The study process and students' assessment scheme in Russian higher studies institutions may be different from what you are used to in your country. Therefore, we think it necessary to briefly describe the teaching and learning process at our University.

Each academic year consists of the two semesters, Autumn and Spring, commencing on the 1-st of September and on the second Monday of February.
Every semester ends up with an examination session, which is followed by holidays. Winter holidays last for about 2 weeks and summer vacations are two months long.

Exams are mainly conducted in a via-vice form and are preceded by regular current testing that include written tests, reports on laboratory works, course projects, individual assignments, etc. A student is allowed to take an exam under the condition that he / she has successfully completed the prescribed course work and has passed all current tests. The final admission to exams is carried through the last study week which is called "a pass week".

As a rule, students take exams only in a few subjects studied during a current semester, their progress in the remainder being assessed in terms of "passed /not passed". "Pass" confirms the completion of the prescribed course work without differentiation of acquired knowledge on a grade scale.

Knowledge assessment is made in terms of 5 grades: 
5 - " excellent "
4 - " good "
3 - " satisfactory " 
2 - " unsatisfactory" 
1 - " failure " 

The assessment scheme being 1 - 5, the grades have the following "academic weights":
  • "excellent" stands for 5 out 5 (100%);
  • "good" stands for 4 out 5 (80%);
  • "satisfactory" stands for 3 out of 5 (60%);
  • "unsatisfactory" stands for 2 out of 5 (40%);
  • "complete failure" stands for 1 out of 5 (20%).

NOTE:- The maximum grade is 5 units, the minimum required is 3 units. If a student gets a grade below the required minimum he/she is permitted to take at least two attempts more for each subject.
These requirements are sometimes relaxed for overseas students who are always welcome to apply for supplementary consultations. The Department of International Affairs and Education and the staff will be always on hand to arrange additional studies for you and to prevent you from running into difficulty.
But we strongly recommend you to inform us on your problems as soon as they arise, so that our advice can be effective and will come on time. It particularly refers to communicating in Russian.