FAQs on Russian Education
I) What is the migration card?
The migration card is the document, which testifies that the student has crossed the border of the Russian Federation. It is an obligatory document for the further processing of the student registration and hence is an important document. Without the migration card the registration on the territory of Russian Federation cannot be done and the student would be deported back to the home country.
The migration card is handed out by the flight attendant on the plane. It is also available at the airport at the immigration department. The card consists of 2 identical parts, which are necessary to fill. At the immigration of the International airport, the immigration officer stamps the both parts of the card and retains one while the other part is handed over to the student. Before leaving the immigration desk, it is important to check that you have received the stamped part from the officer. It is important and obligatory to retain the migration card till the departure from the Russian Federation.
II) What is the registration?
Registration gives foreign student a legal right to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for the period of registration. Usually the period of registration is one year. Registration should be renewed annually 2-3 weeks before its termination.
Upon arrival at the University, the student should submit the required documents to process the registration within 3 days after arrival. The duration of the registration processing is10-15 days. The original passport of the student is taken by the concerned department.
The registration is stamped on the migration card, There the address of the student hostel where the student lives is noted. The registration of the passport and the visa requires that the passport is valid for a minimum period of 2 years. It is recommended to renew the passport before traveling to Russia for the full period of study.
III) How much luggage the student is allowed to bring?
If there is no general restriction in the weight of the luggage that the student can bring from his/her hometown, the student should know that airlines allow to carry 20-25 kgs of luggage free of charge. All overweight luggage should be paid on a Kg basis and may turn to be expensive.
It is recommended to bring only necessary things that are required and which you feel may not be available in Russia. Everything else could be purchased in Russia. It is recommended to take warm cloths like coat, boots, cap, gloves scarf etc, things of personal hygiene. For your journey in the period of September – October, you could take with you light jacket, jeans, socks, sport boots. During the winter months of November – December you need to take a warm coat, a sweater, warm trousers, boots, cap, and gloves.
IV) Will I have any additional expenses when I arrive in Russia?
When students arrive in Russia, they pay the officially established charges for the registration. It is about US $ 30. Sometimes, the University requires the student to be re-examined for HIV or medical fitness which would cost an additional US$ 15. HIV certificate is valid for 3 months.
V) What will be my average month expenses?
Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Russia are more than those of the following months. You’ll need about 500 USD for the first three months of staying in Russia. That is because the student would need to pay the registration charges, purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average month expenses for food are about US$ 100- 150.
VI) How can my parents send me money for my expenses?
Parents can send money to the student’s bank account in Russia by the way of a wire transfer. The student is recommended to open a bank account as soon as the process of registration is completed. It usually takes about 10-15 days.
VII) What is the preparatory faculty and what is it for?
The preparatory faculty is a special educational program with duration of 1 academic year (7-10 months). At the preparatory faculty students study Russian language and the special disciplines required depending on the future specialty chosen (language of science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history, and literature). After completing the preparatory faculties the student pass through an examination. In case of a successful passing of the examination, the student receives the Certificate of the preparatory faculty. This certificate gives the student a right to enter any Russian university without entrance examinations.
But if the student chooses training in English or French language (only for medical specialties) he/she does not need to study at the preparatory faculty, he enters directly the first year of the degree course.
Studying at the preparatory faculty starts on the October, 1st, every year depending on the formation of groups. (6-8 students in group).
VIII) When do vacations begin in Russian Universities?
At the preparatory faculty, the study program is not divided into semesters; therefore winter vacations are not stipulated. At the end of January students, who have successfully passed all tests have one week of rest. Students, who have academic debts try to pass their tests again. Summer vacations last 2 months, from July, 1 till August, 31.
As for the degree course (6 years), winter vacations last 2 weeks from the last week of January till the first week of February. Summer vacations are the same as at the preparatory faculty — from July, 1st till August, 31st every year.
IX) I receive an exit visa, when am I expected to leave Russia
If a student receives an exit visa, he/she is obliged to leave Russia within 15 days after the receiving the visa. In case of a delayed departure, strict measures — penal sanctions, arrest, holding in custody, deportation are applied.
The decision on deportation is taken by a special court. In case of deportation the entrance to Russia is forbidden for the subsequent 5 years. We strictly recommend students to observe the requirements of the immigration services.
X) Is it possible to study and work at the same time?
Russian education is generally considered to be one of the most qualitative and fundamental in the world. Much attention is paid both to basic theoretical knowledge of students and extensive practical skills. It allows students to find a well-paid job and start climbing the career ladder right after the graduation.
Students of Russian Universities are obliged to visit all the lectures because only knowledge received during the classes allows the students to become efficient and knowledgeable professionals.
Thus, it might be possible to work only after classes or on holidays or weekends. How-ever, during the first two years we would not recommend you to combine work and study. Firstly you need to get accustomed to the new country and learn Russian language. When you become the third year student it may be possible for you to get a work only if you study well and you attend all the required classes.