Study in Russia

The educational cooperation between Russia and Sierra Leone takes its roots in the 60s when diplomatic relations between the USSR and the Republic of Sierra Leone were established. The USSR was one of the first countries to render educational assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone. A great number of Sierra Leonean graduates from Soviet universities had made a brilliant career in Sierra Leone in the state and business sectors, academic circles.

In 1996, the Government of the Russian Federation launched the scholarship program for Sierra Leonean citizens. In 2020, the educational quota for the Republic of Sierra Leone 2020 accounted for 14 places. 

The Russian scholarship program proposes a large scope of opportunities: more than 12 000 educational programs of different levels in more than 400 universities with degree certificates recognized all over the world.

More information about education in Russia and life of foreign students in Russia


In order to register for the scholarship in Russia it is necessary to create a personal account on the website, fill in the electronic application and upload the required documents (See the list below).


Documents required for participation in the 2021-2022 scholarship program

The selection process for the Russian scholarship is organized in two stages by the Russian Embassy (interview) and Russian universities and is based on the selection criteria (see the file below). After the final approval by Russian universities candidates can be considered as selected for the scholarship and start preparing their trip to Russia.


Selection results 2020-2021

Before their arrival in Russia selected candidates need to legalize their educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of marks) and obtain student visas. 

More information about legalization and visa issuance 

All the necessary procedures completed candidates need to consult the Sierra Leonean authorities about the purchase of flight tickets.

For all the questions concerning migration cards, medical insurance etc. candidates should ask the university of their assignment or find information on the official website of the university.

Hotline: +7-985-727-61-10

Mrs Aliya ILYAZOVA, Attaché, Education affairs, health and cultural affairs: +224-625-25-26-86 (available Monday to Friday, 7:00 to 14:15)