Russia - General Information

Visa Information

To apply for a visa, the applicant should complete the following stapes (at least 2 months before the expected date of arrival/start of the programme):

1. Fill in the online applicaiton form ( );

2. Submit the copy of their international passport (valid more than 2 years prior to the date of their arrival to Russia); their documents of previous education (student`s certificate & transcript - for international mobility applicants); medical documents confirming the absence of preexisting medical conditions preventing their studies in Russia, including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis tests; a letter of nomination for exchange/mobility (for exchange students, to be provided upon UNN’s request);

Citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine are permitted to stay in the Russian Federation without a visa.

For students, who are citizens of other countries not listed here, the University addresses the general Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia to launch the invitation process. The Administration issues an invitation letter approximately 6 weeks after the University`s official request. The original invitation letter is required in order to obtain a three-month student visa at the local Russian Embassy. If a student wants to study longer, they can have UNN extend their visa without leaving the country. One month prior to expiration of their visa, they should come to the Dean’s office (r.306) with all the necessary documents.

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Cost of Living

Approximately €250 - €350 per month to cover minimum living costs in Russia.


UNN provides support for international students in finding accommodation.

Students have an option of staying at the dormitory, located on campus not far from the city center. All rooms have Internet access. Shared bathrooms and kitchens are located on each floor. Students also have access to special study rooms. Standard accommodation (3 pers. per room) at the dormitory costs 10400 rubles per academic year (i.e. 1040 rubles per month).

Students can apply for staying with a Russian host family (approx. 25000-30000 rubles per month) or look for an apartment on the private market (approx. 25000 rubles per month).

 Health Insurance

We strongly recommend all our students to purchase Russian health insurance. Students will have the opportunity to buy Russian health insurance upon arrival at the Dean’s Office (r.306). It costs about 3000 rubles per semester (standard price for students from all health insurance companies).

Further Information

 UNN Factsheet