takes only 1 hour to get to Moscow by plane, 2 hours to St. Petersburg and 30 minutes to Kazan. These cities are connected to Saransk by high-speed trains as well. Another large city Nizhny Novgorod can be reached by train within 4 hours. Rail transport and motorways are also well developed.

5. The Republic of Mordovia is a safe region. According to the Centre for Economic Research «RIA Rating» it is rated among the top 15 safe regions of Russia,

How long does the course take?

12 months with holidays included. Studies take place daily, from Monday to Friday (from 2 to 4 classes a day). Changes in training dates and individual schedules are possible, depending on the timing of entry into the Republic of Mordovia. The new training stream will start from September 2024.

  • What is the name of the course?

The shorter title of the course is: «Russian as a Foreign Language».

  • What is the cost of the training?

The cost of the course is 98,000 roubles. The tuition fee does not change throughout the entire period of study.

  • If I do not plan on entering Ogarev Mordovia State University, but I want to enter another university, can I take the course with you?

Yes, absolutely. After completing the training and successfully passing the examination, you will receive a certificate indicating your level of Russian language proficiency. It is valid on the all the territory of Russia. If you wish, you can enroll in any Russian university and continue your studies in Russian.

  • What is part of the training programme, apart from learning the Russian language?

Students can choose one of 5 training profiles upon enrolment:

- medico-biological (for future doctors, biologists, biotechnologists, pharmacists)

- natural sciences (for future geographers, physicists, chemists)

- engineering and technology (for future experts in mathematics and computer science, IT and other engineering fields)

- humanities (for future philologists, journalists, historians, political experts, psychologists)

- economic (for future financiers, accountants, economists, banking specialists)

The content of the units is also adapted to suit different levels of intended education:

- secondary vocational education

- bachelor’s and speciality degrees

- master’s programme

- internship and postgraduate studies

  • I want to become a doctor. What disciplines apart from Russian language will I study?

The subjects to be studied in the profiles of training are arranged in such a way that students can get familiar with the basic terms, definitions and concepts of future professional activity. For example, future doctors in the medico-biological field will study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Informatics.

In the natural science field — Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and History.

In the engineering and technology field — Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, History and Social Studies.

In the humanities profile — History, Literature, Social Studies, Geography and Computer Science.

In the economic profile — History, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Geography and Informatics.


  • Where can I live during my studies?

For the duration of your studies, N.P. Ogarev MSU provides a room in a comfortable dormitory at an affordable price. The cost is from 1300 roubles for 1 month. The place of accommodation is assigned to the student for the entire period of the programme.

  • How do I communicate with teachers and staff while I don’t know the language?

Our teachers speak several foreign languages, this allows us to make the process of studying Russian as comfortable as possible. Also, a tutor is assigned to a group of international students to help them adapt. Those who will later enter N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University will continue to be supported by a tutor and international students who have been studying at our university for several years.

  • How can I apply for training?

You can upload documents to the EIOS system using the link: This is an internal information system of N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University. You need to attach: passport (and its translation notarised), education document (and its translation notarised). The application and questionnaire will be automatically generated in the system — you will also need to enter data in them. Use the translator in your browser to make the application process more comfortable.

What is the procedure for entering the preparatory department? What do I need to do?

1. First apply and attach the required documents in the EIOS at the following link

2. Then we draw up a contract and send it to the given data for approval. Examine it and if you agree, sign it.

3. After signing the contract, you need to pay at least 50% of the tuition fee by receipt.

4. The order for your enrolment on the course is issued.

5. We send your documents to the migration service to issue an invitation. It takes approximately 40 days to prepare.

6. Once you have received your invitation, you can proceed to apply for a student visa at your embassy.

  • Is it necessary to get a notarised translation of documents in Russia or can it be done in my home country?

Translations of documents can be certified at the consular section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in your country, as well as at a notary in the territory of the Russian Federation.

If an education document is in two languages, one of which is Russian, is it necessary to translate the information in the foreign language?

If the information in the education document is fully duplicated in Russian, there is no need to translate the document additionally.

Who can I ask clarifying questions to?

For additional information, you can contact us by phone:

to the Department of International Relations of N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University: (8342) 24−79−51, Tatyana Polenova

to the Preparatory Department for Foreign Citizens of N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University: (8342) 27−27−71, Natalia Nehaeva