Voronezh State University has become one of the first Russian universities to switch to a multilevel educational system, which is an essential component of the Bologna Process, introduced by the Decree of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation dated 13.03.1992 № 13 "On the introduction of a multilevel educational system in the Russian Federation by a Decree of the Committee for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation". It was then that the first Bachelor's degree programme was started at VSU, while the first Master's degree students came to study at VSU in 1996.
VSU has gained a wealth of experience in Master's degree study programmes, which in turn demonstrates a high level of success, effectiveness and appeal, which is reason one to opt for VSU as an academic institution from which to obtain a Master's degree.
Reason two. The variety of programmes offered.
The deadline for applications to full-time Master's degree study programmes at VSU is 10th August. There are currently about 200 Master's degree programmes in 39 fields of study.
Reason three. Participation in international academic mobility programmes: double degree, internship, and exchange programmes.
Master's degree students are eligible for participation in "cross-educational" and student exchange programmes. VSU collaborates with a total of 146 universities from 37 different countries. Annually, about 200 VSU students take part in international exchange programmes. The university is involved in 11 international TEMPUS projects. There are over 30 foreign teachers and specialists working with VSU students.
Voronezh State University has signed a number of double degree agreements in many programmes. The university is currently developing seven similar educational programmes with international partners: "Business Administration" (the Faculty of International Relations, Hochschule Harz, Germany); "Linguistics. Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language" (the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy); "Tourism Management" (the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France); "Business in the Emerging Markets" (the Faculty of International Relations and Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria); "Contrastive Philology" (the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the University of Leon, Spain); "Business Communication in Economics: the German Language" (the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany); "Optics and Nanophotonics" (the Faculty of Physics and the University of Texas at Brownsville, the USA). In addition, eight more joint educational programmes are being considered.
Reason four. An increase in the number of state-funded places in Master's degree study programmes, compared to the previous academic year.
In Voronezh State University, there are both state-funded and fee-paying Master's degree students. This academic year, the number of state-funded places has increased by 305 in comparison with the previous year, and is now 812.
The increase is due to the fact that state-funded places are distributed in accordance with the results of an open public competition among the universities of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The number of state-funded places allocated to each of the universities depends on its performance, as well as the quality of the application form. The more competitive universities are awarded a greater number of places.
Reason five. Scholarships for students in state-funded places.
All the students admitted to state-funded places receive a scholarship, the amount of which is thereafter determined by their academic performance. VSU master's degree students take an active part in the scholarship programme of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation and Oxford Russia Fund.
Reason six. A dormitory for students from other cities and countries.
All the Master's degree students, both state-funded and fee-paying, may get accommodation in a dormitory. The students move into the dormitory between 25th August and 1st September.
Until recently, Voronezh State University had 8 dormitories. However, this summer, on 9th June, the ninth dormitory designed to accommodate 330 people was opened in a new nine-storey building with a total area of 9075.94 square metres.
Reason seven. An opportunity to obtain a new profession for free.
One of the major advantages of the "4+2" system (Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes) is that, irrespective of your Bachelor's degree programme specialization, you may switch to a totally different field of study. In addition to that, if you get a state-funded place in a Master's degree programme after completing a Bachelor's degree course in a different field of study, you will be able to enter a new profession totally free of charge. Those who decide to enrol in a second bachelor's degree course will need to pay.
Reason eight. Graduates from any Russian university are able to enrol.
In 2014–2015, students from 75 constituent territories of the Russian Federation were enrolled at VSU. All prospective university students have an equal chance of entering, irrespective of their previous place of study. All of them have to take an entrance exam according to the standard procedure, with VSU graduates having no privileges whatsoever.
Reason nine. Communication with potential employers.
There are a number of VSU-based corporate training centres, fundamental departments, and corporate master’s degree programmes in collaboration with leading Russian and international companies, including T-Systems (Germany), the Central Black Earth Branch of OAO Sberbank, RELAX group of companies, J&M Management Consulting, Atos IT Solutions and Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, DSR-corporation (the USA), OTSL (Japan), Net Cracker (the USA), and OOO DataArt (Voronezh).
VSU lecturers include not only outstanding scholars, but also representatives of businesses and government agencies. Thus, Master's degree students get both a fundamental education and practical knowledge and skills.
Reason ten. Open lectures of well-known Russian and international scholars, politicians, social activists, and cultural leaders.
It has already become a tradition at VSU to organize open lectures with well-known Russian and international scholars, politicians, social activists, and cultural leaders. The topics that the guest lecturers chose to cover are various and range from basic programming to serious political issues. These lecturers can be freely attended by every student.