Application on-line

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Here you may apply on-line to study in Russia. Hurry up! Places are limited!


Required documents

So, you’ve decided to apply to one of the prestigious Russian state universities that are members of the RACUS group. What to do next? You should research all the represented universities (year of foundation, city where the university is located, number of students and professors, accommodation, availability of program and specialism that you wish to study, level and status of the degree, tuition fee, accommodation fee, life and health insurance fee etc.), and at this point you should definitely find out about all administrative requirements for admission to the chosen university. Seems difficult? Well, together we’ll manage it easily!

There are three stages to submitting documents for admission to a Russian state university:

STEP 1: submission of documents to the university to confirm the possibility of admission; issue of “admission letter”

You should firstly fill in the application form on-line or provide the RACUS representative in your country with the following:

  • Application form (given by the RACUS representative in your country);
  • Copy of your passport (pages with the photo, date of birth and passport expiry date);
  • Certificate of complete higher secondary education with academic transcript for undergraduate programs / higher education degree with academic transcript for postgraduate programs.

Applications for studies in Russian state universities are accepted by the RACUS central office in Saint Petersburg, Russia (WWW.EDURUSSIA.RU) and by the RACUS representative office in your country of residence (58 countries worldwide) annually from 1st MARCH until 1st OCTOBER.

IMPORTANT: Acceptance of applications is carried out in accordance with the quota of places provided by Russian state universities for foreign students. Thus, once you’ve made your choice of the university, we recommend you not to postpone the submission of your application. Places are limited!

The confirmation of a candidate’s admission by the university and issue of an “admission letter” (reservation) takes up to 5 days after submission of the full set of documents. 

After confirmation of admission by the university, the Department of Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation starts the process of issuing the official “invitation letter for study” (according to the application submitted by RACUS and the university).

It takes the Department of Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation approximately 35 to 45 days to issue the official invitation letter for study.

The original of the invitation letter is sent by the RACUS central office to your country of residence via express post.

IMPORTANT: A student visa can be issued at the Embassy /General Consulate of the Russian Federation ONLY if the original of the official “invitation letter for study” issued by the Department of Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation is provided.

STEP 2: issuance of student visa

Upon receiving the “invitation letter for study”, the student should refer to the Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation in his / her country in order to apply for a student visa. Usually the following documents are required:

  • Passport;
  • Completed application form (issued by the Embassy of the Russian Federation / General Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country);
  • 3 photographs (3x4cm);
  • Original of the “invitation letter for study”
  • Original of medical health certificate, including chest X-ray result;
  • Original of negative HIV test results;
  • Certificate of complete higher secondary education;
  • Official bank documents (receipt) confirming full payment of tuition fees for the first academic year 

NOTE: the set of documents required for student visa applications at your local Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation may vary.

STEP 3: entry to Russia

In order to enter the territory of the Russian Federation and to be admitted to university, a student should have the following documents:

  • Passport (valid for not less than 2 years);
  • Student entry visa;
  • Immigration Card (supplied during the flight or at the airport; it must be completed by the student and stamped by customs in the airport right after arrival in Russia);
  • Medical health certificate including chest X-Ray result;
  • Negative AIDS test result
  • 12 passport size (3×4 cm) black and white photographs in matt finish. 

For candidates obtaining admission to the foundation course or the first year of studies:

  • Original of complete higher secondary education certificate (including mark sheet/academic transcript), that should be legalized/apostilled (i.e. stamped by the Ministry of External Affairs (or Ministry of Education) and the Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country where the student obtained the certificate).
  • 2 copies of legalized/apostilled completed higher secondary education certificate (including mark sheet/academic transcript) notarized at the Embassy/ General Consulate of the Russian Federation and translated into Russian language; the translation should be certified by a notary from the Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country and attached to the copies. All pages of the copies should be numbered, stamped and officially sealed.  

For candidates obtaining admission to the Master’s degree, Postgraduate course or PhD

  • Original of higher education degree (including mark sheet/academic transcript for all academic years with subjects, marks and hours for each subject listed) that should be legalized/apostilled, (i.e. stamped by the Ministry of External Affairs (or Ministry of Education) and the Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country where the student obtained the certificate).
  • 2 copies of legalized/apostilled higher education degree (including mark sheet/academic transcript) notarized at the Embassy/ General Consulate of the Russian Federation and translated into Russian language; the translation should be certified by a notary from the Embassy/General Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country and attached to the copies. All pages of the copies should be numbered, stamped and officially sealed. 

Thus, each legalized document should have 2 or more stamps:

  1. Legalization stamp of the Ministry of External Affairs of the country that issued your educational documents
  2. Legalization stamp of the Embassy/ General Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country that issued your educational documents

IMPORTANT: During the first academic year students must, at their own expense, hand all educational certificates/transcripts etc. to ROSOBRNADZOR RF for assessment in order to obtain the “certificate of equivalence”. Students should then present their “certificate of equivalence” to the university. RACUS will, free of charge, supply students with all necessary information to help them obtain the “certificate of equivalence”. 

The RACUS representative in your country will organize groups and assist in the booking of flight tickets to Russia. Later the representative will organize your departure to Russia in a group with other students from your country. Please note that the RACUS central office in Saint Petersburg must be informed of the flight details (flight number, date and time of arrival, city of arrival and name of airport) five working days prior to your arrival. To avoid any problems with your arrival in Russia it is strongly recommended that you travel only in the group organized by the RACUS representative in your country.

IMPORTANT: All students are met personally at international airports by RACUS employees, who hold RACUS nameplates and have the special power of attorney from the university, which gives them the right to meet foreign students coming to Russia for study. The power of attorney is handed to border agency officers at the airport two hours prior to arrival of the plane. According to the official rules and regulations of the Russian Federal Migration Service, a student can be refused entry to the Russian Federation if he/she is not met by an official from the university or a person who has power of attorney from the university.

Still have some questions? Contact us via e-mail education@racus.ru and we will be glad to provide you with further information.

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