Russian students studying abroad not affected by sanctions

by Ray Clancy on August 27, 2014

Most Russian students are able to continue studying abroad despite the recent sanctions imposed on the country over the current political situation in Ukraine.

It is estimated that tens of thousands are currently studying in European Union countries under a newly launched scheme known as Global Education that was recently approved by the government.

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Tens of thousands of Russian students are estimated to be studying in the EU

Under the scheme, which is currently approved from 2014 through 2016, Russian students are funded to study subjects such as medicine, engineering and management for masters and PhD degrees in universities that appear in the top 100 in global rankings.

Under the conditions of the scheme, beneficiary students must return to Russia to work for a certain period or face fines.

There were concerns that the sanctions could lead to the freezing of the project and refusal of foreign universities to work with students from Russia. These uncertainties were fuelled when a Russian woman was turned down for a teaching post in Switzerland because of her country’s aggressive foreign policy.

But it seems that most foreign universities are not following the Swiss institute’s example and are continuing to work with Russian students. Even in the United States, there appear to be no problems with students from Russia, with leading institutions such as Boston University and the University of California at Berkeley continuing with foreign students as normal.

It is good news for the three out of four Russian university students who want to either study or work abroad. A study by a careers website found that 77% found the prospect of overseas employment more appealing than working at home.

Those most hopeful for overseas jobs were students completing their degrees in marketing and the humanities, the survey showed, while those studying medical and pedagogical degrees were more inclined to stay in Russia.

Half of the survey’s respondents wanted to move overseas for a higher standard of living and 36% said they wanted to become permanent expats.

Some 46% of respondents cited Europe as their ideal destination, while 10% said they were aiming to move to the United States.

But at home in Russia, there are concerns about a potential brain drain. According to a recent study by recruitment giant Hays, Russia will have the world’s biggest labour deficit by 2030 and will need an additional 17 million specialists.

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