There is the Internet University of IT in Russia http://www.intuit.ru/.
Unfortunately is has no state status, but the initiative has to be praised and well-known. The idea is to allow everyone to gain professional skills and even to get a new specialty in IT area via e-learning using free courses on the web site. This system already works and plenty of courses are available. I have browsed through forums at the mentioned site and found students asking for trial (educational) projects to implement, so the study would not be pure theoretical issue.
My best whishes to the project and the people behind them!