Know Russia

About The Country

Russia is the largest country in the world. It covers nine time zones and the official language in the country is Russian. Moscow is the capital of the country. Russia ranks ninth among the few most populous countries in the world. Russia offers beautiful places to new visitors and is a picturesque country. Higher education in Russia started with the establishment of universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The duration of the bachelor’s degree is four years, which is followed by a master’s program which continues for 2 years. Foreigners visiting the country need to have avalid passport and visa.

Geography

Russia occupies the area which lies between Europa and North Pacific Ocean. It spans across all climate zones except the tropical zone. The northern region of the country is covered with coniferous forests, tundra and swamps. Only 8% of the total land is arable. A large part of the country is covered with vast plains. A large portion of the Russian territory lies in the temperate zone. Western Russia comprises of low plateaus. Cobalt, platinum, silver and gold are some of the mineral deposits which are found in Russia. Volga is the main river of the country which flows to the Caspian Sea.

History

Russia has a vivid history which is a mix of capitalism and socialism. The first Russian dynasty was founded by Viking Rurik in 862. Unity was brought about among the different communities through Christianity which Russians began to follow. The central power was held by the dukes of Kiev in the 11th century. Mongols destroyed the kingdom of Kiev. By 1861, serfdom was abolished in the country. On 30th December 1922, Union of Soviet Socialist Republic was established. In the year 1999, Vladimir Putin became president in Russia.

Why Russia

Russia is one of the sought after destinations for higher education among international students. They offer the right environment and ambience for higher learning. Higher education in the country is provided by both public and non-public institutions. Ministry of education, which lies under the Russian federation, is responsible for licensing and accreditation of the higher education institutions. Education in Russia is highly subsidized. Medical education in Russian universities is the cheapest in entire Europe. The courses are offered in English for the convenience of the international students. Appearing for entrance tests is not mandatory. Admissions are based on the class 12th marks. After a Russian degree, the students are eligible for the screening test which is conducted by the medical Council of India.

Climate and Weather

Climate varies across the vast country. The two seasons which Russians experience are winter and summer. Spring and autumn can be experienced briefly. Winters in the northern region are harsh and long. The southern half of the country is warmer. Harvest of vegetables and fruits is possible in this weather. By the end of May Russians can go out without warm clothing. Some Russian cities experience extreme weather. Southern Russia, which is close to seashores, is a favored holiday destination where people travel to get tanned.

Transportation

The rail network in the country is highly developed. You can travel in the bus and train services in order to cover distances within the country. Trains can be comfortable for long journeys. You can exchange bus tickets from trams and trolley buses. To avail official taxis you need to order them in advance. Having a rough idea about the rates can always be helpful before travelling.

Holidays in Russia

New Year’s Day, Christmas feature among the official holidays of the Russian Federation. On New Year’s Day Russian hide gifts, decorate fir trees and cook delectable dishes. Christmas too is a long awaited holiday during which people engage in good deeds and enjoy festivities. Victor Day is a sacred holiday when the wartime heroes are remembered, and wreaths are placed. Russia Day is celebrated on 12th of June and is an official National holiday. The academic year at the Russian universities comprise of 10 weeks of holidays. The summer holiday is an eight week break which students can enjoy after a long session of class which is held from February 9th to June 30th.

Russian Embassy in India

Russian embassy in India has laid down certain guidelines, which Indian students need to follow in order to enroll in a medical program. It is mandatory for students to obtain a no objection certificate from the Medical Council Of India. All the documents need to be apostled. Severely documents are required in order to issue a Russian student visa. The aspirants need to submit an HIV test certificate. The students need to have a valid passport. A duly filed payment slip is collected by the visa section. One passport sized photograph in alight background is mandatory. For additional information on the visa, the Russian embassy can be contacted.

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