An important characteristic of “Russian” education is the unified and fairly severe standards in terms of course content, study methods and grading. Depending upon the type of organisation, practically all undergraduate courses in the CIS can be classed as study programmes. At the next levels, postgraduate and doctorate, both study and research programmes are offered as a rule. The choice of vocational, applied and combined courses is, as yet, extremely limited.
The most widespread teaching methods in the “Russian” education model include: lectures, seminars, independent work, meetings with a supervisor, work in laboratories and in the field (depending upon the specialism). In contrast with the UK, there is no mentoring system, group exercises are not set, and multimedia study tools are used minimally.
The model also has its own specific system for assessing study outcomes. Students in the CIS take tests and exams at the end of every semester. The procedures in the CIS and in the UK for grading knowledge acquired have a number of substantial differences:
A lack of understanding of these differences can create substantial hurdles for students from CIS countries at British universities in the course of their studies.