I. PRE-ARRIVALAfter you have finished the admission procedures, there are just a few final arrangements left before departure. This guide will provide you with tips of advice for the preparations.
TIP 1: Make sure that you are bringing with you all the needed documents, which are listed below
- Application form.
- International passport (copy) valid for at least 18 months after the date of entry to the Russian Federation and migration (landing) card.
- Medical certificate on absence of contraindications for study in Russia issued by the official medical care authority in your country of residence. Medical X-ray certificate valid on the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
- HIV certificate issued by the official medical care authority in the your country of residence.
- Copy and original of the document which certifies the earlier education received (with the list of the taken courses, credits received and grade point average), duly prepared for nostrification.
- 12 matte photos, 4 by 6 centimeters.
TIP 2: Consider purchasing medical insurance and mind the medicinesYou are legally obliged to have medical insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay on the territory of Russia. Insurance can be purchased at your home country but it should be valid on the territory of Russia. It is also possible to get medical insurance in Russia — this can be done from a local health insurance company. Upon request the University may recommend to you a few reputable local health insurance companies and to arrange your meeting with their representatives. Be sure to bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medication you currently require. These medications may sometimes be difficult to acquire in Russia. Read more about conditions
TIP 3: Think about the money mattersThe ruble, or rouble, is the currency of the Russian Federation. Normally, international credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard, are commonly accepted for payment, yet in some situations you may need cash. In Russian Federation US dollars, Euro or any other currency is an illegal payment means under the law. It’s better to have some cash (around $400 US or Euro — just enough for initial expenses: transport, accommodation, food) when you come to Russia and the rest on your credit card. Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted in exchanging the cash into the local currency. If you have your cash in any other currency, it might be really hard to find an exchange office and the rate won’t be in your favor. It’s better to bring common currencies for local bureaus de change: US dollars, euros or Chinese RMB.
TIP 4: Learn about your accommodationInternational students are accommodated at the University’s on-campus dormitories. SibFU provides comfortable residence halls with en-suite block of rooms for 4 or 5 people. Dormitory room-blocks have:
- washing machines;
- electric cookers;
- microwave ovens.
TIP 5: Mind the weather in SiberiaWinter: Siberian winter may be really very cold (-30…-35°C), so be sure to bring these warm clothes in order to avoid having health problems:
- warm thick coat;
- warm socks;
- warm winter sturdy boots;
- warm hat;
- thick gloves.
- rain coat;
- jacket for cold days.
TIP 6: Consider ways of notifying safe arrivalAs soon as you arrive at SibFU, you will have various opportunities to notify relatives and friends of your safe arrival. International students and staff support office will help you to purchase a SIM-card of a Russian mobile network provider and get to the library, which gives international students access to computers and unlimited Internet connection. If you plan to bring a laptop, it is best to install Skype equipment before leaving for Russia. It is a very helpful and cost efficient way to notify your family of safe arrival and communicate with family and friends in your home country.
II. ARRIVAL & ACCOMMODATION
Dear international student, welcome to Krasnoyarsk and Siberian Federal University!
Living and studying with Russians is your chance to learn the Russian language and culture and to develop new international friendships and cross-cultural understanding. We hope you will make the most of your experience! If you have questions, please contact the International students and staff support office (OISSS, firstname.lastname@example.org). We are happy to assist you in any way we can.
When you arrive in Krasnoyarsk you have to check in at the Protocol Office the sooner the better. According to the existing legislation an international visitor has to notify the Federal Immigration Office about his/her accommodation within 3 days:660041, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 79/10 Svobodny prospect (Library building), room B1-03
How to get to SibFU
Depending on the transport you have chosen, you will have to get to the University either from the Yemelyanovo Airport or from the railway station
- Yemelyanovo International Airport is the major airport in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia, located 37 km northwest of Krasnoyarsk. You may get to the city:
- by bus: there are express buses which will transfer you from the airport parking area in front of the central building of the airport to the city. It will take you about 100 RUR 40-50 minutes to get from the airport to the city bus station;
- by taxi: a taxi from the airport costs about 1000-1200 RUR, depending on the time of the day. Please, order a taxi at the information desk of the airport. You can pay by VISA/Mastercard;
- by SibFU transfer bus: in the beginning of every term OISSS arranges a free bus for new students. Contact us to get the information about the schedule: email@example.com.
- The Krasnoyarsk railway station is easy to access as it is located in the city center. Never take a free standing taxi from the railway station as you will most likely be 2-3 times overcharged. It makes more sense to use apps such as Uber
The SibFU may arrange a transfer from the airport or railway station for the students who arrive in groups.
- More about public transport (in russian)
- SibFU campus map (in russian), map on Google
- SibFU campus foto
All international students are accommodated at the University’s on-campus dormitories. Virtual dormitories tour
Accommodation issues are coordinated by the School you have been admitted to. SibFU provides comfortable residence halls with rooms for 2 to 5 people, who share bathroom and kitchen spaces. Food should be bought and cooked by yourself or you can also eat at the University’s café. Living at the University’s dormitory allows you to be more independent and to make more friends. However there are certain dormitory rules such as no noisy parties, no smoking, no alcohol or drugs and etc., you will have to follow. These rules are the same for all students’ dormitories.
If you wish to rent an apartment in Krasnoyarsk, please consider rental rates and consecutive expenses. An approximate rental charge for one room apartment is 15000 RUB. What is more, staying in SibFU’s dormitory will help you to escape tons of paperwork for alien registration (another important document obtained after registration at both SibFU dormitory and the Protocol office), whereas not many apartment’s owners will be willing to help with that.
International Students Recruitment Office (ISRO)
e-mail: admission [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
phone: +7 391 206-27-79
phone (WhatsApp, Viber): +7 950 971-22-06
address: 82A Svobodny pr., Office 4-47, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
International Student and Staff Support Office (ISSSO)
e-mail: oska [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
phone (WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat) + emergency calls: +7 902 966-13-60
address: 82A Svobodny pr., Office 2-27, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russia