Internatoinal students support: before arrival

Preparation chek-list

Hooray! You are enrolled and recieved an e-Invitation for studies from us. What is next? It is time to plan carefully all details and arrange for your trip to Russia, so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

If you come from a country other than Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Southern Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia and Uzbekistan you will need a valid student visa to enter the Russian Federation.

Please make sure that your arrival date does not precede the visa start date.

Please, send us the following documents before you come to Russia:

- visa
- plane tickets
- certificate of vaccination (measles vaccination is required, COVID vaccination if you have)
Also we need to know the information where you will make a PCR test after arrival in Russia (express-test in Moscow/Kazan airport or in one of Izhevsk hospital), and where you will stay for self-isolation till the time when you receive the negative result of the PCR test

To pass the Russian border you need to take a PCR test within 3 calendar days before the date of arrival in Russia.

Double-check to take:

- passport;
- tickets;
- letter of support;
- PCR test certificate taken not earlier than 72 hours before entry (in English or Russian);
- your e-invitation;
- originals of your educational documents.

UdSU International Education Center

Our address: Russia, Udmurt Republic, Izhevsk, Universitetskaya 1, bld. 2, room 128
Phone: +7 3412 916 181
WhatsApp: +7 912 451 42 71

student visa

The majority of international applicants who want to study in Russia will need a passport and a visa. International applicants from Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Southern Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, and Uzbekistan do not need a visa.

Student visas are obtained through the Russian Embassy (Consular Department) or Russian Consulate in your country of residence.

You can start the visa application process 45 days prior to the planned date of arrival in Russia. Student visas are normally issued within two or three weeks. Visa centres (available in some countries) can speed up the visa process for an additional fee.

The cost of the visa depends on your host country. Exact information on the cost of the visa and visa processing times can be obtained from the Russian Consulate or a visa centre in your country.

Documents Required for a Student Visa:

  • International passport (original) and a copy of the front page.
  • Official invitation for entry to Russia (original).
  • Please refer to the section on Obtaining an Invitation for more details.
  • Application form (you can fill in the e-form here).
  • Photograph 3.5 x 4.5 cm (1.18 x1.57 inches).
  • HIV-negative status certificate.
  • For applicants under 18 years – parental consent to travel certified by a notary.
This is a general list. Consult the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country regarding your application.

Invitations to Russia are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.

After you meet all admission requirements and officially recieve a place at the university, the university will send you an electronic invitation with which you should apply for Russian study visa.

After receiving your visa, check the correctness of the information specified and send the scan of the visa to

Initially, a student visa is issued for three months. After this period you should apply for a visa extension in Russia. There you will get a one-year multi-visa which allows you to travel to and from Russia within the validity period of the visa.

Starting from December 2017, international students who completed pre-university training and passed entrance examinations to enrol in a basic education programme (Bachelor degree) can have their student visa extended in Russia, they needn’t travel back to their home country for visa processing.

Official invitation for entry to Russia

International applicants from countries without visa-free agreements need to get an invitation from university to apply for a student visa.

Invitations to Russia are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.
Applicants who obtained their place at a university in Russia through competitive selection (quotas) get their invitation at the instruction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. At a Rossotrudnichestvo office they are given the six-digit number of their invitation which they then quote when submitting the visa application.
If the applicant obtained their place at the university through a standard procedure or is a fee-paying student, the invitation will be sent by the university. You will need an original invitation to submit the visa application.

To get an official invitation for entry to Russia you need your passport and filled form sent by UdSU.
Pay attention:

  • the form mustn’t have any correction;
  • your passport expiration date must be more than 18 months after you get a visa;
  • there must be at least 2 clear facing pages in your passport for a visa and border crossing stamps;
  • if you don’t have 2 clear facing pages you need to get a new passport.

It will take about 10 working days.
Attention! The invitation is issued 45 days (not earlier) before the student enters the territory of the Russian Federation.

It lasts 90 days.
When you get your invitation please check:

  • your personal information (first name, surname, middle name, birth date, sex);
  • your passport information (passport number, expiration date)
  • date of entry to Russia and period of stay.

medical issues

International citizens can stay in the Russian Federation only under conditions of a medical insurance existence. The insurance must be vailid in Russia (Federal Law of July 25, 2002 No 115-ФЗ, Federal Law of August 15, 1996 No114-ФЗ).

You can apply for any medical insurance policy which covers repatriation and medical service in case of non-chronic diseases. You can apply for medical insurance in the International education center (room 128, 2nd bld.), the price is 4000 rub; VSK medical insurance company.

  • Insurance coverage of at least 100,000.00 rubles with 1 year validity period
  • Without a medical insurance, a foreign citizen can only be provided with emergency medical care
It is obligated to apply for medical insurance otherwise you will get a fine (from 5 to 7 thousand rubles) and possible deportation from the Russian Federation (Article 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation)

According to Federal Law of July 1, 2021 No 274-ФЗ ALL INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS are obliged to attend a procedure of medical examination, fingerprinting registration and photography within 90 days from the moment of entrance into Russian Federation.
More info is here.

All International students are required to bring in UdSU the following documents:

  • certificate of vaccination (with information about COVID-19 and measles vaccination)
  • 2 PCR test certificates: one which is taken not earlier than 72 hours before entry (in English or Russian), and one which is taken not later than 72 hours upon arrival.

Migration Card

A Migration Card is a certificate of your legal crossing of the Russian border. Together with your passport, it is an essential document for your stay in Russia. You cannot register with the Migration Service if you don't have this card. When filling out the card, try not to make any errors as you will have to spend a lot of time correcting them later.

Free forms are distributed on planes, trains, and before passport control at the airport (or railway station).

A Migration Card should be filled out in Russian (or in Latin script if you don't know Russian) legibly, without erasures or corrections.
After that you hand the card over to the border control officer. You'll be given a detachable part of the form which will serve as your Migration Card. Keep it until you leave the Russian Federation.
! pay attention: you need to underline the right purpose of travel «Учёба/Education»

A Migration Card is valid for the duration of your stay in Russia. If you leave the country, hand it over at border control and fill out a new form when you return.

how to get to us

Udmurt State University is located in the multicultural region of Udmurtia, in Izhevsk city. Izhevsk is in the top 20 largest cities in Russian Federation. There is an airport and a rail-way station. Also Izhevsk has a developed transport network: buses, trolleybuses, trams and taxis.

The nearest international airports to Izhevsk are located in Kazan, Moscow and Perm.

  • Flight duration:

1 h 40 min from Moscow
2 h 30 min from Saint-Petersburg

We recommend to book electronic airline tickets in advance!

  • Way duration:

18 h from Moscow
6 h from Kazan
12 h from Ekaterinburg
31 h from Saint-Petersburg

  • You can book tickets here
We recommend to book electronic train tickets in advance!

  • From Izhevsk airport:
By bus 331 to the Magazin Korporatsiya Tsentr stop, after go by trolleybus 14 or buses 12 and 27 to the Universitet stop (price: 52+27 rub)
Bu taxi (average price: 400-500 rub)
App to request a ride
  • From rail-way station:
By bus 22 to the Universitet stop (price: 27 rub)
Buy trams 3 and 12 to the Vorovskogo stop (price: 27 rub)
Buy taxi (average price: 300 rub)
Site with public transportation online schedule

All international students coming to study at UdSU are assigned a personal student tutor (buddy). The tutor (buddy) can meet you in Izhevsk airport or train station, accompany to the dormitory, help with documents etc. (without any additional payment). It is free of charge. You should pay just for your transfer (taxi or bus).
To request the tutor (buddy) you need to:

  • Send us the scan of your tickets to Izhevsk (NOT LATER THAN 5 WORKING DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL)
  • Fill an application

future expenses

One-time expenses

TOTAL: 12.845₽

  • over 1200 ₽: PCR-test
  • approx. 300 ₽: 6 mat photos 3x4 (you can bring them with you)
  • 45 ₽: library pass
  • 1600 ₽: visa prolongation
  • approx. 5700 ₽: medical examination
  • approx. 4000 ₽: medical insurance
Monthly expenses

TOTAL: 19.400*
*if on-campus housing

  • 3100 ₽: on-campus housing
  • over 12000 ₽: off-campus housing
  • approx. 15000 ₽: food
  • over 1000 ₽: transportation
  • over 300 ₽: mobile communications
Other expenses

TOTAL: 2.020

  • over 500 ₽: cafes and restaurants (per a visit)
  • over 120 ₽: cinema (per a ticket)
  • over 150 ₽: museums (per a ticket)
  • over 200 ₽: concert (per a ticket)
  • over 500 ₽: theatre (per a ticket)
  • approx. 350 ₽: e-scooter rent (per hour)
  • approx. 50 ₽: food delivery
  • over 150 ₽: taxi (per ride)

tutor programme

All international students coming to study at UdSU are assigned a personal student tutor (buddy). Tutors are members of UdSU International students club which goal is to develop international youth communication, help international students to integrate in educational process, student activities and cultural life of the university, republic and country.

Tutor (buddy) is a voluntary Russian student trained to assist international students with practical matters and to introduce them to the student life in Izhevsk. The tutoring system is coordinated by the International and Public Relations Office.

To apply for buddy you need to fill the application.

  • To meet you in Izhevsk airport or train station
  • To accompany you to the dormitory
  • To help with documents
  • To advice some interesting places and events in the city
  • To give an usefull information about UdSU

  • To help you at night (from 8 pm to 8 am)
  • To become your personal assistant 24/7 (respect their personal borders!)
  • To help you financially