Invitation and Visa

First, to participate in the program, you need to fill in the application form on our website. An invitation for obtaining a study visa is executed within 20 days from the date of documents acceptance by the Directorate for Migration Affairs of the Russian Federation Ministry of the Interior.

A copy of your invitation will be sent to your e-mail address. If required to provide the staff members of the Consulate of the Russian Federation with the original of your invitation, it will be sent to you by post. After receiving an invitation for studying, it is necessary to apply for a study visa in your country.

Application form  

To extend a single-entry visa, you have to sign an enrolment contract for the period exceeding the period of your current visa.

The recommended period for submission of documents for processing of a multiple-entry visa is not later than 30 calendar days before your visa expiry date.

Yes, it is possible in the presence of a study or work visa.



It is a document confirming a foreign citizen’s entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. A migration card is necessary for registration at the place of residence.

A migration card is issued upon arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation in the customs control zone.

The notification of migration registration must be provided within 7 working days.

A medical insurance policy can be issued by any insurance company, both in your country or in Russia.

In case you have a multi-entry visa, the last day of the contract is the last day of residence in Russia.

If you have a single-entry visa for a period up to 90 days, and the duration of the contract is less than this period, you must leave the territory of the Russian Federation within a period not exceeding 3 working days.

A certificate of a trainee is issued after signing an enrolment contract and paying the tuition fee. For this, it is necessary to provide the Academic Office (off. 306, 3rd floor) with one photo (3x4 cm, preferably matte). The period of validity of the certificate corresponds to the period of study indicated in the enrolment contract.

This is a document confirming your status of a trainee of SPbU. It is a university pass that gives the right to use a reading room of the university library.



No, payment is made for the whole studying period at a time.

Yes, it is. The recommended period is before 45 days prior to the contract and visa expiry date.

Yes, you may. If your level of Russian language proficiency is higher or lower than the level of your group, you need to contact the Academic Office (off. 302, 3 rd floor), or send an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yes, it is possible, if you register at the place of residence in the regions of stay, as well as obtain a new notification of migration registration upon return to St. Petersburg.


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