International students can be admitted either via personal contact or under exchange agreements with partner universities. To establish an individual contact:
Step 1: Choose a Program
Please, refer to the section "Education for International Students" (see Bachelor’s Programs, Master’s Programs, PhD's Programs, Russian Language Preparation Programs) and the web pages of a university schools to find out the information about the institute study programmes available for international students, their tuition cost and the cost of accomodation (in many cases, the university may not be able to provide you with housing).
Having found a degree programme/course that satisfies you please take Step 2 of this instruction.
If you cannot find necessary information or you need more information about the programme/course of your choice please address your queries to the Department of International Educational Programs.
Step 2: Submit Application Form
To your application form you should attach a copy of EVERY PAGE (including empty pages) of your international passport. The passport should be valid for at least 18 months after the prospective starting date of your studies. It is your responsibility to find out if your request and documents have been received by the institute and are eligible for processing.
Step 3: Agreement, Payment, Invitation Letter and Visa
After receiving your application form the International Department will send you the Learning Agreement with terms and conditions. Please, sign it and email its scanned copy back to the International Department at ovkuznetsova [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru.
On the basis of your signed Contract the Financial office will bill you for the cost of your tuition (for a semester in case you take a year-long course/programme). After receiving the confirmation of payment the department will apply for an invitation letter for you.
The Invitation Letter necessary for you to receive the Russian visa will be issued by the Krasnoyarsk Visa and Immigration Office within 30-45 days (official processing time). (The Visa and Migration office charges the University for 500RUR for issuing an invitation letter. This sum should be refunded to the International Department upon arrival to the University.) You will receive the notification that the document is ready from the International Department, Siberian Federal University, and may either collect it in person or appoint somebody with your Power of Attorney to collect it for you. In this case, they will be asked to bring the Power of Attorney Letter (it may be faxed or scanned) certifying that they may act on your behalf. Otherwise, you may prefer to receive it by express mail in which case it is your responsibility to pay the postage fees.
Meanwhile, find out from your nearest Russian Embassy what documents you need to supply with your visa application. It is recommended that you start preparing your documents well in advance as it may be a lengthy process. Depending upon the country in which you live travel arrangements can take several months. It is important that you receive your visa at the Embassy closest to the place where you permanently live.
Step 4: Arrival at Krasnoyarsk, Registration
On your arrival at Krasnoyarsk, go to the International Department (see also How to get to SibFU). We will contact the department / institute you would like to study at and do the necessary enrollment paperwork. Please, bring all the necessary documents (see below), including the original of your previous educational certificates (legalized by the Consulate of the Russian Federation or APOSTELE) and two legally notarized copies with the translation into Russian to meet the requirements of your programme. The International Department will assist you in applying for the Academic Equivalency Certificate which is mandatory for enrollment to the university (this can be done during the pre-university preparatory course or the first year of your programme). Please be prepared to take admission tests in the area you would like to study, which, in some cases, can be substituted by an interview.
It is mandatory that you register with the International Department, Siberian Federal University within 3 days after your arrival in Krasnoyarsk. It is important to remember that we will register you with the Office of International Affairs only if your Invitation Letter has been issued on behalf of Siberian Federal University. Business visa or any other visa is not suitable for this purpose.
Registering with a university is a normal procedure and we can give you the information about how to do this when you arrive here. In order to help you with registering the International Department will ask you to provide:
- your passport
- your visa and immigration card
- original of your previous educational certificates (legalized by the Consulate of the Russian Federation or APOSTELE) and two legally notarized copies with the translation into Russian
- a Russian proficiency test score (apply to The Siberian Regional Centre for Training and Testing of Foreign Citizens for a certificate if you do not have it, the Russian language preparatory course is available in The Pre-Admission Russian as a Foreign Language Department for International Students
- a medical certificate with standard blood tests (including HIV)
- 12 recent photographs of yourself, 4 cm x 3 cm in size
- medical insurance (apply to the International Office if you do not have it)