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Pass the exams

Master's degree

Portfolio competition for applicants to the Master's program

HOW TO ENROL IN A MASTERS PROGRAM AT SFEDU WITHOUT PASSING ENTRANCE EXAMS? TAKE PART IN THE PORTFOLIO CONTEST!

In 2021, Southern Federal University is holding a contest letting foreign nationals enroll in a Masters program on a fee basis without taking entrance exams.

Application deadlines: 01.03.2021 - 01.08.2021

Application form is to be filled out to participate in the portfolio contest. Please fill out all required fields.
Application for re-crediting the portfolio point. Please fill out all required fields.


 Documents to be submitted

  • Motivation letter “Why do I want to study at SFedU?"

  • Essay (essay topics are available in the site https://international.sfedu.ru/).

  • Documents confirming scientific and professional achievements of the applicant (certificates, diplomas, letters of recommendation);

  • Language proficiency certificate.


 How are the winners determined


Each section of the portfolio is rated on a scale from 0 to 25 points.

  • The maximum score for the portfolio is 100 points.
    The minimum required score is 50 points.

  • The winners can enroll in Masters programs on a fee-paying basis without taking entrance exams.

  • The list of winners and runners-up will be published on the website https://international.sfedu.ru/

    Application for recalculation of portfolio points

Contacts: welcome@sfedu.ru; gor@sfedu.ru



The entrance exam for the following masters programs (list of programs) is conducted in the form of an interview and a portfolio.

1. Interview:

2. Portfolio:

  • consists of a motivational letter, an essay, the results of educational activities, the results of professional, scientific and research work;

  • each achievement must be confirmed by documents (certificates, diplomas, scientific articles);

  • the results of educational, professional, and research work stated in the portfolio should be related to the areas of research and / or objects of professional activity of this master's program;

  • the portfolio must be provided in the applicant's personal account three days before the date of the entrance tests (at each stage of their implementation) by the link https://sfedu.ru/www/stat_pages22.show?p=ABT/N8211/P#s4

  • you can get advice on the portfolio from the program manager https://master.sfedu.ru/course/index.php?categoryid=41


The portfolio and the answers to the questions asked at the interview are evaluated by the exam board according to the following criteria ; (The structure of the assessment of the entrance exam:).

The results of the entrance exam are evaluated on a 100-point scale. The minimum number of points required to participate in the contest is 50 points.




You can enter the university on a contract basis and participate in a separate competition.

For admission, you must pass the internal entrance tests.

  • Testing

  • Portfolio and interview

Schedule of entrance tests for applicants to the SFedU

  • from May 25, 2021 to June 01, 2021

  • from August 07, 2021 to August 17, 2021

Entrance tests are conducted remotely

(Instructions for using proctoring)

Enrollment in the SFedU is carried out after the signing of the contract for studying from July 1, 2021.


You can apply for a budget place on the official website for the selection of foreign applicants to study in the Russian Federation.

Those who passed the competition at home in the RCSC are considered to have entered the SFedU without exams.

Enrollment in the SFedU is carried out after the formation in the system www.russia-edu.ru.
Directions to the studying from August 21, 2021.