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.

I signed up on abit.ifmo.ru and chose the dates of my exams. What now?

The sign-up on abit.ifmo.ru is just the first step. Before you take your exams, you must submit your paperwork to the admissions committee. This must be done before your first exam or the deadline for documents submission.

I signed up on abit.ifmo.ru and chose the dates of my exams. What now?

The sign-up on abit.ifmo.ru is just the first step. Before you take your exams, you must submit your paperwork to the admissions committee. This must be done before your first exam or the deadline for documents submission.

What is a subject area of the Open Doors international academic competition?

A subject area of the Open Doors international academic competition is a scientific or academic field you as a prospective Master’s student would like to specialize in. 

Can’t decide which subject area suits you best? Apply for participation in two (three, four, ten) subject areas in one go!

Can I participate in the Congress of Young Scientists contest?

Yes, if you’re not a Russian Federation citizen.

Who can participate in the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students?

The Portfolio contest is held for international prospective Master’s students who are fluent in English, have a Bachelor’s diploma (or will be completing their Bachelor’s degree this year) and want to enrol into one of ITMO’s International Master’s programs.

Who can participate in the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest?

The Unique Admission for Unique Students contest is for international prospective Master’s students with extraordinary achievements.

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.

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.

Do I have to obtain a certified translation of my paperwork in Russia or can I do that in my home country?

Certified translations can be obtained in Russia or in any foreign country.

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 submit my paperwork over email?

Digital copies of applicants’ documents are not sufficient. You can submit the documents personally, through a delivery company, or with a trusted associate on the condition that they have a signed power-of-attorney letter.

How is the Open Doors international academic competition carried out?

The Open Doors international academic competition is held in two rounds.

The first round is a portfolio contest. It will be held from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

You will need to choose a subject area (or several subject areas), register on the competition’s website and upload your achievements (diplomas, certificates, grants and publications) in each chosen subject area.

Study the list of Master’s programs available to the competition winners (here are the ones offered by ITMO University), pick those you like the most, and check if you submitted a portfolio for a corresponding subject area.

The results of the first round are decided by an expert jury consisting of representatives of Russia’s leading universities. The participants with the most achievement-heavy portfolios are admitted to the second round.

The second round is a problem-solving contest. It will be held from February 18 to March 7, 2019

Some tasks of the tests you’ll be offered to solve as part of this round are assessed automatically, the other are evaluated by the expert jury. The results of the second round will be published within 24 hours after its completion. 

Your final result is the total of points you’ve received in the first and second rounds.

In what language is the Congress of Young Scientists contest carried out?

The Congress of Young Scientists contest is held both in Russian and English, so you may choose the language you feel the most comfortable speaking to participate (though you may want to work on your Russian language skills for your future studies at ITMO as all of our Master’s programs, with the exception of International Master’s programs, are mostly taught in Russian; our comprehensive nine-month Foundation program is a perfect way for you to do that).

What do I have to do to participate in the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students?

To participate in the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students, you’ll need to complete the entry form, submitting it together with a filled-in application form (you can fill it in on your computer), a signed cover page of your portfolio (you need to print out this template, sign it, and scan it into the PDF format), your CV, motivation letter, recommendation letters, and all the documents which can serve as a proof of your scientific, academic and non-academic achievements, from February 1 to June 2, 2019. All instructions on the format of the motivation letter and other documents you need to submit can be found on the template of the portfolio cover page.

The more of different diplomas and certificates you have, the better: it will increase your chance to win the contest as each achievement gives you extra points!

What do I have to do to participate?

To participate in this contest, you need to submit an application proving us that you’ve achieved or created something unique in the field you want to pursue a Master’s program in.

What do I have to do to participate in the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest?

To participate in the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest, you need to submit an application proving that you have achieved or created something unique in the field you want to pursue a Master’s program in.

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.

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 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.

Do I have to obtain a certified translation of my paperwork in Russia or can I do that in my home country?

Certified translations can be obtained in Russia or in any foreign country.

Can I submit my paperwork over email?

Digital copies of applicants’ documents are not sufficient. You can submit the documents personally, through a delivery company, or with a trusted associate on the condition that they have a signed power-of-attorney letter.

Who wins the Open Doors international academic competition?

The participants with the most points after the two rounds will make it to the top-25% of the ranked list of the Open Doors international academic competition winners. 

Participants who have scored a significant amount of points but still failed to make it to the top-25% can still be accepted to ITMO University’s Master’s program in a corresponding subject area without any entrance examinations.

How is the Congress of Young Scientists contest carried out?

The Congress of Young Scientists contest is carried out in two rounds.

The first takes place from February 20 to April 1. To participate in this round, you’ll need to fill in and submit your participant’s application. Please note that your application should include your CV, motivation letter, education documents, and an abstract from your future presentation at the online conference, so make sure you prepare these in advance.

The judges will consider all the applications and choose the best ones. If your application is selected, you’ll go on to participate at the second and final round, the online conference, at which you’ll be asked to give the presentation you indicated in your application. The results of this round will be announced after April 26.

The winners will be admitted to ITMO University without having to go through any additional exams.

What is the deadline for submitting my application for the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students?

You can submit your application from February 1 to June 2, 2019. June 2, 2019 is the final deadline.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

You can submit your application from February 1 to May 1, 2019. May 1, 2019 is the final deadline.

What is the deadline for submitting my application for the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest?

You can submit your application for the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest from February 1 to May 1. May 1 is the final deadline.

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@corp.ifmo.ru to get more details on registration in a flat.

Do I need to obtain a certified copy of an educational certificate if it is available in two languages, one being Russian?

If all the information in your certificate is provided in Russian, you do not need to obtain a certified translation or a copy. A regular copy will be sufficient.

Do I need to obtain a certified copy of an educational certificate if it is available in two languages, one being Russian?

If all the information in your certificate is provided in Russian, you do not need to obtain a certified translation or a copy. A regular copy will be sufficient.

What is the prize for the Open Doors international academic competition winners?

More than 300 Master’s places at Russia’s leading universities have been allocated to the 2018-2019 Open Doors international academic competition winners. They will not only be granted free tuition for the duration of their studies, but also receive free Russian language training as part of ITMO University’s Foundation program.

What is the deadline for submitting my application for the Congress of Young Scientists contest?

You can submit your application for the Congress of Young Scientists contest from February 20 to April 1. April 1 is the final deadline.

When will the results of the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students be announced?

The results of the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students will be announced on June 15, 2019.

When will the results be announced?

The results of the contest will be announced on May 15, 2019.

When will the results of the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest be announced?

The results of the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest will be announced on May 15.

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.

If I, as a foreign national, have taken the Unified State Exam (USE) but was not satisfied with my results, can I still take the entrance exam at ITMO?

Yes, international applicants can choose to take entrance exams in one or several subjects when applying to ITMO even if they have already taken the relevant USE. Please note the following: if you have signed up to take an entrance exam, your USE results for the corresponding subject will no longer be valid at our university. Approach this decision carefully!

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.

Is there a way to take the exam in my own country?

We do not carry out exams or tests abroad. However, there are various international entrance competitions held fully online. You can read more about them here.

When will the results of the Congress of Young Scientists contest be announced?

The results of the Congress of Young Scientists contest will be announced after April 26, 2019.

What will I get if I win the Portfolio contest for prospective Master’s students?

If your portfolio is awarded more than 75 points, you’ll get admitted to a fee-based position at one of ITMO’s cutting-edge International Master’s programs without having to go through any admission exams.

What will I get if I win?

You will be admitted into one of ITMO University’s International Master’s programs without admission exams and be granted free tuition for the duration of your studies.

What will I get if I win the the Unique Admission for Unique Students contest?

You will be admitted into an ITMO University’s International Master’s program of your choice without admission exams and granted free tuition for the duration of your studies.

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.

The entrance exams are split into three groups. Can I take an exam three times?

No. The entrance exams are held three times each to accommodate the applicants’ differing travel plans and other circumstances. Applicants get to choose the date of each exam, but each exam can only be taken once.

How can I take my exams remotely?

After the admissions committee has received an applicant’s paperwork, their personal case becomes open. The applicant is then eligible to take part in remote entrance exams. Several days prior to the exam, the applicant should receive an email containing instructions for taking the exams and other important information.

What will I get if I win the Congress of Young Scientists contest?

Winning the Congress of Young Scientists contest will give you a unique opportunity to be enrolled into one of ITMO University’s Master’s programs you’ve indicated in your application without any additional admission exams. Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots* residing in the CIS countries, can be considered for tuition-free positions, while citizens of other countries can only apply for fee-based positions.

*If you want to apply as a compatriot, you’ll need to fill in a special request form and provide documents proving that your ancestral relatives were citizens of the USSR (these include your birth certificate with a translation, passport with a translation and a birth certificate of one of the USSR-born relatives). If the relative has had a change of surname, you must also provide a document to prove that (a translated copy of a marriage certificate).

You can read more about the many opportunities ITMO University offers to its applicants here.

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.

Are there any specific requirements for foreign nationals taking the entrance exams?

There are no specific requirements for foreign nationals taking the entrance exams. It is only mandatory that you bring your passport and a document confirming you have supplied your paperwork. You are also allowed to bring a pen, pencil and ruler. The tasks do not require the use of a calculator, so you cannot bring or use a calculator.

Do foreign citizens have the right to apply for tuition-free positions?

Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots residing in the CIS countries, can apply to tuition-free positions along with Russian citizens. Citizens of other countries can only apply for fee-based or government quota positions.

Which ITMO University Master’s programs can I study on if I win the Congress of Young Scientists contest?

The Congress of Young Scientists contest allows you to apply for all of ITMO University’s Master’s programs, with the only exception of:

  • 01.04.02 Bioinformatics and Systems Biology;
  • 01.04.02 Big Data and Machine Learning;
  • 09.04.03 Information Systems for Business;
  • 10.04.01 Information Security;
  • 12.04.02 Lighting Design;
  • 27.04.05 Science and Technologies in Society;
  • 27.04.05 Art & Science.

Can international students work during their studies?

International students are allowed to be employed by the university without any restrictions. However, if a student would like to work outside the university, an official permit is required. Only full-time students can receive a work permit. Work permits are issued by the regional office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.

How long do the exams take?

With the exception of Computer Science, all the exams last 1.5 hours. The Computer Science exam lasts 2 hours.

How can I confirm my status of a compatriot?

When submitting your paperwork, fill in a request form and provide documents proving that your ancestral relatives were citizens of the USSR (Your birth certificate with a translation, passport with a translation and a birth certificate of one of the USSR-born relatives). If the relative has had a change of surname, you must also provide a document to prove that (a translated copy of a marriage certificate).

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.

Is there a way to take the exam in my own country?

We do not carry out exams or tests abroad. However, there are various international entrance competitions held fully online. You can read more about them here.

What is the minimum required score for enrolling in a tuition-free position?

The higher your score total from entrance exams and personal achievements, the higher are your chances of enrolling in a tuition-free position. The minimum score for applying is 50 points.

How can I take my exams remotely?

After the admissions committee has received an applicant’s paperwork, their personal case becomes open. The applicant is then eligible to take part in remote entrance exams. Several days prior to the exam, the applicant should receive an email containing instructions for taking the exams and other important information.

How many programs can I apply to?

In your application, you can apply for 3 tuition-free positions and 1 fee-based position.

Do foreign citizens have the right to apply for tuition-free positions?

Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots residing in the CIS countries can apply to tuition-free positions along with Russian citizens. Citizens of other countries can only apply for fee-based or government quota positions.

Can I stay at the dorms during my entrance exams?

Yes. International students can temporarily stay at ITMO University’s dorms if they have provided the original copy of their educational certificate and received a relevant document from ITMO University’s medical station (a recent chest X-ray is required).

How can I confirm my status of a compatriot?

When submitting your paperwork, fill in a request form and provide documents proving that your ancestral relatives were citizens of the USSR (Your birth certificate with a translation, passport with a translation and a birth certificate of one of the USSR-born relatives). If the relative has had a change of surname, you must also provide a document to prove that (a translated copy of a marriage certificate).

Are international students provided accommodation in the dorms?

All foreign citizens are provided accommodation in the dorms as required. You can read more about our dorms here.

What is the minimum required score for enrolling in a tuition-free position?

The higher your score total from entrance exams and personal achievements, the higher are your chances of enrolling in a tuition-free position. The minimum score for applying is 60 points in each subject. The minimum scores for previous years can be found on each educational program’s page at abit.ifmo.ru.

How many programs can I apply to?

In your application, you can apply for 3 tuition-free positions and 1 fee-based position.

Can I stay at the dorms during my entrance exams?

Yes. International students can temporarily stay at ITMO University’s dorms if they have provided the original copy of their educational certificate and received a relevant document from ITMO University’s medical station (a recent chest X-ray is required).

Are international students provided accommodation in the dorms?

All foreign citizens are provided accommodation in the dorms as required. You can read more about our dorms here.