I'm sorry if this is not the right place to ask this sort of question, but I really need an answer.
I'm from the middle-east and wants to apply for a master's degree in Russia, but lately people are discouraging me about the idea, for the following reasons:
- A Russian degree is not perceived as "very good" in other parts of Europe (western countries) & USA
- difficult to get a job while (or even after) studying, since you are a foreigner
- even if you get a job, incomes are LOW
- there have been several racism-related crimes against Black and Hispanic (etc) people, and all-in-all it's a dangerous country.
Don't get me wrong, I love Russia and Russian culture, but I'm paying a big amount of money, so I'd love to get things in return.
My question is: are my concerns reasonable, or are they just the product of American (Hollywood) propaganda? Would you advise me to study abroad in Russia or drop the idea and find somewhere else?
I mean: is it worth the time/money/effort or not?