Education in Russia is mainly provided by the state and is regulated by the Ministry of Education and Science. Universities offer different undergraduate and postgraduate courses in one of the fast-growing economies in the world. As the majority of courses are taught in Russian some universities offer one-year preparatory courses for international students to help them to get up to the required standard quickly.
If you wish to study in Russia you will probably need to get a visa. A Student Visa is granted to those who are enrolled in a course of study in Russia. Once you’ve been offered a place to study in Russia, the university’s international department will provide you with an original letter of invitation issued by a Russian Federal Migration Service agency. Apart from invitation you will also need to provide the following documents: the current passport, the application form, the passport size photo and HIV test. Self-employed and unemployed applicants will need to provide bank statements for the last three months with a minimum balance of £100 per day for the duration of their stay.
Student visa is valid for up to 90 days and then, if necessary, can be extended for up to 1 year. It can be issued for single or double entry.
Russian immigration law is constantly changing and often confounding to those unfamiliar with the rules, procedures, and practices. For in depth advice relating to your specific needs and information about other visa categories, please feel free to contact us.