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Moscow - Education & Schools

Within the city of Moscow, there are 1696 high schools, and 91 colleges, as well as a number of Russian and English language schools. In addition, Moscow offers 222 higher education schools, which include 60 state-operated universities. At this time no website is available which lists all of the schools in Russia's capital city.

Approximately 84 percent of children aged 5 to 7 attend one of the preschools in Moscow, which are regulated by the federal Ministry of Education. Less than one percent of children in Moscow attend a privately owned preschool or kindergarten. Parents of preschoolers may be charged as much as 20 percent of the cost of providing primary education.

There are over 49,000 secondary education schools in Moscow, with almost 5,000 dedicated to foreign language and mathematics studies, and nearly 1,900 specializing in the education of disabled children. Like the city's preschools and kindergartens, these schools are regulated by the state.

Eleven year secondary education is compulsory. In areas of the city where there are insufficient resources to educate children in a standard daytime environment, authorities have enforced double and triple shifts, where students may attend school in the evenings or at night.

66 English language schools are available in the city. You can find a list of these schools at

Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest university in Moscow, and is the largest university in Russia. This school offers higher education services to approximately 31,000 students and about 9,000 post graduates. Lomonosov Moscow State University is located opposite Red Square, in the center of the city.

Although the university originally only offered studies on philosophy, medicine, and law, the school's offerings have greatly expanded to provide education in fields such as physics, chemistry, journalism, business, and foreign languages.

To find out more about the programs offered by Lomonosov Moscow State University, or to learn about admission requirements, visit

The Lomonov Moscow State University also offers the Russian Language school, which provides an intensive program designed for non-native Russian speakers to learn the basic mechanics of the Russian language, as well as everyday phrases necessary for living in the city. The program consists of 80 to 100 academic hours of instruction, covering vocabulary, the case system, verbs, idioms, and other essential elements of the Russian language. For more information about the Russian Language Centre, visit

The People's Friendship University of Russia is another popular choice for expatriates living in Moscow. This university provides education for over 25,000 students, including people of 135 nationalities. It offers bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines ranging from medicine to hotel business and tourism. Many working expatriates favor this university because it offers part time evening classes, to allow students to fit their education around their work schedules.

This university is located at 6, Miklukho-Maklay Street Moscow, 117198.

For more information about People's Friendship University of Russia, visit

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