Russia has a rich history of ups and downs, and boasts countless natural, historical and cultural attractions. Covering more than 17 million square kilometres, and home to approximately 150 million, it would take you about a week to cross the country by train.
Sprawling across two continents and spanning an incredible nine time zones, Russia offers different lifestyles depending on which region you choose to study.
Russia’s capital city, Moscow, is home to an impressive array of cosmopolitan delights as well as numerous monuments, museums, galleries and buildings. The Russian capital is also home to many of the country’s top universities, including: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University).
If you fancy heading deeper into Russia – and you don’t mind a bit of snow – a small city called Tomsk may be for you. Approximately 20 per cent living there are students and it has established itself as a leader in science and IT education.
Famous sons and daughters of Russia include tennis player Maria Sharapova, model Irina Shayk and the late Anton Yelchin, famous for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series.