FAQ

1. How will the academic year start for international students?

Those who are in Krasnoyarsk will study face-to-face, while those who are not in Russia will study online. The format and schedule should be specified in a specific Institute or on the website

2. How can SibFU help you to cross the border and prepare the necessary invitation letter for it?

The University will send an invitation to obtain a visa to enter the Russian Federation, but this procedure has been suspended by presidential decree till September, 15. Invitations for students from visa-free countries are also not being prepared.

You can order your student certificate at the Academic Office at your Institute. However, the SibFU does not guarantee that these certificates facilitate border crossing.

3. When can students from visa-required and visa-free countries arrive?

Students from visa-free countries will be able to come to Krasnoyarsk immediately after the borders have opened, and students from countries which require a visa — 2 months after the official permission to issue visa invitations has been given. All students start training after fulfilling all the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor, including a two-week quarantine and passing a test for coronavirus.

4. Do I need to be in self-isolation for 14 days?

According to the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor, foreign citizens are allowed to study only after 14 days of self-isolation (from the date of entry into the Russian Federation).

5. What documents should I bring with me to Krasnoyarsk?

  • medical documents (in Russian or English) confirming the negative result by laboratory testing for COVID-19 by PCR techniques (the test must be completed no earlier than 3 days before arrival to the territory of the Russian Federation)

Required documents for initial migration registration (upon arrival):

  • an original of the identity document (national passport, foreign passport);
  • 2 copies of the identity document (only marked pages, no need to copy everything);
  • original migration card with a mark on the date of crossing the border into the Russian Federation;
  • 2 copies of the migration card (both sides) with a mark on the date of crossing the border into the Russian Federation;
  • a copy of the translation of the national passport or foreign passport;
  • a ticket (to confirm the date of arrival in Krasnoyarsk);
  • dormitory certificate/apartment rental agreement;
  • 2 photos of 3x4 cm;
  • study contract, in the case of studying in a fee-based place;
  • medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation until the end of the current academic year.

6. Can I purchase a medical insurance in Krasnoyarsk?

Yes, you can. The employees of the International Students and Staff Support Office will consult and help you to choose the appropriate medical insurance.

7. About gifts to first-year students

Yes, you can. The employees of the International Students and Staff Support Office will consult and help you to choose the appropriate medical insurance.

7. About gifts to first-year students

All gifts can be collected from the Deputy Directors for Mentoring at your Institute or from the International Students and Staff Support Office of SibFU after arriving in Krasnoyarsk, even in October or December. The guide will be published on the University's social networks.

8. About dormitory check-in

All places will be assigned to a specific student, and the Deputy Directors for Mentoring at your Institute will prepare the settlement orders on the basis of the enrollment orders.

To check in, you must have the following documents:

  • 6 photos (3x4);
  • a copy of your passport (without registration in Krasnoyarsk);
  • chest X-ray certificate.

We recommend you to carry at all times:

  • a mask and gloves;
  • a pen (with the blue ink);
  • 3 copies filled out of your rental agreement for the residential premises at your dormitory.

If an increased temperature is detected in a newcomer, they must be sent to a doctor for examination, if necessary - to the SibFU medical center.

Addresses of medical examination points:

  • ул. Киренского, 11Б, кабинет №6, тел. 291-25-70;
  • пер. Вузовский, 6Д, кабинет терапевта, тел. 206-39-14, 206-39-15;
  • пр. Свободный, 82, стр.11, каб. 103 (МФК-2).

Upon all the issues you can consult the following departments:

9. Why Russia?

Russians have rich, centuries-old educational traditions. Russian universities provide their students with comfortable studying and living conditions and help them adapt to the country. Russian universities train a wide variety of specialists, both in engineering and the humanities, and are regularly in the top of international rankings. Education in Russia is much more affordable than in the USA or UK. Moreover, international students have the opportunity to get the State scholarship for their study.

10. Why SibFU?

Today over 35,000 students are enrolled for 122 educational programs in 50 professional fields at Siberian Federal University (SibFU). It is one of the largest universities in Siberia and one of the most actively developing universities in Russia. The education at SibFU is based on the international standards. Another important feature of the education here is internships at the partner-enterprises of the University, which are the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Federal Medical Biological Agency, RUSAL, Norilsk Nickel, Rosneft, Polyus, ROSATOM Group, RusHydro, Gazprom, and Rusnano. Orientation to the practices plays a key role in the modern world, and reflects the intention to contribute to solving the global challenges.

11. What are the levels of higher education in Russia?

The Russian present-day education system is based upon the Bologna principles and includes such levels of education as bachelor’s degree, specialist degree, master’s degree, postgraduate, clinical internship etc.

Bachelor’s degree programs in Russia are a first step of the Bologna system of higher education which is valid in Russia. Individuals who have completed Russian secondary comprehensive or secondary vocational education or their equivalent can be enrolled for a Bachelor's Degree program. The course lasts 4 years and gives general fundamental training.

Unlike Bachelor’s Degrees, Specialist’s Degrees are more focused on practical work in the industry according to the selected discipline. These programs are offered to applicants who have education equivalent to Russian secondary comprehensive or secondary vocational education. The course lasts for a minimum of 5 years. Based on the examination results and thesis defence, the University issues a Specialist’s Degree certificate specifying the qualification (e.g., Astronomer, Teacher, Information Security Specialist, etc.). The graduates may work in the industry or continue their studies and apply for a Master’s or postgraduate course.

Master’s Degree allows in-depth specialization in the student’s chosen field. Bachelor’s and Specialist’s Degree holders can enroll in Master’s Degree courses. The course lasts at least two years and involves research training. Students defend their thesis which, if successful, leads to awarding them a Master’s Degree.

12. What about adaptation for International Students?

Russia is a multinational country, and representatives of the most diverse countries and cultures can easily adapt to life here. Russia is home to more than 200 ethnic groups that speak more than 100 different languages and dialects. The Russian constitution guarantees freedom of conscience: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Judaists, and representatives of other confessions peacefully coexist here. Unsurprisingly, many foreigners arriving in Russia feel at home here. SibFU is proud of its long experience in the training and acclimatisation of international students: International Student and Staff Support Office (ISSSO) at SibFU provides the students with adaptation assistance and emergency services.

13. What about Student Benefits?

Students in Russia are eligible for a range of benefits including those for public transport, discounts for visiting museums, libraries, theatres, concert halls, parks and other public and entertainment facilities.

SibFU will compensate the travel costs to your study destination after you are officially admitted to the 1st year of your degree program in 2020 as well as the cost of purchasing medical insurance, which is mandatory for migration registration on the territory of the Russian Federation (only for CIS countries and ex-compatriots).

SibFU provides a discount of between 10 and 15 percent off the tuition fee for applicants with high entrance tests results (only for Bachelor and Specialist Degree applicants).

14. What about accommodation in Krasnoyarsk?

SibFU guarantees on-campus in-dorm accommodation within a walking distance from your study locations. The modern campus has 30 well-equipped up-to-date dormitories with basic amenities. Costs may vary from 8 to 16 USD per month depending on a dormitory level of comfort. Besides, after you have enrolled on a fee-paid program the University will be willing to offer you a cost-free place in an on-campus dorm.

Off-campus accommodation rental prices may vary from 170 to 500 USD per month depending on certain district and the quality of basic amenities. But in general living in Krasnoyarsk is very affordable, you can maintain yourself on 250 USD (food, transportaiton, entertainment etc).

15. How to learn Russian?

SibFU provides students with an opportunity to learn Russian by studying on the Russian Language Preparation Programs or by participating in Summer Schools. The Russian Language Preparation Programs are available at SibFU in The Pre-Admission Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) Department for International Students. Russian language and general disciplines courses (pre-university courses) are pre-admission programs for international students who are planning to apply for their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree programs at Siberian Federal University or other Russian universities. Due to the COVID-19 situation the courses of Russian as a Foreign Language and the Russian Language Summer School will be held online this year.

16. What is the reason to participate in a Summer School?

Students can learn Russian by taking one of the courses of Russian as a Foreign Language or by participating in Summer Schools. Joining the School gives you an exciting opportunity to study the Russian language and culture in one of the most beautiful and unique places in Russia. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the courses of Russian as a Foreign Language and the Russian Language Summer School will be held online this year.

17. Is there any scholarship?

The Russian Government’s Scholarship covers full tuition and a monthly allowance. Travel costs, living expenses and a mandatory health insurance program are not included. The Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.

SibFU encourages undergraduate students to participate in the Open Doors, a Russian Scholarship Project held by the Global Universities Association, to have a chance to win a full scholarship to study at a Master’s program at one of the leading Russian universities.

Siberian Federal University provides the opportunity for applicants with the status of ex-Compatriot to apply for state-funded places.

18. Any entertainment on campus?

SibFU has a modern campus with 30 fully-equipped up-to-date residence halls, 10 cafes and restaurants, Medical Centre, 4 dance halls, 3 music studios, 30 gyms, 2 swimming pools, 4 football pitches, and 3 skiing sites.

A well-planned and friendly-designed campus infrastructure with plenty of places satisfying basic needs makes it a pleasurable and safe place to stay on. Landscape design of the campus, its mini-parks and green open spaces, pedestrian walkways have become a part of not only University hospitality tours but are favoured by the city residents and their guests.

19. What can I expect after graduating from SibFU?

You will be provided with extensive opportunities for personal growth and professional development. As a member of one of the leading universities in Russia you may contribute to the state-of-art research and collaborate with the leaders in your field. You may also participate in various educational and scientific projects and play an important role in teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

20. What about admission this year?

The current situation brought us new experience. Our real life has been replaced by online services. And even applying for studying at Siberian Federal University is possible right here as well. In case the mobility restrictions are not lifted and arriving in Krasnoyarsk is still impossible, the international students of Siberian Federal University will begin the academic year via online learning platforms. When international travel is deemed safe, the enrolled students will be able to come and will be accommodated in the rooms reserved for them in the SibFU dormitories.

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