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Cardiff University is working towards building and developing stronger links with institutions throughout Russia. We make regular visits to Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan. There are currently around 15 Russian students enrolled on our courses.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated with the Russian Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete the Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii with grades of at least 4.0/5.0, with 4.0 in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have a high school certificate with grades of at least 4.0/5.0 in addition to a recognised one year International Foundation Programme to qualify for Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

Some Schools will consider successful completion of at least one year of a relevant four year honour's degree programme (with high grades in key subject areas) at a recognised institution in Russia.

Cardiff University also accepts a wide range of UK and international qualifications such as A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to have a relevant four year Bakalavr bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above to be considered for Cardiff University's postgraduate taught programmes.

If your bachelor's degree is marked out of a GPA of 5.0, you will be required to have an average of at least 4.0.

Postgraduate research programmes

You will be required to have a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above and possibly also successful completion of a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.

English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Representatives from the International Office visit Russia regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Alexander Gorlov

Alexander Gorlov

Course Title: LLM
Country: Russia

Year of Graduation: 2003
Current Employer: Shtokman Development AG

A firm believer in the saying ‘impossible is nothing’, Alexander Gorlov is doing very well in Moscow as the head of the legal department in Shtokman Development AG. Already thinking about enrolling his 4 year old daughter at Cardiff University in the future, he attributes his ability to do professional work in an international environment to his experience studying in Cardiff.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

Cardiff came in 7th place for the research assessment exercise (RAE) and I thought I’d go to the best school in Wales.

We at Cardiff pride ourselves for having over 100 countries of students that come here. What do you think about the range of international students at Cardiff University?

I learnt about other nationalities in Cardiff. I still have very good friends from Germany, Italy, England, Wales and China. I still keep in touch with the people I met in Cardiff. We meet each other every 5 years or so. Not too often, but we still meet. I think Russians in comparison with other Europeans are less exposed to other nationalities.

There are so many different nationalities in Cardiff! When I work with different companies and the shareholders are from places like Norway or France, my experience in Cardiff helps me a lot.

Another thing is that before I went to Cardiff, I didn’t believe that I could work professionally in an international environment. But now because 80%-90% of my projects are based on English law, I don’t have any problems. I am now even more comfortable working under the English legal system compared to the Russian one.

Life after Graduation
You’re the head of the legal department in Shtokman, how are you settling in?

The oil and gas industry is new for me. I used to work for private companies in Russia and now I’m working for the state owned company – because the main shareholder is state owned. This is a very difference experience from working in private companies. I have a big legal department of 12 people. If things go according to plan, we will be expanding the office to about 16-18 people. The Shtokman project is one of the biggest in the world in the gas industry. Gas will be drilled from offshore Russia in the Arctic sea and be delivered to Europe and other parts of the world.

So tell me a little more about your legal responsibilities – what are you responsible for? What do you handle on a daily basis?

The most important task for the legal department is to finalise agreements between shareholders because they need to agree on certain terms in order to go further with the project. The other task is to help prepare the shareholders in making final investment decisions during the construction stage. So we are talking about 20-30 billion dollars in five years.

As I understand from oil and gas industries, risk liabilities are very high – what would you say is the biggest the risk of your job in particular?

My job is to identify the legal risks; to mitigate them; to explain to my management the details of the risks and to develop the risk mitigation strategies. Another is to get the most favourable terms for our contracts because we enter into big purchasing deals with many construction companies. I try to save as much money as possible for the company and shareholders. The biggest risk is not being able to do that.

What did you learn in Cardiff that you carry with you until today?

Firstly, that ‘impossible is nothing’.

The second thing l learnt was how to deal with an international environment which is very important for an international lawyer in the global world. I learnt to not only deal with people, but issues from other companies. Your horizon becomes limited when you stay in your country and not travel abroad.

Do you have any advice for a Russian prospective student who’s thinking of doing a degree here?

My advice (especially for Russians) would be not to focus so much on the ratings of universities (maybe it is not so important for Cardiff because it is well rated). It is understandable that employers only want to employ students from the top universities in Britain and assume that it would be better for them if their employees were from there.

But I would say that the top 20 law schools are relatively unknown yet have no significant difference in terms of education. There is absolutely no need to fight to enter the top schools. You should go ahead and get your master’s degree anyway. Just because one goes to the top university in the world doesn’t necessarily mean that they will get the best professional career. I have met many who went to Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard and haven’t done as well after graduation.

Yes I’d still say Cardiff was the best choice for me. If I turned back time to 2002, I’m still glad I chose Cardiff and not some other university because I am very happy with where my professional career is now.

I am glad I chose Cardiff and not some other university because I am very happy with where my professional career is right now.

Student views

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Sarah Watts
Cardiff Contact - Jon Wright

Hi I'm Jon and I am the country manager for Russia.

My forthcoming visits will be advertised on this page so please keep checking for upcoming events as I would be delighted to meet with you then.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope to hear from you soon.



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