The Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation approved the new order of providing academic leaves to students.  A corresponding order has been signed by Minister Dmitry Livanov.
The new procedure will apply to undergraduate and graduate students and resident physicians.
Now students can take as many academic leaves of absence as they wish due to health, family and other circumstances for the period not to exceed two years.
To apply for an academic leave, students will have to submit their personal application, and present a medical certificate, military conscription order, or other documents.
The student on academic leave shall be granted an extension of his or her education program, and shall not be allowed to enroll in any other program. If he or she is financing his or her own education, no charges shall apply throughout the duration of the academic leave.  If the student is taking an academic leave of absence due to health reasons, he or she shall be entitled to monthly compensation payments.