Welcome to the Siberian Federal University!
It is our pleasure and honor that you have chosen our University for your academic and professional development. Our specialists will guide you through all the needed formal procedures and assist you in settling in the SibFU community.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
International Students and Staff Support Office
Head of the Office: Lidiya Koshkina
E-mail: oska [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
Phone: +7 (391) 206-31-07
Address: 76D, Svobodnyi prospekt
After 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.
Notes: Originals of the documents specified in items 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be delivered by the applicant to the university promptly upon arrival.
TIP 2: Consider purchasing medical insurance and mind the medicines
You 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.
TIP 3: Think about the money matters
The 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 accommodation
International 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.
Please be advised that the University doesn't provide single-occupancy accommodation for students.
While using electric appliances & gadgets please be aware that standard voltage in Russian is 220w and a socket may differ from the one you routinely use at home, which means you may need adaptors to get access to an electric circuit.
For accessing a University dormitory you will be given a personal dormitory pass. Whenever you enter the dormitory, the pass is required by a receptionist. Please make sure that you always keep the pass with you and do not lend it to anyone else. With this document you can enter the dormitory 24/7.
There are certain dormitory rules, such as not coming too late, no noisy parties, no smoking, no alcohol or drugs, etc., you will have to follow. These rules are the same for all student dormitories.
Visitors are admitted on your invitation from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm only and cannot stay for the night. Visitors should have an ID which will be taken by the receptionist when they arrive and will be returned to them when they leave you.
If you find the on-campus accommodation rental rules too strict & you are feeling rather like renting accommodation off-campus, you can rent a flat via one of the real estate agents that are available in Krasnoyarsk. You will be offered translation support in negotiating with an agent. Please be advised, however, that renting a place off-campus is the most expensive option and may cost up to 350 US dollars per month.
TIP 5: Mind the weather in Siberia
Winter: 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.
If you have no possibility to buy these clothes in your country, please make sure you allot enough money for purchasing them locally. The choice will be varied. Approximately, full outfit will cost you around 15000 rubles (coat (7000 rub) + boots (5000 rub) + hat, scarf, gloves and socks (3000 rub)).
Summer: The weather in summer in Siberia can be rather unpredictable: hot days with 30…35°C and cold rainy days with 10°C. That’s why remember to take not only t-shirts and shorts but also:
- rain coat;
- jacket for cold days.
Otherwise, you can also buy the staff locally. You will have access to a gym and a swimming pool during your time at SibFU. If you exercise regularly, be sure to pack appropriate clothing.
TIP 6: Consider ways of notifying safe arrival
As 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.
The main priority of the SibFU Youth Policy is to create conditions for the formation of a harmonious individual who is intelligent, competitive, sympathetic, constantly evolving, having a strong moral core, and at the same time is capable to adapt to the changing conditions and process new creative ideas.
There is a considerable number of experts in SibFU whose main principle is to uncover the potential and abilities of students through the activities in the following areas:
Siberian Federal University offers a variety of students associations such as:
Culture and creativity
We offer students to enroll in the following creative teams of the University: bard music clubs; vocal studios; rock club; theater groups; dance groups; literature clubs; instrumental club. Whatever your talent is, it will be certainly revealed in a friendly atmosphere of like-minded people.
Sports and healthy lifestyle
There are plenty of sports facilities at the university, including various sports centers, swimming pools, stadiums and football pitches, ski courses and gyms all over the campus. One can choose a type of sports depending on their preferences and physical abilities.
- Student Government
- Patriotic Education
- Environmental Education
- Sharing experience / business trips
Students take an active part in extra-curricular life of the university with the help of the SibFU units:
- Scientific and Educational Center of Young Scientists;
- Student Cultural Center;
- Department of Youth Projects;
- SibFU students’ summer employment teams;
- Joint Student Council of Residence Halls;
- Youth Advisory Council;
- The Council of Students.