Language requirements

Frequently asked questions concerning the language requirements:

  • What are the language requirements?
  • Is it necessary to take the English test?
  • What TOEFL / IELTS score is sufficient for the admission?
  • How do I prove an efficient level of English?


  • A very good command of English and a high level of spoken and written English are required. Proof of English varies from one country to another. Most often we require documentation by an internationally approved test: IELTS (5-5.5), TOEFL-test (500-550 points paper-based / 173-213 computer-based), or Cambridge : FCE level 3; CAE level 4, CPE level 5. The minimum score varies from university to university.
  • In addition, the applicant should have a good command of Russian language if applying for Russian Universities. The preparatory departments at Russian universities organize 10-month Russian language courses.
  • In some universities only the official TOEFL scores mailed directly from the TOEFL office will be considered.
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