What accommodation is offered for international students?

ITMO University provides students with accommodation in several dormitories in different districts of St. Petersburg. A majority of international students are housed in the two dorms on Vyazemsky Lane 5-7 and Karpovka Embankment 22. Both are located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, not far from ITMO University's main building. You can see all of ITMO's buildings and dorms in the city on this map. Read more about ITMO’s dorms on our website or our news portal.

When taking my entrance exams, can I receive my migration registration from the university?

Yes, but only if you are staying at ITMO University’s dorms.

Can I work at ITMO on a tourist visa?

No. There are several types of Russian visa, and the purpose of your stay in Russia must correspond to your visa type.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a group of related RNA viruses that predominantly affect animals, but in some cases can be transmitted to humans, too. 

How is the online entrance examination carried out? What is the passing score?

The online entrance examination is carried out via the online examination system ITMOproctor. Applicants are provided with a manual and the logins and passwords needed to enter the system. Coordinators of educational programs inform the applicants about the date and time of their respective examinations. Applicants are expected to answer several examination questions in English and have a short interview with the examiner. The lowest passing score is 50 out of 100.

What is the procedure for receiving a migration registration as a foreign student?

You can get your temporary registration at ITMO’s Migration Services Office. You must acquire your registration within the first 3 days since your arrival. You must renew your registration on time and request a new one upon returning from trips, or staying at hotels or hospitals.

Can I be employed at ITMO if I have my visa issued by another institution?

This depends on your visa type; however, in most cases you will need to make a new visa issued by ITMO.

What are its symptoms?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, answer these questions:

  • Over the past two weeks, have you been to countries with a large number of cases of coronavirus infection?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has been to countries with a large number of cases of coronavirus infection in the past two weeks?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, seek medical advice to confirm the diagnosis and obtain qualified medical help. It’s better to refrain from visiting hospitals and clinics. You can arrange to have a doctor visit you at home by calling 112 or 103.

What are the average living expenses in St. Petersburg?

Life in St. Petersburg is a lot cheaper than in many European capitals. An average student needs from 20,000 to 30,000 rubles per month. If you want to learn about the costs of living in St. Petersburg, read about it here or on our news portal.

How do I get my student visa invitation?

The invitation is drawn up upon your enrollment. A special form must be filled out specifying the place where you will receive your visa. The invitation is made in 30 business days and is sent to the enrolling student for the purpose of obtaining a student visa. Upon your arrival to Russia, your single-entry visa can be extended at ITMO’s Migration Services Office.

What kind of medical insurance should I have for employment?

You will need an insurance policy for work migrants. You may choose your coverage, but minimal requirements are: emergency aid on the whole territory of Russia, and repatriation.

How is it transmitted?

  • By airborne droplets

Air is the main transmission factor for the novel coronavirus. Just like other respiratory diseases, COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. 

  • By airborne dust particles

Another way COVID-19 can be transmitted is by dust particles in the air. 

  • Through contact 

The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted through handshakes or touching shared objects and surfaces.

How can I obtain a student visa for studies at ITMO University?

After an applicant has successfully passed the entrance examination, they will receive an official invitation from ITMO University. These invitations allow students to apply for student visas in their home country's Russian embassy or consulate. For more information on Russian immigration-related regulations and the required procedures go here or read the article on our news portal.

How should I get registered in St. Petersburg?

Foreign citizens are required to obtain a migration registration when staying in the Russian Federation.
If you stay at a hotel, you should be registered on the day of your check-in; just ask about your registration at the reception area (may cost up to 300 RUB).
If you rent a flat, your landlord should register you. Please write to inv@itmo.ru to get more details on registration in a flat.

What safety precautions can I take to prevent myself from getting infected?

  • Refrain from visiting public places

Try to avoid going to shopping malls, mass events, and public transport at rush hour.

  • Use a disposable medical mask (respirator) in public places

Remember to change your mask (respirator) every 2-3 hours.

  • Avoid close contact and being in the same room with people who are visibly ill with the flu

The signs of being ill with the flu include coughing, sneezing, and running nose.

  • Wash your hands with soap

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap upon returning from a public outing, as well as after contact with strangers.

  • Disinfect your devices and any other surfaces that you touch
  • Limit hugs and handshakes
  • Only use personal hygiene items

Read this illustrated guide by ITMO.NEWS for more advice.

Are there any sports and hobby clubs at ITMO University?

Whatever your talent, let it shine at ITMO! Everyone can find something for themselves here by choosing from the wide range of sports clubs and numerous creative clubs.

How much taxes will I pay from my salary?

If you have spent less than 183 days in Russia within the past 12 months, your tax rate will be 30%. Later, this rate may become 13% if you don’t leave the country for extended periods of time.

What kind of support do international students receive at ITMO University?

ITMO University has several initiatives designed to help international students in adapting to the new city and culture. Among such projects are ITMO University’s International Student Council, "Get Local" International Students Club, and the buddy program.

When applying for an international Master’s degree program, do I need to submit a certified translation of my academic documents if the documents are originally in English?

According to our admission rules, all submitted academic documents should be translated into Russian. However, during the application process, applicants are allowed to submit documents in English provided that it is a document’s original language. A certified translation is required when the admission of the applicant is confirmed.

Can international students work during their studies?

International students are allowed to be employed both by the university and external companies and organizations. If a student would like to work outside the university, he/she will need to submit to the prospective employer the Letter of confirmation of enrollment issued by the University’s Student Office. Please be informed that this rule applies only to full-time students.

Can I bring my spouse/child/any other relative with me?

International students are free to bring their family members with them. However, ITMO University does not issue invitations for the students’ family members and does not register them at the University’s premises. Family members are not allowed to stay at the student dormitories and are not provided any administrative support.