Russia Pilot Programme

The Russia Pilot Programme (officially the Pilot Initiative to Enhance Student Mobility between Finland and Russia) supports student mobility between higher education institutions (HEIs) in Finland and Russia. The programme is an experiment based on negotiations between the Ministries of Education of Finland and Russia.

The goals of the programme are to:

  • increase the mobility of students between Finland and Russia;
  • contribute to enhanced cooperation between higher education institutions in both countries;
  • add new dimensions to existing cooperation, especially the FIRST programme and bilateral cooperation at the institutional level;
  • create new higher education partnerships;
  • widen the geographical coverage of Finnish/Russian student mobility cooperation.

Who can participate?

In Finland, Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) will fund a limited amount of student mobility from Finland to Russia. Long-term and short-term student mobility at BA, MA and PhD levels are supported. The programme is open to all fields of education.

All Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences are eligible to participate in the programme. The programme aims to implement cooperation with those higher education institutions in Russia which are not eligible for funding under the FIRST programme (i.e. higher education institutions outside north-western Russia).

Higher education institutions in Russia may participate through their Finnish HEI partners. Individual students apply for an exchange place through their own institution.