This year 41 foreigners from 34 countries sent their applications to Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad. Twenty-two of them were given the opportunity to study in Belarus.
The main selection criterion was academic performance. Those whose certificate GPA is below 7.5 on a 10-point grading scale (or below 75% in 100% scale) were not considered.
The lucky ones come from China, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Jordan, Lebanon, Latvia, Syria, Egypt, Burkina Faso.
They will study for free (both in universities and colleges), be provided with a dormitory, receive scholarships and allowances for their successful academic, social and scientific works.
The size of the scholarship will depend on the first-category tariff rate, educational institution and academic performance. The current minimum rate is BYN 191.76, which is $88,76 or €76,78.
Most popular universities
Belarus State University (BSU), and Belarusian State Medical University (BSMU) are the most attractive higher educational institutions for international students in Belarus.
The third most popular is Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU), closely followed by Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR), Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU), and Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU).
Obviously, Minsk universities lead in the number of foreign students, due to their advantageous location, among other things.
Among regional universities, Vitebsk State University (VSU) named after Masherov, Grodno State University (GSU) named after Yanka Kupala, Gomel State University (GSU) named after Francis Skorina are the leaders. Polotsk State University is also on the list.
Belarusian universities can teach foreigners in English in 181 specialties.
According to Olga Khatkevich, the consultant of the Ministry of Education, there depending on whare some preferences in specializations can be traced by where a student comes from.
“Chinese students favor education in culture. Many want to become musicians, singers. Citizens of India, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Jordan are more likely to choose medical universities,” she said.
In BSU, the most popular specializations are socio-economic and philological: the Faculty of Law, Economics, FMO, and the Faculty of Journalism have a large number of overseas students.
What about colleges?
Last year, 1,063 foreigners received a specialized secondary education, technical and vocational education. As a rule, they choose medical and construction colleges, automotive industry, device engineering, IT-technologies.
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