Factors influencing university major choice in Russia 2020/2021

Factors considered by students when choosing a university major in Russia in the academic year 2020/2021

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Release date

January 2022



Survey time period

academic year 2020-2021

Number of respondents

19,176 respondents

Special properties

full-time students enrolled in the academic year 2019/2020

Supplementary notes

The survey was conducted throughout Russia, in nine districts: Far Eastern, Moscow, Volga, Northwestern, North Caucasian, Siberian, Ural, Central (excl. Moscow), and Southern. The share of respondents was as follows: Far Eastern - 5 percent; Moscow - 18 percent; Volga - 19 percent; Northwestern - 12 percent; North Caucasian - 5 percent; Siberian - 12 percent; Ural - 7 percent; Central (excl. Moscow) - 13 percent; and Southern - 9 percent.

97 percent of respondents studied in public universities and 3 percent of respondents - in private universities. 71 percent of respondents benefited from a free place and 29 percent were paying for their education. 68 percent of respondents were undergraduate students, with final-year students being slightly overrepresented.

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