St. Petersburg State University Center of Additional Educational Programs in the Field of Russian as a Foreign Language

St. Petersburg State University

Center of Additional Educational Programs
in the Field of Russian as a Foreign Language

Invitation and Visa

How to Get an Invitation

First of all, you need to fill in the online application form. 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.

The invitation is issued for the period not exceeding 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your supposed entry into the Russian Federation.

For European Union’s citizens:
Execution of an invitation letter for obtaining a single entry visa for the period not exceeding 90 days without the possibility of its extension. The period of execution of the invitation letter is within 2 weeks.

We accept for studies the persons who have reached the age of 18 years on the individual base. Admission for studies of the persons aged 10-14 years is conducted mainly in organized groups and in the presence of an attendant of full age, as well as a letter of attorney for each under-age trainee.

A Course Visa

For entering into the Russian Federation, you need to have a passport with a course visa.

A visa is not needed for citizens of: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Tajikistan, Ukraine, the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Citizens of the following countries can enter the country on the basis of national passports (national identity documents): the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Ukraine. The trainees from other countries, including the CIS, must have an international passport.

Where to Arrange a Course Visa

The Russian visa can be obtained at the Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country. For detailed information, please, refer to the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA Russia).

Go to the website of MFA Russia

Multi-Entry Course Visa 

Initially foreign trainees obtain a single entry visa for the period, not exceeding 90 days. If the enrollment contract duration is longer than 3 months, you have to extend your visa by obtaining a multi-entry visa. For visa extension, you need to refer to the staff members of the Passports and Visas Department at the off. 306-A not later than 30 days before its expiry date.

The multi-entry visa can be issued for the period, not exceeding 1 year. For obtaining the multi-entry visa, you need to have a medical insurance and pay the stamp duty.


Please, do not book tickets to the Russian Federation before you obtain the invitation from SPbU.


We are always glad to answer your questions:

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