Russian Education System | Academic Calendar in Russian University | Holidays in Russia | Semesters in Russian Universities | Study in Russia

At all Universities of Russia, academic calendar consists of two semesters:

First semester starts on the 1st of September every year.
Second semester starts on the 1st of February every year.

Each term lasts for 20 weeks, its 9th and 18th weeks are intended for module testing, the 10th and 20th weeks – for semester testing.

All Universities of the Russian Federation enroll International students for all faculties in first semester which starts on the 1st of September.

First-year students who are going to join any course taught in English are allowed to join later (due to delay in getting Visa or any other serious reasons).

Students who are going to join Preparatory department or PG courses can start their studies anytime a year.

Some of our partner Russian universities also enroll international students in second semester.



January 1-6, 8
New Year’s Vacation
January 7th Christmas
February 23rd Defender of the Motherland Day
March 8th International Women’s Day
May 1st Spring and Labor Celebration
May 9th Victory Day
June 12th Russia Day
November 4th Civil Unity Day

New Year's Day is one of the most favorite holidays in Russia. On the New Year's Eve Russians decorate fir-trees, hide presents for each other underneath them, make fireworks, cook delicious meals, set the table and celebrate in the joyous company of family and friends. The essential part of this holiday is Farther Frost and his granddaughter "Snegurochka" (a snow girl). For the first time this holiday was proclaimed by Peter The Great's order dated back to January 20th, 1700. Nowadays many people in Russia celebrate coming of the New Year twice – on January 1st and 14th (which corresponds to January 1st in the Julian calendar, used in Russia before 1918).

Orthodox Christmas This period from 7th till 19th of January is the best period for telling fortunes, as it is the Saint Christmas week, when people have fun, wear fancy clothes and travel from one home to another asking for favours. During Christmas holidays people try to be better, purer; it is time for good deeds. Christmas is the holiday of waiting for miracles, a unique mixture of folk and Christian customs and traditions.

Defender of the Fatherland Day, also known as The Army Day, or Men's Day, is a tribute to all the generations of Russian soldiers from the ancient times till modern days, to all those who courageously defended the Motherland from invaders. On this day the entire masculine population – from boys to old men – receive special greetings and presents. Women have a wonderful opportunity to show their warmest and kindest feelings to the loved ones and to indulge them with sings of attention and affection.

International Women's Day appeared at a time of great social turbulence and crisis, and thus initially was associated with a tradition of protest and political activism. On March 8, 1857 textile female-workers of New York held a rally against low wages and bad labor conditions. In 1910 to commemorate these events the International Women's Congress in Copenhagen proclaimed this date as the International Women's Day to be marked annually. In Russia it has been celebrated since 1913 and now is also treated as the first spring holiday, which cherishes the love for and beauty of the Russian women and women all over the world.

Spring and Labour Celebration traces its history back to May 1st, 1886, when the workers of Chicago went on strike and demanded the workday to be cut from 15 hours down to 8 hours. In Russia this holiday was celebrated for the first time on May 1st, 1890 as the International Workers' Solidarity Day. In 1997 it received its current name.

Victory Day is one of the most sacred holidays for the Russian people. Russia commemorates dozens of millions of its countrymen fallen in World War II on this day. Flowers and wreaths are laid on the wartime graves. Veterans come out into the streets wearing their military decorations and medals. The entire nation pays tribute to the eternal sacrifice that ensured its future.

Russia Day celebrates the adoption in 1991 of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation, which opened the current page in the history book of our country and is considered to be its official National Holiday.

Unity Day, though being a newly adopted holiday, refers to a critical point in Russian history and honors the liberation of Moscow on November 4th, 1612 from the Polish invaders – in great manifestation of the national unity – by a people's army consisting of all classes of the Russian society.


0 # MissOlasehinde Christiana 2017-10-05 12:56
Need a full scholarship to study MBBS
0 # RE: Academic calendar & HolidaysNWANKWO PIUS 2017-10-13 15:34
during the break after 1st semester can a student travel out of Russia

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