In total, there are more than 200 specialties of secondary vocational education in Russia. The Ministry of Education and Science included a quarter of them in the list of areas in which only distance learning is not allowed.

According to lawmakers, restrictions are necessary in order to provide students with good practical training in the specialties where it is needed. The list includes some technical, technological, medical and economic areas. So, for example, in the distance mode it is impossible to get the profession of a builder, programmer, paramedic, as well as the professions of economist and law that are most popular among college applicants. Despite the existing restrictions, educational institutions have adapted to the existing rules. They admit students to both “Economics” and “Law”, but in this case the form of study is defined as “extramural with the use of distance technologies.” The diploma indicates the correspondence form of education, not distance learning.

Distance learning involves studying the material, completing assignments and consulting with teachers online; it is necessary to be present at the college full-time only once – during the final certification and defense of the diploma. Most state educational institutions offer their applicants a correspondence course – an independent study of materials with attending full-time consultations from one to four times a month. Recently, some of them have adapted their correspondence department to distance learning, but there are very few of them. Distance learning continues to be the domain of non-state colleges.

After registering in the system, a student can study materials for each subject, receive options for assignments, send completed works, take tests and see their grades. Through the use of modern technologies – online broadcasting of lectures, webinars, communication with teachers via Skype – the effect of being in the college is created.

The advantages of distance learning are obvious. The student is not tied to the place of study – wherever there is access to the Internet, you can open an electronic training course and contact the teacher. The lack of a clear start time for classes allows you to study when it is convenient and at the optimal pace.

Online learning in Russian colleges

1.     College `Synergy`

Non-state educational private institution of higher education “Moscow Financial and Industrial University” Synergy “

For 30 years Synergy College has been a leader in ratings among colleges in Moscow and Russia. Here you will receive a quality education by combining traditional academic knowledge and many years of experience of practicing teachers. The college concentrates some of the most popular and demanded areas from the field of Economics and Management, and ending with the field of IT technologies and Design. Graduates of the 9th grade have a unique opportunity to enroll in the continuing education program, which allows them to combine school and college education and, already in the 2nd year of the College, receive a diploma of secondary vocational education. Synergy College students annually participate and win awards in various professional championships and olympiads, such as Clockwork Orange, WorldSkills Russia 2018, Moscow Masters by WorldSkills Russia standards. Synergy College in 2019 successfully confirmed State accreditation until 2025, which allows

2.     Humanitarian College of Economics and Law

Professional educational institution “HUMANITARIAN TECHNICUM OF ECONOMY AND LAW”

It is possible to enter without OGE / USE. A wide range of specialties, state license and accreditation, individual approach, home environment.

3.     Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education, North-East European Institute of RANEPA

Faculty of secondary vocational education of the North-West Institute of Management – a branch of the federal state budgetary educational institution of higher education “Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation”

The Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education (FSVE) was created in 2010 by joining the Social Technical School to the SZIU RANEPA. Despite the fact that the faculty was organized relatively recently, it has a rich history. The social technical school was established in 1923 with the aim of training qualified socially oriented specialists. From the moment the institution was founded, training began for the prosthetic and orthopedic enterprises of the city and the country in the specialty “Prosthetic and orthopedic and rehabilitation equipment.” Since 1969 – in the specialties “Law and organization of social security”, and since 1976 – in the specialty “Economics and accounting (by industry)”.

4.     Higher Engineering College

Autonomous non-profit professional educational organization `Higher College of Engineering`

The Higher Engineering College is an educational institution with state accreditation and 20 years of successful experience in education. Secondary vocational education and advanced training on the basis of the Higher Engineering College is practical knowledge for real life and a successful career.

5.     Nizhny Novgorod Humanitarian and Technical College (Kamen-na-Obi division)

Private professional educational institution `Nizhny Novgorod Humanitarian and Technical College`

Acceptance of documents from June 1, 2020. State accreditation, upon completion of training, a state-recognized diploma is issued.

6.     College VIVT

Voronezh Institute of High Technologies is an autonomous non-profit educational organization

According to the results of the official ratings of non-state accredited colleges held by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, VIVT is annually included in the top 20, most rapidly developing educational institutions that provide high quality education.

7.     Metropolitan Professional College

Private institution of vocational education `Metropolitan professional college`

The priority in the activities of the college is to ensure a high level of organization of the educational process and the release of qualified mid-level specialists. Upon graduation, the college issues state diplomas of secondary vocational education to its graduates.

8.     KESI College

Autonomous non-profit organization of professional education “College of Economics, Insurance and Information Technologies KESI”

What does studying at KESI give: Opportunity to get a prestigious specialty and a high-paying job in the future. Synthesis of theoretical knowledge and their practical application in leading companies in Moscow. An opportunity to get a quality education and a state-recognized vocational education diploma. Participation in an active student life: excursions, career days, foreign internships, sports. Opportunity to continue training on an individual trajectory at a higher professional educational institution. Colleges college partners: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Financial University, MTU (MIREA), MPEI, MTUCI, Synergy University. The College has the following specialties: Banking, Law and Social Security Organization, Applied Informatics, Economics and Accounting, Commerce, Finance.

9.     Faculty of additional education ZabGU

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Trans-Baikal State University” – Faculty of Additional Education

10.  Moscow City Open College

Private educational institution of secondary vocational education `Moscow City Open College`


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