Open Doors Academic Competition (Olympiad)

  • Master
  • Tuition-free Master's programme
  • 10 December 2021
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The Open Doors Academic Competition (Olympiad) is an international project that grants you an opportunity to enrol in a tuition-free Master's programme at one of the leading universities in Russia.
  • The project has been developed by Russian leading academic experts and supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
  • The Olympiad is organized in two rounds. Both rounds are held online.
  • You can choose several subject areas and apply to any number of universities.
  • You can get all the advantages of early admission

The Olympiad is organized by The Association of Global Universities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudichestvo).


The competition is aimed at talented foreign students who would like to enroll in a Master's programme in Russia for free.
Participation is open to graduates with a Bachelor or a Specialist degree from any university in the world (except Russian).


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The winners and prize-winners of the Open Doors are granted a free early admission at any Russian university, without entrance examinations and with tuition fees covered by the Russian Federation.
The competition winners and prize-winners will be able to enroll in the Master's programme using a single window system, choosing any of 500 Russian universities, including 21 leading universities-participants of the 5-100 Project.
The language of instruction is English or Russian depending on the chosen Master's programme and the university.


The competition is held online in two rounds: a portfolio competition followed by a problem-solving round.
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