How to apply for PhD programs
Step 1: Learn Russian and prepare for studies if necessary
The language of instruction at Gubkin University is Russian. Therefore, it is important to learn the Russian language before applying for a PhD program.
To enter an academic program at Gubkin University it is required to pass a Russian proficiency test. There are several ways to study Russian language:
- take classes offered by the Preparatory Faculty (Department) of a Russian university;
- study at home and pass the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) in the training and testing language center for foreigners.
Gubkin University offers a ten-month Preparatory course for prospective international students.
Prospective international students from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS countries), the Baltics (including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), the Ukraine, and Georgia are allowed to take entrance exam for the Russian language without completing the Preparatory course.
To apply for admission to the Preparatory Department prospective international students are requested to contact the International Students Office via email: email@example.com and submit the required documents (Step 4).
Step 2: Choose the program
Step 3: Check the admission deadlines
The application deadlines for 2021 vary by program and should be additionally checked with the International Students Office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|1 June – 28 August||Applications to be submitted as scheduled by departments|
|27 August – 31 August||Interviews with supervisors as scheduled by departments|
|3 September – 19 September||Entrance examinations: in the selected course of study, philosophy of science, Russian language|
Individual application and enrollment deadlines are set for prospective students applying through quotas allocated by the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Step 4: Prepare required documents and submit the application form
The application package contains general and medical components.
While preparing your application package contact the International Students Office via email: email@example.com and submit the required documents.
Step 5: Apply for visa and prepare for arrival
To enter the Russian Federation most international students need to have a student visa. The student visa is arranged in the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that visas cannot be obtained within Russia, because it is an entry document to the country.
During the enrollment campaign applicants may stay in the University dormitory in Moscow. The cost of living in the University dormitory for applicants equals 350 rubles per day. If necessary, applicants are requested to inform the International Students Office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org when submitting the documents.
For the whole period of studies international students are provided with accommodation. The cost of living in the University dormitory, including utilities (electricity is not included) for the academic year 2020-2021 is as follows: 823 rubles per month – for students financed by the federal budget; 1,587 rubles per month – for self-financed students.
Step 6: Pass entrance exams
To enter Gubkin University prospective international students require to pass a number of entrance examinations in oral and written form. Prospective PhD students are required to take examinations in the following subjects: the selected majoring subject, philosophy of science, Russian language.
Step 7: Make payment
Students are responsible for tuition fee, round-trip airfare ticket, dormitory, living expenses, and health insurance.
Check out the tuition fees for academic year 2019-2020.
By agreement with the University, tuition fee can be paid in a Russian bank or in the applicant’s home country (in this case the applicant should provide a document from the bank confirming payment upon arrival to the University).
Step 8: Join Gubkin University!
The academic year for PhD students begins in October.