ITMO University holds its internal contest for international academic exchange applicants twice a year: in September (for the following spring semester) and in February (for the following fall semester).
At least one year of completed undergraduate studies (first-year students are NOT eligible to apply). Students who did not fully complete any of their educational courses (i.e. missed any final course assignments or failed final exams and didn't retake them) are not allowed to participate in the competition.
When selecting the academic exchange participants, contest coordinators look for students who:
Before you can start your journey, talk to the head of your program and make sure that going abroad for an exchange semester will not interfere with your studies.
You can indicate up to 3 universities in the application form. The list of ITMO partner universities is available here. Please bear in mind that the courses you choose to study as part of your academic exchange should be relevant to your major at ITMO University.
Follow the Events tab on ITMO University's intranet system (ISU) and the official ITMO Outgoing Exchange VK page for the latest information on when the call for applications starts, what is the deadline, and other contest-related announcements. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
You can apply via your personal ISU page. Please submit the following documents as part of your application:
Shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview, after which they’ll get an email informing them of their contest status.
Based on the contest results, an International Educational Programs Office coordinator nominates selected candidates to the host universities of their choice by sending the necessary student data to the said university.
Nominated students will then receive an email from the host university study coordinator with detailed application instructions. In most cases, applications are submitted online. However, some universities might need hard copies of your documents. Please check deadlines very carefully and make sure you have enough time to post it.
Once an application is submitted by a nominated student and evaluated by the host university, the student will receive an official letter of acceptance (or equivalent), which will be important when applying for a student visa later on.
When selecting courses at the host university, please make sure that they are available for academic exchange students. It is recommended that you consult the head of your ITMO University educational program when selecting the study courses. Bear in mind that you’ll need to gain 25-30 ECTS (study credits) per semester. A minimum of 9 ECTS (for BSc) and 12 ECTS (for MSc) must correspond to the core subjects studied at ITMO as part of your major.
IMPORTANT: Dates indicated in the application form and explanatory note should be same (see examples of the application form and explanatory note). Do not forget to take into account the period of the examination session at the host university, as well as time for traveling and moving in/out.
IMPORTANT: The name of a foreign university in these documents must match the official name of the university indicated in your acceptance letter (in English).
IMPORTANT: When you leave and cross the border, do not forget to send a scan or a photo of the border-crossing stamp in your passport to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for opportunities to fund your exchange? Please contact the International Educational Programs Office (email@example.com) to learn about the available funding options.
If you have any questions or need help, please contact the International Educational Programs Office by phone +7 (812) 457-17-90 (extension 1442) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.