Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have in place any effective public tool to engage foreign students.
No reliable information exists about programmes, conditions of studies and accommodation in Russia in a prospective student's native language, so the child has to personally visit the consulate at least 5 times to file the application and pass the tests. The guys often use fee-based services which are nontransparent, so it is hardly possible to track the whereabouts of a foreign prospective student from the time of filing to arrival in Russia. And, they do not guarantee admission into a Russian IHL.
What do we offer? A single hub, the common portal will gather several interrelated services to help a child from anywhere in the world, via a mobile phone and a computer - and in the future possibly via the terminals at Rossotrudnichestvo's representative offices abroad, to easily complete an application to study in the Russian Federation, in just one click/tap. No need to search for a "guide" and pay the relevant services (that happens), no need for additional visits to the consulate… Examinations and interviews will be available online. And, find out right away, whether admitted or not. In each stage a prospective student will be able to get consultations from Rossotrudnichestvo experts.
Hopefully, it will soon be possible to open the student visa for a period of 5-6 years
Nowadays, the time from application to decision-making takes half a year. During that six months a child can change his/her mind, change for another IHL in a different country. With a system like this, we will be proactive. It offers full support to a foreign prospective student on the way to a Russian IHL. And more than that.
After the student comes to Russia, the super service will help call a taxi in the native language, find out how to extend the visa, where to seek legal support, places to earn some money, a cafe to eat, a facility to get medical aid, and so on. All that information will be close at hand – in our super service, namely in that student's smartphone. The features will include a sos button, and a personal ID using which a student can be found if lost or got into the straits.
We intend to populate the service with plenty of interesting information, which may help make the right choice of the IHL and the region to visit: weather, nature, architecture, sightseeing destinations, and, most importantly, virtual tours of universities, dormitories, libraries.