In recent years, a number of Russian universities lost accreditation of several of their academic programs. In those cases, graduating students cannot obtain a state-format diploma for their program but they may transfer to another institution which offers an accredited program in the same field of study.
Institutional accreditation at Russian higher education institutions is typically granted for a period of five years. While the institution may be accredited, selected programs may temporarily lose their accredited status. In such cases, institutions are obligated by law to help students transfer to other institutions in order to complete their programs. When accreditation is restored, institutions may continue to enroll new students in the said programs. Students graduating from accredited programs receive the state-format diplomas.