Education in Belarus

Education is one of the main priorities of the national policy of the Republic of Belarus. The Republic of Belarus has an advanced system of education. The standard of literacy among adult population is 99.8%. The general basic, general secondary and professional education coverage of the working population is 98%. According to the standard of literacy among adult population and young people as well as to the number of students of the higher educational institutions, Belarus has proven to be up to standard of many developed countries of Europe and America.

Education in Belarus is free at all levels for Belarusian Citizens except higher education. The government ministry that oversees the running of the school systems is the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus. Each of the regions inside Belarus has oversight of the education systems, and students have the ability to attend either a public (state) or a private schools. The current structure of the educational system in Belarus was established by decree in 1994 act of the republic of Belarus. Belarus is a well-educated country, and there are many universities and colleges for post-secondary education in Belarus. There are medical schools with the world class facilities for medical practices. There are also technical and technological universities in the republic of Belarus, making it attractive to the outside world. In general, Belarusian schools are cheap and relatively affordable compared to other countries in Europe.


 Belarus has a well-recognized education system, including universities and further education institutions that attract numerous of people from all over the World. This is an overview on education in Belarus. From the pre-school education down to further education and the requirements for international students.

Pre-secondary education
Education in primary and secondary schools are required for children from the ages of six until fifteen. After finishing basic education, each student is given a certificate by the state and is able to enter the workforce or serve in the military (citizens). Students do have the option of going for a higher education or train in a vocational school; the length of the schooling depends on what the student has chosen.
Basic School education in Belarus
Most children in Belarus start school at the age of 6, an ideal age for most parents.
All pupils must follow the basic education curriculum up to the age of 15, and the vast majority of pupils stay at school until they finish their high school education at 18 but this age varies and is not a mandate.
At the age of 15, pupils that have successfully completed basic education can attend college or professional technical institutions where they can focus on completing their high school education and work toward a professional certificate. At the completion of a high school or professional certificate, students are allowed to apply to continue their education at the university level.
There are two official languages within the education system in Belarus, Russian and Belarusian.
Extended education in Belarus
Belarus has one of the highest student-to-population ratios in Europe. The higher education system in Belarus is seen as prestigious due to its high quality and affordability.
There are four main types of higher education establishments to choose from, which can be either private or state operated:

  • classical university
  • profile university or academy
  • institute
  • higher college

Most courses run for 5 years and students can choose to study full time, at evening classes or by correspondence. Grants are available for full-time students and scholarships are awarded to very gifted students. All higher education establishments are governed by the Ministry of Education in Belarus.
Do foreign students study at universities in Belarus?
Yes. More than 6000 foreign students study at higher education institutions and universities in Belarus every single year. In general higher education fees for foreign nationals range from 700-3900 USD, depending on the applied course and the institution
How do foreign students apply to study at universities in Belarus?
Once you have decided to continue your education at a university in Belarus, you will need to contact us in order to receive an invitation to apply to study there. To do this you will need to provide the following documents:

  • copy of your certificate of education showing your subjects and grades
  • copy of your Passport photograph.
  • copy of the data page of your International Passport.

Once you have chosen your university and your course, you will need to apply for a student visa.
Below are the general Belarussian Embassy requirements:

  • confirmation of acceptance at the university or college
  • official certificate of education showing your subjects and grades
  • medical certificate
  • negative HIV certificate
  • your passport and birth certificate
  • 6 photos (4 x 6 cm)

Documentation can be supplied in Russian or Belarusian. If documents are provided in English, French, Spanish or German, accompanying translated copies are required in Russian or Belarusian.
Courses are conducted in English, or Russian or Belarusian.
What accommodation is available for foreign students?
All colleges and universities in Belarus have an accommodation department, which can help you get a residence permit and find lodgings.
Most students live in student hostels, which cost around 15-40 USD per month.
Where can you study?
There are more than 50 higher education establishments in Belarus. Contact Us for more information.

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