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Diploma Supplement

Starting from 07 March 2012, Pushkin LSU students and alumni can receive the Diploma Supplement in the English language.

“The Diploma Supplement (DS) accompanies a higher education diploma, providing a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.

The supplement is designed as an aid to help recognition – it is not a CV or a substitute for the original qualification, and it does not guarantee recognition.

National higher education institutions produce the supplement according to a template jointly developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

It has eight sections of information identifying the holder of the qualification; the qualification, its level and function; the contents and results gained; certification of the supplement; details of the national higher education system plus any additional information.

A description of the national higher education system within which the individual named on the original qualification graduated has to be attached to the Diploma Supplement. This description is provided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARICs).

For students, the Diploma Supplement offers:

  • A diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad;
  • A precise description of their academic career and the competencies acquired during the study period;
  • An objective description of their achievements and competencies;
  • Easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad; and
  • It fosters their employability.”

Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/ds_en.htm



The Diploma Supplement is issued by Pushkin LSU International Office on provision of the following:

  1. completed application form
  2. completed profile
  3. copy of diploma in Russian
  4. copy of academic transcript
  5. passport copy
  6. fare payment receipt

The fare is based on an approved calculation of costs and is 2138.18 RUR.

On provision of the stated documents, the Diploma Supplement is developed and translated into English within approximately 1 month. After being printed out and signed, the Diploma Supplement is ready for reception.

Students at their last year of studies must apply for the Diploma Supplement at least 1 month before the start of graduation dissertation defenses so that they receive their Diploma Supplement together with the diploma in Russian. Instead of the copy of diploma in Russian, they must provide a reference from their School.

Description of higher education in Russian Federation


Higher education in the Russian Federation includes a range of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – Universities, Academies and Institutes; these may be either state or non-state institutions. Degrees completed at all three types of institutions correspond to level 5A in the 1997 International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).

HEIs are administered federally by the Ministry of Education and Science or other Industry-specific ministries like the Ministries of Health, Defense or Culture and

other state agencies; locally, by regional and municipal corporations; or privately.


Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

Universities are large multi-disciplinary institutions that conduct fundamental and applied research and offer undergraduate and graduate programmes. They are divided into Universities for Humanities and Sciences; Pedagogical Universities; Medical Universities; Agricultural Universities and Technical Universities. Academies conduct fundamental and applied research and offer undergraduate and graduate programmes in a specific area of science, technology, law or economics. Institutes can exist either as independent institutions or as divisions of a university or academy with a particular academic focus. They offer undergraduate programmes in one or more disciplines and may offer graduate programmes. They also conduct fundamental research in those disciplines and carry out professional development of specialists. Non-state institutions mostly offer degrees in non-engineering fields such as business, culture, sociology and religion.


General access requirements

The Uniform State Examination (Ediny Gosudarstvenny Ekzamen / EGE) was introduced in 2001. The Uniform State Examination is a single, nationwide, standardized set of exams which functions both as an assessment of school leavers’ knowledge upon completion of general education and as an external quality control of the educational institutions.


Quality assessment

Whereas the education process is aimed at awarding of State diploma and research process is connected with the award of Research degrees they should comply with the State standards approved by the Federal Government. The quality assessment supervision is the responsibility of Federal Service for Supervision over Education and Science. Its existing authority and quality control tools: accreditation, attestation and licensing have been delegated to the Federal Service by the Ministry. Russian HEIs undergo accreditation on a regular basis.


National qualifications frame work

The system of higher education currently consists of two educational subsystems:

One-stage (mono-level) training of diploma specialists on specialties or groups of related specialties of higher education (5 or 6 years);

Two-stage training provides implementation of educational programs alongside the stages of the higher educational vocational education with awarding the graduate with a degree (qualification) of “bachelor” (4 years) and “master” (6 years).

Bachelor, Master and Specialist diplomas are awarded by the State Attestation Commission. Both Master and Specialist degrees allow access to doctoral study.

Russian HEI award the following degrees and diplomas:

Bakalavr Degree (Bachelor Degree) – at least four years of study

Specialist Diploma – five to six years of study

Magistr Degree (Master Degree) – six years of study

Kandidat Nauk Degree (Doctoral Degree, roughly PhD equivalent) – at least 3 years of research-based study at post-graduate level

Doktor Nauk Degree (Postdoctoral Degree) – a period of further study (normally, 5-15 years) after the award of the Kandidat Nauk degree