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Education Briefing

British Council
Compiled by Ross Hunter, Headmaster,
The English International School

University choices interest every family. PASSPORT has been reporting on the popularity of the various education fairs (see Out & About November 2010 and March 2011). Higher education abroad, or at foreign universities in Moscow which are of ever greater interest to ex-pats and locals alike.

PASSPORT seeks to help improve the flow of knowledge between families and institutions. Our partners are the British Council who already co-ordinate a lot of exhibitions, visits, training sessions and advice, and a selection of the best universities. Each month, we hope to publish a list of coming expos and visits, and to invite experts to share, in summary form, their wisdom for readers’ benefit. Universities are warmly invited to contact us to publicise their events and places.

By April, most choices for September 2011 will have been made. If you still have big decisions to make, get help immediately. Start with The British Council or other contacts on this page. Applications for September 2012 need to be organised in the early autumn—mid-September for some key options, late November for nearly all selections, whether in the UK, USA, EU or elsewhere. Spend the spring identifying what you want; visit your short-listed preferences in the summer; and use the best help to get the applications completed before the autumn leaves fall.

In the UK, degree courses are typically three years to a B.A., or four in Scotland. Students with A-levels or I.B. will normally go straight into the undergraduate programme, aged 18+. Students aged 17+ or with the Attestat may need to prove their English level using IELTS, and/or be admitted to a Foundation Year. UK degrees are available for students who stay in Moscow, or who wish to combine study in Russia and the UK.

We hope this will be another valuable contribution to making the best of living in Moscow: your passport to higher education. Please contact us:; or

Events for April

BC: organised by The British Council, at Nikoloyamskaya 1, 495 287 1839, 

BG: organised by Begin Group

5 1700 BC: Architecture at The University of Westminster, William Firebrace, Senior Lecturer
7 1800 BC: Languages at the University of Westminster
12 1800 BC: Lancaster University presentation
12   5th international Congress, Global Education Expocentre “Krasnaya Presnya”
16 1200 BG: Undergraduate Education Fair, Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel
13 1830 BC: “What’s in, what’s out in current English usage”, James Banner, University of Kent
14 1800 BC: Workshop “How to write a good application form”. Oxford Brookes University
19 180 BC: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis, lecture by City University, London
25 1800 BC: Journalism at the University of Westminster

Coming later

10 Sept Begin: Undergraduate Education Fair, Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel
1-2 Oct BC: Education UK Fair at The Ritz Carlton Hotel

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