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Universities that train the most demanded IT specialists

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Universities that train the most demanded IT specialists

Useful information for those planning to get an IT specialty - rankings of the best universities, admission requirements and competitions for places.

Which Russian universities are included in the international rankings

Mikhail Zhukov, founder of the HeadHunter labor exchange, notes that Russian IT specialists are in high demand on the international market. For a foreign employer, they are economically profitable, because a good specialist from Russia who is ready to work remotely, according to Mikhail Zhukov, is "a tasty fruit for Western companies". All this confirms the competitiveness of Russian universities and the relevance of the programs they offer. What places do Russian universities occupy in international rankings?

  • Shanghai Ranking: Moscow State University entered the Computer Science & Engineering direction, ranking 401-500 in the best universities in the world.
  • Times Higher Education. According to the rating agency, the TOP-10 universities in terms of technical specialties looks like this: ITMO, MIPT, Moscow State University. Lomonosov, SPbPU them. Peter the Great, NRU HSE, NRNU MEPhI, St. Petersburg State University, MSTU named after Bauman, NSTU , RUDN .
  • British QS ranking. The best universities in Russia in the field of Computer science & Information systems: Moscow State University. Lomonosov, ITMO, St. Petersburg State University, MIPT, MSTU im. Bauman, NSU.

Entry Requirements

The competition for top universities in Russia is so high that even techies try to pass the Russian language by 100 points, not to mention the intensive preparation and victories at the Olympiads:


  • Faculty and direction: Applied Mathematics and Informatics
  • Entrance exams: USE in mathematics, computer science and Russian
  • Passing mark: 300.

Moscow State Technical University Bauman

  • Faculty and direction: Computer science and control systems, applied mathematics and computer science
  • Entrance exams: Unified State Exam in Mathematics, Physics and Russian
  • Passing mark: 283.


  • Faculty and direction: Computational Informatics and Cybernetics, Fundamental Informatics and Information Technologies
  • Entrance exams: Unified State Exam in Mathematics, Physics, Informatics and Russian
  • Passing mark: 438.


  • Faculty and direction: Informatics and computer engineering
  • Entrance exams: USE in mathematics, computer science and Russian
  • Passing mark: 284.


  • Faculty and direction: Intelligent computing technology
  • Entrance exams: Unified State Exam in Mathematics, Physics and Russian
  • Passing mark: 285.


  • Faculty and direction: Graduate School of Business Informatics
  • Entrance exams: Unified State Exam in Mathematics, Physics and Russian
  • Passing mark: 275.


  • Faculty and direction: Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Modern Programming
  • Entrance exams: USE in mathematics, computer science and Russian
  • Passing mark: 297.

Budget competition

Every year, interest in IT specialties is only growing. For example, at the Higher School of Economics in 2019 the number of applications increased by 71% compared to the previous 2018. In other technical universities the situation is similar: in Baumank there is a crazy competition for space and IT specialties, at St. popular programs. At the peak of popularity at MIPT, the programs "Applied Mathematics and Informatics", "Informatics and Computer Engineering", as well as biophysics, biotechnology and medicine.

As for specific numbers, the competition for places can be very high - but it should be borne in mind that applicants submit documents to 5 different universities, hence the numbers are sometimes cosmic. Another reason not to be intimidated by numbers is that universities often use these numbers for advertising purposes: they say, look what our university is in demand! According to data from the student portal, a real competition for 2020-2021 in the areas of "Business Informatics" will be more than 8 people for 1 place, "Information and analytical security systems" = 5/1.

Where to study IT abroad: USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands

The most popular IT direction among foreign students is Computer Science and Engineering, while the primacy in popularity and prestige for American universities:

The disciplines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) have indeed become the calling card of the United States, but this does not mean that America has become a monopoly on good programs. You can study IT in the Czech Republic, where education will cost much more budgetary, if not completely free at the Czech Technical University (CTU) or the Czech Agricultural University (CZU). The Game design direction is considered promising - you can master the specialty in game development at English universities: City, University of London, Bournemouth University, Nottingham Trent University.

The best universities to study IT with approximate bachelor's prices

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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